|2014 Toyota Corolla sedan (official Toyota photo)|
The Toyota Corolla is the world's best selling car, selling almost 300,000 units here in the United States in 2012. The Corolla is sold in over 150 countries and assembled in 16 different assembly plants worldwide according to Toyota,
The wheelbase of the 2014 Corolla has been extended by 4 inches; the overall length of the vehicle by 3 inches. The wheelbase stretch should equate to more rear seat legroom, something that the Corolla's American competitors (Chevy Cruze and Ford Focus) are quite short of. LED lighting is also standard across all CorTlla models, allowing for lighter weight headlights.
The Corolla's last generation copied the Toyota Camry's generic styling. this new-generation seems to many to copy the brand new Toyota Avalon's design language. The Avalon influence is said to continue on the inside of the new Corolla with a dashboard that almost exactly mimics the Avalon. At any rate, any attempt at styling excitement is a good thing on the normally sedate Corolla.
All Corollas will feature Bluetooth, pollen filters, and power-operated features like locks, mirrors, and windows as standard. A center touchscreen accesses Toyota's Entune infotainment system on higher trim levels. Toyota also focused on reducing interior noise levels with thicker glass and more sound-deadening materials.
The Corolla comes with two 1.8-liter engines. A 1.8-liter all-aluminum four produces 132 horsepower on L, LE and S trims. An "Eco" model features a 140 horsepower version of this motor. The base L model gets a choice of an ancient (but cheap) four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The other three trim levels will feature a brand-new continuously variable transmission. No pricing information has been released, but given the competitive nature of the compact sedan market, pricing should be similar to the current Corolla models.
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