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Types Of Fuel A Toyota Corolla Uses (All Generations)

We do a lot of research on this blog and try to answer your questions about different cars. Today we will look at what type of gas is best suited for Toyota Corolla and will look into a detailed analysis on the engine, mileage, and tank capacity of different models of Corolla by year.

All models and generations of the Toyota Corolla use high-quality unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87. Premium fuel with an octane of 91 can be used but does not have any benefits over fuel with an octane rating of 87.

However, this doesn’t tell us the whole story. In the below article, we will dive into the details of the Toyota Corolla and point you the information about the types of gasoline and which gas is good or bad for your car. We will also discuss the tank size and the price needed to fuel the tank in different states.

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Also read: Is The Toyota Corolla A Sports Car? (Answered)

Fuel Requirement Based on Engine Type

Here, we will give you a detailed analysis of the type of engine available in different models of the Corolla and what kind of gas is best suited for it.

2020-Present

The 2021 Toyota Corolla comes with a base engine of a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine. This engine has a high fuel economy rating as well as a high engine performance output. The 1.8L engine produces 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque, with fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

This engine choice is standard for the 2021 Toyota Corolla L, LE, and XLE trim levels.

While Toyota also prefers using unleaded “regular” gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher in the 2021 Corolla.

Also read: The Expected Mileage Of A Toyota Corolla

2014-2019

The 2015 Toyota Corolla comes with a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, or a 140-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission in the LE Eco model.

Front-wheel drive is standard on all Corolla models. All Corolla models between 2014-2109, including hatchback and hybrid, prefer unleaded “regular” gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher.

2009-2013

The standard engine in the 2010 Toyota Corolla has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 132 horsepower, which is enough for drivers who are more concerned about gas mileage than power but not as enthralling to drive as the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 148 horsepower.

The Corolla’s owner’s manuals state to use only unleaded gasoline with an octane number 87(Research Octane number 91) or higher. According to the EPA, the Corolla scores 26/33 mpg city/highway with the base engine and manual transmission.

Also read: How Well Does A Toyota Corolla Drive In The Snow? (Answered)

What Type Of Gasoline Can And Can’t Be Used?

The use of proper fuel is essential. You may not know, but the fuel you are using for your car may be deteriorating your car’s engine in the longer run. This could cost you a lot of money if not been taken care of in the starting.

Below we will see that which type of fuel is preferable or not for your Toyota Corolla.

Leaded Gasoline

Leaded Gasoline can cause severe damage to your car’s three-way vehicle catalytic converters causing the emission control system to malfunction. That is why Toyota also recommends using Unleaded Gasoline and to avoid Leaded Gasoline in your Corolla.

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), leaded gasoline is linked to not only causing health issues such as heart diseases, high blood pressure, strokes, kidney disease, and reduced fertility, but also it pollutes the environment.

Thus, it is not recommended to use leaded gasoline at all for your vehicle.

No need to worry though, the last reserve of leaded gasoline in Algeria has been emptied on July 2021. Also, Corolla has a fuel tank hole that only accepts the specific nozzle used on unleaded fuel pumps to avoid incorrect fuelling.

Gasoline with MMT

Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl (MMT) is an octane enhancer that forms manganese particles when burned as a gasoline additive. These manganese particles can be emitted into the atmosphere or deposited on engine and vehicle components, causing concern in either case.

Manganese particles are highly harmful to the human body, cancerous, and adversely affect Corolla’s emission control system.

Thus, MMT is not at all recommended to use in your vehicle at all.

The malfunction lamp on the instrument cluster may light up if you have used such gasoline. At this time, you should contact Toyota customer care.

Addition of Detergents

Toyota recommends the addition of a cleaning agent in gasoline for your Toyota Corolla.

Detergents are required because they maintain parts of the fuel system clean and avoid excessive carbon buildup in injectors, feed valves, and fire chambers. They can restrict proper airflow, change the fuel/air balance, impair fuel economy, offer less fuel economy, and increase vehicle emissions.

Note: That all gasoline sold in the United States contains a minimum level of cleaning agent additives.

Ethanol In Gasoline

According to the owner’s manual, gasoline with an ethanol content of not more than 15 percent is recommended for your Toyota Corolla. Ethanol content with 85 percent is also available; these are used by flex-fuel vehicles.

If you are using ethanol content more than 15 percent in your Corolla, it may cause the computer to believe that your car is running on a “low” fuel combination (too much air and not enough fuel).

As a result, the computer responds typically by injecting too much fuel (to address a problem that doesn’t exist), reducing your car’s gas mileage and performance.

You need not worry though most of the gas pumps in the US have ethanol content of not more than 10%. One of the ways to identify is to look for the symbol of E85, E15 on the gas pump. E85 signifies 85 percent ethanol content.

What If I Hear A Knocking Noise From The Engine After Refilling? 

It is stated in the owner’s manual of Toyota Corolla that hearing a minor knocking sound while accelerating or going up a hill in your car is natural. However, if the knocking sound continues and gets louder, you should visit a mechanic.

The cause of this may be primarily due to the gas you used in your car, or The fuel may have a low octane level that could harm your vehicle.

These are some more common faults that may generate a knocking sound in your vehicle:

        1. You’re using the wrong fuel in your Corolla.

        2. In the combustion chamber, there is a carbon deposit.

Also read: 4 Common Problems Of A Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Does The Toyota Corolla Have A Good Gas Mileage? 

2020-Present         

Corolla Hybrid, as always, gives the highest mileage of 54/52 MPG in highway/city, respectively, compared to other models. The hatchback model of Corolla provides an average mileage of 37/28 MPG in highway/city. While the base model and rest XLE/XSE all give a combined mileage of around 33 – 34 MPG in city or highway.

EngineHighwayCityCombined
1.8 L38MPG30MPG33MPG
2l AV-S1040MPG31MPG34MPG
2L COROLLA APEX38MPG31MPG34MPG
HATCHBACK/XSE37MPG28MPG32MPG
Hybrid53MPG52MPG52MPG
XLE/XSE38MPG31MPG33MPG

2014-2019

The 2014 – 2019 Corolla hatchback gives a combined mileage on the city and highway of 31 MPG, while the Corolla LE ECO provides around 40MPG on the city or highway.

EngineHighwayCityCombined
HATCHBACK 2.0L37MPG28MPG31MPG
HATCHBACK AV-S10/XSE42MPG32MPG36MPG
2.0L COROLLA APEX38MPG31MPG34MPG
1.8L AV-S735MPG28MPG31MPG
1.8L LE Eco40MPG30MPG34MPG

2009-2013

According to the EPA, the Corolla 2009-13 models get an average mileage of around 33 mpg on highways and 26 or 27 MPG in the city, depending on whether it has a manual or automatic transmission.

EngineHighwayCityCombined
 1.8L33MPG26MPG29MPG

Also read: Toyota Corolla Transmissions: Overview, Problems, Fluids

What Is The Gas Tank Size Of Toyota Corolla?

2021 Hybrid has a tank size of 11.4 gallons, while other Corolla models 1.8L, AV-S7, Apex, AV-S10, XSE, have around 13.2 gallons. While the hatchback also has a tank size of 13.2 gallons.

 At the same time, the Toyota Corolla 2WD version has a tank size of 12.4 gallons.

How Much Does It Cost To Fill Up Toyota Corolla?

It takes approximately 37.88$ to fill up the tank of Toyota Corolla completely in Mississippi, the state with the cheapest fuel price in the US. At the same time, it would somewhere cost you around 58.33 $ in California, the state with the most expensive gasoline in the US.

If you have a hybrid Corolla, it would cost less to fill its gasoline tank once, around $32.7 in Mississippi and 51$ in California.

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