The 2012 Corolla remains a safe choice in the small car segment
The small car segment is very competitive, yet the Corolla remains one of the best choices in the class.
2012 Toyota Corolla.
Many used car buyers want a car that is 'comfortable, safe, reliable and cheap on gas' and the Toyota Corolla fits this set of requirements perfectly. The Corolla has a functional spacious interior with comfortable seats and simple controls. It offers easy handling with a soft, smooth ride and good fuel economy. The 2012 Corolla is rated well for reliability and has good crash test ratings.
Redesigned for 2009, the Toyota Corolla received a minor facelift for 2011 with a new front grille, head- and taillights, updated bumpers and trunk lid. For 2012, the Corolla received a few feature upgrades, including a new standard audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth and steering audio controls for the U.S. and Canadian LE trim. The U.S. Toyota Corolla L received power windows, power door locks and remote keyless entry.
In the US, the 2012 Corolla was available in the base L, the most popular LE, and sporty S trim levels. All US models come with the 132-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC engine. The L and S trims offer a standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission; LE is only available with a 4-speed automatic.
In Canada, the Corolla was available in CE, LE, S and XRS trims. The Canadian 2012 Corolla XRS has a 158-hp 2.4L DOHC engine; CE, LE and S models come with a 132-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder DOHC.
Does the Toyota Corolla timing chain need to be replaced?
It only needs to be replaced if it's stretched or noisy. With proper maintenance the timing chain can last for the lifetime of the vehicle. Both the 1.8L and 2.4L Corolla engines have a timing chain.
Compared to other small cars, the Corolla seems a bit outdated inside, but when you drive it, everything feels in the right place and nothing distracts you.
2012 Toyota Corolla interior.
Large heater and air conditioner controls are easy to use. The front seats are supportive and offer good head- and legroom. Even a 6'2″ driver will have about one and a half inches above the head in the model without a sunroof. With tilting and telescoping steering and height-adjustable driver seat, it's easy to find a perfect driving position. The rear seat space can be a bit snug for tall passengers, but two adults under 6′ can ride in comfort. The rear seat floor is almost flat. The front and rear seats are high off the floor compared to other compacts, which could be more comfortable for older people. The trunk offers 12.3 cu. ft of cargo space. The rear seatbacks can be folded down to accommodate longer items. The auxiliary audio jack is standard. The USB port and Bluetooth are optional in the US L and Canadian CE models; standard in other trims.
Is Toyota Corolla fuel efficient?
2012 Toyota Corolla 1.8L engine.
Yes, although it's not the most efficient in its class. The EPA rates the 2012 1.8L Corolla with automatic transmission at 26/34 US mpg or 9.0/6.9 liters per hundred kilometers city/highway. The 2012 Corolla with a 5-speed manual gets a better mileage in a city: 27 mpg or 8.7 liters per hundred kilometers, but consumes more on the highway: 33 mpg or 7.1 liters/100 km.
How far can a 2012 Toyota Corolla go on a full tank?
According to EPA estimates, the automatic 2012 Corolla with a 1.8L engine can drive approximately 422 miles, or 679 kilometers on one 13.2 gallon tank on a long highway trip.
Is a 2012 Toyota Corolla a good car?
Yes, it's one of the most reliable cars ever built. J.D. Power and Associates ranks the 2012 Corolla second best among compact cars after the Toyota Prius hybrid in its 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study. Consumer Reports rates the 2012 Corolla as 'Recommended'. You just can't go wrong with the Corolla, especially if you want to keep it longer than three-four years. The Corolla is comfortable, cheap on gas and should serve you well as long as you keep the engine oil fresh and topped up.
How many miles can a 2012 Toyota Corolla last?
With proper maintenance and regular oil and transmission fluid changes, the 2012 Corolla can last for up to 300,000 miles. The key to Corolla's longevity is its reliable engine and simple conventional transmission.
2012 Corolla LE Specifications:
Length: 180.0 in (4,540 mm)
Width: 69.4 in (1,760 mm)
Height: 57.7 in (1,465 mm)
Wheelbase: 102.4 in (2,600 mm)
Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
EPA Passenger volume: 92.1 cu. ft. (without moonroof)
Headroom: Front: 38.3 in. Rear: 37.2 in. (without moonroof)
Legroom: Front: 41.7 in. Rear: 36.3 in.
Cargo Capacity: 12.3 cu. ft
Engine: 1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i); 132 hp @ 6000 rpm, 128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm
Recommended Fuel: 87 unleaded
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 US gallons (50.0 liters)