Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is the top selling vehicle in the Toyota line. The vehicle was first introduced in 1968 in the U.S. Since that time, the car went through several drivetrain and body modifications. As of 2012, 10 different generations have appeared on the market since the 1960s. The car is still produced by the Toyota company to this day.

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About the Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is known as the perfect example of the economy car. It is inexpensive, reliable, has good fuel economy, and is somewhat attractive as well. The current generation is more expensive than its predecessors, but it still provides good value for money. However, the Corolla started to lag behind some of the advances introduced by its competitors.

Toyota Corolla Features

The 2012 Toyota Corolla is available in three different trim lines: the L, the LE, and the S model.

The Toyota Corolla L is available with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower. It is available with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic transmission. The same is true of the S trim line. The LE model shares the same engine but is available only with the four-speed automatic transmission.

All models have multi-reflector halogen headlamps. The S model adds a black racing stripe to the mix. Every model has a color-keyed front grille, door handles, and a chrome rear license plate garnish.

Inside the cars are a bit skimpy on standard offerings. Sirius satellite radio is only available as an option on the S and LE models. The S and LE models also get an AM/FM stereo with MP3 playback and a jack to plug into the iPod.

Cruise control is only available as an option on the S and LE. Power locks, rear window defogger with timer, keyless entry, day/night rearview mirror, and power windows are standard with every trim line.

The car is fairly standard in all respects. It is meant to please as many different drivers as possible. The ride is smooth although handling is somewhat wobbly and uninspiring. The inside of the vehicle is spacious and well planned, with all the controls in the right place. Competition seems to have finally outshined the Corolla though, with Chevy, Honda, and others showing impressive alternatives to the somewhat lazy update offered by Toyota.

All of the models have decent fuel economy. The L and S models are rated at 27/34 mpg city/highway while the LE is at 26/34 mpg city/highway.

The price of the Corolla is definitely right. The L model starts at $16,130, the LE at $17,910, and the S at $17,990.

Toyota Corolla Evolution

The current Corolla model is a redesign of the previous generation. The body is almost the same, although it is a little wider and heavier than previous offerings.

The ninth generation was produced between 2003 and 2008. It was available in a CE, S, LE, and XRS trim levels.

The CE was the basic model available with only the bare essentials, such as a radio, cd player, and air conditioning. The S had a sportier look, which included fancy spoilers, smoked headlamps, and a lower body. The LE offered an elegant look with wood trim options. The XRE was the one to buy if you wanted a stronger engine and better handling.

The eighth generation was available between 1998 and 2002. It’s still a good choice for the used car buyer since it had all the safety options available at the time. It also had great fuel economy and was cheap. All of the models were sedans using a 1.8-liter engine.

The seventh generation was built between 1993 and 1997. It had a 1.6-liter engine, four-cylinder engine. The horsepower was never great, and dual front airbags were available from 1994 on, making this a pretty safe vehicle to drive.

The sixth generation Corolla lacks some of the safety that later generations have to offer. These vehicles, although boxier and smaller, did offer a lot of variety in style. An All-Trac version was available as well as a GTS that had a strong 130 horsepower engine.

You can find many Toyota Corolla vehicles on the used car market since so many have sold over the years. The newest generation is a good buy, but the competition is offering vehicles at a similar price that offer a lot more standard than the Corolla.

Select a Toyota Corolla Year

2019 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Hatchback, Sedan

2017 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

2016 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

2015 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

2014 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

2013 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

Why has the Toyota Corolla been one of the most popular cars in its class for most of its run and spent a significant time on top as the best-selling compact car in America?

2012 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The Toyota Corolla underwent a major refresh in 2011 and has carried over mostly unchanged into 2012.

2011 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The 2011 Toyota Corolla enjoys an extensive popularity with U.

2010 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The Corolla just underwent a major upgrade for the 2009 model year, so there isn’t much new for the 2010 Corolla, save for the addition of standard traction control across the range.

2009 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

2008 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The 2008 Toyota Corolla may not have impressive styling, but it fares well in performance and handling.

2007 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The Toyota Corolla is an economy sedan that became the best-selling nameplate in the world.

2006 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The Toyota Corolla debuted in the 1960s and has appeared in several different incarnations including a coupe, wagon, and hatchback version.

2005 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The 2005 Toyota Corolla marks the company’s most recognized compact sedan with a heritage that dates back to 1966.

2004 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

Toyota’s Corolla has a long-standing heritage dating back to 1966.

2003 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The 2003 Toyota Corolla is part of a brood of popular compact vehicles that has a very long history in the industry.

2002 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The Toyota Corolla has been around 1968 and has earned the honor of being the best-selling nameplate in the history of automobiles.

2001 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The 2001 Toyota Corolla has had a long life as one of the leaders of the import market.

2000 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The 2000 Toyota Corolla continues to offer the reliability and build quality that has made the compact economy sedan one of the auto market’s top sellers.

1999 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

The Toyota Corolla is one of the longest-lived vehicles in the Toyota lineup, introduced in 1966 as a subcompact.

1998 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Sedan

1997 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Coupe, Sedan

After 30 years of having the Corolla model on the market, Toyota introduced the new CE model, which stands for Classic Edition.

1996 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon

The 1996 Toyota Corolla is a dependable entry-level vehicle and is one of Toyota's best-selling models.

1995 Toyota Corolla

Compact, Coupe, Sedan, Wagon

The first word that may come to mind when thinking about the 1995 Toyota Corolla is ""reliability.