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The Toyota Corolla needs no introduction. Thanks its rock-solid reliability, excellent fuel economy and top-notch safety features, it is an immensely popular sedan in the United States. Although it now faces stifling competition from the likes of Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, and the Ford Focus, the 2018 Toyota Corolla maintains its stronghold in the segment.

What's New for 2018

The Corolla received an exhaustive update last year, so Toyota has kept things low-key for 2018. The mechanics and the design remain unchanged and while there are some modifications to the feature-list, the adjustments are negligible.

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Choosing Your Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is sold with two engine options. The most widely available is a 1.8-liter unit that produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. A CVT-transmission is standard on all the trims, sending the power to the front wheels. In its thriftiest form, this engine returns 28 miles per gallon in the city, 36 highway, and 32 mpg combined.

The other engine is also a 1.8-liter unit paired to a CVT transmission, but it churns out 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque, while returning an impressive fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon in city, 40 highway, and 34 mpg combined. That said, this engine is only available in the LE Eco trim.

There are six trim levels — L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE and XSE. Notably, Toyota offers its Toyota Safety Sense driver-assistance pack as a standard equipment on all the variants. Active cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high-beams are available across the entire Corolla range.

L

The Corolla L starts at $19,445 (including $895 destination charges) and it gets LED headlights and running lights, 15-inch steel wheels, fabric upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver seat, four-way adjustable passenger seat, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity and Toyota’s popular Entune multimedia set-up.

There are no optional packages, although the usual array of dealer-installed accessories is available, in case you want some special floormats or lowering springs.

LE

The LE trim will set you back $19,880 and adds climate control, remote keyless entry, heated side-view mirrors, 16-inch steel wheels, rear-view camera and a more premium upholstery.

Apart from the optional items on the L trim, the Corolla LE gets a Premium Package ($1,215) that adds alloy wheels, an updated infotainment system with smartphone-enabled navigation and for $450 more, a moonroof.

LE Eco

Commanding $20,280, the LE Eco gets more-or-less the same features and options as the LE trim. Its main differentiating factor is the more potent, more fuel efficient engine and other mechanical tweaks like low-rolling-resistance tires, a more aerodynamic underbody, and a dedicated Eco drive mode in the Premium Package to derive the best possible mileage.

XLE

The Corolla XLE, priced at $22,880, gets all the features of the lower trims plus 16-inch alloy wheels, smart-key with push-button engine start, moonroof, updated 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and heated front seats wrapped in faux leather upholstery. For $525, you can have an enhanced infotainment set-up with in-built navigation.

SE

The SE trims costs $21,390 for the CVT variant, but you can also have it with a six-speed manual gearbox, retailing at $22,610. The highlight of the Corolla SE is its sportier design — the front fascia is new and there are 17-inch wheels, roof spoiler, side-view mirrors with turn signals, chrome exhaust pipe, sport seats, a different instrument cluster, rear disc brakes and a Sport mode for the CVT transmission. If you are buying the Corolla SE, you might as well opt for the performance exhaust, lowered springs and performance air filter.

XSE

The range-topping XSE trim carries a price-tag of $23,625 and mixes the best features available on the lower trims. Essentially, this means it packs the gizmos of the XLE trim, such as smart key, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and moonroof with the sport package of the SE trim.

CarsDirect Tip

You can’t really go wrong with the Corolla. Regardless of the variant, you are assured of proficient mileage and an overall low cost of maintenance. The L and LE variants are good budget buys, the LE Eco is for those wanting to save money on their fuel-station trips and the rest are focused on offering more convenience features, albeit at slightly high rates.

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