2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Review: Sharp Dressed Car
Auto123 reviews the 2021 Toyota Corolla Apex.
Rumours are growing about the arrival of a performance-oriented Toyota Corolla. The prospect of a 300-hp, all-wheel drive GR Corolla joining the company's North American lineup is certainly something to get excited about as far as adrenaline-hungry brand purists are concerned. Yes, it's true that the 86 coupe and GR Supra already deliver their share of excitement, but for those in need of a practical day-today car, those two sports cars don't really meet their specific needs.
What is Apex?
But for now, until Toyota's North American division pulls a GR rabbit out of its hat, the spiffiest compact car in the Corolla lineup wears the Apex badge. This new variant features a few tweaks that solidify the popular sedan's handling, and which come in the form of an optional package that can be grafted onto the SE version. A total of 150 Apex editions will be distributed across Canada this year, 50 of them with the 6-speed manual transmission.
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Don't go thinking the 2021 Corolla SE Apex is a modern reincarnation of the Corolla XRS from the 2000s. Indeed, the XRS - the first one at least - was a totally overhauled pocket rocket, gifted a more steroidal engine and even an exclusive steering column. The Corolla SE Apex you're looking at is more of a charm operation for aesthetic-modification enthusiasts.Read more