The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla sedan has arrived almost 18 months after its hatchback sibling went on sale.
The new-generation four-door model is priced from $20,740 – a drop of $250 over the existing model range which went on sale in 2007, and a $750 premium over the hatchback version.
Three trim levels are available for the Toyota Corolla sedan lineup, with two new names joining the ranks: the entry-level model continues as Ascent, the mid-range is the $22,990 SX (udown $1500 on the existing Conquest) and the flagship is the $30,990 ZR (down $1000 on the outgoing Ultima flagship).
The Corolla range is powered by the same 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine as the hatch, producing 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque. The two entry-level models have a six-speed manual as standard, while the ZR gets a CVT automatic (optional on Ascent and SX at $2250).
Fuel use is 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual, and 6.6L/100km for the auto – an improvement of about 4 per cent.
All Corolla sedan models get seven airbags (dual front, front side, full-length curtain, driver’s knee) and reversing camera and rear sensors. Toyota says it expects to achieve a five-star ANCAP crash test rating.
As with the rest of the Toyota range, the Corolla sedan has a capped-price servicing plan priced at $130 per visit, with services scheduled every six months.
2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Key Features: Model by Model
1.8L four-cylinder engine
15-inch steel wheels
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
Touch-screen 6.1-inch media system with USB and auxiliary inputs
As Ascent, adding/changing to:
16-inch alloy wheels
Front parking sensors
Front fog lamps
Smart key entry and push-button start
Interior chrome detailing
Premium steering wheel
ToyotaLink media system with on-board apps
As SX, adding/changing to:
Automatic CVT with paddle shifters
Auto levelling LED headlights
LED daytime running lights
Single-zone climate control
Leather seat trim
Electric driver’s seat adjustment
2014 Toyota Corolla sedan range