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2022 Toyota Corolla Review: Specs and Pricing

2022 Toyota Corolla


The 2022 Toyota Corolla is a little car that's inexpensive, appealing, and packed with standard active safety systems. The Corolla offers a comfortable ride quality and sporty models all its own, even though rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are more entertaining to drive.

The Toyota is available as a sedan or a hatchback, much like many of its compact rivals. Although both vehicles have distinctive features, the hatch has an uncommonly smaller back seat and less cargo room than the sedan.

A manual transmission is available on a few versions, and the sedan comes with a hybrid drivetrain that is incredibly fuel-efficient. Unfortunately, every model has a loud engine. The 2022 Corolla is still a well-liked option, particularly with buyers who value style and security.

What has changed for 2022?

The 2022 Corolla family only receives a few minor updates from Toyota. The LE Hybrid adds a Premium interior option that includes heated front seats, a power adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support, leatherette upholstery, and a steering wheel with leather detailing. Ruby Flare and Windchill Pearl are two new paint options for the sedan, and Finish Line Red is now an option for the hatchback.

Which one to purchase?

We'd go with the somewhat sportier SE sedan. It comes with a manual transmission and a sport-tuned suspension that makes driving it more enjoyable than with the standard setup. Even though it nullifies the option packages that would otherwise be available with the base continuously variable automatic transmission, we'd happily check that box (CVT). Thankfully, the Corolla SE sedan still includes a tonne of goodies that will keep us happy. The list also features front sport seats, a steering wheel with leather upholstery, 18-inch alloys, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2022 Toyota Corolla: Engine and Performance

The Corolla sedan employs a 139-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission, except for the sportier SE and XSE variants (CVT). An optional six-speed manual transmission or a CVT can be used with the 2.0-liter, 169-hp four-cylinder engine in the more powerful models.

Only the sedan is available with a hybrid drivetrain, even though all hatchbacks have a bigger engine. Even the most powerful engine cannot provide appropriate acceleration, as demonstrated by our tests of the Corolla SE hatchback and the Corolla XSE sedan.

The Toyota twins drove steadily on the highway and with caution in populated areas. Hard acceleration, however, resulted in gruff engine noises that detracted from their fineness. The Corolla hatchback and sedan both feature a smooth ride that effectively isolates all but the harshest bumps. Additionally, they are more agile than earlier incarnations thanks to their controlled body movements.

With a more rigid sport-tuned suspension and the latter's larger 18-inch wheels, the Corolla SE and XSE further distinguish themselves from one another (everything else rides on either 15- or 16-inch rims).

The Corolla's progressive steering is adequate but not exceptional when compared to agile and entertaining rivals like the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf. Both Corolla body styles' brake pedals were trustworthy and simple to use, even though neither one performed well in our 70 mph to zero braking test (requiring between 174 and 183 feet).

2022 Toyota Corolla: Pricing

The 2022 Toyota Corolla's pricing starts at $20,425 for the base L trim and goes up to $28,710 for the top-of-the-line Apex XSE trim. Here's a breakdown of the starting MSRP for some of the Corolla trims:

  • L: $20,425

  • LE: $20,875

  • SE: $22,875

  • Nightshade: $23,575

  • XLE: $24,825

  • XSE: $26,325

  • Apex SE: $25,570

  • Apex XSE: $28,710

2022 Toyota Corolla: Fuel efficiency and MPG

The Corolla sedan provides a highly frugal hybrid type in addition to two fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines. The hybrid should achieve 52 mpg on the interstate and 53 in the city, according to the EPA. In comparison, the government predicts the 2.0-liter engine in the nonhybrid car will achieve up to 40 mpg on the highway, while the 1.8-liter is predicted to achieve up to 38 mpg on the highway. On our 75 mph fuel-economy route, the hybrid we tested returned 56 mpg, while the Corolla XSE sedan returned 41 mpg.

The Corolla hatchback has a city/highway fuel economy rating of up to 32 mpg. Both the automatic and manual hatchbacks that we tested achieved 40 and 36 mpg, respectively.

2022 Toyota Corolla: Connectivity

A touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a pay-per-use Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on every Corolla. Although the dashboard is dominated by the huge touchscreen, the several hard buttons and rotary volume and tuning knobs assist keep the driver's eyes on the road while operating it. The enhanced JBL audio system and wireless charging are popular choices.

2022 Toyota Corolla: Interior and Comfort

Both the hatchback and sedan versions of the Corolla have a modern dashboard and soft-touch materials inside. Push-button start and passive entry are standard on most models. Ambient inside lighting, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats are further options for others.

The sedan has significantly greater legroom behind the front seats than the hatchback, so those who frequently transport passengers in the back should favor it. We could only put two carry-on bags in the Corolla hatchback's 18 cubic feet of cargo room under the back seat. The new, free Enhanced Cargo Space option, on the other hand, increases that volume by 6 cubic feet (totaling 23), by swapping out the spare tire with a tire repair kit.

The sedan's trunk barely offers 13 cubic feet of space, but we managed to fit eight suitcases inside. Both body types have less internal cubby storage than other more roomy competitors. Thankfully, their center console has a handy tray at the front and helpful storage beneath the armrest.

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