The new 2018 Toyota Corolla is basically a small sedan that covers the basics exceptionally well. While many may quick to refute this claim owing to the vast number of competitors available, the Toyota Corolla nameplate delivers anything ranging from a sensible mix of value, ample space, and fuel economy. So what’s new on the new Toyota Corolla model? Well, this car that has managed to slot in among the best-sellers globally is expected to remain mostly unchanged from its current form.
The new 2018 Toyota Corolla model comes as a successor to the already successful 2017 model, and that’s the main reason that makes it return almost unchanged as Toyota wouldn’t want to change things much to an already proven formula. The lack of substantial doesn’t however mean that the new model lacks some new nitty-gritties. The previous model is fast nearing the end of its life cycle, and as such, we should probably expect the new model to debut with some special edition models clothed in unique interior and exterior colors. Also to be expected are additional safety and driver-assistance features.
Just to underpin the Corolla’s vibrant and unrivalled path, Toyota has sold slightly more than 43 million units in the eleven generations it has been in production – not an easy accomplishment for a car that belongs in one of the most competitive segments in the automotive segment. The Corolla has managed to withstand the stormy competition waves thanks to the easy-to-use infotainment system it offers, fresh and constantly updated exterior and interior designs, and ample space for all its occupants.
Last year, the Toyota Corolla saw major equipment additions including a slew of new safety features and driver-assistance systems across the entire model lineup. Such features included an adaptive cruise control, lane-assistance, a rearview camera, and a forward collision system. Normally, these features are often bundled into expensive packages that buyers are expected to purchase as extras as they’re regarded too luxurious for such kind of vehicles.
Throw in the impressive resale value, and unrivalled fuel economy and you’ve got yourself an impressive sedan that endears to any aspiring family sedan buyer. Although the Corolla seems to tick almost all boxes right, critics nonetheless find nits in their review forays. And for any honest reviewer, this isn’t incorrect. The Corolla scores poorly when it comes to power and speed, additionally, the driving dynamics are a bit on the demoralizing side.
As such, any would-be buyer should also check out other vehicles in this class before settling on the Corolla. The list of the new 2018 Toyota Corolla competitors include the Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Golf, and the Kia Forte.
2018 Toyota Corolla Interior Changes
Most sources are tight-lipped as to what to expect from the new model because Toyota hasn’t released any information save for the teaser photos available on the World Wide Web. Regardless of this however, the existing Corolla’s interior is the nicest in its class. The steering wheel is sport-contoured. The dashboard super-stylish for a car in this segment. And the asymmetrical shifter surround is undoubtedly eye-catching.
Toyota isn’t expected to make any changes on the already pleasing to use climate and audio buttons. The touchscreen regardless of the trim model, comes fitted with clear graphics, large virtual buttons, and an easy-to-use infotainment system.
What Changes Should We Expect on The 2018 Toyota Corolla Exterior?
The exterior of the new model according to spy photos seems mostly unchanged. The previous model was offered in a whopping eight trim models: L, LE, XLE, LE Eco, SE, XSE, and the SE 50th Anniversary Edition. The Corolla GTI, Hybrid, Im, Sport and Turbo are separately reviewed elsewhere. Although nothing much is expected to change on the base models, buyers and enthusiasts should probably be in the lookout for features such as revised LED running lights and the front bumper.
Around back, we can’t figure any changes intuitively even based on our rendering. The color palette may however see some new additions or changes. Remember folks, the new model comes on the back of an already massively successful model and Toyota – and just like any other auto company – be quick to make any changes regardless of their depth.
Performance and Engine Options – Toyota Corolla 2018
Here, no changes should be expected at least for this year’s model. Toyota has however expressed its intentions on changing the power and performance figures of the existing model. These changes however are expected to be offered on the completely redesigned model set for 2020.
But until then, the new 2018 Toyota Corolla model should be expected to debut with the current mill – a 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 132 and 140 horsepower. The latter output is only reserved for the LE Eco while the former is offered on the remaining trims.
Performance wise, the model does a sluggish 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds – one of the slowest in this class. Fuel economy however is on the upside and is in fact one of the main reasons that has over the years propelled the Corolla to its current fame. The least you’d get on any Corolla is 30 mpg for city/highway cruising.
2018 Toyota Corolla Safety
Safety is also on the upside for the current model assuming this remains so even for the new model awaiting debut. It achieved an overall rating of five stars across all fronts in government crash testing. It also received a “Good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Just to sum things up for our readers, the new 2018 Toyota Corolla model undoubtedly offers a broad appeal for buyers looking to buy a vehicle from this segment. There’s a perfect mix of ride quality, spacious seats (including backseats), high fuel economy (particularly for the LE Eco), smooth riding manners, and a plethora of safety features.
As such, we irrefutably find the new model excellent for its value. However, there still remains a substantial part that Toyota engineers should up its sleeves on especially the power and performance. A seasoned driver will also realize that the drive quality isn’t that exciting.
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