2013 Toyota Corolla Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The 2013 Corolla has a cabin that's stark and basic, yet comfortable and well-designed. In that way, those who aren't as image conscious are going to be happy with what's inside the Corolla while those who demand a little more refinement and attention to detail might be left wanting.

Functionally, the Corolla hits all the marks--especially with respect to seating space and comfort. Front seats are a bit short and spongy and that's the only caution (really for taller drivers, who might not find them as supportive), but otherwise there's plenty of headroom and legroom as well as decent space for average-size adults in the back seat. Ride comfort is good in most cases, and the Corolla's cabin is well-isolated from road and wind noise; it's really up to par with mid-size cars in this respect.

Cut-rate interior trims and engine noise detract from what's otherwise a very spacious, comfortable, and functional cabin.

Storage-wise, it's all here as well, with a double glovebox, along with a few cubbies, a console box, and large door pockets; but the trunk is on the small side, even among cars in this class, and has intrusive hinges.

Its in the materials and the fine details that the 2013 Corolla fails to impress. Top Corolla LE models--and the Corolla S--are better-dressed than the base Corolla L inside; but even then the combination of a conservative design and lackluster materials mean that your passengers won't ever be fooled into thinking you're in anything but a very affordable sedan.

Once upon a time the Corolla was at the head of the compact class in powertrain refinement; but today's model has higher-than-expected levels of engine noise, with an especially coarse note when pushed hard.

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