Toyota Corolla VIN Lookup
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The most recent redesign in 2020 ushered in a new era for the Corolla, placing it on a shared platform with its hatchback counterpart. This generation boasts a standard 139-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, with an optional more powerful 2.0-liter variant, ensuring that the model stays relevant in terms of performance. Significant enhancements include an independent rear suspension for better handling and the inclusion of Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite as a standard feature, underscoring the brand's commitment to safety. This latest iteration of the Corolla continues to embody the model's long-standing virtues of fuel efficiency and practicality while embracing modern advancements in automotive technology and driver assistance features.
The 2014 to 2019 generation marked another leap forward in the Corolla's evolution. The 2014 redesign improved aerodynamics and introduced a stiffer body with high-strength steel, enhancing both safety and handling. This period also saw the introduction of a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and the LE Eco version, which provided a balance of power and fuel economy not previously seen in the Corolla. Handling was further improved, and the interior saw upgrades in materials and technology, reflecting the growing consumer demand for more sophisticated and comfortable compact cars.
The 2009 redesign resulted in a larger, quieter vehicle with a more economical 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. However, this generation faced criticism for its ride quality and somewhat uninspiring handling, despite the increase in engine power. Stability and traction control, introduced as standard features in 2010, along with a refreshed design in 2011 and new multimedia options, were attempts to keep the model competitive in a rapidly evolving market.
The period between 2004 and 2008 saw the Corolla grow in size, beginning to rival its mid-size sibling, the Camry, in terms of interior space. This generation focused on comfort and a slightly sportier driving experience, with the introduction of a 130-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The interiors were upgraded with more comfort features, such as the option for leather upholstery, and a range of standard features including air conditioning. This blend of increased space, comfort, and standard features marked a significant step up from the previous generations.
Starting with the earlier models, prior to 1998, the Corolla was known for its safe, albeit not particularly exciting, driving experience. These models prioritized practicality and reliability, a theme that has remained constant throughout the Corolla's history. The 1998 redesign marked a pivotal change, introducing a more aerodynamic design coupled with a performance boost, thanks to the upgraded 1.8-liter engine. This era saw the Corolla evolving from a basic, utilitarian vehicle into one offering more refined driving dynamics and enhanced comfort.