2023 Corolla refresh

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For 2023, Toyota has made a few changes to the Corolla. While the compact car is mostly a carryover model, it benefits from a slightly updated design, a revised lineup, a new standard engine, Toyota’s Safety Sense 3.0 suite of safety features, and an updated infotainment system. The largest change to the Corolla is the introduction of the new 2023 GR Corolla, which is a hot hatchback that’s aimed at track use. Compared to the regular Corolla, the GR Corolla comes with a more powerful engine, an advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, and high-performance components.

The Corolla Hybrid and Corolla Cross are covered separately.

The 2023 Corolla arrives with a few exterior styling tweaks. The sedan body style gets revised front and rear fascias, LED daytime running lights, as well as redesigned LED headlights. The sporty SE and XSE trims benefit from a new diffuser and new 18-inch wheels. The Corolla hatchback gets a redesigned front grille, a body-color rear bumper, revised LED headlights, and new optional 18-inch wheels. The high-performance GR Corolla features an aggressive body kit with a wide stance, angry lines, enormous vents, and a unique tri-outlet exhaust system.

On the inside, the 2023 Toyota Corolla will share the same overall design as the current model on sale. Both the sedan and hatchback have a streamlined look with a simple horizontal dashboard. The infotainment system is placed in the middle of the dashboard but sits in front of the dash. Toyota includes physical controls for both the infotainment and HVAC systems. While the new 2023 GR Corolla shares a similar design to the regular Corolla, the sporty hatchback has racier seats, aluminum pedal covers, and sportier trim. The Morizo Edition will be the sportiest of the GR Corollas without any rear seats and rear speakers to save weight.

2023 Corolla refresh

Every Corolla now comes with an updated infotainment system for 2023. The compact car has a redesigned 8-inch infotainment system, while the vehicle’s digital gauge cluster has been updated. The available 7-inch digital instrument cluster has also been redesigned. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard. Available features should include a wireless charging pad, nine audio speakers, navigation, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Toyota has discontinued the Corolla’s previous standard engine. Instead, all Corollas will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Output is rated at 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are available. Toyota has updated the CVT for improved performance when taking off from a stop. The 2023 GR Corolla will be powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine that makes up to 300 hp. A six-speed manual transmission and Toyota’s GR-Four AWD system are standard for the GT Corolla.

The 2023 Toyota Corolla now comes with the automaker’s Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite. Standard safety features include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high-beam assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert should be optional.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2023 Toyota Corolla is expected to go on sale before the end of the year. The sedan will be available in LE, SE, and XSE trims with pricing from $22,645 to $27,795 with destination. The Corolla Hatchback will be available in SE and XSE trims with prices ranging from $24,060 to $27,525.

Toyota has announced pricing for the 2023 GR Corolla. The hot hatchback will start at $36,995 (with destination) and go up to $50,995 for the Morizo Edition. The base Core trim will go on sale before the end of this year, while the Circuit and Morizo Edition won’t arrive until next year.

The 2023 Toyota Corolla will compete against the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3, Volkswagen Jetta, and Nissan Sentra. The GR Corolla will compete against the Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf R, and Hyundai Elantra N.

It's no wonder that time, tide, and technology wait for none, and as the human mind continues to evolve and decipher newer technologies, the older ones dissipate over time. Just like humans, cars are born and grow old too. Although several thousand cars have arrived on the market in the past century, one car has stood the test of time like none other on the market. It's none other than the ToyotaCorolla—a name that people living in the remotest islands have heard of. Introduced in November 1966, the Corolla has a rich history and Toyota has sold more than 50 million Corollas since its arrival. Toyota understands what the average customer wants—a good-looking daily driver that offers good power and mileage and features that keep up with the market.

This year, Toyota has introduced the Corolla with a crucial midlife refresh consisting of refreshed exterior styling, a standard 2.0-liter engine, and most importantly, newer interior, infotainment, and safety features. All this for just $675 more than the previous year. While you get the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, and many other compact sedans on the market, the Toyota Corolla decimates them all. Here's how.

Competitive Pricing Of The 2023 Toyota Corolla

2023 Toyota Corolla Exterior SunsetToyota

The refreshed Corolla features a handful of changes at a minimal price increase of just $675. The 2023 Corolla arrives with three trims—LE, SE, and XSE—and a starting price of $21,550. The hybrid versions, however, start at $22,800 for the LE and are offered in three trims—LE, SE, and XLE.

When compared to its nearest rivals, the Honda Civic Sport starts at $24,650 and comes with a 158-hp 2.0-liter engine, while the costlier models, like the $26,050 EX model, provide a 180-hp engine. The Hyundai Elantra and the German Volkswagen Jetta, although cheaper at around $20,500, are less powerful, with 147-hp and 158-hp engines, respectively. Thus, the Toyota Corolla here offers the best value and price-to-power ratio.

2023 Toyota Corolla Is Built On A Time-Tested Platform

TNGA-C PlatformVia: Toyota

The chassis is the most important component of a car, and everything right from performance to strength depends on how good the chassis is. Toyota’s TNGA-C platform is one of the most reliable and robust platforms in the market and is often used by Lexus as well.

Toyota has mostly used aluminum to reduce its curb weight to reduce the center of gravity and improve handling. However, the chassis also used various steel parts and pillars to provide better impact protection.

In addition, the chassis is equipped with sound-absorbing materials, Thinsulate, sealants, and silencer pads to keep a check on the NVH levels and reduce unwanted vibrations. The chassis also comes with independent MacPherson struts with anti-roll bars and multi-link rear suspension to balance between good handling and soft ride quality.

2023 Corolla Offers Simple, Practical, And Efficient Powertrain Choices

2.0-liter NA Inline-4 EngineVia: Toyota

The Toyota Corolla is aimed directly at customers looking for a good daily driver with decent power and good mileage to glide through daily tasks easily. The previous anemic 139-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is replaced by a more efficient and powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of producing 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

Performance and mileage have improved. The new Corolla is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in around 7 seconds and offers an exceptional fuel economy of 32 to 41 MPG in the city and on highways. With a 13.2-gallon fuel tank, it can travel up to 540 miles on the highway.

Toyota also offers a hybrid variant of the Corolla that uses a 1.8-liter inline-four engine to power a rear axle-mounted electric motor to produce a combined output of 134 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. This unit takes longer to accelerate but offers 53 MPG on the highway and a range of nearly six hundred miles with the 11.4-gallon tank.

2023 Toyota Corolla Beautifully Balances Functionality And Comfort

2023 Toyota Corolla Sedan Interior Dashboard ViewToyota

The Corolla’s cabin heavily varies with the trim you purchase, and treatment ranges from basic to a premium level. Even in the base model, the cabin is adorned with soft materials, making it feel upscale.

The lower models come with silver or piano black accents, while the upper trims offer a deluxe treatment with metal accents and contrast stitching. The controls are ergonomically arranged, making them easy to understand and use. Irrespective of the trim you choose, all models offer spacious and comfortable treatment inside, with 88.6 cubic feet of total space for five occupants.

The lower models offer manual bucket or sports seats covered with premium fabric, while the upper models offer more comfort or a sportier driving position with heated and cooled power sports seats covered with SofTex. Headroom and legroom are respectable on both rows.

Toyota Corolla Comes Loaded With Technology

2023 Toyota Corolla Sedan FeaturesVia: Toyota

No matter which trim you choose, all Corolla models come equipped with loads of features. The lower models have a 4.2-inch MID, an 8-inch touchscreen providing a crisp and intuitive interface, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM, and a six-speaker audio system. The costlier models offer a 7-inch cluster, while more premium features like a JBL premium audio system and wireless charger are available.

Toyota Corolla Is One Of The Safest And Most Reliable Compact Sedans

Toyota Corolla Sedan Toyota Safety Sense 3.0Via: Toyota

When it comes to safety and reliability, Toyota is one of the best in the business. While the IIHS and NHTSA haven't yet tested the 2023 Toyota Corolla, we expect the 2023 Toyota Corolla to bag the Top Safety Pick+ award this year as well as a five-star rating from NHTSA.

The 2023 Toyota Corolla now offers more safety. It comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 package, ten airbags, and an optional blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. The Corolla is highly reliable and scored 81/100 last year by J.D. Power. Toyota offers a 60-month or 60,000-mile engine warranty followed by a 3-year basic warranty.

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Will 2023 Corolla be redesigned?

As for the exterior, Corolla hatchbacks come with a redesigned grille, LED headlights, and a rear bumper with chrome accents. All 2023 Corolla models (excluding the base LE) get redesigned headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Is there a new Toyota Corolla coming out?

With sporty styling, intuitive tech and responsive handling, 2023 Corolla Hatchback is ready to hit the road running. Prices and colors may vary by model.

What new Toyotas are coming 2023?

Here's what's new at Toyota for the 2023 model year, including the GR Corolla hot hatch, the Crown sedan, and a new Sequoia SUV. Toyota's most highly anticipated 2023 vehicles include two enthusiast specials: a manual-transmission GR Supra and the GR Corolla.

When can I buy a GR Corolla 2023?

Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent. Trading up your Honda Fit for the brand new 2023 Toyota GR Corolla is a great move. The 2023 GR Corolla release date hasn't been announced yet, but the base Core Grade model should arrive in late 2022 with the Circuit Edition coming in early 2023.