The Toyota Corolla isn’t an exotic Italian supercar, and it's not some cutting-edge fuel-cell or EV. In fact, in many respects the Corolla is a relatively ordinary car, and that is perhaps one of its greatest strengths. You see, this is a model that has sold more than 40 million units worldwide over more than five decades, which is an achievement that shouldn’t, and probably never will be forgotten. So, let's take a look at the 2018 Toyota Corolla; the latest incarnation of this automotive phenomena.
This isn’t a car you're going to return to and find a crowd of admirers stood around drooling at it, which for a very large number of buyers is absolutely fine. At the entry level it can look a little plain and ordinary, but further up the trim levels it can start to look quite stylish, and the iM hatch version really is very youthful, stylish and even sporty when properly specified. The SE and XSE trim levels definitely stand out more than more basic models thanks to some stylish alloy wheel designs and a number of notable revisions to the front and rear bumpers. This is a car that nobody will object to how it looks, which is probably one of many reasons for its incredible ongoing success.
Regardless of the trim level chosen, the 2018 Toyota Corolla is an exceptionally safe little car. As with all Toyota models these days, all versions of the Corolla come generously equipped with standard safety features and equipment. Every trim level comes standard with LED headlights, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, eight airbags and stability control. Sedan versions of the Corolla also include an adaptive cruise control system, which is still normally the preserve of much more expensive cars. As you might expect with such attention to safety features, the Corolla gets a full five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, and the IIHS gives the Toyota it's highest rating of Top Safety Pick+.
The most popular versions of the Corolla are L and LE sedans with automatic transmissions, which are rated by the EPA at 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined.* That's pretty good for a car without some of the most advanced fuel-sipping technology, but the Corolla LE Eco is even better with ratings as good as 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined.
All versions of the Corolla other than the Eco model come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that develops a capable 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque, which in most cases is mated to a CVT transmission, but can be specified with a six-speed manual in SE sedan and iM hatchback versions. The LE Eco models adopts a special valve timing system to save fuel and deliver the Corolla's best fuel-efficiency ratings, but it also has the bonus side-effect of increasing horsepower to 140.
Features and equipment
Value for money is one of the great strengths of the Corolla that have kept it selling so well for so long. Although the most basic L model is only available in a limited number of colors, it's certainly not lacking in features. It comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with USB and aux input jacks, a rearview camera, air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, power features, and Bluetooth connectivity, which really is impressive for such a reasonable price.
If you want to check out a 2018 Toyota Corolla for sale in Watertown, then get in touch with us here at Waite Toyota so we can tell you more and get you a test drive in the latest version of one of the most successful cars of all time.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.