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.