NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2016 Toyota Corolla gets sport edition

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The current 11th generation Toyota Corolla, the best-selling car in history, debuted in 2014. The 2016 Toyota Corolla will further add to the iconic brand with a Special Edition. It will feature increased sportiness with a variety of standard additions.

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Straightforwardly known as the 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition, the new edition will feature steering wheel paddle shifters, rear disc brakes and a Sport Driving mode among a lengthy list of additional standard equipment.

The limited edition will be manufactured from August 2015 to January 2016 and will comprise 8,000 units. The 2016 Toyota Corolla Special Edition will have an MSRP of $20,635.

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Based on the sporty Corolla S Plus grade, the 2016 Corolla Special Edition standard features will also include:

The 2016 Toyota Corolla will include a Special Edition trim with a "sporty" theme.
The 2016 Toyota Corolla will include a Special Edition trim with a “sporty” theme.

 

* 17-inch alloy wheels with gloss black finish
* Smart Key System with pushbutton start
* Black mixed media seats with red contrast stitching
* Black interior with red contrast stitching on steering wheel, shift boot and center armrest
* Red accented dash panel and door trim
* Three exterior colors: exclusive Absolutely Red, Black Sand Pearl and Super White
Special Edition floor mats with logo and unique exterior badge

Toyota’s Entune Premium Audio with Navigation and App Suite and power tilt/slide moonroof will be available as options.

The Weekly Driver reviewed the 2015 Toyota Corolla, which also include several minor updates. Here’s our assessment and the brief synopsis of three additional automotive websites:

The Weekly Driver’s Final Words:

“The 2015 Toyota Corolla has been the go-to car for ta long time for those seeking competent transportation and longevity at a fair price. The Corolla is no longer inexpensive and there are other great small sedans on the market. But there are still plenty of reasons to buy a Corolla, and it’s no surprise it’s the best selling car in history.”

What Others Say:

“The 2015 Toyota Corolla isn’t built to excite, but its sensible blend of fuel economy, features, versatility and value make it a compelling choice for typical small sedan shoppers.” — Edmunds.

“While the Corolla is solid, it’s not sporty or sexy or even luxurious. If you’re looking for any or all of these attributes in a compact car, we suggest the Ford Focus, Dodge Dart or Hyundai Elantra.” — Kelley Blue Book.

“The controls are still laid out sensibly, and the ride is still smooth and compliant. In other words, Corolla loyalists aren’t likely to jump ship, but there’s a lot more attitude in this redesigned model, no doubt, and Toyota hopes that will enhance the Corolla’s crossover appeal — AutoTrader.

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