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Toyota is famous for durability and reliability and the Corolla line is the benchmark for that claim to fame. Find out more about design, interiors, safety features and performance of the Toyota Corolla.

Toyota Corolla has always been a crowd-pleaser, favoured for its reliability. The 2016 model remains largely unchanged from last year's release except for the updated audio system and the additional S Special Edition trim line. This limited release will only have 8,000 units available in 3 colors exclusive to the range. This release marks Toyota Corolla's 50th anniversary.

Corollas have been around for half a century and is now in its 11th generation. It has coupled decent styling with reliable performance, and has gained the respect of many car buyers.

Some minor style changes for the 2016 release include a longer wheelbase which stretches the center section, adding 7.6 cm to its predecessor. The wheels have been moved towards the corners of the body and the windshield and roof pillars are slightly more angled giving the car an overall sporty stance. The five-seater has four trim levels available: L, LE, LE Eco and S plus sub-trims Plus, Special Edition and Premium.

Profile

The last major redesign of the Toyota Corolla was in 2014 where the updated gave the compact a sleek, streamlined profile. On the base L model, you'll find 15-inch steel wheels, LED low-beam headlights with halogen high beams and LED running lights as standard body features.

Move up to the LE to get 16-inch steel wheels or to the LE plus for an alloy version. A trim upgrade to the sportier Corolla S comes with a blacked-out grille, unique wheel covers, color-keyed mirrors with signal repeaters, a rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. S Plus changes the wheels up to a 17-inch alloy wheels, while S Special Edition changes the wheels to a 17-inch alloy with special gloss black finish. Meanwhile, the LE and LE Eco models also have a more distinctive dark grey grille.


Power and Performance:

The latest version of Toyota Corolla may have carried over the very familiar 1.8-liter twin-cam VVTi four-cylinder engine of the earlier models. The base model is coupled with a standard six-speed manual transmission, with a four-speed automatic option. Other versions are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The S Plus can also be ordered with the six-speed manual transmission. All trim levels output 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, except the more efficient LE Eco which has Toyota's Valvematic variable valve timing. This version produces 140 horsepower with 126 pound-feet of torque and is also more fuel-efficient than other models.

1.8-liter inline-4 (L, LE and S) 1.8-liter inline-4 (LE Eco)
132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm 140 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm 126 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy
Manual: 8.4 L/ 100 km City, 6.4 L/100 km highway CVT: 7.7 L/ 100 km City, 5.6 L/100 km highway
Automatic: 8.6 L/100 km City, 6.5 L/100 km highway

Interiors and Special Features:

Toyota Corolla offers riders a spacious and comfortable cabin. With a longer wheelbase, it provides more legroom, almost comparable to a mid-sized sedan. The nearly flat floor also adds to the comfort level of its riders.

The interiors use premium materials and a soft-touch surface for the dash. The pinstripe accents on the cabin, dashboard and door panels give it an interesting, sophisticated look. The 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment module has large buttons, clear graphics and responds quickly to inputs. It's a great addition that truly highlights the car's value for money offerings.

Other standard features include iPod connectivity, Bluetooth hands-free calling, 6-speaker audio system, power windows, tilt and telescoping steering wheel and a height-adjustable driver's seat. The driver faces a three-dial gauge cluster with silver accents, which is upgraded to an electronic version with a 3.5-inch display screen in the S model.


Safety features:

Toyota Corolla has several safety features such as as driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, complete with 16 front seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger, and front and rear side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag and passenger seat-cushion airbag.

Other standard safety features include stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking systems, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. It also offers Toyota's Star Safety system. A rearview camera is standard on all trims except the L.

In NHTSA crash tests, Toyota Corolla earned the top overall rating of five stars -- including five stars for frontal and side impacts. For IIHS testing, Corolla earned "Good" ratings for frontal, side, rear and roof strength tests.

Overall, Toyota Corolla is still a good-priced car that offers plenty of space and good fuel economy. It has been a reliable model with a respectable performance for the last 50 years, and it continues in this path with the 2016 model.