Heavy on safety tech, but low on driving excitement.
This is the best compact car for you if you prioritize functionality during form – and fun. Other small cars are better looking and more attractive to drive, but few are close to fuel consumption, reliability, safety standards, and the value of this Toyota. That’s why Corolla success is successful worldwide for more than five decades.
The compact class sedan is back for model-year 2018 with only a few changes: sunlight shields get the illuminated mirror of pride and the top-level model gets the new steering wheel. The current generation of the four-door sedan is redesigned for the 2014-year model. The 2017 model refinement revised styling and introduced a range of standard driver features, which earned him the best safety ratings.
Model-year ’17 also sees the Corolla lineup adding a four-tier subcompact class hatchback, called the iM, which is inherited from Scion as Toyota closes its youth-oriented division. IM sales have risen nearly 20 percent through the first three quarters of 2017, while the Corolla sedan is down about 10 percent. Even so, Toyota dealers sell 15 sedans for each iM hatchback.
Among the compact cars, the Corolla just follow in the footsteps of the Honda Civic, which offers variants of sedan, hatchback, coupe, and high performance. They are in third position from third place Nissan Sentra, which is present only as a sedan.
Toyota officials will at least keep the Corolla on the water until the next generation model comes in.
2018 Toyota Corolla Price and Specs Reviews
2018 Toyota Corolla Styling
No change for 2018. The sedan style is refreshed for the ’17 ‘year model, with a sharper look with compact Toyota RAV4 compact SUVs, Prius hybrids, and a redesigned Camry 2018 sedan. The hatchback retains the style it has since it was launched as iM Scion 2016.
Not Corolla is a prominent design, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. While the sedan does not have the graceful shape of Mazda 3, it avoids the strange lines of the Civic. The main highlight is that the LED headlamps are standard on all sedans; they are brighter and more energy efficient than standard halogen lamps and even optional xenon headlights on most rivals.
Inside, this sedan offers above average passenger space. The chair is very comfortable. This is not a car designed to be driven aggressively, so the lack of a front seat ‘lack of lateral support is not a dealbreaker. The instrument is large and easy to read. All sedans except the base class L also offer Toyota’s Entune infotainment system version with different levels of functionality, depending on which trim level you choose. Connected smartphones can complement built-in applications, including various audio streaming services. Integrated GPS mapping is available as a factory option on upscale models and as an iM dealer installed upgrade. Hatchback is not available with Entune, and Corolla does not support Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto.
IM looks more sporty than a sedan, and has a more versatile hatchback body style advantage, with a cargo volume of 20.8 cubic feet behind its rear seat, compared to a 13-cubic-foot rod of sedan. It’s smaller than the overall sedan, though, with the wheelbase (distance between the front and rear axle) shorter than 3.9 inches and the body 13.1 inches shorter. We put it in a subcompact class, where the passenger and cargo space is parallel to a car like the Nissan Versa Note. If iM has enough space for your needs, it’s worth considering considering the price and standard level of standard equipment.
2018 Toyota Corolla Price and Specs Reviews
2018 Toyota Corolla Powertrain
All Corolla models are front-wheel drive and have a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine. All sedans except LE Eco have 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. Eco actually has slightly less horsepower (140) but less torque (126). Hatchback has 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. The iM and SE sedan comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. Automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the reverse standard and is a $ 740 option on iM. Note that the SE sedan with the manual actually has a starting price of $ 1,220 more than the CVT-equipped model, but comes standard with a power sunroof, no key push-button ignition keys, and an improved infotainment system. This feature is optional in SE CVT.
Acceleration is pretty good with manual transmission and sluggish limit with CVT. This does not help the CVT to allow the speed of the engine speeding ahead of the speed of the road car, making you feel not making progress progress like you really are. Manual shifts smoothly and has a lightweight clutch, making it easy to drive even in heavy traffic while allowing you to extract the most from your machine.
Trying to drive with enthusiasm in the Corolla sedan is a fool’s job. Sleek cows, lots of sleek bodies, and just a simple tire handle (even with the wider 17-inch tires on SE and XSE) conspire to rob this car of all the fun potential. The tradeoff is a good driving quality, although this car is prone to horse-pitching pitching as it traverses the bumpy sidewalk. Not all doom and gloom, however, because the iM hatchback handles more competently because of the tighter steering, fully tight suspension (the sedan uses cost-efficient rear axles), and awkward 17-inch wheels (all Corolla models except SE and XSE use wheels 15 or 16 inches). You will not misunderstand it to hatch Mazda 3 or VW Golf, but for the price, iM will probably win it.
2018 Toyota Corolla Price and Specs Reviews
2018 Toyota Corolla Features
2018 All Corolla sedans get an illuminated sunvisor mirror for the driver and front passenger. All models continue with the tilt / telescopic steering wheel with controls for audio and Bluetooth handsfree phone voice commands. XLE, SE, and XSE trims continue with a leather-covered steering wheel that includes a paddle shifter on the CVT model that allows the driver to replicate manual-type gear controls. For 2018, the XLE steering wheel and the SE manual transmission model add controls to the radar cruise control system and lane-departure system.
In addition, sedans and hatchbacks are complete carryovers. Kudos to Toyota to include driver-assistance features as standard equipment for all classes. The only thing missing is a blind alert with cross-traffic traffic detection. We hope the iM will have sedan pedestrian detection, automatic steering correction, and cruise control radar.
As far as convenience features, all sedan and hatchback models include Bluetooth connectivity, power windows and keys, and free scheduled maintenance for the first two or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. LE and above sedan add Entune with 6.1-inch touchscreen display, remote entry, and automatic climate control. The XLE and SE manual models have sunroof power and Entune system upgrades with GPS mapping support via connected smartphones. XLE, XSE, and all SE versions have seats trimmed in imitation leather “SofTex” Toyota and electric driver’s seat. XLE and XSE add heated front seats.
IM fits between LE and SE sedans in terms of standard equipment. This includes a 4.2-inch touch screen audio system, Bluetooth, rearview camera, dual-zone manual climate control, and sports suspension.
2018 Toyota Corolla Price
Year-over-year price inflation does not affect the 2018 Corolla line too much. Prices start rising about $ 50 on average versus 2017. Note that the base price listed here includes Toyota’s $ 895 destination cost.
For the lineup of sedans, L starts at $ 19,445. LE, which starts at $ 19,880, is a much better value for its standard automatic climate control, rearview camera, and Entune infotainment system.
The LE Eco version starts at $ 20,280 and includes a few modifications designed to maximize fuel savings. The base price for 2018 Corolla SE is $ 21,390 with CVT and $ 22,610 with manual transmission. XLE starting from $ 22,880 and XSE at $ 23,625.
Most of the factory options for the Corolla sedan come in packages. Premium LE package with 1.6roof includes power sunroof and Entune system upgrade with 7-inch touch screen, smartphone GPS mapping, satellite radio and 16-inch alloy wheels (up from 15s standard). The package is also offered at LE Eco ($ 1,965) and SE CVT ($ 1,535); The first adds an extra chrome exterior trim while the latter does not include any standard alloy wheels. Integrated GPS mapping is a $ 525 factory option on XLE and XSE and an $ 900 dealer add-on installed for iM.
IM 2018 is priced from $ 19,745 with manual transmission and from $ 20,485 with CVT.
Our main choice from the Corolla lineup will be the iM manual transmission. With sticker prices of less than $ 20,000, this is practical and by far the most fun to drive. Among the sedans, we will probably go with the SE. Because more than 90 percent of buyers will choose CVT, be sure to add a Premium Package so you can get an improved infotainment system and sunroof. That will bring the sticker price of less than $ 23,000. One option can potentially cost thousands less than Cruze, Civic, 3, or Golf is comparable, but keep in mind that you are trading in overall strength, handling, and refinement in the process.