The 2011 Toyota Corolla remains the top-selling compact car in the country, despite its advanced age and general blandness. It was lightly restyled this year, making it closer in appearance to the mid-size Camry sedan, but the tweaks are far from freshening it enough to compete with the stylish Hyundai Elantra or the sporty 2012 Ford Focus.
The Corolla four-door sedan is a transportation device with little discernible style, flair, or excitement. It offers a wide array of features among multiple models, but its gas mileage is no better than average. Still, apparently, that’s just fine with hundreds of thousands of buyers a year.
The 2011 Corolla is down to a single engine, now that Toyota has dispensed with the higher-performance XRS model and its more powerful 2.4-liter engine. The 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four can be paired either with a five-speed manual or an archaic four-speed automatic transmission. While power is adequate, response is sluggish at highway speeds compared...
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