Corolla is all grown up: Toyota model still solid for looks, comfort…

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I owned a Toyota Corolla in the 1980s. The car provided reliable and excellent fuel economy. continues to deliver on that in its 2011 format. It’s a car now, a compact instead of a and with its Toyota-style bulging and taillights, it actually has a lot more than my econobox model of than 20 years ago, and of smaller cars today.

more power under the and air bags all around, including curtains front and rear, and the are a bit plusher while the interior is much quieter. I still the Corolla, but there are a lot of good to like these days.

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In the Corolla’s column are its affordability, good and ability to carry four and their luggage, plus a interior that gives it a upscale, quality feel.

is good from its 132-horsepower I4 that features variable timing. Hook it up to a five-speed transmission and it’ll give the car a pep. Tied to the 4-speed and it’s not all that swift to speeds. It’s not slow, steady, and the automatic shifts if you accelerate the least bit hard. the transmission groans a lot if you ask for more negating that quiet Toyota really should this to a 5-speed automatic.

Not that the engine should to work that hard. The weighs 2,800 pounds and on a 102.4-inch wheelbase. That point and 16-inch tires give Corolla one of the better among compact cars. still feel the big bumps, but handles them fairly

Up front is an independent suspension the rear features a semi-independent with a torsion beam. older technology, but it handles our Wisconsin roads better some of the newer, fully systems.

In the Corolla’s plus are its affordability, good looks and to carry four adults and luggage.

Handling is fine a little lean in turns, but a easy-to-control feel to the wheel. steering feels overly so there is really no road or feedback. You tend to oversteer first getting used to its touch.

Braking is good from up front and drums in back. ABS is as are traction and stability control. nice on cars starting at than $20,000.

And that’s Corolla shines again. The model with manual goes for just $15,600, an automatic begins at $16,400. an LE with automatic at $17,300 and the sportier S test model. The metallic blue test car automatic started at $18,300 and at $20,855 with options. A S model lists at $17,470.

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I could live without a upgrade and sunroof to keep the down. They add $520 and respectively.

The S model comes plenty, including fog lights, a and color-keyed rocker panels, all to it a sportier appearance. There’s a front air dam, upgraded cloth seats and keyless entry and trunk release.

The is comfortable with mildly-contoured seats, including a pump to adjust the driver’s seat The seats are supportive and look with a textured black with variable blue The rear seat feels than most compact and was easy to get in and out of.

The interior is comfortable with cloth seats, including a handle to adjust the driver’s height.

I’m not as wild about the and doors’ looks. The black plastic looks pretty There’s matte silver trim on the door handles and and vertical trim by the center and a silver ring around the

The good news is that all perfectly laid out and functional. The gauges are easy to see and there’s a tilt/telescope steering wheel. The has a 12.0 cubic foot that is well suited to its and a 60/40 split rear that will fold flat to accommodate larger

Gas mileage also is favorable. I got in about 60% highway driving and up to three passengers. The EPA rates at 26 mpg city and 34 highway.

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