The Toyota Corolla is competitive and affordable. It’s a great choice for those looking for a small, high-quality car at a reasonable price. The compact sedan seats five people and is available in both gas-only or hybrid powertrains. The Corolla has a luxurious cabin and a wide range of standard amenities. The Corolla Hatchback hatchback is also available. It’s being reviewed separately.
The Corolla is a great choice for shoppers who value fuel economy, standard features, and a low price. The Corolla’s stylish cabin is a great choice for those who want a car with an elegant look. It also comes standard with many luxury amenities.
Pricing and Trims
The Corolla comes in five trims with the gas-only engine: LE, LE, SE and XLE. Only the LE trim is available for the Corolla Hybrid.
The base L trim of the Corolla starts at $19,500. These models have LED headlights at the front and ride on 15-inch wheels. Split-folding rear seats and the manual adjustment of the front seats make it easy to store larger items in your trunk. Standard tech features include Bluetooth connectivity, WiFi connectivity, a 7 inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. All models include a wide range of driver assistance features including lane-keeping, automatic high beams and traffic sign recognition.
The LE trim adds exterior amenities like 16-inch wheels, heated side mirrors and more. These models come standard with automatic climate control, rear cupholders, and a center armrest for the rear seat. Prices start at approximately $20,000.
The Corolla’s SE trim level adds a sporty touch to this small car with performance-oriented exterior accents such as gray metallic side rocker panels, and a body colored rear spoiler. The SE model also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, and upgraded headlights. The starting price for this trim level is around $22,000
The Corolla XLE can cruise on 16-inch alloy wheels. You have the option to select different drive modes that will allow you to tailor its performance. The Corolla XLE has a power-adjustable driver seat that allows you to choose a comfortable position behind a wheel. In colder conditions, the front seats can be heated to keep you warm. This trim level includes a standard blind spot monitoring system and an 8-inch touchscreen. The Corolla XLE is priced at approximately $24,000
The Corolla XSE starts at $25,500 and features power-adjustable sports seats and a power moonroof. This model also includes the sporty exterior accents found in the CorollaSE.
There are many options. There are many options available, including a wireless charger, a JBL sound system with nine speakers, navigation, and adaptive headlights.
Engine and Performance
Toyota offers Corolla owners the option of a gas-only or hybrid powertrain. The gas-only engines come in three versions: L, LE, and XLE. They each have a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine that produces 139 horsepower and 126 pound feet of torque. These models have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that controls them. The 2.0-liter engine is under the hood of the SE and XSE trims and produces 169 horsepower and 151 pound feet of torque. These trims can be ordered with either a 6-speed manual or CVT transmission. Corolla Hybrid combines a 1.8-liter four cylinder engine with two electric motors to produce a net output 121 horsepower and torque of 105 pound-feet. These models have a CVT. Toyota’s Corolla Hybrid boasts a remarkable fuel economy of 53/52 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. Gas-only models get 31/40 mpg.
The Corolla’s interior looks much more luxurious than its modest price tag would suggest. The interior design is modern and crisp, with a floating touchscreen anchored to the center of the cabin. Materials used are high quality. All models can accommodate five people. Standard upholstery is cloth, but simulated leather upholstery can be ordered. The trunk of the Corolla opens in the back to give 13.1 cubic feet of cargo room. This is slightly less than the average segment.