2018 Toyota Corolla
Reviews, Features, Pictures and Price
One Of The Best Selling Cars In The World
by Bill Flitter
Dad, Coffee Lover, Coach, First Car: '79 Camaro
A few minor – and we mean minor – details have been added to the 2018 Toyota Corolla. But, otherwise it is nothing new.
The Corolla enters its 52nd year in the making this year. Of course, it still remains the reliable commuter car of choice. Furthermore according to Toyota, over 1.5 million Corollas sell every year globally.
We believe it.
The Corolla’s underwhelming debut with minimal updates sends the very realistic message that this is the car for those who just want to get from Point A to Point B. It’s a practical vehicle and remains middle of the road in most of its features, including its overall interior and in things like its estimated miles-per-gallon. The baseline L model gets 28 miles to the gallon in the city and 36 miles to the gallon the highway. Not bad, but not the best either.
The Toyota Corolla was introduced in 1966. The Corolla was the best-selling car worldwide by 1974 and has been one of the best-selling cars in the world since then. Toyota claims over 1 Million Corollas are sold worldwide yearly. source: Wikipedia
The 2018 Toyota Corolla, The First Reviews. What Has People Talking?
Minor, But Detailed Updates
In addition to illuminated vanity mirrors and updates to the Bluetooth technology, Toyota has also added its safety package to come standard in all of the 2018 Corolla trims.
Nevertheless the only other update you can find is in the XLE and SE models, which now come standard with a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla Model Options
The XLE and XSE also come standard with:
- Heated front seats and eight-way-power-adjustable driver’s seat
- 7.0-inch Entune infotainment with navigation app
- Smart Key entry and push-button start
- Power sliding moonroof
But do not expect these kinds of bells and whistles in the other baseline options, which have a manual turn key and lever-adjustable seats.
Every trim level does come standard with a reverse camera display, but that is nothing new to the 2018 model.
The Most Space You Can Get in a Compact
Known for its spacious backseat and available legroom, 41.4 inches to be exact, the Corolla has 13-cubic feet of cargo capacity and there is a 60/40 split where you are able to turn down the backseat for additional trunk storage capacity.
Again, a highly functional car with some great practical features.
A Little Wider, a Little Lower, a Little Faster, a Little More Expensive
The modest improvements – to technology, to power and to fuel efficiency – Toyota has made to the 2018 Corolla all come at a slightly higher price tag. The 2017 L model debuted at $18,500 versus the 2018 L model is now $18,550. Like we said – slightly higher.
What people seem most impressed with at the onset of the 2018 Corolla release is the 200+ horsepower engine that now comes available in the base model. Not to mention, the V6 engine which offers over 300 horsepower. Without a doubt, this is a great car for merging on and off highways. In a world where the 2018 Honda Accord no longer offers a V6 engine option, this is a good part of the market for the Corolla to continue to capitalize on.
The slightly lower profile of the 2018 Corolla coupled with the large mesh center grill gives it the most amount of sporty look and feel this car has ever seen. (We are especially fond of the SE in midnight metallic black – it looks sharp!)
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All 2018 Toyota Corolla models come standard with Toyota’s Safety Sense package.
The Toyota Safety Sense package includes:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- Automatic High Beams
The 2018 Toyota Corolla comes available in these model options:
- L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, XSE
- There are three engine options available this year: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a hybrid option of the 2.5-liter four cylinder and 3.5-liter V6
- The engine in the LE Eco model uses Valvematic technology, which offers a broader range of continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing)
- The Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) engine comes standard in the other Corolla models
- A six-speed manual transmission comes standard in the SE trim, but it also comes available in an automatic as well
- The SE and XSE come standard with 17-inch alloy wheels
What Toyota is saying about the 2018 Corolla:
- “Built for Strength and Quiet”
- “Efficiency: Getting more from less.”
- “Corolla’s striking good looks are sure to get your heart racing.”
- “Corolla’s Valvematic engine technology helps provide a more rewarding drive and greater fuel efficiency.”
- “Stylish Interior: Innovative features for your lifestyle. You’ll know you’ve arrived the second you get inside Corolla.”
- “Sporty Interior: Designed for the drive.”
- “A fluid dashboard adds just the right amount of tech and beauty to the space.”
- “Exterior: Standout when you go out. The 2018 Corolla was made for those who refuse to blend in.”
Overall Review: 2018 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is a staple in today’s car consumer market. There is not a tremendous wow factor in the 2018 Toyota Corolla. It’s making its way onto dealer lots as quietly as it runs – which is pretty quiet.
To paraphrase a recent comment by a consumer, “Toyota must have released the Corolla on the down low. I haven’t heard anything about this new whip!”
To point out, if the sportiest feature about the Corolla is the bi-LED headlamps, it is a fairly underwhelming unveiling. Alas, it is still a great car. There is no doubt it’s well-built. What’s more, it’s ideal for those with pretty hefty commutes still looking for a whole lot of practicality in their vehicle.
All in all, there is nothing that gets our hearts racing about the 2018 Toyota Corolla. Be that as it may, it’s the same reliable Corolla we know – which isn’t a bad thing.