2021 Toyota Corolla for Sale in Warwick, RI
The Toyota Corolla is fresh off a redesign, through which it was reintroduced with an undeniable flair of sportiness – a noteworthy change for a car that’s always been noted for its practicality. Now it returns for the 2021 model year with that same athletic look and expanded slate of standard features – including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and automatic engine start/stop – as well as a debuting variant called the Apex Edition. That version of the Corolla boasts some upgraded performance specs, including a sportier suspension and tires.
Trims and Powertrain
As exciting as the Corolla’s Apex Edition is, we’ll discuss it on its own page (the same goes for the Corolla Hybrid). Here we’ll run through the six main trim levels of the 2021 Corolla, the L, LE, XLE, SE, SE Nightshade, and XSE. The L, LE, and XLE’s powertrain is a 139-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, but the SE, SE Nightshade, and XSE get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 169 hp. All but the SE are only made with a continuously variable transmission (CVT); buyers of the SE can opt for a six-speed manual stickshift instead. The ’21 Corolla has a fuel-efficient front-wheel drivetrain; the L and LE are EPA rated to get 30 mpg around town and 38 mpg on the open road. The XLE achieves 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while the SE with the manual gets 29 city/36 highway. The SE and SE Nightshade Edition with the CVT achieve 31 city/40 highway, and the XSE yields 31 city/38 highway.
Comfort and Convenience
Standard equipment on the L is highlighted by LED headlights, 15-inch wheels, a backup camera, and cloth seats. The LE sweetens the list with heated exterior mirrors and automatic cabin temperature control. The XLE moves up to enhanced LED headlights, 16-inch wheels, keyless entry with push-button start, a sunroof, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and faux-leather seating. The SE gets the same equipment as the LE but adds 18-inch wheels, some flashy exterior accents, and sportier front bucket seats. The SE Nightshade Edition is similarly equipped but its appearance is differentiated by blacked-out exterior elements and unique 18-inch wheels. The XSE blends the track-inspired features of the SE and the plush amenities of the XLE.
Active Safety Features
All 2021 Toyota Corollas get Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, an excellent technology bundle consisting of a pre-collision system with daytime/low-light vehicle and pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist and road edge detection, full-speed range adaptive radar cruise control (for CVT-equipped Corollas only), automatic high beams, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist. The SE has blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert as an available option, but the XLE gets that feature as standard. Adaptive headlights are offered as an add-on for both the XLE and XSE.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The base infotainment system has a 7-inch touchscreen – a nice size for the entry-level trim of this no-nonsense vehicle segment. Some of the system’s standard features are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth (for phone calls and audio streaming), a USB port, and six speakers. The LE increases its touchscreen to an 8-inch diagonal; it also gets a USB port for the back seat. An attractive option on the XLE, SE, and XSE trims is a top-notch JBL audio system with nine speakers; the XLE and XSE trims are eligible for a navigation system and a wireless device charger.
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