2011 Corolla New Car Test Drive
The Corolla is an excellent value among compact cars. A four-door, compact sedan with front-wheel drive, the Corolla inexpensive to buy and operate, yet it feels like a small version of the midsize Toyota Camry.
We found the Corolla reliable, comfortable, and easy to drive, with straightforward controls, minimal distractions.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla features fresh styling. For 2011, the styling has been freshened, with a new grille, bumpers, taillamps and trunk lid. On the inside, there are new fabrics and new metallic interior trim for some models. All 2011 Corolla models come with an all-weather package that includes a heavy-duty heater with a rear vents and more standard equipment. Corolla was redesigned for 2009. Corolla comes with a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment.
All 2011 Corolla models use the same engine, a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with electronic dual variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. Fuel economy is an EPA-rated at 28/35 miles per gallon the with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, and 26/34 mpg with the optional 4-speed automatic. Output is rated at 132 and horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla comes in three models: Corolla ($15,600), Corolla LE ($17,300), Corolla S ($17,470).
The Toyota Corolla comes with fabric upholstery, air conditioning with air filter, CD/WMA/MP3/XM radio, multi-information display, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, six-way manual driver seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, power mirrors, outside temperature gauge, and 15-inch steel wheels. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard; Corolla is also available with a 4-speed automatic ($16,400).
Corolla LE ($17,300) comes standard with the automatic transmission and adds power windows and door locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, heated mirrors, and intermittent wipers.
Corolla S ($17,470) comes with the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic ($18,300) and adds sport front seats, color-matched spoilers, sport side sills, fog lamps, sport tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Options include a power moonroof, an upgraded six-speaker audio system with USB and iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth.
Standard safety features include six airbags: dual frontal, front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags. Antilock Brakes, Stability Control with Traction Control, and tire pressure monitor are also standard.