2016 Toyota Corolla S Review – A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

The new 2016 Toyota Corolla S is perhaps the largest in the line. It is about 182-inches in length, which is 8-inches longer than the a 1994 Toyota 4Runner. This is the 11th generation model and it is perhaps the most aggressively styled across the line. It has sharply creased sheetmetal and a glossy black trim. This is one angry looking sedan but beneath its “mad” exterior lies a peaceful sheep.

2016 Toyota Corolla S Review - A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Don’t Get Too Excited on the Looks of the 2016 Toyota Corolla S

Let’s face it, the 2016 Toyota Corolla S is not much of an exciting car, and yet, it manages to maintain a surprising level of success whilst in the face of fierce competition. It has a long-standing reputation of providing solid, albeit basic, transportation as its name is almost synonymous to reliability.

While at first glance, the new Toyota Corolla S does look like a mean machine, but inside it’s just a simple yet reliable means of transportation. Therefore, looking at the vehicle’s specs on paper, it does not offer much now than what it did present two decades ago. At its base level, the vehicle’s formula is a simple one. There is a four-cylinder engine with a bulletproof automatic transmission and a timid front-wheel drive performance.

Speaking of engine, it is occupied by Toyota’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder (2ZR-FE) motor, which can deliver a stated 132 peak horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. It uses the car manufacturer’s dual variable valve timing system, yet is still using port fuel injection. Why does this not sound as exciting? Because the rest of the competition has already moved on to a more efficient direct injection. Therefore, Toyota’s new Corolla has been placed with a mild performance and average fuel economy.

Fortunately, not everything about the vehicle can be stated as “dated.” On its LE and S trim levels, the car ditches the old 4-speed transmission in favor of a new (and shinier) Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift mode (CVTi-S). This is a much better option than its normal automatic transmission to match the 1.8-liter engine’s power band.

Matched with the CVTi-S system, the 2016 Toyota Corolla S will exhibit a smoother and more confident acceleration and better fuel efficiency than the standard model. Even though it has an aggressive exterior, this is just your basic, and perhaps just a boring old transport. It is a good car that can get the job done, but that’s about the best that can be said about it.


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