Essai de la Toyota Corolla Apex 2022 : menaçante d’apparence oui, mais sportive?

Review of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Apex | road tests | car123

2022 Toyota Corolla Apex, front

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The Toyota Corolla Apex, it must be said, is a tantalizing preview of what’s to come for the Corolla in compact sedan and hatchback versions, two models that are still selling well in the market. The variant gets many visual upgrades and some slight performance tweaks, which we’ll talk about in a moment, but do you know that later this year, Toyota will launch a GR version of the Corolla with several high-level tweaks, including the addition of an all- All-wheel drive, which will make it a real performance compact.

So what about the apex you see here?

Well, it’s based on a $22,750 Corolla SE, to which Toyota adds special rims, a front spoiler, a second one on the trunk and rocker panels. Suspension modifications include the addition of anti-roll bars and suspension tuning. It’s lower and firmer than other Corollas and that explains the magnitude of the performance changes as the powertrain remains virtually unchanged. The cost of all this? $4,310.

Suspension aside, the Apex is more of a more stylish version.

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2022 Toyota Corolla Apex, three-quarter rear

2022 Toyota Corolla Apex, three-quarter rear

The current Corolla already looks great, which is surprising considering the model’s history, but the mirror caps and blacked-out rims that are here, along with the very cool black badge and cement gray color, take it up a notch . Add to that the smaller, more aggressive lower spoiler with surprising copper accents and you have a sporty compact with compelling looks. A bit spooky too when you look at it from the front and really appreciate those squinting headlights and the big openings in the grille and bumper.

Inside, the Apex package adds a power sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, wireless charging, and a six-speaker audio system.

Under this dress, however, it’s still a corolla. It gets an interior that’s close to the top of the segment in terms of space, ample luggage space and the relaxed ergonomics that the model is known for.

2022 Toyota Corolla Apex, interior

2022 Toyota Corolla Apex, interior

Unfortunately, it also gets Toyota’s signature infotainment system, and it’s not the new system you see in models like the new Tundra or some Lexus products. In the Corolla we have the old system with boring graphics, a touchscreen that’s a little slow to respond and a navigation system that keeps you happy with Apple CarPlay compatibility and 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 assist, lane keep assist (fortunately, easy to disable by pressing and holding a steering wheel-mounted button) and auto-dimming high beams.

Of course, for the kind of people who might be looking for one of these vehicles, the big draw is that wonderful shifter sticking out of the transmission tunnel. It’s your link to a 6-speed manual – you can have it in an automatic version, but a car like this actually commands respect for a manual (especially since the automatic is a slightly less fun CVT), and Toyota was happy to oblige.

Toyota Corolla Apex 2022, shifter

Toyota Corolla Apex 2022, shifter

It’s a fast-shifting unit (although it could be a bit shorter) with short gear ratios that allow for quick acceleration. Sure, with 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, it won’t rip your face off, but the transmission is designed so you can have fun pedaling through gears 1-3, continued, but if you’re on a tight Road are available with a generous range of corners in second and third gear and you use the rev-dependent downshift function (changing devotees aren’t too keen on this technology but I don’t mind and it can be disabled) there’s some fun with this powertrain. The manual gearbox also offers hill start assist, making it a good vehicle for teaching young drivers in the family how to use a shifter.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say it looks like a touring car, but it comes out with an exhaust note that does justice to its styling.

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