Low prices and high reliability is the reason why Toyota Corolla became one of the best-selling vehicles in the world in the last 50 years. The 2018 Toyota Corolla builds on the success of its predecessor with its expressive style, spacious cabin, sophisticated features and comfortable and supportive seat.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Corolla is a four-door compact sedan available in six trim levels. L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XSE and XLE.
Standard equipment for the 2018 Toyota Corolla L model includes 15-inch steel wheels, adaptive cruise control, LED daytime running lights, LED headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, a driver information display, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, a CD player and the Siri Eyes Free voice control system. Standard safety features include automatic high beams, a rearview camera, lane departure warning with steering assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection.
The LE trim adds 16-inch steel wheels, remote locking and unlocking, variable intermittent wipers, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, a rear armrest, metallic cabin accents and upgraded upholstery. The LE Eco gets the LE’s features plus enhanced aerodynamics, 15-inch steel wheels, a rear spoiler, engine and suspension tuning designed for maximum fuel efficiency.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla XLE start with the LE features but also adds keyless entry and ignition, 16-inch alloy wheels, bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, upgraded headlights, a sunroof, LED taillights, an upgraded driver information display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat with two-way power lumbar, a 7-inch touchscreen display, satellite and HD radio, an app-based navigation system.
The SE also starts with the LE features and adds unique front-end styling with a black mesh grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights, upgraded headlights, sport front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel with paddle shifters (CVT), a sport-style gauge cluster, SofTex upholstery with cloth inserts. Optional for the manual models is keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof and the upgraded infotainment system.
The XSE adds paddle shifters, heated front seats, the eight-way power-adjustable driver seat and full SofTex upholstery.
Optional for the LE and LE Eco models is the Premium package, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, bumper-integrated LED running lights and the upgraded infotainment system. A sunroof and package for the LE Eco can be added for the LE.
The Premium package for SE CVT models includes a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded infotainment system. The XLE and XSE models can opt for smartphone integration via the Entune App Suite and an integrated navigation system.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla comes with two versions of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. All trims except the LE Eco, the engine produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco engine uses a more advanced valvetrain to makes a little more power and maximize fuel efficiency, its good for 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.
All 2018 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Available for the SE is a six-speed manual transmission. In performance testing, the 2018 Corolla LE Eco accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. About a second slower than other small sedans.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the manual Corolla SE is 30 mpg combined (27 city/35 highway). CVT models achieve 32 mpg combined (28 city/36 highway) ,while 17-inch wheels at 31 mpg combined (28 city/35 highway). The LE Eco at 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway) with 15-inch wheels and 33 combined (29 city/38 highway) with the 16-inch wheels.
The 2018 The Toyota Corolla interior is certainly one of the best in the compact sedan class to date, with a stylish dashboard and sport-contoured steering wheel and asymmetrical shifter surround that is pleasing to the eye. Easy to use remains a priority, and instead of putting the most used climate and audio functions on the touchscreen menu, Toyota uses traditional buttons and knobs for audio and climate functions.
The touch screen is a pleasant surprise car in this class. With clear graphics, large virtual buttons, and fast response times, this is one of the easy-to-use infotainment systems in economy-class cars. The available Entune App Suite integrates connected services with smartphones like Pandora, Bing, Yelp and Facebook, as well as real-time traffic data, the only drawback is that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration is not available.
The 2018 The Toyota Corolla front seats provide ample comfort, especially with the strong reinforcement found in seats SE and XSE. Most drivers may want more lumbar support. Long-legged drivers may also want more extension from the telescoping steering wheel.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla rear seat also offers more leg room than most competitors, if the headroom is comparable and the floor is almost flat, the center position will be more comfortable to sit on. The trunk space capacity at 13 cubic feet is average, but wide opening allows easy loading and unloading.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Corolla is expected to arrive at the end of the third quarter of 2017. It will compete against Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus.
The Corolla L starts at $19,445 (include $895 destination charges). The LE trim set you back $19,880 and the LE Eco commanding $20,280. The SE trims costs $21,390 for the CVT, and $22,610 if you choose manual gearbox. The XLE priced at $22,880, and $23,625 for the range-topping XSE trim.