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If you've been burned in the past by promises of "great reliability" and "bullet-proof resale value," the 2012 Toyota Corolla should help rebuild your faith that some promises do come true.


If you're looking for cutting-edge style or the latest engineering features, the aging Corolla platform with its 132-horsepower engine and 4-speed automatic transmission probably won't impress you. A Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 or Ford Focus is likely a better match.

What's New For 2012

The 2012 Toyota Corolla L gains color-keyed power side mirrors, power windows with driver's auto-down feature, power door locks, and keyless entry. The LE trim gains steering wheel audio controls and 16-inch alloy wheels. The LE and S trims also get a new audio unit with MP3/WMA CD playback capability, a USB iPod interface, and Bluetooth connectivity for cell phone and music streaming.

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Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Expert Review

The 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan continues to be one of the best known, best selling compact sedans in America. The 2012 Toyota Corolla's reputation for longevity is legendary, as is its high resale value and fuel economy figures. Yet over the years, Toyota has become complacent with the Corolla, allowing the front-wheel-drive sedan's design to stagnate, its features to become antiquated, and its core audience to grow much older. A major refresh in 2011 brought a more aggressive face and better wheels, but placed next to a 2012 Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra or Chevy Cruze, the 2012 Toyota Corolla still looks a bit frumpy. With cars like Elantra and Forte offering more features for the same or less money, and new performance models such as the VW Jetta TDI and Mazda3 Skyactiv delivering both excitement and 40-mpg fuel economy, the 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan will have to rely heavily on its merits, as well as the faithful legion who return to Toyota showrooms time and time again.

Driving the Used 2012 Toyota Corolla

While the S trim is the most enjoyable to drive, all of the 2012 Toyota Corolla sedans deliver a solid, comfortable ride and no rude surprises. The S trim's larger wheel-and-tire package and available manual transmission allow it to at least attempt some fun on twisting back roads, but don't look for a lot of zip coming out of the turns, because the Corolla's 1.8-liter engine can't provide it. Again, as a standard mode of transportation, the Corolla does just fine, but any attempt to run with likes of a Mazda3 or even the new Honda Civic fall short. The bottom line is that the Corolla is a good, solid, front-wheel-drive commuter car geared toward those whose automotive choices are made with a more pragmatic viewpoint. Those who demand more from their ride than just solid transportation, however, will likely find more to like from the Corolla's many rivals.

Favorite Features

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel
This much-appreciated standard feature helps drivers of all sizes find a comfortable position.

USB iPod input
Standard with the new audio head unit on LE and S, this feature allows for control of your iPod via the car's steering-wheel controls.

Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Interior

While the 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan's interior is highly functional and very roomy, it falls far short of the styling and color offerings of its competitors. Dull gray or beige plastics, and gauge faces with fonts that look two decades old don't inspire much enthusiasm. Again, if you want to see a great looking interior at a sub-$20K price, look inside a Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus or Mazda3. The Corolla's rear seat offers good hip and shoulder room, but the all-important headroom and legroom figures come up a bit short. We do like the S and LE trim's 3-spoke steering wheel with touch controls, and the new audio unit is a definite step in the right direction. Standard gauges include a tachometer, fuel and coolant temperature, as well as a multi-information display that offers a clock, outside temperature, fuel economy, range, average speed and elapsed time. The 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan includes multiple storage bins, a split upper/lower 2-compartment glove box and four cup holders (two in front and two at the rear). Cargo volume in the trunk is a generous 12.3 cubic feet, but can be expanded thanks to the 60/40 split folding rear seats.

Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Exterior

It's not hard to see where Toyota went for inspiration when restyling the Corolla. The 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan bears an uncanny resemblance to its big brother, the Camry. Beyond its racy front grille and swept back headlights, the 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan is still rather pedestrian when viewed from the side, although less so in S trim guise. Features such as color keyed power side mirrors that appear on the base L trim are a nice touch. But, unlike its competitors, upper level Corolla trims don't afford owners such high-tech options as high-intensity-discharge (HID) adaptive headlamps, 17- or 18-inch wheels, or rain-sensing wipers. While the base and LE cars might not do much to raise your pulse, the S trim offers enough visual pizzazz to at least get your attention.

Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Standard Features

Get ready for the lists: The 2012 Toyota Corolla L sedan comes with standard air conditioning a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seat, color-keyed power mirrors, AM/FM/CD (SiriusXM satellite-ready) radio, outside temperature gauge, power windows, power locks, remote keyless entry, a driver's-seat height adjuster, and driver and passenger front, seat-mounted side airbags, traction and stability control and side-curtain airbags. The LE adds an MP3-compatible CD player, USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth, cruise control, and color-keyed heated side mirrors. The S has fog lights, front and rear spoilers, sport seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Options

The 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan offers only a few options. A power moonroof can be added to the S trim, while both the LE and S versions can be equipped with a navigation radio and Toyota's Entune multi-media system. The LE can be equipped with the Premium Package, which simply combines the power moonroof with 16-inch, 5-spoke wheels, and fog lights.

Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Engine

With the loss the XRS trim last year, there is only one engine offered on the 2012 Corolla: a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder good for 132 horsepower. This engine is great for reliability and economy, but, as would be expected, only so-so for performance. Driving through a choice of either a 5-speed manual or old-fashioned 4-speed automatic transmission, it delivers a respectable 26 city and 34 highway EPA-rated miles per gallon (automatic model).

1.8-liter in-line 4
132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/34 (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

How Much Does the Used 2012 Toyota Corolla Cost?

The 2012 Toyota Corolla starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $16,000, and the Fair Purchase Price, which represent what people in your area are paying for their Corolla, should hold very close to MSRP. An automatic transmission adds about $800 to the Corolla's base price. At nearly $17,000, the Chevrolet Cruze is a bit pricier, but the Kia Forte is nearly $800 less than the base Corolla. The S trim starts a bit over $18,500. On the resale side, the Corolla should hold an above-average value after five years, similar to the Honda Civic but substantially better than the Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan Sentra.

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2009 Toyota Corolla

"Great car for experienced drivers"

Gas miles, cheap maintenance, looks good
Blind spots, sways at higher speeds or when windy
I bought my 09 manual Corolla in 2012 with 40,000 miles and it now has 170000 plus miles on it. Two years ago was the first time I had to do any mechanical repairs on the car. The car ran without any problems for all of the years I've owned it. All I ever did was the recommended maintenance like oil, plugs, and filters. I've never had a car that held up to my aggressive driving without me breaking something; this car was the first. The only concerns I have with the car are the blind spots and the effect wind have on it. The way the car is built, it have many blind spots where I would never suggest this car to an inexperienced driver. Easy to get into an accident because it's hard to see cars next to you in several view points. The other problem is on windy days, doing speed on the highway, the car starts to sway. Kind of feel like it wants to lose control. Before I bought the car my friend who is a dealer told me about these two concerns. His inexperienced daughter didn't listen to him about the faults mentioned which caused her to crash the car twice for those very reasons. Overall a great car which is why I still cant rid of it.Read less
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2010 Toyota Corolla

"Most dependable car I ever had!"

Turns on a dime
Change oil every 5000 miles you won't have any.
I have taken this car from Texas to the mountains of Colorado to the deserts of New Mexico many times, used for sale calls, never had a problem. I plan on driving it 300,000 miles or more. Most dependable car I have had in 50 years of driving.
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2013 Toyota Corolla

"best ever"

very much so
The car is unbelievable runs very well. Have had no major problems, only have to change oil every 10,000 miles. Just don't know what else to say it has performed very well. Did my research and found out it is the #1 selling car in the world.
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2010 Toyota Corolla

"outstanding vehicle"

Super vehicle minimum maintenance outstanding performance. Will definitely purchase again Toyota excellent
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2010 Toyota Corolla

"Toyota always"

175313 and still drives like I bought it yesterday!! Can't floor it. The thing with toyata cars you have to be gentle with the gas pedal give it time but once it catches speed boy a smooth ride
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2012 Toyota Corolla Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • USB Port


  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 26 mpg
  • EPA Class - Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 34 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 29 mpg


  • Horsepower - 132 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.48 inches
  • Torque - 128 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4400 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P195/65R15
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Rear Spoiler


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 2 years
  • Scheduled Maintenance Miles - 25000 miles
  • Scheduled Maintenance Years - 2 years


  • Axle Ratio - 4.31
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Drum
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.8 liter
  • Bore - 3.17 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.0
  • Fuel Induction - Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Emissions Rating - ULEV
  • # of Speeds - 4 speed
  • CID - 110 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2734 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 92.1 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 13.2 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.2 inches
  • Height - 57.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 36.3 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.8 inches
  • Overall Length - 180.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 54.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 54.7 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 1500 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 12.3 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 35.4 feet
  • Wheel Base - 102.4 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 69.4 inches
  • Hip Room: Front - 53.0 inches
  • Hip Room: Rear - 43.9 inches
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2012 Toyota Corolla Safety

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2012 Toyota Corolla Safety Technology
  • Child Door Locks
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Front Head Curtain Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Head Curtain Airbag


2012 Toyota Corolla Rankings

132 HP
MPG Combined
29 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
2012 Toyota Corolla
132 HP

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