The last couple of years have been pretty busy in terms of Toyota updating, revising and redesigning the Corolla. Last year, Toyota changed the game by outfitting all trim grades of the Corolla with its innovative Toyota Safety Sense suite, well ahead of government deadlines. For the new model year, the 2018 Toyota Corolla near Claremont, VT carries over everything the automaker has added over the last few production cycles, while still keeping the world's best-selling compact sedan affordable and interesting to new buyers. The 2018 Corolla has recently arrived in the White River Toyota showroom and is ready for anybody interested in the latest version of the sedan to take for a test drive.
What does it mean to own the 2018 Toyota Corolla near Claremont, VT? A high-level view of the 2018 Corolla reveals one of the segment's more reliable platform that offers plenty passenger space, which is just as long on overall comfort as it is on advanced features and systems. Like previous model years, the 2018 Toyota Corolla comes in six primary trim grades, L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XSE and XLE. Each of those trims uses the same naturally aspirated 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. Most of the trims have a stated output of 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco trim uses a differently tuned engine to make up to 140 horsepower.
The entry-level trim of the 2018 Corolla offers a strong list standard features. Buyers can expect to see 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights, tilting/telescoping steering and a 60/40 folding rear seat. Potential owners will also receive a 6.1-inch touchscreen, USB port and the Siri Eyes Free system.
Moving up to the 2018 Corolla LE trim gives shoppers just about everything that was offered with the base trim as well a few new features. The Corolla LE adds heated side-view mirrors, variable-speed windshield wipers and automatic climate controls. Toyota has also included some upgraded metallic accent elements to this version.
Corolla LE Eco
White River Toyota customers who place a high premium on fuel economy will want to consider the LE Eco version of the Corolla. In addition to the up-tuned engine that makes more power than the standard power plant, the Corolla LE Eco also has a specially-tuned suspension and enhanced aerodynamic elements.
What did Toyota do differently in the 2018 Corolla
It shouldn’t be hard to believe that of the 52 years that the Toyota Corolla has been in production, it has been the world’s bestselling model for most of them. For the new model year, the 2018 version of the Corolla builds upon where the 2017 left off. Last year, the major upgrades were centered around adding Toyota Safety Sense-P to every Corolla trim model. Not only did this put Toyota well ahead of the 2022 deadline for adding these systems, but also gave the 2018 Corolla a strong starting point. With the new Corolla in our showroom, White River Toyota wants to explain how the 2018 Corolla is different from the 2017 model.
This is the stop of the sedan's trim ladder where real refinement becomes evident. The Corolla XLE has 16-inch alloy wheels, upgraded headlights as well as LED taillights and daytime running lights to set itself apart from the rest of the lineup. A sunroof, keyless entry/ignition and simulated leather upholstery are all standard on the XLE model.
There is a lot to be excited about for the Corolla SE. This version of the compact sedan offers a choice between the standard CVT and six-speed manual transmission. Not only does the SE have an exclusive black mesh grille but also offers steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a sport-style center gauge cluster with an easy-to-read driver information system.
At the top of the sedan's trim ladder sits the Corolla XSE with its heated front seats, highly adjustable driver's seat and standard paddle shifters. The XSE version also comes with automaker's highly desirable SofTex upholstery. Most of the remaining accessories for the top-end version of the Corolla XSE are carried over from the SE version.