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The ventilation controls, though simple to understand and use, have a cheap feel as well.
the base Corolla features such good stuff as a telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, and an exterior-temp gauge
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The placement of the auxiliary audio jack could be better, though, as it requires draping a cord clumsily across the shifter.
The optional navigation system looks good and refreshes quickly.
In its last year before a major redesign, the Corolla isn't completely unchanged from 2012. In fact, for 2013 it gets some important new tech features, with a new 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system with Bluetooth hands-free calling, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB connectivity included in all but the base Corolla L.Across the lineup, there are three trim levels: base L, mid-range LE, and the somewhat sportier-looking S. The L model is no longer so basic, and it includes power windows, locks, and mirrors, along with keyless entry, air conditioning, a trip computer, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Also, LE and S models get improved audio systems, cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, variable intermittent wipers, and heated mirrors. And S doesn't offer performance that's much sportier, it gets stitched seat accents on sport seats, fog lamps, alloy wheels, a spoiler, additional body cladding, and a sport gauge cluster.
A moonroof and XM satellite radio are among the few factory options, while there are many additional convenience- or appearance-related dealer-installed options, ranging from larger alloy wheels to cargo organizers. And integrated Bluetooth and an upgraded audio system are available in the base Corolla L for a modest (and worthwhile) $280.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla comes with a rather limited feature and option list, but all the essentials are here.