Available in six trim levels, 2018 Toyota Corolla prices start at $19,445 for a base L sedan equipped with a six-speed manual and rise to $24,250 for a CVT-equipped XSE equipped with the upgraded audio, navigation and App Suite bundle.
All models come with a single engine choice, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 132 horsepower (paradoxically, the Eco model produces an additional eight horsepower) and the usual power features along with LED headlights, a 6.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, and Toyota's Safety Sense suite of active safety features. The 6-speed manual adds a bit of fun, but in reality most buyers will choose the CVT automatic. We'd opt for the XLE trim, which adds multi-LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels (the 17-inchers on the XSE only add harshness to the ride), and a power moonroof to brighten up the interior.
With that in mind, here's how we'd build it:
- Model: Corolla XLE
- Engine: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
- Output: 132 horsepower / 128 lb-ft
- Transmission: CVT automatic
- MPG: EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city, 36 on the highway
- Exterior color: Barcelona Red
- Interior color: Black Softex
- Options: Entune Premium Audio ($525, 7-inch touchscreen, navigation, HD radio with predictive traffic and Doppler Weather overlay, SiriusXM satellite radio, Entune app suite with Pandora integration, Bluetooth phone capability)
- Base Price: $22,880
- As Tested: $23,405