Used Car of the Week: 2018 Toyota Corolla
The 2018 Toyota Corolla compact sedan has the dedication to value, comfort, and the economy. For the money, the 2018 Corolla sedan offers a spacious cabin wrapped in an attractive body and a list of unique standard safety features. The extensive model range offers something for everyone. It’s driving dynamics are no match for competitors like the Mazda3 and Chevrolet Cruze.
Changes to the 2017 model year, which carry over to the 2018 Toyota Corolla, include revised styling inside and out, a larger infotainment touchscreen, and standard safety equipment including a forward-collision warning. Pedestrian detection, low-speed automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Also included are lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and adaptive cruise control.
One of the Corolla characteristics is its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 132 horsepower. Corolla Economy models have the same engine, but those produce 140 horsepower. In either setup, the engine throws enough power to get you places and A 4-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission come standard in each trim except for the SE, which has a 6-speed manual transmission.
The engine has a smooth-shifting continuously variable automatic transmission. There’s a six-speed manual transmission which is available in the SE trim. The base Corolla has an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which are good ratings for a compact car.
Eco models are even more efficient; those models get 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Like most compact cars, the Corolla comes standard with front-wheel drive. This Toyota’s ride is compliant.
The 2018 Corolla has two different exterior designs, which reflect the new model lineup; L, LE, XLE and LE Eco. There are standard LED headlights, with a 2-element version on the SE-type Corollas. The SE-based models also get vertically styled front vents and LED fog lights, plus all-red taillights, while LE-type models use subtle cues, such as 2-color taillights, to look a little more upscale.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla interior is quiet and comfortable. The dash design features a user-friendly climate-control interface, round air vents, improved gauges, a multi-information display, and an updated infotainment system. The new features are easy to use, and there’s functional cargo space with split-folding rear seatbacks to help with more extended objects.
Besides the money-saving fuel efficiency of the Corolla, it has inviting technology and safety features. The best tech feature inside the 2018 Corolla is its 7″ color touchscreen that has Bluetooth and iPod connectivity so that you can have access to messaging, navigation, and your playlist right at your fingertips. The advanced voice recognition helps you spend more time getting directions to the sushi restaurant and less time arguing with Siri.
As for technology and safety features the 2018 Toyota Corolla comes with the standard Toyota Safety Sense P, which has Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection. There’s also the Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The Star Safety system comes standard on the 2018 Corolla; it includes traction control, vehicle stability control, smart stop technology, and electronic brake-force distribution.
The Corolla gets five stars when it comes to side crash tests and a four-star rating in both frontal crashes and the rollover resistance tests. The IIHS, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is a comprehensive crash test, gives the 2018 Toyota Corolla its “Top Safety Pick” award. IIHS gives the 2018 Corolla a “superior” rating for front crash prevention.
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