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2018 Toyota Corolla Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Weak air conditioning. by deltatrue

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Reviewed: 2018 Toyota Corolla

4dr Sedan 132-horsepower 1.8L I4 7-speed shiftable CVT FWD

Why the 2018 Toyota Corolla?

Handling

basic Toyota blah. Smooth ride but sloppy handling.Horrible steering! Electronic assist has "turbo lag". Even minor turns or curves require constant steering correction after. Certainly annoying after owning a Jetta.

Smooth ride otherwise. Very good brakes.

Exterior styling

Good looking except for the "catfish" front end. Why????

Fuel economy

Excellent 40-42 with mixed driving, up to 44 on the highway

Driving position & visibility

Good driving position.Rear quarter visibilty for lane changes horrible as high and wide rear headrests blend in with C pillars and are not adjustible. Side view mirrors poorly shaped. Front seats are rather wide so little support.

Safety & braking

Automatic braking. Active cruise control used extensively. Lane departure warning. Rear camera.

Why Not the 2018 Toyota Corolla?

Powertrain performance

CVTs are noisy and the Corolla's is no exception when accellerating or decellerating. Otherwise quiet. Certainly does not have the zip of the Focus or Accent.

Interior storage compartments

Not much. Two compartment center console and door pocket cup/bottle pockets and one seat back pocket. Rear seat fold down armrest with cupholder takes out center seating position. No other storage. Glovebox does not lock. No place to lay a phone. Charger port does not retain power without key on.

Rear seat room & comfort

Roomy for a small car, flat floor.

Controls and instruments

Drivers seat window controls too far back. Touch screen controls for radio and bluetooth require taking your eyes off the road for too long. Up/down buttons for climate controls again require you to look away to adjust.

Safety & braking

Conclusion

Good car if you don't mind the ugly front end and the annoying steering. Much better ride than the Focus but the Focus wins on zip. Trunk hinges take up a lot of room.

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