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Toyota Corolla 2011 Review and Price

April 8th, 2010

Toyota Corolla 2011 Update ( April 7, 2011)

The 2011 Toyota Corolla has been out for several months and nothing has been done to fix the biggest drawback to buying this car.  This drawback has nothing to do with the way it drives or the recall issues that have plagued Toyota in the past.  This drawback is it still does not have the ability to entice the visual senses.  The good thing is that Toyota has given the Corolla some minor changes, which brings it in line with the Toyota Camry’s look.  It is true that the 2011 Toyota Corolla still does not have the modern sporty look of many of it’s rivals but it still continues to be the car for the medium income class and the one’s that do not want to stand out from the rest of the crowd.  In plain language the 2011 Toyota Corolla is well equipped, spacious, a safe car to drive, and gives adequate performance.

With the 2011 Toyota Corolla, there are three trim levels, which are the base, LE, and S.  The LE model only comes with a four-speed automatic transmission and the S model come with your choice of the four-speed automatic or five-speed manual.  They all come with a 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine with 132 horsepower.  The five-speed manual is pleasant to drive but the four-speed automatic gears feel too widely space.

There have been some changes to the 2011 Corolla, which include:

  • Revised front and rear styling
  • New bumpers, grille, headlamps, trunk lid, license-plate garnish, and tail lamps.
  • New seat fabric and color
  • Different instrument panel colors
  • New steering wheel in the S model.
  • New trip computer

High Lights of Owning a 2011 Toyota Corolla:

  • It has plenty of legroom and headroom in the front but the seats are a spongy and a bit short.  Not comfortable for long trips.
  • There is decent space for an average sized adult in the back seat
  • Double glove box, console box, large door pockets, few cubbies, trunk on small size with intrusive hinges
  • It has refinement and interior quietness, not a lot of engine noise, smooth power train, cabin well isolated from road noise and wind.
  • Performed well in crash tests, with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, airbags on front seat side, side curtain airbags are full length, active front head restraints.
  • Has air conditioning, steering wheel is a tilt/telescoping, CD player
  • With base model there are no power windows or power locks
  • Top performer in the Insurance Institute Highway Safety.
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  gave it the Top Safety Pick accolade for 2011
  • Good outward visibility.
  • The LE model has cruise control, power heated mirrors, steering-wheel audion controls, keyless entry
  • The S model has a black housing for the headlamps, fog lamps, sport seats, and chrome exhaust tip.

The 2011 Toyota Corolla is one of the best fuel-efficient non-turbocharged models on the market today.

  • The four-speed automatic models get 26 MPG city and 34 MPG highway
  • The five-speed manual models get 29 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

As you can see, both models get approximately the same MPG for city and highway.  The price range for the 2011 Toyota Corolla of $15,600 to $18,300, depending on the model that the customer chooses.

The Following text is dated prior to the release of 2011 Corolla

The 2011 Toyota Corolla  is expected to be continued as  be the car for the medium income class. Even though the recent recall issues have affected some of the models of the Toyota car, the older models of the corolla  continue to be running even when many of them have crossed 200k miles. And this should still give buyers enough confidence into the new 2011 Toyota Corolla. Starredreviews presents you some specific question and answer series for the 2011 Toyota Corolla and it should help you understand about this new car and should help you in taking up a buy decision.

Q. Should I buy a new 2011 Toyota Corolla or the 2012 Toyota Corolla.

A. If you are planning to buy a new Toyota Corolla, you have the choice of either buying the 2011 model or wait for  the 2012 Toyota Corolla. The advantage of the 2011 model is that you will be saving a little bit of money on it. There are some definite advantages of the 2012 model, especially if  you plan to sell the car in a period of 2 to 3 years. The KBB book value and the psychological resale value of the 2012 model will be higher than that of the 2011 model, and, therefore, the resale value of the 2012 model could be greater at the time of selling. If you have plans to resell the car in near future, waiting for the  2012 Toyota Corolla could be a better option.

Q. What are the pricing  for the different models of the 2011 Toyota Corolla.

A. Toyota recently announced the pricing of the different models of the Toyota 2011 vehicles. However, it does not contain the pricing details of the Corolla model. We expect the official announcement for the Toyota Corolla model very soon.  However, it is expected that there should not be substantial deviation from the 2010 Toyota Corolla model prices. The five Speed Manual Transmission Base model had a MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price) of $15,450 – which also happens to be the lowest priced Corolla model.  The Base, four speed Automatic Transmission model had a MSRP of $16,250.  The   4 speed LE price for 2010 Corolla is $16,850  and the four speed XLE 4  with automatic transmission for 2010 model is priced at  $17,750. With this you can expect the numbers to be in ballpark for the 2011 model.

Q. What are the expected changes in the 2011 Corolla model with respect to the 2010 Corolla model.

A.  As far as the styling is concerned, do not expect any change in the 2011 model with respect to the 2010 model. The LE model with automatic transmission will continue to offer best value for the money and is expected to be the best selling model among other Corolla model. The reason is that the LE model adds power and window controls, considered almost quintessential by common American without adding too much of cost to it. And the styling of the LE automatic model is going to be on the similar patter as that of the base mode. Some car enthusiasts, however, may like to take a look at the Manual transmission version of the LE model.

The 2011 Toyota Corolla

As far as the power is concerned, toyota lacked in horse power figures, with respect to its rivals Honda. And this is not likely to change in the 2011 Toyota corolla models. However, it is expected that the sporty XRS model may seem some bump in the horse power number.

Q. What different models of the 2011 Toyota Corolla is expected to be available

A. There will be two lines of the base model – the 5 speed manual transmission and the 4 speed automatic transmission. The LE model will add power window and other automatic functionalities.It is also expected to be launches with S, XLE and the more sporty XRS models.

Q. What kind of fuel economy can we expect from  2011 Toyota Corolla:

A. In terms of miles per galon, the Toyota Corolla will have fuel economy in City as 26 mpg and on Highways as 34 mpg.  This is true for all the models except the sporty XRS model. The XRS models are expected to have a rating close to 20/ 30 mpg.

You must note that the EPA rating are not available at the time of rating.

Q. Which other cars should I look for as alternative

A. The 2011 Honda Civic is worth considering and is the main competitor of Corolla. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra from the Korean giant has improved its quality and worth looking.

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  1. Freddy Mitchell
    September 13th, 2010 at 10:26 | #1

    Your photo is of an older model corolla. That is not a 2011.

  2. Bren Kryg
    October 30th, 2010 at 09:20 | #2

    Reviews and Toyota itself under-rate the Toyota Corolla’s average highway MPG. My 2009 10th generation Toyota Corolla has been giving me 41 MPG on H-Way 95 driving 65 to 70 MPH. Many owners will say the same. Why will I buy a hybrid? Outstanding job Toyota research and design (R&D) engineers.

  3. D Swain
    November 3rd, 2010 at 10:48 | #3

    I understand, through our local dealership, that the clock on the 2011 Corolla’s will be incorporated into the speedometer display instead of being low on the center console where it is now. Looking down and away from the windshield to see the clock doesn’t make much safety-sense.
    I’ve heard Corolla’s mileage can exceed the posted ratings. Bren, do you use premium gas? I’m waiting to buy a new car till the 2011 Corolla’s come out.

  4. admin
    March 18th, 2011 at 20:43 | #4

    @Freddy Mitchell
    The photo has been updated for the newer model of corolla.

  5. Bren Kryg
    June 20th, 2011 at 13:11 | #5

    To D Swain: No, I use only regular gas. Drive only between 65 to 70 on the hi-way on cruise control and you’ll get 41 mpg.

  6. Andy
    October 6th, 2011 at 08:41 | #6

    I now plan to buy the 2013 Toyota Corolla. Not sure it this will be a good decision. Can you help me ?

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