Corolla Still King
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The secret to Corolla’s success is a relatively simple cocktail of reliability and frugality, something that is set to continue for the 2012 model year as the four-door passenger car awaits a true redesign in 2013 to help stave off contenders such as Honda Civic and Mazda 3. With prices ranging from $15,900 to $18,600 (5-speed manual to automatic S model), all Corollas pack the same 1.8-liter, 132-hp four-cylinder engine that’s good for 26/34 mpg city/highway for the four-speed automatic and 28/35 mpg for the five-speed manual.
Both that base price and those mileage figures are likely to play well with a nation that continues to grapple with high unemployment and fuel prices. There’s also a bit of good news for those folks who build Corolla: