A sign of our automated times, it looks like the manual transmission’s days could be numbered in the Corolla lineup.
The rear-drive 86 sport coupe benefits from a mid-cycle restyle in addition to its name change, while its engine adds five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque, for an output of 205 hp and 156 lb-ft. Pricing starts at $26,255, an increase of $950 over 2016 models. At $26,975, automatic transmission versions see a $570 price bump over last year.
The Corolla lineup sees a significantly higher base price, thanks to a standard continuously variable transmission on the base L trim line. With an MSRP of $18,500, the base L is $600 more than a comparatively equipped 2016 model, and $1,200 more than a 2016 L with a 6-speed manual transmission.
So, the base stick-shift Corolla will soon be a thing of the past. While it appeared on the L, S, and SE models in 2016, in 2017 the manual tranny is only offered on a single model, the sport-oriented SE. The price of that model doesn’t change, while others (with the exception of the new XLE and XSE trim lines) rise. The S model will disappear from the lineup.
All Corollas gain a freshened face with new grille and LED headlamps, as well as audio and connectivity upgrades. The higher base price of the L model includes a standard backup camera.
The Corolla iM, formerly the Scion iM, sees an inflationary price bump for both manual and automatic variants. A manual iM carries an MSRP of $18,750, a $290 increase compared to 2016, while the automatic version sees an identical price bump to $19,490.
iM models gain Toyota’s TSS-C safety package for 2017, containing a lane-departure warning system, automatic high beams and a pre-collision system. The automaker claims the rebadged iM offers a broader torque curve, thanks to continuously variable valve timing technology.
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