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2015 Toyota Corolla Preview

PRICES

Prices for the 2015 Toyota Corolla were unavailable in time for this review, but don’t expect much deviation from model-year 2014 pricing. That suggests a 2015 Corolla base-price range of roughly $17,800-$22,350.

This range would maintain the 2015 Corolla around the compact-class price median. Some rivals will again feature slightly less expense entry-level models, but the costliest 2015 Corolla would remain well under the $30,000 level of such rivals as top-of-the-line Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta models.

(Estimated base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s mandatory destination fee. Toyota’s fee for factory-distributed 2014 Corollas was $810. Toyotas in some Southeastern and Gulf states are distributed independently and may carry different destination charges.)

The L model is expected to account for about 10 percent of 2015 Corolla sales and we estimate a base price of $17,800 with manual transmission and $18,560 with the four-speed automatic. Although some Toyota executives say Corolla S models could share 40 percent of Corolla sales with the LE, that seems to spin the latest version of this compact as appealing to a youthful, enthusiast audience.

We expect the best selling 2015 Corolla model to again be the LE version at an estimated base price of $19,360, including the CVT. Figure the LE Plus at around $19,760, the LE Premium at around $21,560.

Toyota realistically pegs the LE Eco at some 10 percent of 2015 Corolla sales. We peg its starting price at an estimated $19,760 with the LE Eco Plus at $20,460 and the LE Eco Premium at $21,160.

Estimated base price for the 2015 Corolla S is $20,200, including the CVT. Look for the 2015 S Plus with the CVT to be priced from around $20,760 and the S Premium from about $21,460. At an estimated $22,360, the S Plus with manual transmission and its extensive list of standard equipment would likely repeat as the most expensive 2015 Corolla.

Among popular options, look for the power moonroof to cost around $850 and the Driver’s Convenience Package to add some $1,510.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2015 Toyota Corolla were not released in time for this review but should remain among the best in the compact class for cars without hybrid, electric, or diesel power.

Expect 2015 Corolla L and S models with the six-speed manual transmission to rate 28/37/31 mpg city/highway/combined. With the four-speed automatic, the 2015 Corolla L should again have an EPA rating of 27/36/31 mpg.

Equipped with the CVT, 2015 Corolla L, LE, and S models should again rate 29/38/32 mpg. The highway rating likely will again drop to 37 mpg on S Plus and S Premium models with the CVT, a decrease Toyota attributes to the heaver, larger 17-inch alloy wheels.

The 2015 Corolla LE Eco likely will again carry two fuel-economy ratings, depending on wheels and tires. In standard configuration, with low-rolling-resistance 15-inch tires on steel wheels, it’ll again rate 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. The Eco Plus and Premium editions have 16-inch alloys wheels and should rate a still-impressive 30/40/34 mpg.

RELEASE DATE

Look for the 2015 Toyota Corolla in showrooms by late-summer 2014.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo.

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