2018 Toyota Corolla
- The 2018 Corolla is essentially unchanged
- Part of the 11th Corolla generation introduced for 2014
- Comes with a long list of standard convenience and safety features
- Sport seats remain comfortable after hours of continuous driving
- Plenty of room inside, especially in the back
- Fuel economy isn't great
- rivals achieve the same with more power
- Not very exciting to drive
- Most interior materials feel cheap
- Acceleration is slow, even for this class
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Which Corolla does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3 / 5
With a low price tag and history of solid reliability, it's easy to see why the Toyota Corolla has become one of the world's best-selling vehicles over the last 50-plus years. The 2018 Toyota Corolla builds upon the success of its ancestors with expressive styling, a surprisingly roomy cabin, plenty of advanced safety features and comfortable, supportive seats. But while the Corolla covers the basics well enough, a few deficiencies make its rivals better picks overall.
The Corolla's cabin is fairly plain and does little to make you think you've bought anything more than a basic small car. Its underpowered engine and so-so handling mean it isn't much fun to drive, either. Factor in a small trunk and poor smartphone integration and you have a car that is difficult to recommend in a class stacked with more desirable choices.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Toyota Corolla sedan is sold in six trim levels. L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XSE and XLE. Every Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Most models produce 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, though the LE Eco is a bit more powerful with 140 hp and 126 lb-ft. Power is routed to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) on all models, though the SE can be optioned with a six-speed manual.
Standard equipment on the base L model includes 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, adaptive cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver information display, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 6.1-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker audio system with a CD player, a USB port and, for iPhone users, the Siri Eyes Free voice control system. Standard safety systems include a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist (to nudge you back into your lane) and automatic high beams.
The LE adds 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, remote locking and unlocking, metallic cabin accents, upgraded upholstery, a rear armrest and automatic climate control.
The LE Eco starts with the LE's features and adds engine and suspension tuning designed for maximum fuel efficiency, 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics.
The XLE builds upon the LE's set of features, adding 16-inch alloy wheels, upgraded headlights, LED taillights, bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery (Toyota's SofTex), a power-adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar), heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an upgraded driver information display, a 7-inch touchscreen display, an app-based navigation system (Scout GPS Link), and satellite and HD radio.
The SE is the sporty Corolla, although we use that term loosely. It starts with the LE's features and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, unique front-end styling with a black mesh grille, a rear spoiler, steering wheel with paddle shifters (for CVT automatic models), sport front seats, SofTex upholstery with cloth inserts, and a sport-style gauge cluster. Also included are the XLE's upgraded headlights, bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Opt for the manual transmission and you'll also get a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and the upgraded infotainment system.
The XSE has the SE manual transmission's extra features and adds heated front seats, the eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, the paddle shifters and full SofTex upholstery.
A few options packages are also available. LE and LE Eco models can select the Premium package, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, bumper-integrated LED running lights and the upgraded infotainment system. A sunroof can be added to this package for the LE (it's included with the package for the LE Eco).
The Premium package for SE CVT automatic models includes keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof and the upgraded infotainment system, while XLE and XSE models can opt for an integrated navigation system and smartphone integration via the Entune App Suite.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 Toyota Corolla SE (1.8-liter inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Toyota Corolla has received some revisions, including the deletion of the SE 50th Anniversary Special Edition (which will not affect this rating, as the trim was little more than an appearance package for the XSE). Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Toyota Corolla.
Noise & vibration3
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation3
Audio & navigation3
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Corolla safety features:
- Pre-Collision System
- Alerts the driver when the car approaches a stationary or slow-moving vehicle too quickly. Automatically applies the brakes if necessary.
- Lane Departure Alert w/ Steering Assist
- Notifies the driver as the Corolla wanders out of its lane. Makes small adjustments to the wheel to keep the Corolla in its lane.
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Maintains a set distance between the Corolla and the car in front by automatically accelerating and slowing down.
Toyota Corolla vs. the competition
2018 Toyota Corolla
2018 Honda Civic
Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic
This classic compact comparison is not much of a contest these days since the Toyota Corolla is now thoroughly outmatched by its crosstown rival. The Corolla feels especially old because its last redesign five years back was largely cosmetic. Meanwhile, Honda redesigned the Civic just two years ago to be larger and much nicer inside. It also offers two fantastic engine choices, and it rides on a reworked chassis with a sophisticated multilink rear suspension.
Toyota Corolla vs. Hyundai Elantra
Few would have picked the Elantra 10 years ago, but Hyundai has quietly evolved this small sedan into a solid choice. Compared to the Corolla, the latest Elantra is nicer to drive, equally easy on gas and a little spunkier. It also gives you more standard features. But you can't get the Corolla's active safety gear on an Elantra unless you spend a lot on the top Elantra Limited trim level.
Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda 3
The Corolla doesn't have many advantages over the Mazda 3 sedan, except perhaps for a larger dealer network and a reputation as a known quantity. Its standard active safety gear is a plus, too. But the Mazda 3 sedan is the better car on many fronts. It offers exemplary ride and handling, its engines are powerful, smooth and efficient, and its interior environment and touchscreen infotainment system are more sophisticated.
2018 Toyota Corolla for Sale
Is the Toyota Corolla a good car?
The 2018 Toyota Corolla is a good-looking compact sedan that's quite roomy, even in the back seat. Safety is its biggest advantage — even the cheapest 2018 Corolla is loaded with standard active safety gear such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist. Its 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine delivers good fuel economy but sluggish acceleration. And the Corolla's handling is merely competent, by which we mean it's not our top choice for those who regularly drive curvy roads. Smartphone integration technology on the Corolla is also subpar.
How can I get a Toyota Corolla deal?
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Does the Toyota Corolla have good MPG?
Most Corollas are EPA rated at 31 mpg combined (28 city/35 highway), which is starting to become below average for this class. The top-line Corolla XLE manages 32 mpg combined (28 city/36 highway). Most Hyundai Elantra trims are rated at 32 mpg combined, but the new segment standard is the Honda Civic, with a base engine that's rated at 34 mpg combined and a more powerful premium engine that's good for 36 mpg combined. The more muscular Honda pair makes it harder to be impressed by the miserly Corolla LE Eco, which is rated at 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway). The Hyundai Elantra Eco pips it, too, with a rating of 35 mpg combined. The Corolla is available with a manual transmission that's rated at 30 mpg combined, which is average among manual-equipped small sedans.
Does the Toyota Corolla have good resale value?
If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Toyota Corolla's resale value. How much will a 2018 Toyota Corolla be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.
2018 Toyota Corolla Overview
The 2018 Toyota Corolla is offered in the following submodels: Corolla Sedan. Available styles include LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), XSE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), XLE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LE Eco 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M), and LE Eco w/Premium Package 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2018 Toyota Corolla?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Toyota Corolla and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Corolla 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Corolla.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Toyota Corolla and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Corolla featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2018 Toyota Corolla?
2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
The 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,889. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M) is trending $2,770 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,770 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$20,119.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M) is12.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,783. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,632 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,632 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,151.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is12.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 3 2018 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
2018 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2018 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,273. The average price paid for a new 2018 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,794 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2,794 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,479.
The average savings for the 2018 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is13.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Which 2018 Toyota Corollas are available in my area?
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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Toyota Corolla?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.