The popular Japanese Company is going to revamp the 2018 Toyota Corolla. The changes are in styling and technology departments mostly. The Corolla has been one of the top-selling models from the stable of Japanese car giant Toyota- in global markets. Its value for money proposition and features have contributed to its steady popularity.
2018 Toyota Corolla – Styling and Trims
The company now sells 2018 Toyota Corolla in 2 versions- the iM hatchback and sedan. The Corolla sedan is sold in 6 trims- L, LE, Le Eco, XLE, SE, and XSE. The Corolla iM is sold in one trim- which is identical to SE. The sedan has a sleek styling with slimmer headlamps adding to the menacing look. The wraparound tail lamps and a new rear spoiler make the backside of the sedan look stylish. However, you can opt for 17 in alloy wheels. The Corolla iM is more stylish and has a long roofline. The car is available in exterior hues like classic silver metallic, Barcelona red metallic, blizzard pearl and also a black sand pearl.
Furthermore, the cabin is quite sporty. In top two trims- material quality is quite fine and it is designed with utility in mind. The Corolla fall short in craftsmanship and finishing when compared to both Japanese and US rivals.
Safety Technologies and Amenities
The 2018 Toyota Corolla has decent safety technologies and amenities. But you get most of both in top 2 trims. Each trim gets 8 airbags, automatic emergency braking, automatic emergency braking, stability control and automatic high beams. The trims also get adaptive cruise control.
The Corolla L gets 6.1-inch touch screen infotainment setup, USB, Bluetooth, power windows etc. The LE and LE Eco get automatic climate control, keyless entry. However, the Corolla SE adds the leather-wrapped steering wheel, leatherette seats, and 7.0-inch infotainment setup. The XLE and XSE trim add heated front seats, proximity key. These trims can be also equipped with navigation. You may feel irked by lack of customization options that you get in Mazda and Honda models.
Engine and Associated Details
All trims of the 2018 Toyota Corolla have a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine under the hood. You will also get a CVT or 6-speed manual gearbox based on which trim you order. Those who seek enhanced fuel economy should go for the Le Eco trim. It has a special eco mode and rated combined mileage is 40 MPG.
However, this is not a car that you will like for brisk acceleration. The engine has a measly output of 132 HP. It should not be a hassle in urban driving but take the Corolla with 5 adults on board on the highway and the engine starts showing its limitations! Thankfully, the cabin remains quiet.
Availability and Cost of the 2018 Toyota Corolla
The car is now available for sale. The base trim price begins at $19,500 approx. The top trim price is approx $24,000.
Summing it up
Finally, the 2018 Toyota Corolla receives minor updates and the car remains superb value for money. However, the engine is not much power and cabin quality is just so-so, in base trims. It still is a good option for buyers eyeing sedans on budget.