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The Toyota Corolla Exhibits Rock Solid Reliability for Over a Decade

Toyota is a brand that’s earned a reputation for reliability. Toyota models are generally praised for their reliable, quality architecture. Whether you buy a pickup truck, and SUV, or a family sedan, reliability is likely one of the reasons you decided to go with Toyota. Additionally, certain Toyota models are expected by consumers to come out on top in terms of reliability and practicality. The Toyota Corolla is a trusted model made by a trusted brand.

A red hatchback version on display at an auto show
A Toyota Corolla on display at an auto show | Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Not only do owners write reviews in testament to the Corolla’s reliability, but experts such as J.D. Power and Consumer reports also trust this compact sedan that also comes in hatchback form. In fact, for over a decade Toyota Corolla reliability was ranked as the best of the best by Consumer Reports. This popular passenger car ranked #1 in its class, according to J.D. Power, for several recent model years, including 2019, 2018, and 2014.

It’s one of those vehicles that isn’t exactly expected to drive like a sports car. But consumers who love the Toyota Corolla love it for being practical. It’s known for exceptional fuel economy and, again, rock solid reliability.

Consumer Reports

A glance at the Toyota Corolla Consumer Reports overview shows us an overwhelming number of 5 out of 5 predicted reliability scores. In fact, if you look all the way back to the 2000 model year, you won’t find any reliability ratings below 3 out of 5. The Corolla is an exhibition of what it means to be reliable in the auto word.

2020 Toyota Corolla
2020 Toyota Corolla | Toyota

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Over the last two decades, there have only been 5 model years that earned a lower score than 5 out of 5 for predicted reliability. Even the experts believe in Toyota’s reliability. The model years 2001 and 2019 received 3 out of 5 stars. The Corolla’s 2000, 2003, and 2004 model years earned 4 out of 5. All of the other Toyota Corollas in the last 20 years ranked at the very top of the scale for predicted reliability. Even in the most recently tested model year this car ranked at the top for 2020 Toyota Corolla reliability.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla

silver Toyota Corolla on an old stone road
12th generation Toyota Corolla | Toyota

The 2020 Toyota Corolla was the first of the all-new generation of Corollas. It shared the 5 out of 5 for 2020 Toyota Corolla reliability from Consumer Reports, and received a long list of standard safety features––according to Edmunds. Car and Driver also praises the improved 2020 Corolla saying that it’s “finally worthy of its popularity.” Edmunds posts pricing between $19,600 – $25,550, and US News and World Report notes that this practical hybrid Toyota car gets impressive fuel mileage.

A 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid on display at an auto show
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid | MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

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The 2021 Toyota Corolla

The 2021 Toyota Corolla is part of the new 12th generation. It will now incorporate new start-stop technology, as well as standard Android Auto compatibility (Apple CarPlay was already standard). Edmunds reports that the 2021 Toyota Corolla is economically priced between $19,825 – $25,725.

A new hatchback version of this car on display
A new Toyota Corolla hatchback | Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

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One of the most exciting features of the all-new 2021 Toyota Corolla is that, although it won’t get a TRD package like the Toyota Avalon and the Toyota Camry, it will get the Apex Edition. According to Car and Driver, there will be 6,000 Apex Edition Toyota Corolla models. This means specialized sport suspension and optional summer tires. 120 of these will have a manual transmission. One thing is certain, it will be expected to remain true to traditional Toyota Corolla reliability.

red 2020 Avalon TRD
Toyota Avalon TRD