2012 Toyota Corolla gets new standard features and several improvements

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 19, 2011

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.

Exterior Design

Toyota’s design headquarters in Turin, Italy, shaped the new Corolla’s sportier look. The design team had a major makeover particularly on the existing Corolla’s reflex reflector, rear bumper, rear lamps and license plate panel. The trunk lid, headlights and radiator grille are also sporting a whole new design.

The new Corolla offers a more generous space for 5 passengers on its 102.4-inch wheelbase. Also, the 12.3cu.ft luggage capacity is far better than any midsize vehicle you can find. Toyota’s Italian-based designers had pulled out the A-pillars slightly forward and the c-pillars further to the rear to enhance the new Corolla’s fuel efficiency and aerodynamics.

The distinctive lines from the wide new fender flares and front bumper’s top edge go along the hood as well as to the A-pillars. Moreover, these outlines emphasize the Corolla’s low profile appearance as it goes from the level of the door handles down to the C-pillars and rear fenders.

For the most part, the Toyota Corolla’s highly intense mesh grille now defines the new T-face interlayer coating. From the side, the new larger mirrors provide greater visibility plus there is an optional heated mirror for those who want something more than just a side mirror.

The S model comes with the standard body kit but has better aerodynamics than any other variant. The body kit consists of lower and upper rear spoilers, rocker mouldings and a new spoiler for the front. Meanwhile, the engine hood in all models now delivers better air control.

On the other hand, the design team also placed great importance in reducing wind noise. To help them achieve this, they designed the A-pillars in such a way that the windows will have less vibrations coming from the outside.

Other than that, they also made sure that the cowl air intake louvers; wiper blade covers, windshield mouldings and washer nozzles are shaped and positioned to a place that will help reduce noise. In fact, even the interior carpeting is fitted perfectly for better noise absorption.

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