Before the Camry was even released, the Toyota Corolla had already established Toyota as a household name in the United States. Since 2019, Toyota has split the Corolla into 2 model versions—sedan and hatchback. So, how much cargo space can you expect from both versions?
The sedan version of the 2023 Toyota Corolla has a maximum cargo volume of 13.1 cubic feet behind the 2nd row, while the hatchback is extended to 17.8 cubic feet.
In this guide, I’ll speak about the trunk space, interior, and exterior measurements, as well as grade options for the sedan and hatchback versions of the 2023 Toyota Corolla.
Toyota Corolla Sedan and Hatchback
If you take a look at the official website for the Toyota Corolla, you’ll find 2 versions—the sedan version, which is what most people know about; and the hatchback version, which goes under the moniker GR Corolla.
One of the most significant differences between them is the number of grades available. Toyota offers the following grades for the Corolla sedan:
- Hybrid SE Infrared
- Hybrid SE AWD Infrared
- Hybrid LE
- Hybrid SE
- Hybrid XLE
- X SE
The hatchback is only available in 3 grade selections:
- Circuit Edition
- Morizo Edition
Toyota Corolla Trunk Dimensions
The most recent model year of the Toyota Corolla is known to be a family-friendly car. It offers enough passenger space for full-sized adults to sit in the back with plenty of cargo space to spare.
Speaking of which, how much trunk space is available in the 2023 Toyota Corolla?
It depends on which version you’re talking about. The Corolla sedan is limited to just 13.1 cubic feet in the trunk, whereas the hatchback is extended to 17.8 cubic feet behind the rear seats. So, if you want a Corolla with more space for your suitcases and travel supplies, the Corolla hatchback is the better choice.
Trunk Comparison Chart
The following chart will give you a better idea of how much space is in the back of the Toyota Corolla in comparison to the vehicle’s greatest competitors. To simplify matters, we’re only comparing the space behind the rear seats for all of the following vehicles.
|Make and Model||Trunk Space|
|Toyota Corolla||13.1 cu. ft.|
|Toyota GR Corolla||17.8 cu. ft.|
|Toyota Prius||27.4 cu. ft.|
|Toyota Camry||15.1 cu. ft.|
|Honda Civic (Sedan)||14.8 cu. ft.|
|Honda Civic (Hatchback)||24.5 cu. ft.|
|Honda Insight||15.1 cu. ft.|
|Mazda 3||20.1 cu. ft.|
|Hyundai Elantra||14.2 cu. ft.|
|Hyundai Ioniq||27.2 cu. ft.|
|Hyundai Volester||19.9 cu. ft.|
|Kia Forte||15.3 cu. ft.|
|VW Golf||19.9 cu. ft.|
|VW Jetta||14.1 cu. ft.|
|Subaru Impreza||20.8 cu. ft.|
|Nissan Sentra||14.3 cu. ft.|
|Lexus NX||22.7 cu. ft.|
|Cadillac CT4-V||10.7 cu. ft.|
|Mercedes-Benz C-Class||12.6 cu. ft.|
|Polestar 2||14.2 cu. ft.|
|Acura Integra||24.3 cu. ft.|
|Volvo S60||11.6 cu. ft.|
|Audi A3||10.9 cu. ft.|
From the table above, the average amount of cargo space for sedans and hatchbacks is 17.4 cubic feet, putting the Corolla sedan far below the industry average and the GR Corolla slightly above it.
Toyota Corolla Dimensions
As is typical of any car, knowing how much stuff you can place in the cargo tells very little about how well-built the car is. In this section, we’ll dive deeper into the Corolla to figure out how spacious the inside is and how much space the car takes up in your garage.
|Front headroom w/o moonroof||38.3 in.||38.4 in.|
|Front headroom w/ moonroof||38.0 in.||N/A|
|Rear headroom w/o moonroof||37.1 in.||37.6 in.|
|Rear headroom w/ moonroof||37.1 in.||N/A|
|Front shoulder room||54.0 in.||53.9 in.|
|Rear shoulder room||51.7 in.||54.5 in.|
|Front hip room||53.9 in.||53.9 in.|
|Rear hip room||51.3 in.||45.5 in.|
|Front legroom||42.0 in.||42.0 in.|
|Rear legroom||34.8 in.||29.9 in.|
From the table above, we can conclude that there’s slightly more overhead space in the hatchback version of the Corolla than there is in the sedan. However, in nearly every other regard, the sedan is considerably more spacious.
|Height||56.5 in.||57.2 in.|
|Width||70.1 in.||72.8 in.|
|Length||182.5 in.||173.6 in.|
|Wheelbase||106.3 in.||103.9 in.|
|Front track||60.3 in.||62.6 in.|
|Rear track||61.0 in.||62.6 in.|
|Ground clearance||5.3 in.||5.3 in.|
In terms of exterior measurements, the only major difference is in length. The GR Corolla is roughly 8.9 inches shorter than the sedan. However, you shouldn’t have any problem fitting either car type in your garage if you have a standard 2-car garage.
|MSRP||Starting from $21,550||Starting from $35.900|
|City mileage||32 MPG||21 MPG|
|Highway mileage||41 MPG||28 MPG|
|Combined mileage||35 MPG||24 MPG|
|Fuel tank capacity||13.2 gallons||13.2 gallons|
|Seating capacity||5 passengers||5 passengers|
|Passenger volume||88.6 cu. ft.||84.6 cu. ft.|
|Curb weight||2,955 lbs.||3,252 lbs.|
What’s New in the 2023 Toyota Corolla?
Toyota has unveiled the entirety of its updated Corolla lineup, from the sedan to the hatchback to the hybrid. An entire trim level is being axed, new safety features are being added, and existing ones are being upgraded.
Standard on every new Corolla is Toyota’s most advanced suite of driver assistance features, Toyota Safety Sense 3.0. Automatic emergency braking and lane steering assistance are both present and functional, just like in TSS 2.0, but with improved detection capabilities. With TSS 3.0’s new “Proactive Driving Assist” feature, the car can gradually slow down rather than stop abruptly in response to impending obstacles or deceleration events.
A number of exterior details have been revised for the 2023 Toyota Corolla sedan, hatchback, and hybrid. This is standard procedure for mid-generation refreshes, and when it occurs, automakers typically refer to the changes as “sharpened styling.” In fact, they do it so often that they begin to sound like chefs who are preoccupied with their knives. However, to the untrained eye, the cars appear to be virtually unchanged from the prior year’s models, with the exception of a few new wheel designs, slightly different paint options, and slightly more sculpted bumpers.