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PRICE The cheapest ticket into the new auto is $27,000 drive-away — for the past 18 months, the start­ing price for a Corolla auto has been $22,990 drive-away. Toy­ota has dropped the base model.

TECH All grades come with au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing, radar cruise con­trol, speed sign recog­ni­tion, lane-keep­ing as­sis­tance and rear-view cam­era. Still no Ap­ple CarPlay or An­droid Auto.

PER­FOR­MANCE The 2.0-litre re­place­ment for the 1.8 has sub­stan­tially more power yet roughly the same thirst for reg­u­lar unleaded. The hy­brid’s carry-over 1.8 is now paired with a 53kW/163Nm elec­tric mo­tor, down from 60kW/207Nm, and it’s slightly thirstier due to ex­tra weight.

DRIV­ING The CVT in the 2.0 has a launch gear to elim­i­nate much of the typ­i­cal drone . Most grades come with pad­dle-shifters to se­lect from the 10 ra­tios.

DE­SIGN The first com­pletely new Corolla since 2012 is longer, wider and sleeker. The ex­te­rior de­sign is more dar­ing and the un­der­pin­nings are com­pletely new, with a larger foot­print for bet­ter road­hold­ing.

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