The 2012 Toyota Corolla has been upgraded with its base L model getting some new features and its LE and S grade models getting a new standard audio system. The 2011 model had received new styling and several improvements but the 2012 Toyota Corolla offers even more value. The Corolla L grade model is equipped with color-keyed power side mirrors, power windows with driver’s auto-down, power door locks and remote keyless entry.
The LE grade of the 2012 Corolla offers standard 16-inch wheels and steering wheel audio controls. The seats of the sporty S model get a double-stitch accent.
Toyota gave the 2012 LE and S grades a new standard audio system to offer customers an audio performance that’s more versatile. The head unit features an AM/FM/CD player (with a MP3/WMA playback). It also has a USB port that allows for iPod connectivity and an auxiliary input jack that holds other music players. In addition, the system offers Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and audio streaming.
The auto-sound leveling adjusts volume depending on the ambient noise. The LE and S grades come with steering wheel audio control switches too. What the 2012 Corolla keeps from the previous model is the standard Toyota’s Star Safety System, which features Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
It also comes with the standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system. The 2012 Corolla continues to offer the two-year/25,000-mile Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan. Its models are powered by the 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that delivers 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
The performance and fuel economy are optimized with the use of Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts.
The 1.8-liter engine is mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) on the base Corolla L and the sporty S grades. Meanwhile, the LE model gets the automatic standard.