The 2012 Toyota Corolla is a benchmark among compact cars for value, quality and dependability. A four-door, compact sedan with front-wheel drive, the Corolla is inexpensive to buy and operate, yet it feels like a small version of the Toyota Camry.
The current generation Corolla dates from 2009. Styling was freshened for 2011. Changes for 2012 are minimal: The 2012 Corolla comes standard with power windows, locks, and remote keyless entry. Outside mirrors are color-keyed on all 2012 Corolla models. The 2012 Corolla LE and 2012 Corolla S get upgraded audio systems. The Corolla continues to come with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment.
All 2012 Corolla models use the same engine, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with electronic dual variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. Output is rated at 132 and horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque.
Fuel economy is 26/34 mpg with the optional 4-speed automatic.
Corolla LE comes standard with the automatic transmission and adds cruise control, heated mirrors, and intermittent wipers. Changes for 2012 include an all-new AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio system with USB (iPod) and auxiliary input ports, plus Bluetooth connectivity and redundant controls on the steering wheel. Steel road wheels upgrade to 16 inches.
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