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The 2011 Toyota Corolla made its debut today at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, showing off its new front and rear ends and advanced safety features. With these changes for 2011, Toyota hopes to compete with the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and the soon-to-be revealed redesigned 2012 Honda Civic.
Notable design changes include a new front bumper, grille and headlamps, as well as new taillamps and trunk. Inside, new seat colors and patterns refresh the Corolla's style and a new standard tilt and telescoping steering wheel makes finding a comfortable driving position easier on people of all heights. Rear-seat passengers will enjoy a little more comfort thanks to a nearly flat floor, which frees up more space for the middle passenger.
Under the hood, the 2011 Toyota Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 132-horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque drives the new Corolla, and can be paired with a five-speed manual, a four-speed automatic ECT or a four-speed automatic transmission (LE trims only). The 2011 Corolla sips gas on manual models, achieving 28 miles per gallon city and 35 highway, while going the automatic route comes with a slight penalty, as it achieves 26 in the city and 34 on the highway. The XRS trim level with the thirstier 2.4-liter engine is no longer being offered for the 2011 model year.
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is safer than any Corolla ever produced, with improvements made to both its active and passive safety components. The 2011 Corolla will feature Toyota's Star Safety System, including vehicle stability and traction controls, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution with Brake Assist. The Corolla will be equipped with six airbags, active headrests and newly strengthened structural reinforcements to protect passengers in the event of a side crash.
Where the 2011 Toyota Corolla really shines is in its standard equipment. All models come equipped with AM/FM/CD audio with an auxiliary input jack for MP3 players, air conditioning, daytime running lights, a six-way adjustable driver's seat and 60/40 split-folding rear seats to maximize cargo capacity. Opting for the best-selling LE model will net you keyless entry, power windows, and power door locks. For those seeking a little sportier look and feel, an S trim is available with 16-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlamps, front and rear spoilers, rocker panels, fog lamps, and a chrome-tipped exhaust. There's no word on pricing just yet, but the 2011 Toyota Corolla is set to hit dealerships in December.