The 2013 Toyota Corolla appeals to car buyers for the same reason that chain restaurants have proliferated across the U.S. landscape: While they break no culinary new ground, they offer patrons a safe and utterly predictable dining experience. Some of us may adopt a “think global, eat local” philosophy in our travels, but the vast majority of Americans prefer their meals to be familiar.
And the latest version of the aging Corolla four-door sedan is absolutely predictable. Year upon year, model after model, the Corolla has always served up equal parts of reliability and value, a recipe that American consumers on a limited budget never tire of. That’s the case for 2013 model as well; while new compact offerings like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra offer a tasty alternative, the Corolla soldiers on, delivering respectable sales numbers for Toyota month after month.
Under the hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers an EPA-estimated 30 mpg...
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