Auto123 . UpdatesToyota Corolla Apex 2022 review.
It must be said that the Toyota Corolla Apex is a tantalizing preview of what’s to come for Corolla in compact sedan and hatchback versions, two models that still sell well in the market. The variant receives a lot of visual upgrades and some minor performance tweaks which we’ll talk about a little later, but know that later this year Toyota will release the GR version of the Corolla with several high-profile tweaks including the addition of all-wheel drive, which makes it compact for real performance.
So what about the Apex you see here?
Well, it’s based on the $22,750 Corolla SE, to which Toyota adds special trim, a front spoiler, and a second on the trunk and rocker panels. Chassis modifications include adding stabilizer bars and tuning the suspension. It’s lower and sturdier than other Corollas and that explains the range of performance changes, as the powertrain remains virtually unchanged. The cost of all this? 4,310 bucks.
Beyond the suspension, the Apex is a much more elegant version.
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The current Corolla really does look great, which is amazing to say when you think about the history of the model, but the mirror caps and black trims featured here, along with the cool black decals and cement gray, take it a bit. Add to that a more aggressive little lower wing with surprising brass accents, and you’ve got a sporty compact with a convincing look. It’s sinister too, when you look at it from the front and can really appreciate those staring headlights and the big slits in the grille and bumper.
Inside, the Apex package adds a power sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions, wireless charging, and a six-speaker audio system.
However, under this dress, Corolla remains. The interior, close to the top of the part, is well received by the space, large torso and easy ergonomics for which the model is known.
Unfortunately, you also get Toyota’s signature infotainment system, which isn’t the new system you see on models like the new Tundra or some Lexus products. In Corolla we have the old system with nice graphics, a touchscreen that is a bit slow to respond and a navigation system that makes you happy with Apple CarPlay compatibility, which is frankly superior to the manufacturer.
Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite of safety technologies is also included. It offers pedestrian and bike detection, dynamic cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assistance, lane-keep assist (it’s easy to deactivate, thankfully, by holding down a button on the steering wheel) and auto-dimming high-beam headlights.
Of course, the big draw for the type of people who might be looking for one of these vehicles is that awesome transmission that comes out of the transmission tunnel. It’s your connection to a 6-speed manual gearbox—you can get it in an automatic version, but actually a car like this demands respect for a manual gearbox (especially since the automatic transmission is a CVT a little less fun), and Toyota was happy to be forced.
It’s a quick-change unit (although it may be a bit shorter) with short ratios allowing for quick acceleration. Sure, with 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, you won’t tear up your face, but the transmission is designed so that you can enjoy kicking through gears 1-3. sequel, but if you’re on a tight road with a generous set of corners in second and third gear and you’re using a velocity-dependent downshift (the alternating trackers aren’t too enthusiastic about the tech, but I don’t mind and it can be turned off), there’s some fun to get from This drivetrain. The manual transmission also offers hill start assist, which makes it a good way to use it to teach young drivers in the family how to use the transmission.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say it looks like a touring car, but it rings with an exhaust note that does design justice.
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