Never mind brand loyalty, how about name loyalty? The 2016 Toyota Corolla is the eleventh generation of the car, larger than ever before and – in this “Special Edition” Corolla S form, at least – faintly striking on the road, courtesy of Absolutely Red paint and 17-inch gloss black alloys. It’s a car that promises not only the predictability that Corolla addicts expect, but some sort of driving enthusiasm too, though in the face of tough competition only half of all that is true.
Like so many cars these days, the Corolla’s dimensions have increased over its multiple iterations. Toyota has sharpened the styling, too, and it’s really not a bad looking vehicle: the bright red paint job contrasts well with the minimal chrome and gloss black plastic. I like the subtle honeycomb grill and the fact that Toyota gives you LEDs for both the daytime running lights and the low-beams.
As a car for daily puttering it ticks the right boxes. Toyota fits it’s experienced 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood, pairing it with a continuously variable transmission, and at both city speeds and in highway cruising it’s reasonably quiet and delivers power smoothly.
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