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2011 COROLLA ON GO, DEALERS DECEMBER 2010

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
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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.2011 Corolla

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.

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Used Car:Toyota Corolla With 603,500 Miles In Five Years! Yours Could Too!

Monday, June 14th, 2010
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If you are looking for a used car or used cars for sale instead of a new car, look no further for an example than this Toyota Corolla!

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A Florida Man’s common commuter car, common that is if you discount the fact that his Toyota Corolla S has racked up 603,500 miles in the past five years commuting about 230 miles each work day to and from his job, is certainly noteworthy…The truth though, is that most Toyotas new cars or used cars for sale are capable of very high mileage and low maintenance.

In a year when Toyota has gotten some bad press for brake and throttle problems and subsequent recalls, the fact that Toyota Connections magazine is doing an article on this gentleman’s Corolla and his marathon commute for a September issue is “great” according to its daily driver. He intends to hang on to it, for a number of reasons.

“It’s so dependable, and quite honestly, I will probably go and hang on to it,,, I want to break a million on it, or pass it down to the children.” said Mr. Ose, an aircraft certification inspector at Gulfstream Aerospace.

The world record for high mileage on a car has been handed to retired New York teacher Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 Coupe, with 2.5 million miles on its original engine.

So Mr. Ose’s Toyota Corolla isn’t fancy. The compact 4-door has a 130-hp four-banger, cost about $14,000 when new, and can manage 30 mpg or more.

Mr. Ose said he bought it while living in Jacksonville, because he needed something cheap and thrifty for those daily commutes to Savannah. He endured the commute for his youngest daughter, Zoe, who has cystic fibrosis and needed to be near a care center at Nemours Children’s Clinic in San Marco.

He works at Gulfstream Aerospace because no job locally has the pay and medical benefits his seniority brings him there. His only concession – moving about a year ago to St. Marys, 45 minutes closer to work, to save some gas and shorten a commute that still starts at 2 or 3 a.m.

So far the Corolla has only needed some rear axle work and “a lot of tire maintenance,” and doesn’t burn any oil.

“Inside’s great. The outside looks great, but it’s a bit scraped from highway miles,” he said. 

Mr. Ose says high mileage runs in the family… He has a minivan with 145,000 miles on it.