While much of the news out of camp Corolla has been surrounding the still far off 2014 Toyota Corolla, Toyota would like you to know it has a perfectly good model for the coming year. The 2013 Toyota Corolla even receives a new grille, and some packaging adjustments that translate to more premium equipment as standard on all but the entry-level model. The changes are minor, but as we’ve shown you in recent weeks, the bigger changes are coming next year, and it wouldn’t make sense to stir the pot a year before the major refresh. And if last year was any indication, the second best-selling sedan in Toyota’s lineup will have another stellar year, and give the Honda Civic and Chevy Cruze some healthy competition.
The 2013 Corolla will continue to be powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine capable of 132 hp. Paired with the five-speed manual transmission, the Corolla returns an EPA estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Automatic models are almost equally fuel efficient at 26 mpg in town and the same 34 mpg highway. The entry-level Corolla L trim will remain the same, but the LE and S trims get a standard audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. A USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth will also come standard on the LE and S models.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla will also have three premium packages—named Premium, Premium Interior, and Premium Complete—that will upgrade content and features. The Premium package adds 17-inch alloy wheels and a power tilt/slide moonroof. Premium Interior tacks on automatic headlights, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Premium Complete combines all the aforementioned, and adds navigation and Toyota’s Entune multimedia system.