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Toyota says the new Corolla's shape is "more athletic," and indeed its lines are crisper compared to its bland predecessors. We see bits and pieces of various other current models in its overarching design as well as some of the styling details, so we're not sure that the core design concept—"Iconic Dynamism"—is entirely justified. Less iconic, more iterative, perhaps.
A longer wheelbase stretches the center section—this Corolla is 3 inches longer than its predecessor—and puts the wheels toward the corners of the body. The windshield and roof pillars are slightly more angled, and the car is a little more wedge-shaped, with angled frontal shapes and a turned-up beltline at the back of each rear door. The sportier stance benefits from LED headlamps and running lamps on all models; the sporty Corolla S model gets a blacked-out grille with fog lamps flanking a more aggressive airdam, plus an integrated rear spoiler that visually raises the tail.
The 2016 Toyota Corolla offers a choice of two different 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engines, but performance has never been a major selling point for Toyota's compact sedan. Its buyers want low running costs and value for their money, and Toyota has prioritized those qualities. Still, the current model is a little more rewarding to drive than its predecessors.
One engine powers the Corolla L, LE, and S models. It's a base 1.8-liter inline-4 rated at 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco version adds Valvematic to its 1.8-liter inline-4, which provides a broader range of continuously variable valve timing—giving better fuel economy as well as a boost to 140 horsepower.
The 2016 Toyota Corolla sedan's 183-inch length and expansive rear seat area would have suited a mid-size sedan just a few years ago. Its 2014 redesign gained it almost 4 inches in wheelbase, and a whopping 5.1 inches more leg room in the rear. Four 6-footers can ride in relative comfort, which wasn't a feat possible in previous Corolla generations.
The front seats are more adjustable and have longer cushions than before, making them as comfortable as seats in rival compacts, perhaps more so. The driving position has a relaxed, "big car" feel, and Toyota has fitted cupholders in both front and rear door panels, along with a pair in the center console for those in front. All models except for the base L get a rear center armrest with two built-in cupholders as well.
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