Toyota’s ever-popular Corolla has been refreshed for the 2023 model year, and it has brought with it numerous styling, powertrain and technology updates to breathe some new life into the 12th generation of compact cars. The biggest news is the addition of an AWD hybrid model.
The new AWD hybrid model leads a heavily modified powertrain lineup
For 2023, the Corolla may now be considered an all-wheel drive hybrid, making it the only regular (non-cross) Corolla except the Rally-Breed GR to send power on four wheels. The LE and SE trims will be offered with this hybrid all-wheel drive system, which adds an electric motor to the rear axle to complement the hybrid system featuring a 1.8L Atkinson bicycle four-cylinder engine and two motor-generators.
As for the hybrid system, which is the same for both the FWD and AWD hybrid models, it is now offered in SE and XLE trims in addition to the LE, and it has redesigned the motors to increase power and reduce losses. – Ion battery. The LE and SE hybrids will be offered as both FWD and AWD, while the XLE hybrid will be FWD only.
Only the Gas-LE now gets the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine found in other Corolla Range models, producing 169 hp (126 kW / 171 PS) and 151 lb-ft (205 Nm) of torque, outgoing 1.8L 139 hp (104 kW) / 141 PS) and 126 lb-ft (171 Nm) of torque. The new engine gives it 2 seconds faster at 0-60 mph (0-96 km / h), as well as an extra 2 miles per gallon of fuel economy. The engine options remain the same for every other Corolla model, and all Corollas are still available with a six-speed manual or gas-only model, a CVT, or a Toyota eCVT for the hybrid model.
Sharp styling and new colors
The 2023 Corolla styling changes are noticeable, but not too significant. All sedans with SE, XSE, and XLE now have LED daytime running lights.
The LE gets a modified rear bumper, while the SE and XSE get a new 18-inch gloss graphite alloy wheel and a new diffuser on the rear. The hatchback has got a redesigned front grille with chrome accents, while the modified rear bumper has a splash of body color with more bright work. Like the sedan, the hatch is equipped with updated headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels.
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In addition to the minor styling tweaks, the Corolla gets a handful of new colors for the 2023 model year. The sedan’s new colors come in the form of Underground and Midnight Black Metallic, the latter replacing Black Sand Pearl, while other returning color options include Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, Celestite, Blueprint, Wind Chill Pearl and Ruby Flare Pearl. For the hatchback, it can now be finished with Inferno and Blue Crush Metal, the latter of which was previously only available in sedans, while the rest of the returning color options remain the same. In addition, the hatchback also holds the option of adding a two-tone paint finish with a contrasting black roof.
Inside, all 2023 Corolla model color options include black / red, with only red accents, black, moonstone, a dark gray with light accents, and macadamia, a light cream color. These colors are offered across two different upholstery materials: standard fabrics and synthetic leather.
Updated technology with extra security
For 2023, all models of the Corolla come standard with a new 8-inch audio multimedia infotainment system that has both touch and voice control, in addition to over-the-air update capabilities, as well as other connectivity features. In addition, the updated Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite includes an improved version of the automaker’s pre-collision system which includes pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, dynamic radar cruise control, lane tracing assist, road sign assist and auto. In addition to parking assist, adaptive front lighting is also available, which rotates the headlight beams when the car turns.
The Gauge Cluster has a 4.2-inch multi-information display as standard, with upgraded 7-inch units for XSE and XLE. The updated graphics of these screens, which can be customized by the driver, display details like current speed, fuel efficiency, tire pressure and TSS functions in addition to other general vehicle information. The SE, XSE, and XLE trims feature a JBL premium audio system with 9 speakers, an 800-watt amplifier, and a 10-inch subwoofer.
Price and availability of the 2023 Corolla Range will be announced at a later date.