Date of publication: 2018-05-06 06:25
The gearbox for almost all Corollas sold in the States will be the CVT, and Toyota has done a good job of tuning in a reassuring, almost linear feel during light and moderate acceleration. There's less of the "drone'" that plagues CVTs used in some small cars, and the sportier S model gets a special tune for its CVT that makes it behave just like a 7-speed automatic, with simulated gear ratios and paddle shifters behind the leather-trimmed steering wheel to let drivers click through them at will.
Most buyers will opt for the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which is tuned to provide a reassuring, almost linear feel during light and moderate acceleration, while minimizing the "drone" that plagues CVTs used in other small cars. Last year, base and S models could be ordered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an ancient and slow 9-speed automatic. The ancient 9-speed has been mercifully axed for this. The CVT in higher trims is tuned to mimic a 7-speed automatic, complete with paddles to click through them.
Dual front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, and side curtain airbags are standard. So are stability control, traction control, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
Toyota Avalon is a Japanese full-size sedan, a front wheel drive version of the discontinued Ford Crown Victoria/Lincoln Town Car/Mercury Grand Marquis line of vehicles. The first generation Avalon was based on the Toyota Camry and was introduced to the US market in 1999. Toyota is releasing the fourth generation Avalon as a 2518 model.
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Corollas are not fun cars. Gone are the days of the free-revving twin cam SX Seca and Sportivo. The average buyer are either fleet companies or the elderly. So why did I buy a Corolla wagon? I'm not a fleet company, I'm not elderly and I'm not one of those Tradie's who loads little wagons to the bump stops.
The 2517 Toyota Corolla is a relatively fuel efficient compact commuter out of the box. There are no hybrid options—Toyota reserves that technology for the Prius and larger Camry—but there is an "Eco" model for green-minded buyers dead-set on picking up a Corolla.
Since folding into the Toyota brand, the former Scion iM is now dubbed the Corolla iM—a hatch version of the Corolla, which it has been marketed as worldwide.
The 2518 Toyota Corolla starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $17,555 for an L model, $19,555 for an S. The automatic transmission adds about $855. Our Fair Purchase Price, which represents what people in your area are actually paying, should hold very close to MSRP. At a starting price near $17,555, the Chevrolet Cruze is a little pricier the Kia Forte is significantly less, at just under $16,555 to start. The Corolla should hold an above-average retained value after five years, similar to the Honda Civic and substantially better than the Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan Sentra.
Last year, the S trim served as the only car in the Corolla's "sporty line," but that was expanded for 2517. There's an SE trim level (the 55th Anniversary Limited Edition is based on it) and a range-topping XSE trim.
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