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What’s New for the 2023 Toyota Corolla Lineup?

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2023 Toyota Corolla Sedan XSE (rear view)
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Toyota has revealed all the major upgrades to its Corolla lineup, including the sedan, hatchback, and hybrid models. New safety tech, more standard features, and the elimination of an entire trim level are on the menu.

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Toyota Safety Sense 3.0

2023 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE (side view)
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Every new Corolla now comes with standard Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, the automaker’s most advanced suite of driver-assistance features. It has all of the same features as TSS 2.0, like automatic emergency braking and lane steering assist, but with upgraded detection capabilities. TSS 3.0 also gets a new feature called “Proactive Driving Assist,” which anticipates obstacles and deceleration events from further out, enabling the system to more progressively slow the car compared to braking at the last moment.

New 8-inch touch screen

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Infrared Special Edition (Toyota Virtual Assistant)
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Another upgrade across the board is a next-gen multimedia system. It’s compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, over-the-air updates, cloud navigation, dual Bluetooth phone connectivity, and an intelligent voice assistant you can activate with phrases like “Hey Toyota.” Toyota unveiled this new system in 2021 and first launched it on the all-new Tundra pickup. It supports touch-screen displays up to 14 inches, but for every Corolla model, the standard size is 8 inches.

New exterior designs

2023 Toyota Corolla Sedan XSE (wheel rim)
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The 2023 Toyota Corolla sedan, hatchback, and hybrid have all received exterior design tweaks. This is par for the course for any mid-generation update, and whenever it happens, automakers tend to refer to it as “sharpened styling.” They do it so much that they start to sound like chefs obsessing over their kitchen knives. But to the undiscerning observer, the cars look almost indistinguishable from the previous model year, save for a few new wheel designs, subtly different paint options, and slightly more sculpted bumpers.

Powertrain updates

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Infrared Special Edition (Digital Information Display)
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The new Corolla Hybrid model makes a decent amount more power than before thanks to a revised hybrid system. The configuration is the same: a four-cylinder engine matched with two motors and a CVT. However, it now makes 134 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, up from 121 and 146, respectively. Something to do with magnets.

The new Corolla Sedan is also getting a boost, in a sense. The LE trim, which Toyota says is the most popular, now comes standard with the more efficient and powerful 2.0-liter engine that was already standard at all other trim levels except for the L. But as the L is getting discontinued, the LE is now the new base model, and the 2.0-liter becomes the only option.

2023 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE (front view)
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That about wraps up the major changes to the 2023 Toyota Corolla lineup, but there are lots more details you can read about on the automaker’s press site. The Corolla remains one of the bestselling cars there is, and can still be had, fully loaded, for under $30,000. As the average new car price now rapidly approaches $50,000, the Corolla’s appeal as a more affordable — yet very well equipped daily driver — continues to grow.