Nine generations into the life of Toyota's hugely popular compact car, the Corolla has continued to be a top seller. The well-traveled badge is now only applied to sedans for the U.S. market. The sedan is offered in four trim levels, three of which may be had with either a manual or automatic transmission.
The S is the second trim tier with respect to pricing, but here the Corolla receives a sporting orientation, setting it further apart from the CE and LE.
The S is a less athletic version of the top-level XRS trim. The S comes equipped with all of the CE's features, like a CD player, air conditioning, power mirrors and a split folding seat. Convenience upgrades for the S are minimal, with most items only being standard on the higher level LE. The S is differentiated by a lower body kit, rear spoiler, fog lamps, and smoked glass headlights.
Despite its sport-focused presentation, the S receives the same power plant as the CE and LE models: a 1.8 liter inline four. This engine is supported by Toyota's Variable Valve Timing + intelligence technology, which maximizes the power output while curbing emissions and improving fuel economy. The S is supplied with 126 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque, the manual transmission getting around 32 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway, while the automatic gets about 30 mpg city and 38 highway.