2011 Toyota Corolla Overview
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is one of the most respected, durable, and efficient compact sedans on the market today and for 2011 undergoes several changes, including an exterior refresh.
The most notable changes to the 2011 Toyota Corolla are the deletion of the 2.4-liter engine and the XLE and XRS trims. There are now three trims available: base, LE, and S, each of which is paired to a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission (the LE is automatic only). The 2011 Corolla receives an impressive 26-mpg in the city and 34-35 mpg on the highway. Competition in the compact sedan segment includes the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Mazda3, and Ford Focus.
Now that we’re done focusing on what the 2011 Toyota Corolla deleted, we can discuss what it added. A new horizontally split grille and wide front air dam give the Corolla a sleeker look. A chrome strip across the bottom of the trunk joins the revised taillights, while the headlights and bumpers also get a new look. The A- and C-pillars have been stretched forward and backward respectively to improve aerodynamics, and the side mirrors are now larger for better visibility. The LE and S incorporate body-colored mirrors, while the S utilizes fog lights, a rear spoiler, and 16-inch wheels. Daytime running lights, power mirrors, and 15-inch wheels are standard, while a moonroof is optional.
Not only did the 2011 Toyota Corolla drop an engine and some trim levels, some interior amenities are now gone as well. Don’t be alarmed though; air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a six-speaker CD player with auxiliary input jack for your iPod, cruise control, and a 60/40 split- fold-down rear seat come standard. Options include a six-speaker stereo with USB/iPod integration and Bluetooth® connectivity, power windows and locks, keyless entry, and sport seats.
Safety is the name of the game when it comes to the 2011 Toyota Corolla. Front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active front headrests, an electronic stability system with traction control, and antilock brakes are all standard.
If you’re looking for a practical, affordable, and efficient sedan for the daily commute, then the 2011 Toyota Corolla is hard to beat.