Review and Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Corolla XSE

By Paul Riegler on 30 July 2018
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Introduced over 50 years ago in 1966, the Toyota Corolla became the world’s best selling car by 1974 and has remained a best seller since then, hitting a milestone of world’s best selling nameplate in 1997.

The 2018 Toyota Corolla received a sportier look as well as new safety features in 2017 and it continues into 2018 with its excellent crash-test ratings, reliability, and lack of driving excitement. Still, it’s come a long way from 1966 and has a list of standard equipment and interior refinement that lesser cars can only aspire towards.

Could one have expected options, in an economy car, such as heated front eight-way adjustable seats, a 7” infotainment system display with navigation, keyless start/stop, and a sunroof back in the 60s, as well as a dazzling array of safety features?

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Indeed, part of the car’s success is that there is a trim level for every pot, six in total. All variants come with lighted driver and passenger vanity mirrors and today’s Corolla has a sporty sophisticated look that belies its humble origins.

Another reason is that it’s eminently comfortable inside. Rear seats have 41.4” of legroom, which is something not found even in many larger sedans. Fit and finish are excellent, as is the material used for the seats.

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