Special edition for Canada only
You can always count on Toyota’s Corolla to deliver something special to dress up one of the most popular and reliable vehicles ever to roll on Canadian roads.
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So, while we await an all-new design in the near future, Toyota has come up with a car to commemorate 20 years of Corolla production here by introducing a 20th anniversary model exclusively for the Canadian market.
Twenty years is a long time in the auto industry. In that time span, Toyota has turned out more than two million Corollas for the North American market from its assembly plant in Cambridge, Ont.
“The Corolla is a true success story for Canada,” said Tony Wearing, managing director for Toyota Canada. “We’re pleased to recognize this achievement by offering Canadians a 20th Anniversary Edition Corolla in the 2008 model year.”
Based on the $15,785 entry-level Corolla CE model, the Anniversary Edition adds comfort, convenience and style features, but doesn’t stray too far from the Corolla reputation of value for money. On top of the CE’s extensive list of standard equipment, the 20th Anniversary Edition adds standard alloy wheels, air conditioning, power windows (with driver’s side auto down), power door locks, keyless entry, cabin air filter, power moonroof and special badging.
The Anniversary Edition rings in at a wallet-friendly $18,855.
Like all other 2008 Corolla models, the Anniversary Edition features Toyota’s proven 126-horsepower, 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine that can be matched to your choice of a 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Opting for the latter adds a $1,000 to the bottom line.
Standard safety systems include dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, three-point lap and shoulder belts at all five seating positions, with front belt pre-tensioners and force limiters, plus adjustable shoulder belt anchors on the B-pillars. In the meantime, the Corolla keeps younger occupants safe with child restraints, seat anchor points and child protector rear door locks.
The driver gets nice, big, easy-to-read gauges while all major and secondary controls work smoothly and easily. Overall, the Corolla looks nicely put together, with small, even gaps between trim panels and no evident squeaks and rattles.
Comfortable front seats offer good lateral support and the rear seat area is quite accommodating for two adults, though three might find it a bit of a squeeze.
Calm road manners strike a nice balance between small-car firm and big-car smooth. Cabin noise levels are quiet, too, especially at highway cruising speeds. The latter is helped by tall gearing that keeps engine revs low — which pays off in terrific highway fuel economy, too. Around town, drivability is equally good, thanks to brisk acceleration when needed and plenty of mid-rev range torque in traffic.
Like its Corolla siblings, the Anniversary Edition has a comprehensive warranty that covers the entire vehicle for three years/60,000 km. Powertrain components are covered for five years/100,000 km, major emission control items for eight years/130,000 km and corrosion perforation for five years with unlimited distance.