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2018 Toyota Corolla Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Toyota Corolla was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Toyota Corolla’s interior is attractive and well-designed. However, there are plenty of hard plastics throughout, which leave the Corolla feeling less upscale than many competitors. Both rows of seats are comfortable and roomy, and trunk space is average for the class. A user-friendly infotainment system headlines the Corolla’s tech offerings.

  • The Corolla lacks in quality feel especially when compared to Honda, Mazda and Subaru. Hard plastic abounds in most areas, which unfortunately cheapens an otherwise attractive interior design. The seats, infotainment, climate controls and steering wheel look of quality; everything else does not." -- Edmunds
  • "For 2017 the Corolla also gets a nice update to the interior, expanding the use of soft-touch plastics, upgrading the look of various components, and overall just generating a nicer feel for an interior that was already roomy and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "In our interior evaluation, we were struck by how much more upscale this new Corolla seems than its predecessor. The supple dashboard materials are much improved, and stitched accents on some panels add to the premium ambience. This is hardly business as usual for Toyota's best-seller; indeed, upscale and premium are words we've never associated with Corolla models in the past." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The Toyota Corolla seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Premium fabric, leatherette seats, sport seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats are available.

The Corolla’s front seats are comfortable and spacious, though the available sport seats – which have added side bolstering – may be a little narrow for some people. The rear seats have adequate headroom and lots of legroom. Rear-seat space is further improved because of the flat floor in the back.

The Corolla's LATCH child-car-seat system is relatively easy to use. All three top tether anchors are in an easy-to-find location and separate from other hardware. The lower anchors are deep in the seat, but there is room to maneuver around, and it requires little force to attach the straps.

  • "There's an abundance of room up front, though the sport seats may feel a little narrow for larger drivers. There's decent headroom in back and 41.4 inches of legroom, which obliterates everything in the compact segment and embarasses many midsize cars. A nearly flat floor pan also aids foot space." -- Edmunds
  • "One of the Corolla's main selling points is rear seat room. Leg space is generous, allowing a Corolla to easily accommodate a family of four." -- New York Daily News (2017)
  • "One feature that requires no track testing is the Corolla's spacious interior. Although rear-seat headroom could be better, the 2017 Toyota has plenty of rear-seat legroom with room under the front seats for your feet, soft seat backs in case you're sitting behind a tall driver, and a nearly flat drivetrain hump that increases the impression of space." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Corolla include Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch screen for the Entune infotainment system, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of safety features, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include automatic climate control, a moonroof, a 7-inch Entune touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, proximity key entry, and push-button start. 

The Entune infotainment system is responsive and easy to use. The touch screen’s crisp graphics and large buttons make it easy to see. There are also physical controls for some functions. Though you can pair your smartphone with the Corolla, it’s not as easy to do as it is in rivals that offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

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  • "The Corolla is just average across the board when it comes to technology. The driver aids don't quite function to the standard of other competitors such as Honda and Subaru, and Toyota's smartphone integration, through its own proprietary app, is a poor substitute for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto." -- Edmunds
  • "On the infotainment front, Toyota offers its Entune suite of apps – including optional navigation – housed inside a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Here, too, everything is intuitive and the display is well-organized with modern graphics. … That, right there, is what the whole Corolla package comes down to: ease of use. Nothing about this car jumps out as being particularly emotive, and that's by design." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "We spent only a short time playing with the Corolla's infotainment system, but found the touchscreen to be straightforward and responsive." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Cargo

The Corolla has an average amount of cargo space for a compact car. The trunk offers 13 cubic feet. The split-folding rear seats let you haul some large or longer items. However, the rear seats sit higher than the trunk floor when folded, which limits utility a bit. Loading your stuff is easy thanks to the wide trunk opening.

  • "Compact sedans aren't sought after for their outstanding utility, but some do a better job of maximizing the space they have. The Corolla isn't one of those cars. While we like the wide trunk opening and split-and-folding seats, the level change from the trunk kept us from loading some longer items." -- Edmunds
  • "... there's good cargo space with split-folding rear seatbacks to help with longer objects." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • Trunk space measures 13 cubic-feet, a decent amount for a small car." -- New York Daily News (2017)

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