(Contributing Editor: George Straton)
Gazing into the ROADBLAZING.COM / ChicagoNow "Drive...He Said" automotive crystal ball the compact 4-door notchback sedan will likely not be long for the North American and European world.
Apparently other parts of the globe haven't seen the same handwriting on the wall. For 2017, the number one selling vehicle in the world was a compact 4-door sedan. the Toyota Corolla at 1.16 million units. We are talking about a model name which dates back to 1966, and is still assembled in the original Takoaka, Japan Plant (alongside the Prius).
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Corolla is a compact family car now about to enter it's 5th year of the current 11th generation design. Some production still comes off the same Toyota assembly line in Japan as the original 1966 version. There is little reason to doubt the arrival of an expected new generation sometime in 2020.
At Toyota the mantra must be "We've Got to Move These Refrigerators" to maintain the title of number one globally sold automobile.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla is Plug-'N-Play driving at it's core. A family conveyance which requires neither introduction to be trusted nor a tutorial to be operated.
- Starting price, including destination, is $19,620. A power moonroof and navigation equipped XLE model runs $23,055.
- The design is an in-offensive traffic jam chameleon. Instruments are wont to confuse, controls need no map to locate, and switches are robust in size and positive in action. The front buckets are surprisingly well bolstered, and five adults will find as much space as some mid-size sedans. Industrial appearing materials such as the pseudo carbon fiber inserts and 1970s blue LED digital clock will probably outlast lots of Corolla owners.
- An occasionally sporty-minded CVT keeps lethargy from a low output, direct injected, naturally aspirated engine in the power band sweet spot. Numb steering winds quickly enough for accuracy, damping is responsive and spring rates dial in some firmness. If braking is wanting fault the ultra-quiet, dry grip challenged all-season tires. Fuel economy is a good for 2014, but hardly earth shattering these days, 35 miles-per-gallon combined.
- Lots of standard kit including the most comprehensive driver assist set in it's class: Toyota Safety Sense P includes Lane departure alert & keep assist, partial adaptive cruise control, collision avoidance & pedestrian detecting pre-braking and automatic high beam LED headlamps.
How many other competitors offer all those safety features STANDARD?
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