Toyota has taken a big leap with a classic model like Corolla, but it’s one in the right direction. This is a model you want to see!
Though you may do a double take when you see the new Toyota Corolla on the Portland streets, that is – in fact – the all-new Toyota Corolla. With a long reputation for predictable, basic dependability, you may be wondering- what’s there to love? Well, Corolla wasn’t always just another reliable car, and it explores it’s racing and touring history with a new revamped model that gives you the best of both worlds.
With more than 45 million sold globally and in excess of 1.4 million on Australian roads, Toyota is taking a gamble messing with such a successful formula. A Corolla is sold somewhere on the planet every 30 seconds and remains a favorite Toyota car for Portland drivers.
A Toyota Corolla is quite literally sold multiple times a minute, making it the best-selling passenger car in the world. 45 million have sold world-wide. Obviously there’s a lot to love and many drivers who don’t need convincing. Still, this all-new 12th generation gives us something to talk about. It’s fun to drive, blissfully comfortable, and perfectly styled… and pretty powerful, too.
The small bump in price for Corolla this season brings it to around $27k drive-away at the base model. And, the base model is actually the Ascent Sport, eliminating the even more basic model from the previous line-up. There’s not a Corolla you could buy that isn’t a great trim. We’ll break down while it’s worth a little extra to opt for the brand new edition.
Three Corollas – All with class-leading tech and features Portland wants
The line-up is stacked with greatness with the Ascent Sport, then the SX, and at the top, the ZR. Each one has a highly capable hybrid option available. The tech on this line-up is nothing short of class-leading, each coming standard with AEB (autonomous emergency braking), radar cruise, speed-sign detection camera, lane-keep assist, and more.
When it comes to convenience and connectivity, you’ll have no issues pairing up your device for navigation, music, and hands-free talking with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The central dashboard touchscreen is larger than most competitors and controls a high-tech infotainment suite. It’s sleek, not distracting, and easy to use.
Interior quality and presentation take a step up, with soft-touch materials on the dash (although not the doors) and new seat designs.Toyota has scrimped on some of the basics in the base model, with only one USB charge point and 12V socket in the cabin. Dearer models get multiple ports and rear air vents.
The interior design is kicked up a notch and bolstered by high quality and great comfort for you Portland driving. The new design is bold, and slightly tighter for a sportier feel that hugs the passengers when you drive. Headroom is generous for the class, making Corolla a great sedan for tall drivers. Even with room for a spare, the trunk gives you plenty of space for cargo. The Corolla is slightly longer and wider overall, which is intended to improve positioning and comfort for the driver.
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A blissfully powerful 2L engine gets Corolla humming, making it a performance competitor. Another welcome change is that the hybrid models can run on regular unleaded fuel, when previously you would have needed to seek out premium.
A capable CVT transmission is a happy meeting place for lovers of automatic and manual alike, with smooth, sporty transitions. Improvements to the suspension system do an excellent job dealing with dirt roads and potholes, but the steering is designed with everyday driving in mind. It’s tight, smooth, and overall a bit more linear than the previous edition. Eco-tires help fuel economy and have a prowess that adds to the sportiness of the model. This has been the first time Toyota has overhauled the design of Corolla sine 2012, and the bolder, more daring exterior looks better than ever. New underpinnings give a larger and more capable prowess for great improvements on grip, handling, and drive feel. This car is a prime example of looking great and performing every bit as well as you’d hope.
Overall, Portlanders Want to Drive the New Toyota Corolla
Overall, this car has a larger engine, more versatility, more power, a more high-end design, more tech, and well- more to love! Not to say Corolla hasn’t always been great, but this is a model that goes above and beyond. With a dropped true-base-model, you can’t find a Corolla that leaves anything to be desired. With improvements on tech and safety, you get the modern advancements that matter most to you and your family, without too much fuss. The first redesign since 2012 gives this car a full on make-over on inside and out that you’ll have to see to believe. This car looks great, drives great, and is the perfect happy medium of fun and practicality. Drive one today!