For that price, buyers will land themselves in a base model Corolla SE with a six-speed manual transmission. The 10-step CVT automatic will tack $1,100 onto the price, bringing the total to $22,910.
Corolla SE models come standard with the new Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of safety tech, which includes pre-collision automatic braking with pedestrian detection, dynamic cruise control, lane departure warning with steer assist, lane tracing assist, road-sign assist, stop-start and automatic high beams. The entry-level trim also comes equipped with the latest version of Toyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa.
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The next available trim level, the Corolla XSE, will start at $23,910 for the manual and $25,010 for the CVT. It includes everything on the SE model plus dual-zone climate control, leather and fabric upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat and a larger 7-inch infotainment screen with an improved version of Entune. Customers also have the option of adding a JBL eight-speaker sound system to XSE models.
The EPA rates six-speed manual Corolla SE models at 28 MPG city, 37 MPG highway and 31 MPG combined. CVT equipped SE models return 32 MPG city, 42 MPG highway and 36 MPG combined. Strangely, CVT-equipped Corolla XSE models get worse mileage at 30 MPG city, 38 MPG highway and 33 MPG combined. The manual XSE has yet to be rated.
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