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2012 Toyota Corolla Trims

L

Avg. Price: $14,890

The 2012 Toyota Corolla L sedan receives several new standard features for 2012, including remote keyless entry, power windows with auto-down on the driver's

side, power door locks and power exterior mirrors. Fabric-trimmed front seats feature 6-way adjustment for the driver and 4-way adjustment for the passenger. A 4-speaker AM/FM audio system includes a CD player with an audio jack and auto sound leveling. Other standard interior features for the L trim include air conditioning with an air filter, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a 60/40-split rear seat. The Corolla offers numerous storage spaces, including a center console with a storage compartment, a dual glove compartment and front- and rear-door storage pockets with sculpted bottle holders.

Power for the Corolla L comes from a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. The engine mates to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic with intelligence. The EPA estimates mileage numbers for the Corolla L at 27/34 mpg with the manual transmission and 26/34 with the automatic. Electric power steering and power brakes come standard on the front-wheel-drive Corolla L. In addition, the L comes equipped with 6 airbags and the automaker's Star Safety System, which includes vehicle stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, as well as Smart Stop Technology, which aids the driver in bringing the vehicle to a complete stop. The Corolla L rides on 15-inch steel wheels.

LE

Avg. Price: $14,458

The Toyota Corolla LE receives a few new standard features for 2012, setting it apart from the entry-level Corolla L. For starters, the LE gains a new audio system for 2012. The 6-speaker system features a redesigned head unit, USB port, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth capability, music streaming and auto sound leveling. In addition, the automaker adds audio controls to the LE's tilt/telescopic steering wheel, and the LE gains new 16-inch steel wheels for 2012. Other standard features for the LE include fabric-trimmed front seats with seatback pockets, air conditioning with an air filter, a 60/40-split rear seat, cruise control, remote keyless entry and power windows and door locks. Outside, heated power mirrors and variable intermittent windshield wipers with a mist cycle are among the standard features.

A 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the Corolla LE. The engine produces 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, and links to a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic with intelligence. The EPA estimates fuel economy numbers of 26/34 mpg for the LE. Electric power steering and power brakes come standard on the front-wheel-drive LE. Safety features include 6 airbags, as well as vehicle stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, all part of the automaker's Star Safety System.

S

Avg. Price: $16,043

The sport-oriented Toyota Corolla S gains a new standard AM/FM/CD audio system for 2012. The 6-speaker system features a redesigned head unit, USB port, auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth capability, music streaming and auto sound leveling. In addition, the S's sport fabric-trimmed front seats now display a double-stitch accent, and the automaker adds audio controls to the S's tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel. Other standard features that set the S trim apart from the entry-level L include metallic interior trim and cruise control. In addition, the S features unique sport instrumentation, as opposed to the L's analog instrumentation. Air conditioning with an air filter, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat, keyless remote and power windows and door locks also come with the S's standard package.

Outside, the S trim displays a sporty look, thanks a number of enhancements designed to improve aerodynamics and separate the S from the rest of the Corolla lineup. Those enhancements include front and rear underbody spoilers, side rocker panels and a rear spoiler. Integrated foglights, heated exterior power mirrors, multi-reflector halogen headlamps with black sport trim and a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe are among the S trim's other exterior features. Power comes from a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine developing 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. It links to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic with intelligence. Electric power steering and power brakes come standard on the front-wheel-drive S trim. For safety, the S comes equipped with 6 airbags, as well as vehicle stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, all part of the automaker's Star Safety System. The Corolla S rides on 15-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.