The new 2018 Toyota Corolla has been refreshed for the new model year. With over 43 million cars sold all over the world, there’s no doubt that the Corolla is the best-selling nameplate. Well, for those who haven’t been following the news lately, Toyota and its fans will be celebrating five decades the Corolla has been in production. And what better way to celebrate the success story of the Corolla than to offer several refreshments to keep the going strong. Continue reading on to learn which new features have been added, as well as the price and its release date.
For the 50th anniversary Toyota Corolla model, Toyota has offered a stylish new dashboard, restyled taillights, a daring new front end, a seven-inch touchscreen display, and all the contents of the Toyota Safety Sense package. The Toyota Safety Sense package in question comes with features such as automatic high beams, lane-departure alert, dynamic radar cruise control, and pre-collision system.
The 2018 Corolla will also continue to be a standout in its segment thanks to the available Entune premium audio system, an upgraded 7.0-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth connectivity, and spacious rear seats. Also, standard features to expect across the entire trim lineup includes features such as two new exterior colors, upgraded interior, LED headlights, and a back-up camera.
To mark the 50 years that the Corolla has been in production, Toyota will also offer the 50th Anniversary Special Edition package that is based on the sporty 2018 Corolla SE. only 8,000 of these will be sold in the U.S to celebrate the love that it has shared with us. Features that highlight the 2018 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition model include machine finished 17-inch alloy wheels with Dark Gray inserts; smart Key system with push button start, a 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display; a seven-inch touchscreen display; an available moonroof; 50th Anniversary Edition exterior badge, and floor mats; complex LED headlights; and a Black cherry accented door trim and dash panel.
But even in its celebratory mood, the new Corolla will have to put a brave face in light of the competition that includes solid cars such as the Mazda 3, Hyundai Elantra, and the Ford Focus.
2018 Toyota Corolla Release Date & Price
When it comes to the release date, Toyota says the new model will probably go for sale sometime in early-2018. As regards the price, here’re the details: the base Corolla S – $18,135, and $23,960 for the most equipped Toyota Corolla S Premium model. The pricing details are speculative at the moment as Corolla is yet to make the details known, at least as at the time of this review writing.
2018 Toyota Corolla Exterior
The exterior of the Corolla remains unchanged over the previous model. However, there’re some few tweaks here and there. For instance, the headlights, taillights, and grille designs have been refreshed to reflect a contemporary and bold look. Nevertheless, it doesn’t match the stylish designs of its arch competitors such as the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3.
2018 Toyota Corolla Interior
The interior is stylish and well-laid out. The dashboard is reasonably stylish and is accentuated by a sportily contoured steering wheel and asymmetrical shifter surround, which if you ask me is un-Corolla-like. Ample space is available for both front and backseat space. For 2018, Toyota upgraded the 6.1-inch touchscreen interface to a 7.0 inch one. With the larger display comes easier of usability, better graphics, and crisp dimensions.
The seats are generally comfortable thanks to better materials and well-thought out lateral support. Some of the standard accessories available include Bluetooth connectivity, a six-way adjustable driver seat, powered accessories, an auxiliary audio jack, Entune audio system, air-conditioning, variable intermittent wipers, satellite and HD radio, cruise control, keyless entry, smartphone navigation system, and an available sunroof.
Five trims are available for the 2018 Toyota Corolla: 50th Anniversary Special Edition, L, LE, LE Eco, and the S model. The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM hatchback review is separately offered.
Just like before, the Toyota Corolla will come with a four-cylinder 1.8L engine available in two outputs. With the exception of the Corolla LE and Eco, all other models will be offered with an output of 132 horsepower. The exceptions together with the new Special Edition model will be offered with a 140-horsepower – generating version. Fuel economy will remain unchanged at 31 mpg for combined city/highway cruising with the Corolla model equipped with a four-speed automatic.
Safety has been upped for the new model thanks to additional driver-assistance technologies. Although the government is yet to offer the crash impact safety results yet, we vouch the new model will receive a five out of five star rating for overall crash impact protection considering the Corolla will be celebrating its five decades in existence.
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