The trio of choices for the refreshed 2023 Toyota Corolla Sedan are LE, SE, and XSE. We mentioned the sole engine – a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder – which pairs with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to form the powertrain. It’s quite an improvement over the 1.8-liter four-cylinder that was standard on 2022’s two lowest trims, as it’s 30 horses stronger as well as more efficient. The EPA has estimated that the LE achieves 32 mpg in city driving and 41 mpg on the highway, while the SE and XSE return 31 city/40 highway. All trims have a drive-mode selector with Normal and Eco modes; the XE and XSE get a third mode called Sport.
In the intro we mentioned the additions to the LE’s standard equipment roster: an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, LED headlights and daytime running lights, and the proactive driving assist system (see the Driver-Assist Technology section for more details). The LE also gets a 4.2-inch multi-information display, auto climate control, remote keyless entry, illuminated vanity mirrors, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback with a center armrest and two cupholders, four USB-C ports (two per row), and a 12V power outlet. The SE has an intriguing look with a glossy-black mesh grille, black exterior accents, gray metallic side rocker panels, and graphite-colored wheels, plus a color-keyed rear spoiler and chrome-tipped exhaust. The interior boasts metallic accents, faux leather sport seats with fabric inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and push-button ignition. This mid-range trim is also given heated side mirrors and the Smart Key proximity entry system (for the front doors and trunk). At the top of the Corolla hierarchy, the XSE has a moonroof, exterior mirrors equipped with blind-spot warning indicators, heated power front seats, and a configurable 7-inch digital gauge cluster. Wireless phone charging is an option.
Besides the newly added proactive driving assist system with obstacle anticipation and deceleration assist, the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 technology bundle includes automatic high beams, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection (and automatic braking as needed), lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, and dynamic radar cruise control. The LE and SE are eligible for blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, both of which come standard in the XSE.
A bigger infotainment screen is always welcome, and Toyota is making Corolla Sedan buyers happy with a newly standard 8-inch touchscreen. It manages the wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, and audio. All trims get a six-speaker sound system as the standard, but the two higher trims are eligible to upgrade to a premium JBL unit with nine speakers, an amplifier, and a subwoofer.
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