There are few cars on the road today with a more enduring lineage than the Toyota Corolla. Not only has the Corolla name been around for more than four decades, but there are also Corollas more than 40 years old still dependably roaming American roads each and every day. For hardcore reliability, no other car can touch the Corolla, which is why it’s one of the best-selling cars of all time.
The 2012 Toyota Corolla (MSRP $16,130) adds to the legacy with more standard features in all three trim options – L, LE and S – making the Corolla a better overall value than ever before. The Corolla L gains color-keyed power side mirrors and full power accessories, as well as keyless entry. LE trims receive 16-inch wheels and steering wheel audio controls, while the sporty Corolla S shows off with double-stitch accenting on its seats.
A new standard audio system is also available on LE and S trims, offering AM/FM/CD/WMA/MP3 capability and USB input for iPod connectivity, as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming to make your everyday commute safer and more connected.
Powering the Corolla is a spirited and efficient 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i), delivering 132 hp and 128 lb/ft of torque along with a satisfying 34 mpg highway. Either a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) powers the front wheels, and automatic-equipped models feature manual shift control for greater driver interaction.
With an exterior profile inspired by Italian designers, the 2012 Corolla incorporates sweeping lines with muscular fender shapes to create a look that is not only stylish, but also highly aerodynamic. The sporty Corolla S benefits from an exclusive body kit with front spoiler, rocker moldings and upper and lower rear spoilers.
The modern exterior appearance adds eye-catching style to the Corolla, and its aerodynamics help reduce wind noise inside the cabin. Unlike other cars in its class, the Corolla is quiet and composed at freeway speeds thanks to acoustic glass, wiper blade covers and special hood cowl louvers designed to reduce air turbulence at speed.
With enough room to easily accommodate five adult passengers, the Corolla boasts a generously large interior for its size. The cabin features a flat floor and easy-access storage compartments for personal items, and a 12.3 cubic foot trunk offers more room for your stuff. Corolla drivers benefit from all the essential technology features, including a multi-information display that shows real-time and average fuel economy, average speed, travel distance and outside temperature.
For those who seek even more technology, the Corolla can be optioned with the next-generation Toyota Entune system, providing a connected multi-media experience through smartphone integration. Entune also pairs with a Display Audio and 6.1-inch touch-screen navigation system to seamlessly deliver vehicle information, Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio, advanced voice recognition and web-based apps like Pandora Internet Radio.
Part of what makes the Corolla an unbeatable value is its long list of standard and available features. Not only does the entry L trim offer the previously mentioned new standard features for 2012, it also includes air conditioning, intermittent wipers, a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver’s seat and a 60/40-split/folding rear seat.
The Corolla LE boasts cruise control, a sport steering wheel and heated outside mirrors, while the street-savvy Corolla S rolls with 16-inch alloy wheels, integrated foglamps, unique “S” badging, chrome tipped exhaust and interior touches like special sport seats and metallic interior trim.
Every Corolla model comes standard with the Toyota STAR Safety System™, featuring six standard airbags, Vehicle Stability Control and Antilock Braking System to help the vehicle maintain traction and steering under emergency maneuvers. With a stiff body structure built of high-tensile steel engineered to absorb impact energy, the Corolla achieved outstanding performance in crash tests, earning it the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2012 “Top Safety Pick”.
Whether you’re looking for a dependable and fuel efficient daily driver or you’re seeking a sporty, stylish compact car that blends a little attitude with practicality, the 2012 Toyota Corolla offers an unbeatable combination of value and more than 40 years of rock-solid reliability. Stop into our showroom today and figure out which Corolla is best for you.