2018 Toyota Corolla Review
Pros & Cons
- 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
- Acceleration is slow, even for this class
- Most interior materials feel cheap
- Not very exciting to drive
- Fuel economy isn't great
- rivals achieve the same with more power
List Price Range
$11,500 - $25,796
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Which Corolla does Edmunds recommend?
If you don't want to spend too much money, the LE Eco is the way to go. We like it because you get plenty of features, a slightly more powerful engine, and modest fuel economy gains over the L and LE. Our top pick, however, is the Corolla SE. It adds a modicum of fun to the Corolla's otherwise snooze-inducing driving experience. It's also the only model available with a manual transmission. Select the manual over the drony CVT automatic and you'll also get extra goodies such as a sunroof and upgraded infotainment system.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Performance has never been a strong suit for the Corolla, and it still isn't, especially with the current crop of compact cars. The engine under its hood hasn't changed since 2009, and the CVT automatic seems conflicted about its identity. If you value an engaging drive, there are many better options.
The sport seats that come with the SE provide great support, even if they seem a bit misplaced. There's nothing outstanding about the ride in the Corolla, but we did find the climate control to be more than sufficient in keeping cabin temps in check.
Slipping in and out of the Corolla's cabin is easy, and once you're in, there's ample room to stretch out. All cabin controls are straightforward, and the touchscreen is responsive, if not a bit oversensitive. Unfortunately, some will find an issue with the lack of steering column extension.
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.
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.
|Overall||6.5 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I got lucky and got mine for 15 grand. Comparing to other sedans that I have at this size it compares fine. My gas mileage is 36 mpg, mixed driving and it's fine for me for acceleration as I don't drive so sporty with it. Cons for me compared to other cars in this class is that I noticed it catches leaves and tree debris in places that you have to remove moreso than with other cars. Trunk lid catches leaves and I have to open it to clean them out. Front between the windshield and hood catches a lot of leaves. Seams at the doors and trim catches stuff too. My other make of car doesn't or is easier to clean, hose off. The radio controls with the steering wheel buttons don't match the vertical list of stations on the display as the stations are left and right to change and volume is up and down. I get mixed up when trying to choose the stations. The cruise control waits until it gets a few miles per hour higher to keep up and my other car is within a mile per hour. The CVT has smart intelligence and shifts just like a geared transmission when needing to speed up or down quickly and I thought it would not be so. But leaving a stop light it is shift free and I like that. Michelins came on mine and the road noise and ride is good and it handles bumps well. The rear camera won't beep when coming close to hitting something but maybe I have not set it yet in the controls adjustments. I am 6 ft. tall and used to pickup trucks and Sonatas and they are larger so I expected the entry, exit to be a bit tight but not uncomfortable as I wanted a smaller car for short spurts and gas mileage. The paint is blizzard pearl with a luxury looking sheen and I like that. Factory listed it as a special color. Overall I am pleased with it and don't mind the small cons. It's a Corolla and my price can't be beat compared to another car compared to it.
LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I drive about 75 miles round trip for work daily and bought the Corolla to be my commuter car. So far so good. The seats are comfortable, the handling is good, radio works well and it simply drives as it should. I do not have any complaints. It is not the fastest car off the line but if you drive normal without a lead foot then you will be just fine. I am averaging 38mpg with mixed driving, I love the gas mileage. The safety features are great too, I love the automatic high beams and the lane departure works well. I expect strong reliability with the Corolla and am very happy with my purchase.
LE Eco 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I traded in a 2017 Nissan Sentra SV. I test drove a few cars before I picked this one. I was using the Consumer Reports car buying guide and tested their top 6 cars. This car really surprised me. I grew up with Cadillacs which had automatic dimmers for the high beams in the 60s. Standard equipment. My wife accuses me of drifting out of my lane frequently. Lane warning Standard equipment. And an option that I thought Cruise Controls should have for years. When the cruise is set and you go down a hill it works to maintain you set speed so you are not talking to officer friendly at the bottom. And did I mention that the cruise has a vehicle detection system that slows you down or stops you if you start getting to close to the other vehicle. ALL of the preceding were STANDARD EQUIPMENT. Extra on other models. The car has the usual Corolla ride (Okay), handling (okay), Comfort (adequate), Noise (okay). BONUS because of the standard safety features the price of my insurance went DOWN $20 verses the 2017 Nissan.
LE Eco 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
you will never be found on side of road with car trouble. I love my cars I never had any problems. I have a 2006 scion xb and I have a 2018 corolla red I call her lip stick I love her I love Toyota all you have to do is keep up with the oil change. other than that it will run and you will keep on going places. cars are made to be driven and Toyota delivers just keep new tires. I don't need the inside to be stunning so that I don't care about I love the fact it has safe senors on it. the speed it fast enough for like to get places alive so speed aint a problem. so if you are like me and just want to go place with no problems get a TOYOTA
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Corolla models:
- 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.