During the year 2011, the Toyota Corolla received a style makeover with interior enhancements, but the 2012 model has given people exactly what they’ve have been asking for (especially concerning the L model). Previously the L model Corolla had manual windows and locks, but in response to customer requests, the L now sports all power windows, locks, side mirrors, and keyless remotes. This is definitely an improvement over manual crank windows.
As for the Toyota Corolla LE, it was given a new set of 16-inch wheels as part of its standard package, along with steering wheel audio controls, USB ports, and the ability to play MP3 and WMA as a standard part of the AM/FM/CD audio system.
The Corolla S package added double stitch accents on the seats as a standard part of the interior, as well as the same updated audio system of the LE.
The prices of all three models of Corolla are affordable enough that those who are just starting out can afford to make this their first car, as well as young families who are both safety conscious and managing a budget.
The MSRP of the 2012 Toyota Corolla S is a very reasonable $17,990 with a five-speed manual transmission and $18,820 the starting MSRP for the automatic transmission.
The 2012 Toyota Corolla L and the LE models can both be upgraded to a four-speed automatic transmission, which is electronically controlled and has the capacity to learn driver’s habits and patterns. With a curb weight of 2,734, the lightweight front-wheel drive Corolla base model maneuvers self-confidently through traffic as if it were a sporty coupe. Though it may not seem like a workhorse, it does have a towing capacity of 1500 and it has a 60/40 split rear seat for cargo room and a 12.3 cubic foot trunk.
The LE is the luxury edition of the 2012 Corolla and it is apparent that much of that luxury is centered on the cockpit. The standard 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, gives the driver the ability to stay comfortable on long trips. Long trips are more enjoyable with the optional Entune system that is available on the LE and the S models only. The Entune system provides over 750 radio stations, a navigational system, touch screen commands, and advanced voice recognition for the handsfree Bluetooth wireless.
The 2012 Corolla S models offer a package that includes a sliding moonroof with sunglass holders and map lights. The ECT-i transmission comes standard on the S.
All three Corolla packages come with a 1.8L 4-cyclinder engine that delivers 132 horsepower, while boasting a fuel economy at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway (for the five-speed manual L and LE models).
While the base model is a five-speed manual, this does not mean that it isn’t a fun ride. The 2012 Corolla is the best-selling Toyota and is in direct competition with a Chevrolet Cruz or a Honda Civic DX. While all the vehicles are very close in prices, gas mileage and passenger capacity, the Toyota Corolla does have longer legroom for rear seat passengers. All models offer a roomy interior with 38.8 inches headroom without a moonroof and 37.9 inches with the roof. Legroom is 41.7 inches and there’s a seating capacity for five.
Standard on all 2012 Toyota Corolla models is the Star Safety System, which includes traction control, anti-lock brakes, and vehicle stability control, among other key safety features like six airbags and crumple zones at the front and the rear of the vehicle.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the 2011 Toyota Corolla the top safety pick and the 2012 is a contender for the same award. The child protective rear door locks are an added bonus for those with young children.