Latest Reader Question (Feb. 2, 2018)

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Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply! 

Mike asks: Just read your review of the 2018 Corolla; I’m a big fan of Corollas, own an ‘01 and ‘03, but will need to replace the ‘01 in the not to distant future due to everything in the undercarriage turning to rust. Around here the road crews put more salt on the streets than there was snow to begin with. My question is how far back in model years would I have to go to NOT have all the electronic bs – touch screen, lane “assist”, etc.?  Also not fond of CVT’s and would prefer a regular 4 or 5 speed automatic. Thanks for your insight.

My reply: I’m a big fan of these cars, too! They are not only roomier and more comfortable than the typical compact, they are Methuselean in terms of how long they last. I still regularly see ’90s-era Corollas in my area.

If you want one without the touchscreen – and with a conventional (non-CVT) automatic – you won’t have to go too far back. The 2013 (and prior) Corolla did not come with a touchscreen and its optional automatic is a conventional four-speed automatic.

Also: The current Corolla (Toyota updated the car for the 2014 model year) could be had without lane keep assist/automated braking/pedestrian detection as recently as last year. The 2018 Corolla is the first one to come standard with those, ahem, features!

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