Toyota 2011 Corolla goes on sale in December 2010 with competitors everywhere in the compact-car segment. Chevrolet Cruze, upcoming Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus,… Toyota’s top-selling Corolla is facing challenges to its leadership from all sides. My bet is that it continues to prevail.
To keep the Corolla competitive, Toyota is updating the car’s exterior looks and adding safety features,… it has decided to delete the more powerful powertrain as well as streamline and remove trim offerings.
The current Corolla has been on the market for nearly three years. Since then Toyota has changed its brand’s trademark design cues, many which are now featured on the 2011 Corolla. The Corolla gets a new front bumper, grille, lower intake design, headlights, trunklid, rear bumper and taillamps. Overall, the look is more aggressive than its predecessor.
The S trim adds a front spoiler, rocker panels and a rear spoiler. This is the trim pictured above.
Of course, every 2011 Corolla comes with Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes electronic stability control and traction control, ABS, electronic brake force distribution, and brake assist, all working to keep Corolla on it’s intended path. In addition, a brake-override system and tire pressure monitoring system are added to the safety suite this year. They weren’t available on the 2010 model.
The 2011 Corolla comes equipped only with a base 132-horsepower four-cylinder with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The high-end 2.4-liter four-cylinder and five-speed automatic transmission are no longer available.
Toyota says fuel economy should come in at an estimated 28/35 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 26/34 mpg city/highway with the automatic. That would be an improvement of 2 mpgs city for the manual transmission and the same mileage for the existing 1.8-liter automatic model.
There aren’t a lot of changes for the inside of the Corolla. The S trim gets a new flat-bottomed steering wheel and there are also new seat colors and patterns available.
The 2011 Corolla will be available in Standard, LE and S trims. The XLE and XRS trims are gone.
Every Corolla comes standard with 15-inch wheels, air conditioning with filtration, daytime running lights, power mirrors and 36 months/36,000 miles free basic maintenance. The LE trim adds power windows and locks, keyless entry, a six-speaker audio system with an MP3 jack, and heated side mirrors. The S trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sport trim appearance, sport bucket seats, chrome exhaust, and six- and four-way adjustable front passenger seats.
A moonroof, USB port, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity are optional. Toyota has yet to announce pricing on the new Corolla, which will go on sale in December 2010.