(2004 model shown)
Toyota's popular compact front-drive sedan continues unchanged for 2006. The Corolla comes powered in most versions by a 130-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant that can be mated to either a standard five-speed manual gearbox or an optional four-speed automatic. Added to the line last year was a sporty XRS edition that includes a number of upgrades, none the least of which is its 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed-manual transmission. This version also includes a number of exterior appearance additions, a sport-tuned suspension, and larger 16-inch alloy wheels and performance tires. Air conditioning, a CD stereo, power mirrors, a rear defogger and a tilt steering wheel are among the car's standard features, with front-side airbags, anti-lock brakes, leather upholstery, a sunroof and various audio-system upgrades optional.