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STYLING | 6 out of 10
the Corolla and the Camry appear to be two sizes of the same dress
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designers tore up an earlier design to make the 7/8ths-scale Camry look edgier.
a straightforward appearance that looks lifted from Kia's no-nonsense school of cabin design
The body styling on the Corolla is unassuming
From a styling standpoint, there's very little, if anything, to get excited about in the 2012 Toyota Corolla.
The very minor touch-up the Corolla received last year only helped bring the cues on this sedan a little more in line with the larger Camry. Overall, it's a smooth, decent-looking design, but the 2012 Toyota Corolla lacks the sporty and modern panache of many of its rivals.
Inside, the Corolla bucks many of the cockpit-like layouts that are common in small sedans, instead having a more shelf-like instrument panel that, while not exciting, arguably frees up more interior space.
Even though the 2012 Toyota Corolla has gained some cues from the larger Camry, it's still one of the most bland and ubiquitous small-car picks.