Toyota introduced the Corolla generation in 1966 and remains one of the best-selling cars worldwide with 2020 as the latest model generation which received the highest predicted reliability rating, but when it comes to the exterior, interior quality and performance, it lags behind many class rivals.
The Corolla has 6 trims and is surely the best option for you. The trims are L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE and the XSE which are available in different model-year.
The most common model years under this review are 2000 – 2007 (9th Generation), 2006 – 2013(10th Generation), 2012 -2017(11th Generation), 2012 -present (12th Generation) and special focus will be on the Interior and Exterior designs of the models to enable you to make a better choice according to your taste and ultimately have value for your money.
TOYOTA COROLLA INTERIOR REVIEW
The interior of the Toyota Corolla occupies up to 5 and features a 60/40-split, folding rear seat in all models except the XRS. A standard CE trim has air conditioning, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, intermittent wipers, and a CD stereo. The LE adds power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and driver’s seat height adjustment. All the models have seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are optional, ant-ilock brakes are optional on all trims except the XRS.
The 2007 model driving position is a bit cramped for taller drivers more than 6 feet tall, the dashboard stereo controls are far away but this model is a smooth ride experience for short drivers. The dashboard is made of plastic and has a grainy look, the controls are logically arranged, and the top-level of the LE model has decent-looking imitation wood trim.
The interior of the 10th generation passed the crash tests and came with moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-strength tests, Standard air conditioning, Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack, Fabric/leather upholstery. The S trim has a unique steering wheel, gauges and sport seats, an optional navigation system, without a backup camera. The child-safety seats fit perfectly well.
The 11th generation interior is comfortable and has more space for taller people, it comes with a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, a built-in navigation system, Toyota’s Entune App Suite, both of which are optional, Push-button start, CD stereo with iPod connectivity, MP3 jack and Bluetooth streaming audio, front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and an electronic stability system.
The latest models have a standard 8-inch touchscreen sitting on the top dashboard for great visibility with handy volume and tuning knobs, as well as shortcut buttons for easy usability.
TOYOTA COROLLA EXTERIOR REVIEW
The 2004 Corolla Altis was the first model to receive a facelift and the changes include a new grille design, a sleeker front bumper, redesigned fog lamps, new LED tail lights, different alloy wheels. After Two years it received a second facelift with a redesigned grille, redesigned chrome rear license plate ornament and a new third LED brake light, The Corolla introduced the S trim level in 2005 which improved the exterior greatly from the previous generation and featured sportier front and rear bumpers and side skirt scarring fog lights with a new grille, rear taillights, and wheel covers.
The 10th generation came with a new 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long in the 2006 model, the sporty S version has smoked headlights, fog lamps, front and rear underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels. All models in this generation except the XRS have 15-inch tires. Performance tires ride 16-inch alloy wheels on the XRS, which has a half-inch lower ride height.
The 12th generation improved the Corolla aerodynamics with a stiffened body that used more high-strength steel, a more rigid suspension pieces that improved handling and upgraded the grille, LED headlights, along with a standard backup camera and upgraded fabrics on 2017 sportier.
If you are seeking a decent sedan that has all the basic features in a car, then the Toyota Corolla is an option. While some other rivals may deliver more thrilling features, a practical mix of ample space, decent fuel economy and good value for money still present the Corolla. Visit www.naijauto.com for any model of your choice.