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2020 Toyota Corolla TREK

2020 Toyota Corolla TREK

It’s not the type of Corolla we’re used to, but it’s the type that we can get excited about

The Toyota Corolla is one of the last cars you’d think of as being special. But something about the new Corolla TREK variant qualifies as “special.” It’s the latest addition to the Corolla Touring Sports estate lineup, and it’s a promising showcase of the Corolla Touring Sports’ understated versatility as a personal ride and a family hauler for those weekend adventures away from the city.

The Corolla TREK comes as a result of a collaboration between Toyota and bicycle manufacturer Trek. It’s a partnership that stems from a recent partnership between the two companies at this year’s Vuelta a Espana cycling race where 16 Corolla TREK models were used as support vehicles.

Well, they’re not support vehicles anymore. The Toyota Corolla TREK is now available for public consumption. Pricing details will be announced in the coming weeks — it’s estimated to cost around £29,000 ($36,00) — but order books are now open with the initial batch of deliveries scheduled to begin sometime before the year ends. Unfortunately, the Corolla TREK isn’t headed to the U.S. market.

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2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car

2019 Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla Hatch Formula Drift Car

A four-figure five-door bringing the heat

The Toyota Corolla nameplate has deep roots in drifting, most notably with the AE86 “Hachi-Roku” produced during the ‘80s. However, in the 30-plus years since the demise of the original 86, the Corolla has been a bit of a pariah when it comes to the business of getting sideways and smoky. Nevertheless, Papadakis Racing has transformed the modern front-wheel drive twelfth-generation 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback into a winning entry in the cutthroat Formula Drift Championship.

Of course, breaking away from the pack has been a staple of team owner Stephan Papadakis’ career, and it shows everywhere in this latest build. Beyond the extensive rear-wheel drive conversion and complementary bespoke suspension, the Toyota also arrives to the party with half as many cylinders as most of its competitors, while still producing four-figures on the dyno thanks to mind-blowing levels of boost and a hearty shot of nitrous. Then there’s the unique five-door body style, which is enhanced by a custom carbon-fiber widebody kit.

Read on for all the nitty gritty details on what makes this machine so incredible.

Updated 03/19/2019: When this article was originally written, the author assumed Ryan Tuerck would drive the featured Corolla race car in the 2019 Formula Drift season. This is incorrect. Papadakis Racing built the featured Corolla race car for Toyota for demonstration purposes, and Ryan Tuerck is not a regular driver for the Papadakis Racing team. The author apologizes for the error.

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2019 Toyota Corolla GR Sport

2019 Toyota Corolla GR Sport

The Toyota Corolla just became a warmer hatch and it’s a sign of things to come

The introduction of the Toyota Corolla GR Sport days before its live debut at the Geneva International Motor Show gives us a first glimpse of what the hypothetical (and probable) Corolla GRMN might be.

The Toyota Corolla GR Sport is the closest in execution to semi-sports hatches like the Ford Focus ST-Line, the Hyundai i30 N-Line, and the Renault Megane GT-Line. As such, the Toyota Corolla GR Sport features a comprehensive set of sporty style additions without any performance upgrades. The Gazoo Racing Sport pack is available for both the base engine and top-trim.

The first semi-hot Toyota hatchback in decades came only weeks after Gazoo Racing trickled out the stunning new Supra. It delivers on the promise Aikido Toyoda, Toyota CEO, gave two years ago - “no more boring cars.” Moreover, with the new Toyota RAV4 TRD, the new Toyota GR Supra, the incredible Toyota Yaris GR, and the announcement of the new Toyota GT86, we live in a time when the world’s favorite manufacturer is again in the business of awesome cars.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Trek

2019 Toyota Corolla Trek

Here’s another iteration of the Toyota Corolla you didn’t think you needed

With almost 50 million units sold since it was first introduced in 1966, the Toyota Corolla is, without question, the best-selling car in the history of the auto industry. Even if the world is populated by Corollas, Toyota has found a way to continuously reinvent the model in ways that make it popular. It comes as no surprise then that we’re going to see another reinvented version of the Corolla called the Corolla Trek at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Touring Sports wagon body of Toyota’s best-selling model, the Corolla Trek is essentially a raised version of the wagon that’s not a lot different from the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. The recent trend of automakers raising their wagons and hatchbacks in the name of giving them crossover-like appeal has now taken over Toyota. We’ll see what that’s about when the Toyota Corolla debuts in Geneva next month.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan - Driven

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan - Driven

Forget the commuter penalty box - this sedan is packed with goodies

First rolling off the production line in 1966, the Toyota Corolla has been around for over five decades. In 2013, Toyota celebrated an astonishing 40 million units sold for the nameplate, which makes it the most popular car in history. Now there’s a new twelfth generation for the 2020 model year, and it offers refreshed styling, a new interior stuffed with a wide variety of technology and features, a new architecture, and a new Hybrid trim level, all at a reasonable price point. However, with SUVs and crossovers dominating the sales charts, does the 2020 Toyota Corolla have what it takes to carry the torch for the sedan segment? To find out, I flew out to Savannah, Georgia, to experience it first hand, all courtesy of Toyota.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Adding more green to the compact commuter standard

Toyota just introduced a brand-new generation for the Corolla this year, with both a head-turning hatchback and a smart sedan making the body style lineup. Now, Toyota is adding yet another model with a new hybrid variant, ushering in an even-greener option for the compact four-door segment. Standout features for the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid include a comfortable ride, loads of technology and features, and as an added bonus, upwards of 52 mpg combined thanks to the drivetrain that’s borrowed from the Toyota Prius.

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2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla

A compact icon turns twelve

The Corolla is a true benchmark for the compact segment, with over 46 million units sold over the course of five decades since its release in 1966. Now, the Corolla enters its impressive twelfth generation for the 2020 model year. Earlier in 2018, we got behind the wheel of the new 2019 Corolla hatchback and loved its raucous styling and shift-happy manual transmission. Now, the Japanese automotive behemoth is offering a brand-new sedan version, and it promises even more refinement, more technology, and a new look to boot.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback - Driven

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback - Driven

Adding some extra spice to the recipe

Toyota first introduced the Corolla nameplate way back in 1966, and since then, an incredible 11 generations have come and gone. The latest twelfth-generation broke cover in March of 2018 at the Geneva Motor Show, and with it, Toyota unveiled a fresh hot hatchback iteration that promises more fun thanks to sporty suspension tuning, a rev-happy 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an available six-speed manual transmission, and snappy good looks.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Small, fun, practical, and standard with a stick

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world, with a total of 11 generations coming and going since its introduction way back in 1966. The latest 12th generation broke cover earlier in 2018 at the Geneva International Motor Show flying under the Auris badge, and now it looks like the Japanese brand is bringing the icon to the 2018 New York International Auto Show in an updated hatchback format. Highlights include a fresh exterior style, an incredible amount of technology, sporty chassis tuning, and a standard six-speed manual transmission. But the question is this - does it have what it takes to pique the interest of enthusiasts?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

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2017 Toyota Corolla iM – Driven

2017 Toyota Corolla iM – Driven

Scion passes the iM baton to Toyota with its dying breath

Ah Scion, Toyota’s youth-market sub brand. Now in 2017, we can only reminisce about bygone days when new Scion hatchbacks, coupes, and toasters sat in showrooms waiting for eager high-school teens to arrive with daddy’s money or senior citizens to stroll in looking for something more economical than their worn-out Mercury Grand Marquis. Those days are gone though, thanks to Toyota shuttering Scion and consolidating a few of its models into the Toyota fleet. One such example is the Scion iM.

The iM was all-new for the U.S. market in 2015, launched beside the Mazda-derived Scion iA sedan. The iM was basically a Toyota Corolla Hatchback, though you’d never hear a Scion salesman pointing that to potential buyers. The car featured the same, 1.8-liter four-cylinder as the Corolla, as well as the six-speed manual or optional Continuously Variable Transmission. But, sadly, the iM and iA couldn’t save the Scion brand. Toyota ended the brand’s 13-year run in August of 2016. Fast-forward to today, and Toyota has rebadged the iA, iM, and FR-S as the Yaris iA, Corolla iM, and the 86, respectively.

I recently got to sample the Corolla iM for a week – living with it during the daily grind. My tester came equipped with the six-speed manual transmission and zero options. It’s rare to have press fleet cars come so equipped. But rather than being a buzzkill from the usual whiz-bang gadgetry and overly complicated nature of many modern cars, the iM’s basic nature proved a welcomed reprieve and rather enjoyable. Heck, my tester didn’t even have floor mats. (I’ve heard Toyota is stingy with their floor mats.)

Of course, the most noticeable feature of this iM is its color – that big, bright, green color. Oh boy. Toyota calls it “Spring Green Metallic.” I call it ugly. Yet the color helped add a particular flare to car it wouldn’t have otherwise had. It also attracted everyone’s attention. I lovingly named my tester Snot Rocket.

Continue reading for the full driven review.

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2016 Toyota Corolla XTREME

2016 Toyota Corolla XTREME

It’s, by far, the most extreme Corolla that you’ll probably ever lay eyes on

When you’re an automaker, having a car that is in continuous production for 50 years is one hell of a feat. For Toyota, that accomplishment goes to the Corolla, which just so happened to turn 50 years old this year. Originally offered as a subcompact, the Corolla stuck to its original segment until 1991, when Toyota ushered in the seventh-generation model as a true compact. Since then, it’s gone through four generational evolutions with the 11th-gen model being introduced to the U.S. for the 2014 model year. The Corolla got some minor exterior changes for 2017, but Toyota apparently put more interest in its presence at SEMA and has created what must be the craziest Corolla that you’ll ever lay eyes one. Dubbed the Corolla XTREME, this baby boasts a two-door configuration (yes, you read that right,) a custom interior, custom sound system, and a desire to make you say “WTF is that thing?”

Of course, this kind of concept doesn’t show up out of the blue. It only came to be thanks to this year’s SEMA show, which has –in all honestly – turned out to be the craziest event of the year for modified vehicles and concepts. Sure, there are a few lazy concepts floating around here and there, but manufacturers have really outdone themselves in most cases, and this insanely custom Toyota Corolla is a prime example of Toyota going the extra mile.

This concept will certainly make you question everything you’ve even thought about the Corolla, but that’s kind of the point. This certainly isn’t something you’ll see every day and, to be honest, you probably wouldn’t want to either. But, It is surely garnering some needed attention at Toyota’s booth. Don’t give Toyota too much credit, though; this isn’t something that Toyota was able to come up with itself. Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs out of Simi Valley, California had his very talented hands all over this project. So, let’s take a look and see what Lookofsky and Toyota cooked up with this wild, one-of-a-kind concept.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Corolla XTREME.

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2017 Toyota Corolla – Driving Impression And Review

2017 Toyota Corolla – Driving Impression And Review

Improving the commuter box

Now well into its fiftieth year of production, you’d think Toyota has had more than enough time to perfect the Corolla. Indeed, the buying public certainly seems to think the Japanese automaker is doing something right, with over 43 million units sold and eleven generations produced since the model was first introduced in the fall of 1966. In fact, the Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in automotive history, which you might think is reason enough to celebrate with something new and wild. Thing is, Toyota isn’t really looking to fix something that ain’t broke, which means 2017 brings slight tweaks to the Corolla’s exterior styling, new gear for the interior, and a limited-run 50th Anniversary Special Edition model. However, the biggest upgrade is in the safety department, where the Corolla now boasts a raft of upgraded technology as standard across the line.

I recently got a chance to drive the 2017 Corolla in Ojai, California, and I walked away feeling content, but uninspired. You see, the Corolla is a very solid little compact sedan. It does everything it’s supposed to do – it’s comfortable, well equipped, and with a huge range of trim levels on offer, affordably priced for pretty much any budget. But it’s quite telling when the biggest news is nestled away in the safety section of a review…

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Toyota Corolla.

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2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition

The Corolla celebrates 50 years on the market with a limited-edition, high-trim model

With more than 40 million units sold since its introduction in 1966, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world since 1997, when it surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle, and arguably the most iconic compact car in production. Its popularity is matched only by the mighty Ford F-Series in the U.S., which speaks volumes of the Corolla’s impact on the automotive industry in the last five decades. In 2013, the Corolla was redesigned for the eleventh-generation, a model that saw the nameplate once again sell more than 300,000 examples a year in the U.S. since 2008. Followed by a series of special-edition versions and even a TRD-made concept, the Corolla is celebrating its 50th anniversary with yet another limited-edition variant.

Dubbed 50th Anniversary Special Edition, this U.S.-exclusive sedan is based on the sporty Corolla SE and features a number of bespoke details designed to celebrate the massive popularity the car enjoys around the world. Both the exterior and interior have been tweaked, gaining features you can normally order with the SE trim as well as 50th Anniversary badges. Only 8,000 will be built, making it one of the rarest Corollas ever sold in the United States.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition.

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2015 Toyota TRD Corolla SEMA Edition

2015 Toyota TRD Corolla SEMA Edition

Toyota is previewing a litter of its models dressed to the nines in TRD garb at the SEMA Auto Show. One of these models is the Toyota Corolla, and for the purpose of this particular exercise, the TRD Corolla provides a fresh take on the world’s best-selling car nameplate. As if that’s reason enough for Corolla owners to jump for joy, there’s also an all-too real possibility that this custom Corolla could find its way on the road in the not-too distant future.

There is a caveat, of course, and Toyota isn’t prepared to make any bold promises just yet. But, it’s no secret that as popular as the Corolla is and will continue to be, it’s the type of car that could have a little more edge to it. This TRD kit accomplishes that in some respects, although not the extent that most people would expect. As the equivalent of a preview model though, it’s presented well enough for customers to at least give it a second look.

Take a gander at the Toyota TRD Corolla and see for yourself if this kitted-up Corolla has a future in the real world. Toyota has said that it’s going to have its ears on the ground in Las Vegas to collect reactions from the public and the media. If those comments come through as positive, then we might be one step closer to finally seeing a TRD kit for the Corolla. Better late than never.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota TRD Corolla SEMA Edition.

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2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition

Continuously produced since 1966 and now in its eleventh generation, the Corolla has not only become Toyota’s most popular product, but also the best-selling automotive nameplate in history. The model snatched that title from the Volkswagen Beetle back in 2013, with no less than 40 million Corollas manufactured up to then and plenty more since. With the 2015 Chicago Auto show right around the corner, Toyota decided to bring a number of limited-edition models to the event to accompany the refreshed Avalon, among which will be a Corolla Special Edition.

While Toyota hasn’t said what the special occasion is, the upcoming 50-year anniversary of the Corrolla nameplate makes sense. Based on the sporty Corolla S Plus trim level, the 2016 Corolla Special Edition will have a number of unique features as standard, most of which improve either comfort and functionality or add a slightly sportier flavor to the otherwise bland compact model.

Updated 07/17/2015: Toyota revealed prices for the 2016 Corolla Special Edition, which will be produced between August 2015 and January 2016 and will be limited to approximately 8,000 units. Prices will start from $20,635.

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2014 Toyota Corolla - Driven

2014 Toyota Corolla - Driven

The venerable Corolla has been a mainstay in Toyota’s U.S. lineup since its introduction in 1968. Toyota’s longest-running nameplate has undergone numerous alterations over the years, but has always remained a stalwart of the compact sedan segment. In 1997, the Corolla surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle as the best selling nameplate worldwide. That tradition continues today with the updated 2014 Toyota Corolla.

I recently spent a week getting to know a Corolla equipped in the LE Eco trim — the Corolla’s most fuel-efficient trim package. Equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, electronic power steering, skinny tires, and a Continuously Variable Transmission, the Corolla earns an EPA economy rating of 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined.

Coated in a deep Evergreen color, the Corolla did a great job at keeping its fuel-conscience end of the bargain. My weekly total average topped just over 31 mpg, besting the Corolla’s EPA city rating. A light throttle and careful driving quickly saw the average increase on slower highway jaunts, making the EPA’s estimates seem obtainable.

The Corolla proved to be a reasonable yet rather tossable set of wheels during its week stay, though there were a few quibbles about NVH.

Click past the jump for the full review of the new 2014 Toyota Corolla

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2014 Toyota Crusher Corolla by Drew Bezanson and Skullcandy

2014 Toyota Crusher Corolla by Drew Bezanson and Skullcandy

The Toyota Dream Build Challenge is one of our most anticipated happenings leading up to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

This year, a quartet of new models are headed to SEMA and all of them are rowdy, crazy, and all sorts of awesome.

One of them is the Toyota Corolla, the Japanese automaker’s compact sedan. Or what’s left of what looks like the Corolla.

Called the Corolla Crusher, the vehicle is the official entry of BMX rider Drew Bezanzon. It sure looks like a program developed by somebody with an affinity for bicycles as shown by a pair of them sitting comfortably on the bike rack in the roof. Look closely at the front and rear of the Corolla and you’ll notice that Bezanzon installed grind rails on both components, keeping the BMX spirit alive and in full bloom.

Speaking of full bloom, this is what the Corolla is going to look like if you infused it with an active sport spirit. The radical purple colors, mixed in with spicy graphics highlighted by the headphones-wearing skull - an ode to Skullcandy - speaks to the kind of attitude this Corolla has in truckloads.

Moving back to those bikes, you can actually take both down to open the trunk, at which point, you’ll see nesting locations for bike tools, plus a pair of mountable speakers with light bars, the latter of which are connected to a ball-busting audio system from Skullcandy. Custom iPad integration controls the interior features, including music out of upgraded speakers shaped in the Skullcandy logo, while the front seat headrests carry 3-to-1 scale representations of Skullcandy’s newest Crusher headphones.

Click past the jump to read more about Drew Bezanzon’s Corolla Crusher

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2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla

Toyota is attempting to build excitement around one of the company’s longest-running and most conservative nameplates: the Corolla. It’s an uphill climb that started months ago with the 2013 Toyota Corolla Furia concept making the rounds at the major 2013 American auto shows and culminated with the official launch of the new `Rolla in Santa Monica. The redesign aims to bring some life back into the model after years of languishing while the entire Toyota lineup was redesigned around it.

The Corolla is a serious cash cow for Toyota, with 2012 sales reaching nearly 300,000 units, despite the lack of substantive changes since 2003. What’s the rush to replace a model whose tooling and engineering costs have long since been paid off? After eleven years, the 2014 model finally promises to bring the Corolla into the fold with modern electronics and styling, refined engines and more spacious dimensions all around.

Those expecting revolution will be mildly disappointed, but the changes are far deeper than a facelift in hopes of re-energizing what has become a laughing stock in the wider automotive enthusiast community. Desperate to ditch its beige image, the new Corolla promises to win back the boy-racer crowd that’s long-since abandoned the Corolla in favor of the mechanically similar Scion tC coupe or the rear-drive Scion FR-S.

With two solid sports models in the Scion corner of Toyota showrooms, does the new Corolla’s style risk alienating loyalists? Or do the new updates simply massage in a quieter ride, better infotainment tech and a bit more room in the back?

Ahead of the 2014’s arrival in early September, we’ve prepared a full review, image gallery and styling analysis of the new Corolla.

Update 8/27/2013: Toyota has just released the pricing details for the 2014 Corolla. It starts out at $16,800 and caps at $20,100, minus optional equipment. Se the specifics after the jump.

Update 10/7/2013: The 2014 Corolla just underwent testing from the IIHS, and it received a shockingly low "Marginal" score in the small-overlap test. See more after the jump.

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2013 Toyota Corolla LE and S Special Edition

2013 Toyota Corolla LE and S Special Edition

Toyota is expanding its Corolla lineup with the addition of two new special editions based on the LE and S trim levels. The new Toyota Corolla LE and S Special Edition will be limited to 7,500 units (2,250 LE models and 5,250 S models) and will be priced at $20,550. The model will be available starting April.

The LE Special Edition will be offered with a unique Black Currant Metallic exterior color and will sit on 16-inch alloy wheels. For the interior, the model will add heated, Beige-leather-trimmed seats, and Display Audio with Navigation and Entune. "Special Edition" floor mats and exterior badges will remind you are driving a Corolla that’s just about as special as they come from the factory.

For the S version, Toyota will include a unique Hot Lava paint and 17-inch alloy wheels. The model will also come standard with sport fabric seats and Display Audio with Navigation and Entune™. Just like with the LE version, the new S Special Edition gets "Special Edition" floor mats and exterior badges.

Click past the jump to read Toyota’s full press release.

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2013 Toyota Corolla

2013 Toyota Corolla

The Corolla quietly makes its way into its 45th year of production as we enter the 2013 model year. Toyota, not one to mess with success, chose to let the Corolla’s 45th anniversary pass with no fanfare. In fact, the 2013 model year pretty much carries all of the same trimmings from the 2012 model year, save for a few minor changes.

The Corolla can carry on unchanged and not lose any steam because it is only two model years removed from a slight refresh and that it has a very specific role: draw in young buyers with a low price and high quality. It is not in Toyota’s lineup to dazzle anyone out of $30K. It is happy providing basic amenities at sub-$17K prices.

The goal in this is to get buyers impressed with the entry-level `Yota sedan and that should eventually lead to these buyers snagging up a top-line Avalon – so theory says.

The 2013 Toyota Corolla comes in three trim levels: L, LE and S. With each level comes a little more luxury and the S model actually makes the Corolla fairly bearable for even picky buyers.

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 2013 Toyota Corolla

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