Pros

  • Typical Toyota reliability
  • Excellent fuel efficiency, especially hybrid models
  • Great levels of standard equipment
  • Hold their value very well
  • Good levels of standard active saftety

Cons

  • Pretty much as dull as it comes in terms of motoring
  • Boot space isn’t great and the load lip is prominent
  • Ummm…

Verdict

Yes.

There’s not much else to say, really. It’s one of the highest-selling cars of all time and one of the most enduring nameplates in motoring. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue that tradition. Sure, they’re not good because they’re popular, they’re popular because they’re good.

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The Toyota Corolla is a small family car that has been a staple of the Australian market for decades. The current generation, which was introduced in 2018, is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles.

It’s powered by either a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine or a 1.8-litre 4-cyl petrol-hybrid engine. It is available with a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions.

The Corolla is a comfortable and practical car to drive. It has a compliant ride and good handling, and the interior is spacious and well-equipped.

Standard features on the Corolla include a reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. Higher-spec models add features such as sat-nav, climate control, and a sunroof.

The Corolla has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating. It comes standard with a comprehensive suite of safety features, including seven airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, and active safety tech like AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control lane departure alert with steering assist and road sign assist

The Corolla is a popular choice for Australian families. It is reliable, fuel-efficient, and affordable. It is also one of the safest cars on the road.

The Toyota Corolla is a small family car that has been a staple of the Australian market for decades. The current generation, which was introduced in 2018, is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles.

It’s powered by either a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine or a 1.8-litre 4-cyl petrol-hybrid engine. It is available with a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions.

The Corolla is a comfortable and practical car to drive. It has a compliant ride and good handling, and the interior is spacious and well-equipped.

Standard features on the Corolla include a reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. Higher-spec models add features such as sat-nav, climate control, and a sunroof.

The Corolla has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating. It comes standard with a comprehensive suite of safety features, including seven airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, and active safety tech like AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control lane departure alert with steering assist and road sign assist

The Corolla is a popular choice for Australian families. It is reliable, fuel-efficient, and affordable. It is also one of the safest cars on the road.

The Toyota Corolla is a small family car that has been a staple of the Australian market for decades. The current generation, which was introduced in 2018, is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles.

It’s powered by either a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine or a 1.8-litre 4-cyl petrol-hybrid engine. It is available with a choice of six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmissions.

The Corolla is a comfortable and practical car to drive. It has a compliant ride and good handling, and the interior is spacious and well-equipped.

Standard features on the Corolla include a reversing camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. Higher-spec models add features such as sat-nav, climate control, and a sunroof.

The Corolla has been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating. It comes standard with a comprehensive suite of safety features, including seven airbags, electronic stability control, ABS brakes, and active safety tech like AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, all-speed active cruise control lane departure alert with steering assist and road sign assist

The Corolla is a popular choice for Australian families. It is reliable, fuel-efficient, and affordable. It is also one of the safest cars on the road.

Generally speaking, it’s all pretty good news with the 12th-gen Toyota Corolla. Granted, it’s not particularly old, having only launched in 2019.

Our research didn’t uncover anything that you could consider ‘common’. There are a couple of reports of starter motor issues, but not enough that it should raise any concerns.

Recalls:

  • April 2020 – 780 units of the 2020 Toyota Corolla are affected by a fault where the reverse lights may stop working due to a wiring harness losing electrical contact, posing a hazard of reduced visibility and increased risk of accidents or injuries.
  • August 2020 – Certain Toyota Prius and Corolla Hybrid vehicles from 2014 to 2019, totaling 5,965 units, may experience a software fault that prevents the hybrid system from entering fail-safe mode, posing a risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
  • July 2019 – Improperly manufactured brake booster pumps in certain Toyota models (Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Lexus ES300H, Lexus UX250H) from the year 2019 may cause the brake assist function to stop operating while driving, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • December 2018 – Some Toyota Corolla vehicles (2,640 units) may have inadequately assembled torque converters in their Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) assembly, posing a risk of loss of motive power during higher load conditions and increasing the risk of accidents, injuries, or death.
  • April 2020 – The fuel pump in 85,511 Toyota & Lexus vehicles (including Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Kluger, Hilux, Prado, LC, GS, IS, LS, NX, RC, RX models from 2013-2020) may stop operating, posing a hazard of power loss while driving, potentially leading to accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Generally speaking, it’s all pretty good news with the 12th-gen Toyota Corolla. Granted, it’s not particularly old, having only launched in 2019.

Our research didn’t uncover anything that you could consider ‘common’. There are a couple of reports of starter motor issues, but not enough that it should raise any concerns.

Recalls:

  • April 2020 – 780 units of the 2020 Toyota Corolla are affected by a fault where the reverse lights may stop working due to a wiring harness losing electrical contact, posing a hazard of reduced visibility and increased risk of accidents or injuries.
  • August 2020 – Certain Toyota Prius and Corolla Hybrid vehicles from 2014 to 2019, totaling 5,965 units, may experience a software fault that prevents the hybrid system from entering fail-safe mode, posing a risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
  • July 2019 – Improperly manufactured brake booster pumps in certain Toyota models (Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Lexus ES300H, Lexus UX250H) from the year 2019 may cause the brake assist function to stop operating while driving, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • December 2018 – Some Toyota Corolla vehicles (2,640 units) may have inadequately assembled torque converters in their Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) assembly, posing a risk of loss of motive power during higher load conditions and increasing the risk of accidents, injuries, or death.
  • April 2020 – The fuel pump in 85,511 Toyota & Lexus vehicles (including Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Kluger, Hilux, Prado, LC, GS, IS, LS, NX, RC, RX models from 2013-2020) may stop operating, posing a hazard of power loss while driving, potentially leading to accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Generally speaking, it’s all pretty good news with the 12th-gen Toyota Corolla. Granted, it’s not particularly old, having only launched in 2019.

Our research didn’t uncover anything that you could consider ‘common’. There are a couple of reports of starter motor issues, but not enough that it should raise any concerns.

Recalls:

  • April 2020 – 780 units of the 2020 Toyota Corolla are affected by a fault where the reverse lights may stop working due to a wiring harness losing electrical contact, posing a hazard of reduced visibility and increased risk of accidents or injuries.
  • August 2020 – Certain Toyota Prius and Corolla Hybrid vehicles from 2014 to 2019, totaling 5,965 units, may experience a software fault that prevents the hybrid system from entering fail-safe mode, posing a risk of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
  • July 2019 – Improperly manufactured brake booster pumps in certain Toyota models (Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Lexus ES300H, Lexus UX250H) from the year 2019 may cause the brake assist function to stop operating while driving, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • December 2018 – Some Toyota Corolla vehicles (2,640 units) may have inadequately assembled torque converters in their Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) assembly, posing a risk of loss of motive power during higher load conditions and increasing the risk of accidents, injuries, or death.
  • April 2020 – The fuel pump in 85,511 Toyota & Lexus vehicles (including Camry, Corolla, FJ Cruiser, Kluger, Hilux, Prado, LC, GS, IS, LS, NX, RC, RX models from 2013-2020) may stop operating, posing a hazard of power loss while driving, potentially leading to accidents, injuries, or fatalities.

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

4 door Sedan

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch/sedan)

1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Power

125kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch)

72kW – 1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

126kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (sedan)

72kW – 1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Torque

200Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch)

142Nm – 1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

203Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (sedan)

142Nm – 1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Transmissions

6-speed Manual (Ascent Sport)

10-speed Constantly Variable Transmission

Fuel Consumption

3.5 – 6.5L / 100km

Length

4375mm (5 door Hatchback)

4630mm (4 door Sedan)

Width

1790mm (5 door Hatchback)

1780mm (4 door Sedan)

Height

1435mm (5 door Hatchback)

1435mm (4 door Sedan)

Wheelbase

2640mm (5 door Hatchback)

2700mm (4 door Sedan)

Kerb Weight

1365 – 1420kg (5 door Hatchback)

1375 – 1430kg (4 door Sedan)

Towing

450kg (unbraked), 1300kg (braked) (Ascent Sport, SX, ZR)

Not specified (Ascent Sport Hybrid, SX Hybrid, ZR Hybrid)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2018)

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

4 door Sedan

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch/sedan)

1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Power

125kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch)

72kW – 1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

126kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (sedan)

72kW – 1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Torque

200Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch)

142Nm – 1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

203Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (sedan)

142Nm – 1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Transmissions

6-speed Manual (Ascent Sport)

10-speed Constantly Variable Transmission

Fuel Consumption

3.5 – 6.5L / 100km

Length

4375mm (5 door Hatchback)

4630mm (4 door Sedan)

Width

1790mm (5 door Hatchback)

1780mm (4 door Sedan)

Height

1435mm (5 door Hatchback)

1435mm (4 door Sedan)

Wheelbase

2640mm (5 door Hatchback)

2700mm (4 door Sedan)

Kerb Weight

1365 – 1420kg (5 door Hatchback)

1375 – 1430kg (4 door Sedan)

Towing

450kg (unbraked), 1300kg (braked) (Ascent Sport, SX, ZR)

Not specified (Ascent Sport Hybrid, SX Hybrid, ZR Hybrid)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2018)

Body Styles

5 door Hatchback

4 door Sedan

Engines

2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch/sedan)

1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Power

125kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch)

72kW – 1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

126kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (sedan)

72kW – 1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Torque

200Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (hatch)

142Nm – 1.8i/53kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (hatch)

203Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol (sedan)

142Nm – 1.8i/70kW Hybrid 4-cylinder hybrid (sedan)

Transmissions

6-speed Manual (Ascent Sport)

10-speed Constantly Variable Transmission

Fuel Consumption

3.5 – 6.5L / 100km

Length

4375mm (5 door Hatchback)

4630mm (4 door Sedan)

Width

1790mm (5 door Hatchback)

1780mm (4 door Sedan)

Height

1435mm (5 door Hatchback)

1435mm (4 door Sedan)

Wheelbase

2640mm (5 door Hatchback)

2700mm (4 door Sedan)

Kerb Weight

1365 – 1420kg (5 door Hatchback)

1375 – 1430kg (4 door Sedan)

Towing

450kg (unbraked), 1300kg (braked) (Ascent Sport, SX, ZR)

Not specified (Ascent Sport Hybrid, SX Hybrid, ZR Hybrid)

ANCAP Ratings

5 stars (tested 2018)

Warranty

3 years / 100,000 km
5 years / unlimited km (from 2019)

Battery 8 years / 160000 km or 5 years / unlimited km depending on build year

Service Intervals

15,000 km / 12 months

Model range, pricing & features

2018 Toyota Corolla-2

Ascent Sport

Price when new: $22,870 - $28,130

Price used: $17,100 - $29,500

Adds:

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
16″ Alloy Wheels
6 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Conditioning
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Knee Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Bumpers
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
Brake Assist
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
Camera – Rear Vision
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Control – Corner Braking
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Pedestrian Avoidance with Braking
Control – Traction
Cruise Control – Distance Control
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Fog Lamp/s – Rear LED
Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
Headlamps – LED
Hill Holder
Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Front Passenger
Independent Front Suspension
Independent Rear Suspension
Intermittent Wipers
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping – Active Assist
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Metallic Finish Steering Wheel
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Park Brake – Electric
Parking Assist – Graphical Display
Power Door Mirrors – Folding
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Smart Device App Display/Control
Spare Wheel – Full Size Alloy Wheel
Speed Zone Reminder – Road Sign Recognition
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Driver
Tacho
Tail Lamps – LED
Trim – Cloth
Trip Computer
Voice Recognition
Warning – Seatbelt Reminder
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Seats – Bucket (Front)
Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirrors Dual
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Audio – Input for iPod
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Door Pockets – 2nd row (rear)
Power Door Mirrors
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 2nd Row(Rear Outer seats)
Driving Mode – Selectable
Collision Mitigation – Post Collision Steer/Brake
Collision Mitigation – VRU
Digital Instrument Display – Partial
Side Door Exit Warning
Smart Device Integration – Apple Carplay Wireless
USB Socket(s) – Charging
Warning – Rear Seat Occupancy

Ascent Sport Hybrid

Price when new: $25,870 - $31,180

Price used: $21,000 - $32,900

Adds:

Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
Brakes – Regenerative
Central Locking – Key Proximity
Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Starter Button
15″ Alloy Wheels
Air Cond. – Climate Control

SX

Price when new: $26,870 - $31,280

Price used: $21,200 - $33,900

Adds:

Blind Spot Sensor
Fog Lamps – Front
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
Leather Gear Knob
Leather Steering Wheel
Radio – Digital (DAB+)
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
Wireless Charging – Compatible Devices
Collision Warning – Rearward
Fog Lamps – Front LED
Warning – Rear Cross Traffic (when reversing)
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)

SX Hybrid

Price when new: $28,370 - $33,780

Price used: $23,300 - $37,400

ZR

Price when new: $30,370 - $36,620

Price used: $24,000 - $40,200

Adds:

18″ Alloy Wheels
8 Speaker Stereo
Ambient Lighting – Interior
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Heated Seats – 1st Row
Information Display – Head Up
Leather Seats – Partial
Metallic Finish Grille Surround
Premium Sound System
Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
Seat – Driver with Electric Lumbar
Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Electric Seat – Drivers
9 Speaker Stereo
Sunroof – Electric
Digital Instrument Display – Full

ZR Hybrid

Price when new: $31,870 - $39,120

Price used: $26,400 - $41,700

Adds:

Tyre Repair Kit

Yes.

There’s not much else to say, really. It’s one of the highest-selling cars of all time and one of the most enduring nameplates in motoring. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue that tradition. Sure, they’re not good because they’re popular, they’re popular because they’re good.

Perfect? No car is. The interior design won’t be for everyone, and the back seats aren’t great for adults for long periods of time, the boot is on the small side and the load lip is annoying. But looking past those niggles, under the skin is one of the most mechanically sound cars on the road., and one that should provide trouble-free motoring for years and years.

Especially if you’re wanting to save at the pump, the Corolla hybrid is one of the best options if all you want to do is carry yourself and maybe one or two others around town, while only sipping on fuel.

Toyota practically wrote the book on hybrid technology, and in the 12th-gen Corolla, it’s a great example of that. Should you buy one? Of course.

Yes.

There’s not much else to say, really. It’s one of the highest-selling cars of all time and one of the most enduring nameplates in motoring. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue that tradition. Sure, they’re not good because they’re popular, they’re popular because they’re good.

Perfect? No car is. The interior design won’t be for everyone, and the back seats aren’t great for adults for long periods of time, the boot is on the small side and the load lip is annoying. But looking past those niggles, under the skin is one of the most mechanically sound cars on the road., and one that should provide trouble-free motoring for years and years.

Especially if you’re wanting to save at the pump, the Corolla hybrid is one of the best options if all you want to do is carry yourself and maybe one or two others around town, while only sipping on fuel.

Toyota practically wrote the book on hybrid technology, and in the 12th-gen Corolla, it’s a great example of that. Should you buy one? Of course.

Yes.

There’s not much else to say, really. It’s one of the highest-selling cars of all time and one of the most enduring nameplates in motoring. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t continue that tradition. Sure, they’re not good because they’re popular, they’re popular because they’re good.

Perfect? No car is. The interior design won’t be for everyone, and the back seats aren’t great for adults for long periods of time, the boot is on the small side and the load lip is annoying. But looking past those niggles, under the skin is one of the most mechanically sound cars on the road., and one that should provide trouble-free motoring for years and years.

Especially if you’re wanting to save at the pump, the Corolla hybrid is one of the best options if all you want to do is carry yourself and maybe one or two others around town, while only sipping on fuel.

Toyota practically wrote the book on hybrid technology, and in the 12th-gen Corolla, it’s a great example of that. Should you buy one? Of course.

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Please note that pricing information is subject to fluctuations in the automotive market.

Information correct as of July 12, 2023.

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