Toyota sold its 50-millionth Corolla in July 2021. The life story of the model includes 12 generations, 55 years of production, high global sales for years.
The Toyota Corolla was launched in 1966, and in two years it reached the U.S. shores as a 1969 model.
Toyota introduced the current, twelfth generation in 2018. It is available in three body styles: sedan, hatchback, station wagon. This year, the first-ever crossover version – Toyota Corolla Cross – joined the lineup.
A sporty hatchback came back after a long absence. More importantly, the latest-gen vehicle debuted the first Corolla Hybrid Sedan with EPA estimated fuel economy of very decent 52 miles per gallon.
For comparison: the Toyota Corolla with a gasoline 2.0-liter 169-hp Dynamic Force engine consumes 35 mpg in the combined cycle.
The model comes with either an intelligent 6-speed manual gearbox or a Dynamic Shift Continuously Variable Transmission that uses a geared first ratio for better efficiency and performance.
All Corollas sit on the Toyota New Global Architecture and feature the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety technologies as standard.
Both the Corolla Sedan and Corolla Hatchback offer several versions among which there is a stylish Nightshade Special Edition with black-out details, a sports XSE variant, a luxury XLE trim, a limited-run performance modification – the Toyota Corolla Apex.
The last features a bold body kit, a track-oriented suspension, 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, and a sports exhaust system.
The Toyota Corolla is a great vehicle in many ways. And yet the model has shortcomings, albeit not too significant: it has a small trunk, a sluggish base engine, and struggles to get up to highway speeds.
The 2022 model costs between $20,075-28,360. In the first half of this year, 155,531 vehicles were sold in the USA and 20,572 units in Canada. By sales, the only Toyota model ahead of the Corolla is the RAV4.