Making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto show
tomorrow, the 2011 Toyota Corolla – the best selling subcompact in America –
will feature new front and rear exterior styling, new interior design changes,
Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, standard Smart Stop Technology, and
two new colors. With a compelling combination of responsive, fun-to-drive
performance, proven value and significant safety credentials, more than 30
million Corollas have been sold worldwide since 1966. The 2011 Corolla
will go in sale in December.
The 2011 Corolla continues to offer Toyota’s Star Safety System™ standard,
which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC),
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and
Brake Assist. It also features the standard Smart Stop Technology
The 2011 Corolla is available in three grades: the base-model Corolla, LE, and
S. All models are equipped with the 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which
produces 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Dual
Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls valve timing on both
the intake and exhaust camshafts to help optimize performance and fuel
economy. Internal components are optimized to reduce friction.
The 1.8-liter engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a
four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) on the base
Corolla, while the LE model features the four-speed automatic standard.
The four-speed automatic uses a torque converter with flex lockup for increased
fuel efficiency, as well as uphill/downhill shift control. For a more
engaging driving experience, the driver can shift the four-speed automatic
manually by moving the shift lever to the left from its “D” position into the
“S” position, then pushing forward for upshifts and back for downshifts.
An indicator inside the combination gauge shows the gear selected. The
1.8-liter engine on the Corolla S transmits power through the five-speed manual
transmission or the four-speed automatic.
The 1.8-liter engine has earned an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 28 mpg
city and 35 mpg highway with the five-speed manual transmission, and 26 mpg
city and 34 mpg highway with the four-speed automatic transmission.