Changes made to the new 2011 Toyota Corolla are largely cosmetic. However, a bit of retuning under the hood also promises to improve fuel efficiency. A bolstered maintenance package is also available for the year. Take a look at the 2011 Toyota Corolla and review features and specs to find out what's new on this perennially popular sedan.
What's New - 2011 Toyota Corolla
The exterior of the Toyota Corolla is noticeably different from the outgoing model. Front and rear end changes combine to give the vehicle a more modern and slightly sportier appearance. Car shoppers also have the opportunity to choose from two new exterior color options.
Inside, a number of updates have been incorporated to reduce road noise. A new seat color and pattern is also available. Additionally, the S model receives a new steering wheel design. New available options include satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB port and moonroof.
Under the hood, engine revisions result in a gain of two mpgs in city driving. In an attempt to boost customer confidence after last year's braking issues, a bolstered maintenance program is also new for the year. The program includes two years (or 25,000 miles) of complimentary maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance.
2011 Toyota Corolla Styling
Though the new model exudes a sportier undertone, the Corolla maintains much of its conservative broad market appeal. As such, if you're in the market for an affordable sedan with a more dynamic personality, then you may want to look elsewhere. However, for those who merely want an attractive car that reliably gets you from one place to the next, the Corolla is likely to fit the bill.
Inside, the Corolla offers average quality and comfort for the class. The high number of hard plastics found in the vehicle may cause some shoppers to frown. However, the vehicle is overall very functional and shouldn't result in any major complaints during day-to-day driving. Like many compact sedans, the rear seat is best left for children. At 12.3 cubic feet, trunk space is also a bit on the small side.
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2011 Toyota Corolla Performance
The Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine that musters 132 horsepower. While this powerplant is by no means sporty, it does deliver adequate power for the average commuter. Notably, last year's optional 2.4-liter four-cylinder upgrade is no longer available.
Toyota promises that refinements made to the returning engine will result in a 2-mpg improvement in city driving. This would bring official stats for manual models up to 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Models with an automatic transmission are expected to offer 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
2011 Toyota Corolla Safety
For 2011, the Toyota Corolla adds traction control and a Smart Stop brake override system as standard equipment. Carryover standard safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brakes (front disc and rear drum), stability control and active front head restraints. The 2011 Corolla has not yet been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, last year's model was listed as a "Top Safety Pick" for the year.
2011 Toyota Corolla Prices and Features
Toyota has yet to announce new pricing for the Corolla. However, given the numerous additions to the base model, shoppers can expect a slight increase in last year's $15,450 base MSRP. Standard features include air conditioning, power mirrors, stereo with CD player and auxiliary input. Notable options include power accessories, sport seats, cruise control and wood-grain interior trim.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is expected to hit dealerships in December.
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