2023 Toyota Corolla vs. 2022 Toyota Corolla

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One of the most popular compact cars in the world, the Toyota Corolla has been a fixture on American roads for over half a century. Even with such a long history behind it, the model still finds ways to evolve and surprise. While the 2022 Toyota Corolla set the bar, the 2023 Toyota Corolla has some tricks up its sleeve that will surprise even the biggest Corolla fans out there!

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Performance Features

The 2023 Toyota Corolla has made two major performance changes. The one that most buyers will notice is that the 1.8-liter engine that used to be the base engine is gone. This leaves only the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that was available on the SE, XSE, and Apex trims in 2022. It’s an all-around better engine, with 30 more horsepower than the 1.8-liter – and in the outgoing 2022s, the 2.0-liter engine offered better fuel mileage anyways, so it will be pleasing to those looking for economy as well.

On the other hand, the addition of the GR Corolla hatchback might not have quite as large an impact, but for performance enthusiasts, this special edition is just what they’ve been waiting for. With a 300-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission, this Corolla is built to go straight from the street to the track. It also features all-wheel drive, meaning that it is ready to tackle classic performance-tuned models like the Volkswagen Golf R and Honda Civic Type R, a true force on track days!

Design & Comfort

With refreshed exterior styling on the 2023 Toyota Corolla, there’s a clear difference from the outgoing 2022 model year. 18-inch wheels have been added to the SE and XSE models, along with a rear diffuser. LED daytime driving lights and redesigned headlights are new for 2023 on the SE, XSE, and XLE models. The hatchbacks have also been updated outside, with the 2023 editions getting a redesigned grille, LED highlights, and a rear bumper with chrome accents.

Inside the 2023 Corolla there have been a few updates, but overall it has stayed the same. The Corolla L trim has been discontinued, meaning the LE is the entry-level trim. All models have received an updated 4.2-inch instrument cluster, while the XSE and XLE get a redesigned 7-inch cluster.

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Like the previous model year, every 2023 Toyota Corolla comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration across the line-up. A major change from the 2022 Toyota Corolla line is that the 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard on all 2023 models – no more 7-inch screen. The same USB ports and available QI wireless charging technology is provided for 2023 as well.

The best features of the updated Audio Multimedia system in the 2023 Corolla are buried, but you’ll notice the difference over the outgoing 2022 version. There’s dual Bluetooth phone connectivity, the availability of Intelligent Assistant and Cloud Navigation, and an available Wi-Fi connect subscription for 4G connectivity for up to five devices.


While the 2022 Toyota Corolla featured the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 system, the 2023 model year steps up to the next evolution, the Safety Sense 3.0. Toyota builds on their extremely successful safety suite, while retaining familiar controls and signals. The 3.0 suite is standard in every Corolla model, and includes enhanced versions of existing systems. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, and Automatic High Beams have received updates for even more efficient and accurate operation.

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While the 2023 Toyota Corolla hasn’t made all that many changes over the 2022 Toyota Corolla, the new model year has a number of desirable features that make it worth looking into! Particularly if you want a sleeper that can tackle the track with the new GR edition, the 2023 Corolla is a great compact car for the commuter and the enthusiast alike! Come take a look at the 2023 Corolla for yourself at Lancaster Toyota! You can schedule your test drive when it’s most convenient for you.