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2013 Toyota Corolla Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Toyota Corolla was new.


Interior: 7.0

While one test driver says the 2013 Toyota Corolla’s cabin quality is Lexus-like, most say the exact opposite. They think the Toyota Corolla’s interior will do everything you need it to, but compared with the interiors of the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze, the Corolla’s interior is forgettable due to its drab, outdated design.

  • "While the 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan's interior is highly functional and very roomy, it falls far short of the styling and color offerings of some if its less-conservative competitors. Gray or beige plastics and dated-looking gauge faces don't inspire the same enthusiasm as the interior of a Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus or Mazda3." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Again, if you want to see a great looking interior at a sub-$20K price, look inside a Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus or Mazda3." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The interior is as precisely put together as that in a Lexus - the door panel gaps, cutlines et cetera are a work of art for those who appreciate that sort of thing. ..." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)


The Toyota Corolla seats five. Its front seats receive mostly positive comments. Some test drivers find that there is enough headroom for tall adults and that it’s easy for the driver to access the interior controls. However, a few reviewers think that it’s difficult to find a comfortable driving position because the steering wheel is hard to adjust. As with many small cars, some reviewers say the Corolla’s back seat isn’t very spacious and lacks room for tall adults.

  • "The Corolla's rear seat offers good hip and shoulder room, but the all-important headroom and legroom figures come up a bit short." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Copy editor Zach Gale, who at full height is much taller than my 68-inch frame, found front headroom adequate." -- Motor Trend (2011)
  • "The cabin was fine, with plenty of legroom and headroom. I was able to find a good seating position pretty easily, and there's a good view out all around. All of the audio/HVAC controls were easy to use and within reach." -- AutoWeek (2011)
  • "The driver's seat includes a height adjustment, but I never found an ideal driving position because the steering wheel didn't tilt low enough for me." -- Cars.com (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Corolla comes standard with a four-speaker stereo that has an auxiliary input jack. The Corolla offers two optional stereo upgrades that include a USB port and Bluetooth. One of these stereos has a 6.1-inch touch screen. Steering wheel-mounted audio and Bluetooth controls and navigation are also optional.

Although the Corolla doesn’t have as many standard features as its competitors, test drivers say that the cabin’s controls are very well-organized and aren’t hard to use. One reviewer appreciates the Corolla’s simple design because the interior controls aren’t complicated like the ones in some rivals. However, a different test driver complains that the temperature controls operate sloppily.

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  • "The standard control scheme is a straightforward, upright layout with no hint of a driver's ‘cockpit’ feel. The gauges are unobstructed and easy enough to read. Controls are orderly and obvious." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "While the interior isn't particularly memorable in any way, controls are large, simple, and easy to operate, refreshing given some of the more over-styled contemporary interiors that place form far ahead of function." -- Motor Trend (2011)
  • "Perhaps the biggest offender is the air-conditioning controls, which consist primarily of three large dials that rotate with a sloppiness not typically seen in a modern car. Every time you adjust the temperature, fan speed or airflow direction, you'll be reminded how crude these controls are." -- Cars.com (2011)


The 2013 Corolla has a 12.3 cubic-foot trunk. While that number is good for a sedan, some competitors, such as the Chevrolet Cruze and Hyundai Elantra, offer about 15 cubic feet of room. One reviewer also thinks the trunk is poorly designed and dislikes that the opening is small and that the trunk’s hinges can get in the way.

  • "Cargo volume in the trunk is a useful 12.3 cubic feet and can be expanded thanks to the 60/40-split folding rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo hold is fairly wide and tall but doesn't extend far forward. Loading is hampered by a tall bumper lip, small opening, and intrusive lid hinges." -- Consumer Guide (2012)

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