2023 Toyota Corolla
About the Toyota Corolla
The 2023 Toyota Corolla is one of Australia's top-selling passenger vehicle, and one of the best-known nameplates in the world. It's available as a hatchback or sedan, with petrol and hybrid engines.
The new Toyota Corolla has hit Australian dealers and comes with updated tech, a more powerful hybrid, and some cosmetic tweaks.
The changes come with some steep price hikes, however. The Ascent Sport hybrid sedan has seen the loftiest increase at $3785, but even the smallest increase is $2425.
Super low running costs
Good ride and handling balance
Unpretentious, reliable motoring
Hatch has small boot
Hybrid feels underpowered
Tyre noise on coarse roads
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The base 2023 Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport comes with the following standard features:
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (NEW)
- DAB+ digital radio (NEW)
- USB-C port (NEW)
- 7.0-inch instrument cluster screen (NEW)
- Satellite navigation (NEW, hybrid sedan only)
- Front sun visors with vanity mirrors and lighting (NEW, sedan only)
- Rear seat reminder (NEW, hatch)
- Six-speaker sound system
- Automatic bi-LED headlights
- Automatic high-beam
- LED daytime running lights and tail lights
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- 60/40 split-fold rear seats with centre armrest
- Heated, power-folding mirrors
An optional $1000 Convenience Pack adds:
- Blind-spot monitoring (sedan)
- Rear-cross traffic alert
- Front and rear parking sensors (hatchback)
Moving up to the Corolla SX brings:
- Rain-sensing wipers (NEW)
- Electrochromatic rear-view mirror (NEW)
- Remote climate control pre-conditioning (NEW, hatch only)
- Front and rear parking sensors (NEW, hatch only)
- Satellite navigation
- DAB+ digital radio
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Leatherette-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
- LED fog lights
- Auto-folding wing mirrors
- Keyless entry and start
- Privacy glass
- Dual-zone climate control (hatchback)
- Wireless phone charging
- Paddle shifters (excludes hybrid)
The top-spec Corolla ZR also features:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- JBL sound system (nine speakers in the sedan, eight speakers in the hatch)
- Front sports seats
- Eight-way power driver’s seat
- Leatherette (sedan) or leather and faux suede upholstery (hatchback)
- Heated front seats
- Head-up display
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (NEW)
- Auto-dimming rear view mirror
- Ambient lighting
Price & Specs
Toyota Corolla ASCENT SPORT + CONVENIENCE PK
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Corollas have plenty of seat and wheel adjustments, to suit all occupant sizes. The analogue gauges flank two trip computer options, and ZR grades get a projecting head-up display.
The touchscreen and infotainment systems offer nothing cutting-edge, and you need to option sat-nav and DAB in base models. But all have phone mirroring and reversing cameras.
In terms of build quality the Corolla is always excellent, and all controls are functional and simple to use. There's nothing overly flash – stitch-work, and the ZR's ambient lighting aside – but function trumps form.
Back seat space is not best-in-class, but two average-sized adults can fit back there, and there are outboard ISOFIX child-seat anchors, and top tether points.
The sedan has 470L of luggage space, while the hatchback has between 217L and 333L. The larger of the two volumes is for models without a spare wheel. This is pretty pokey by class standards.
The ZR hatch in particular looks quite sharp with its 18-inch wheels, but all have nice light signature and curvaceous, inoffensive styling.
The edgier five-door hatch is definitely skewed towards younger buyers than the more safe and staid four-door sedan.
For the MY23, the Toyota Corolla's cosmetic tweaks are minor. There’s a new grille, as well as new 16-inch wheels for Ascent Sport and SX models, and new Sunstone Orange and Lunar Blue exterior finishes.
There continue to be some unusual differences between hatch and sedan models. In addition to a slightly different colour palette, there’s a slightly different equipment list between the two body styles.
Toyota Corolla Colours
Corolla Hatchback models are available in the following finishes:
- Sunstone Orange
- Lunar Blue
- Glacier White
- Frosted White
- Silver Pearl
- Eclipse Black
- Jasper Red
Of these, only Sunstone Orange and Glacier White can’t be had with a black roof in ZR guise.
Sedan models are available in the following colours:
- Dark Grey
- Eclipse Black
- Glacier White
- Frosted White
- Silver Pearl
- Celestite Grey
- Atomic Rush
- Saturn Blue
Cost of Ownership
The 2023 Toyota Corolla requires servicing every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first, with the first five services capped at $205 each.
How it Drives
The 2023 Toyota Corolla range has two engine choices, starting with a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 126kW of power and 202Nm of torque (203Nm in the sedan).
The hybrid pairs a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, for a combined power output of 103kW.
The 2.0-litre engine comes with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with 10 virtual gears. The hybrid is only available with an e-CVT.
All Corollas are front-wheel drive. Hybrid models get Toyota’s new fifth-generation hybrid powertrain with an extra 13kW of power, for a total output of 103kW.
There’s a new front drive motor and power control unit, while a newly developed lithium-ion battery is said to reduce weight by 14 per cent. You can now also get a ZR sedan with the hybrid powertrain. Previously, the ZR hybrid was hatch-only.
The TNGA platform and all-round independent suspension (trailing wishbone rear) look good on paper, and indeed this Corolla is way sharper on turn-in and flatter through corners than older models.
It's actually quite a sporty car in handling terms.
However, the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness could be better, the ride quality on 18-inch wheels degrades over the 16s, and the hybrid – while extremely efficient – is a sluggish under hard acceleration.
Toyota Corolla Safety Rating
The 2023 Toyota Corolla has an ANCAP rating of five stars based on testing conducted in 2018.
It received scores of 96 per cent in adult occupant protection, 83 per cent in child occupant protection, 86 per cent in vulnerable road user protection, and 76 per cent in safety assist.
The entire range comes standard with the following safety features:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Motorcycle detection (NEW)
- Junction assist (NEW)
- Emergency steering assist (NEW)
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-tracing assist (excludes manual models)
- Adaptive cruise control (high speed-only in manual models)
- Traffic sign recognition
- Reversing camera
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag
The SX and ZR add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The former is also standard on all hatchback models.
The Toyota Safety Sense suite of active safety features has been expanded, with the Corolla’s autonomous emergency braking system now featuring motorcycle detection and junction assist.
Emergency steering assist is standard across the range while blind-spot monitoring, previously available only on the SX and ZR, is now standard on Ascent Sport hatchbacks.
A new acceleration suppression feature reacts to sudden use of the accelerator when travelling at low speeds.
Toyota’s Lane Trace Assist lane centring system also features an emergency stop feature, bringing the vehicle to a gradual stop if it detects the driver is no longer providing inputs.
The company has also tweaked its adaptive cruise control system. It now features four distance settings and deceleration assist when changing lanes, and can now also detect vehicles earlier.
Likewise, Toyota says it has improved the performance of its cameras and radar sensors.
Toyota Corolla Lifecycle
The current generation Toyota Corolla was launched in August 2018 and is currently 77 percent through its lifecycle. The last update was a new variant that was launched in February 2023 with the next model expected in 2025.
Toyota Corolla Options
Metallic paint is the only option.
Toyota Corolla Warranty
The 2023 Toyota Corolla is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.
Toyota Corolla Stock Availability
All Toyotas are in short supply at the moment, but Corolla stock will improve as the year progresses.
Toyota Corolla Infotainment
All new models get Toyota’s latest-generation infotainment system, though they retain an 8.0-inch touch display. No mention has been made of the new 10.5-inch display revealed in Japan and Europe.
DAB+ digital radio is standard across the range, and there’s now a USB-C port below the screen.
The Ascent Sport gains a 7.0-inch instrument cluster screen, replacing the old 4.2-inch information display, while the flagship ZR debuts a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Toyota Corolla Boot Space
The sedan has 470L of luggage space, while the hatchback has between 217L and 333L. The larger of the two volumes is for models without a spare wheel.
The larger of the two volumes is for models without a spare wheel.
Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy
The petrol 2023 Toyota Corolla uses 6.0L/100km on the combined cycle.
The hybrid Corolla sedan uses 3.9L/100km.
All models run on 91RON regular unleaded fuel and have a 50L fuel tank except for the hybrid models, which use a 43L tank.
Depending on the variant, view the 2023 TOYOTA COROLLA fuel usage below.
All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||5.9||-|
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONVENIENCE PK||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||5.9||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONVENIENCE PK||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.9||-|
|SX||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||5.9||-|
|SX||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONV PK HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.0||-|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONV PK HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.9||-|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.9||-|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.0||-|
|ZR||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ZR||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||5.9||-|
|ZR TWO-TONE OPTION PREMIUM PNT||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL||-||-||6.0||-|
|ZR HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.0||-|
|ZR HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||3.9||-|
|ZR TWO-TONE OPT PREM PAINT HYB||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||UNLEADED PETROL/ELECTRIC||-||-||4.0||-|
Toyota Corolla Dimensions
The 2023 Toyota Corolla hatch measures 4375mm long, 1435mm tall and 1790mm wide, with a 2640mm wheelbase.
The Corolla sedan measures 4630mm long, 1435mm tall and 1780mm wide, with a 2700mm wheelbase.
Depending on the variant, the 2023 TOYOTA COROLLA measures as below.
|Variant||Series||Style||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)|
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONVENIENCE PK||MZEA12R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONVENIENCE PK||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONV PK HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ASCENT SPORT + CONV PK HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|SX HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ZR TWO-TONE OPTION PREMIUM PNT||MZEA12R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ZR HYBRID||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
|ZR HYBRID||ZWE219R||4D SEDAN||4630||1780||1435||2700|
|ZR TWO-TONE OPT PREM PAINT HYB||ZWE219R||5D HATCHBACK||4375||1790||1460||2640|
The 2023 TOYOTA COROLLA has a braked towing capacity of 1300kg and an unbraked towing capacity of 450kg.
Toyota Corolla Market Fit
Both body styles are classified as Small Cars under $40,000.
Toyota Corolla Sales Data
Corolla was number-one in class in 2021, recording 28,768 sales for 29.1 per cent market share.
Its closest rivals were the Hyundai i30 (25,575), Kia Cerato (18,114), and Mazda 3 (14,126).
Toyota Corolla Reliability
The Toyota Corolla has a great reputation for reliability and there are no reports of any known systematic issues.
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Should you buy the Toyota Corolla
These sell so well, and for good reason. There are flaws around packaging, but overall it's bulletproof and cheap-to-run motoring, with newfound dynamic nous and pretty sharp design.
Toyota Corolla Interesting Facts
The Corolla is now into its 12th generation, and has on many occasions been the world's top-selling car over a calendar year.