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by Matt Campbell

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

Ascent
1.8L four-cylinder engine
Six-speed manual
15-inch steel wheels
Bluetooth phone and audio streaming
Touch-screen 6.1-inch media system with USB and auxiliary inputs
Reversing camera
Reversing sensors
Cloth seats
Cruise control

SX
As Ascent, adding/changing to:
16-inch alloy wheels
Front parking sensors
Front fog lamps
“Optitron” instruments
Smart key entry and push-button start
Interior chrome detailing
Premium steering wheel
ToyotaLink media system with on-board apps

ZR
As SX, adding/changing to:
Automatic CVT with paddle shifters
Auto levelling LED headlights
LED daytime running lights
Satellite navigation
Auto wipers
Single-zone climate control
Leather seat trim
Electric driver’s seat adjustment
Rain-sensing wipers

2014 Toyota Corolla sedan range

  • Ascent sedan 1.8L 6-speed manual – $20,740
  • Ascent sedan 1.8L CVT auto – $22,990
  • SX sedan 1.8L 6-speed manual – $22,990
  • SX sedan 1.8L CVT auto – $25,240
  • ZR sedan 1.8L CVT auto – $30,990



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