Toyota's popular Corolla sedan is offered in four distinct models -- L, LE, and S. A Plus package is available on LE and S models. An Eco package is available on the LE. A Premium package is available on the LE and S models.
Every Corolla is powered by a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. In the L, LE and S, the engine produces 132 horsepower and 128 ft-lb of torque, while in the LE Eco, Valvematic technology bumps output is slightly higher at 140 horsepower. Base L Corollas come with either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission -- the only model in the range to offer a traditional automatic. The manual is also offered on the Corolla S, as is a continuously variable transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S). LE and LE Eco models are only available with the CVTi-S.
All Corollas are easy on fuel. The L returns an estimated combined 31 mpg, while LE and S models get 32 mpg combined. The leader of the pack, however, is the LE Eco, which gets 35 mpg combined, including an excellent -- and best-in-class -- 42 mpg on the highway.
Front disc and rear drum brakes are standard, though Plus and Premium trims upgrade to rear discs. Suspension is handled through independent MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam in the rear.
Standard equipment on the Corolla L includes LED headlights and running lights, air conditioning, power mirrors and windows, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. The Corolla LE trim and better add automatic climate control, Entune Audio, a backup camera, cruise control, Bluetooth with voice command, power door locks and keyless entry. The LE Plus adds 16-inch alloys and fog lamps. The LE Premium gets heated seats, power-adjustable seats, Smart Key entry and integrated navigation and an upgraded Entune smartphone-integration system.
The Eco package, in addition to the Valvematic-enhanced engine, adds a rear spoiler. The Eco Plus adds an Eco Drive mode modifies engine response and manages the air conditioning for even better fuel economy.
Finally, the Corolla S includes everything found in the LE, as well as integrated fog lights, special exterior chrome and color-keyed accents, sporty seats with larger bolsters, a leather-trimmed steering wheel with paddle shifters, a sport-oriented gauge cluster, and SPORT mode, when outfitted with the CVT.
The S Plus gets 17-inch alloy wheels, while the Premium adds power-adjustable heated seats.
All Corollas come standard with eight airbags, as well as enhanced stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist.
Sporty Looks, Affordability
Reliability, Fuel Efficiency
The Toyota Corolla carries over into 2015 unchanged. Base prices start at $16,900.
The Corolla has been volume leader for Toyota for several years, and the latest version offers buyers even more bang for their buck. In a crowded compact segment, against the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Ford Focus, the new Corolla stands out for its fresh, athletic styling, as well as its roomy, feature-rich interior. The LE Eco even offers best-in-class fuel economy. Add Toyota's outstanding reputation for reliability, and the 2015 Corolla deserves a place at the top of every compact car-shopper's list.
Engine: 1.8L I-4 DOHC Dual VVT-i
Transmission: Continuously Variable (CVTi-S)
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
4.76 Axle Ratio
390CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
80 Amp Alternator
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs and Brake Assist
Wheels: 17" x 7.0" Alloy
Tires: P215/45R17 All-Season
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof -inc: sliding sunshade
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Body-Colored Door Handles
Black Side Windows Trim
Rocker Panel Extensions
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Light Tinted Glass
Fixed Interval Wipers
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Auto Off Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Front Fog Lamps
Radio: Entune Premium Audio w/Nav & App Suite -inc: AM/FM cache radio, CD player, Entune multimedia bundle, 6.1" high-resolution touch screen w/split-screen display, MP3/WMA playback capability, 6 speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (includes 90-day All-Access trial subscription), HD Radio w/iTunes Tagging, HD predictive traffic and weather (metro areas only), Doppler weather overlay, auxiliary audio jack, USB 2.0 port w/iPod connectivity and control, Gracenote album cover art, hands-free phone capability, phonebook access, advanced voice recognition, and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology, See Toyota.com/Entune for details
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Integrated Roof Antenna
Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 4-way manual front passenger seat, and seatback pocket
60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
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