This week, Toyota showed its updated Corolla in San Diego, Calif. The 11th generation of compact sedan features a number of styling updates, including new exterior styling, a larger more horizontal cabin design, longer wheelbase, and improved seating.
According to Mary LeGallet, small car product manager for Toyota, told Automotive Fleet that the LE is the most common Corrolla model purchased by commercial fleet customers.
Under the hood, the all-new 2014 Corolla will feature a choice from a pair of engines, the 2ZR-FE 1.8L VVT-i 4-cylinder and the 2ZR-FAE 1.8L VVT-i 4-cylinder, will be offered with three transmissions, including the new 6-speed manual and an all-new CVT. The 1.8L DOHC 4 cylinder engine will produce an estimated 132 hp and 128 lb.-ft. of torque, which will be available as standard on all models except the LE Eco. The LE Eco will feature a 1.8L engine with the valvematic system paired to the new CVT, producing 140 hp and achieving 42 mpg on the highway. All grades with the new CVT without the valvematic technology will see an increase of at least 3 mpg over the previous generation, according to Toyota.
The 2014-MY Corolla will be available in four models: L, LE, LE Eco, and Corolla S. The LE, LE Eco, and S will also be available with two trim levels.
New for the 2014-MY Corolla will be the updated Entune system, which will feature an array of new apps, including Facebook Places. The updated system is also being rolled out in other new Toyota products, including the Sequoia and Tundra.
The 2014-MY Corolla is expected to be available beginning in September and will be assembled in production plants in Mississippi and Canada.
By Chris Wolski