2021 Toyota Corolla Changes Headlined by New Apex Edition

Christian Wardlaw | Jul 15, 2020

Toyota is making changes to the 2021 Corolla sedan, and one of the most significant is a bid to attract more driving enthusiasts to the sedan version of the car. More safety and infotainment features are also available for the 2021 Toyota Corolla sedan.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition Front View

New for 2021, the Corolla Apex Edition is available with SE or XSE trim. In addition to cosmetic enhancements in the form of a sport body kit, the Apex Edition has a performance-tuned suspension that drops the Corolla sedan more than half an inch, a sport exhaust system, lighter weight 18-inch aluminum wheels designed to improve brake cooling, re-tuned steering, and a choice between all-season and summer performance tires.

Does the new Toyota Corolla Apex Edition have more power? Unfortunately, no. But you can get it with a rev-matching 6-speed manual gearbox if you choose the SE Apex Edition. However, Toyota plans to build only 120 examples with a row-your-own gearbox, so you’d better act fast. 

The remaining 5,880 examples of the Apex Edition (and all XSE versions of the sport compact car) will have Toyota’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a physical launch gear that helps to eliminate some of what makes a CVT unpleasant.

Additional 2021 Toyota Corolla changes include new Android Auto smartphone integration, which joins Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa on the car’s standard equipment list. SiriusXM satellite radio is also available on all versions of the Corolla for 2021.

The Corolla’s airbag count jumps to 10 for 2021, thanks to new rear side-impact airbags. Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning is standard with XLE and XSE trim this year, and optional on other Corollas equipped with a CVT except for the base L trim level. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 continues as standard equipment.

Finally, Toyota adds a new automatic engine shut-off system to the 2021 Corolla, which turns the car’s engine off after a pre-determined amount of time in the event the car’s engine is left running.

The information in this article is from Toyota. It was accurate on July 15, 2020 but may have changed since that date.

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