Differences Between Corolla LE & Sby Brian Vaughan
The Toyota Corolla is a four-door sedan that was first released in the 1960s and remains active as of the 2011 model year. Among the trim levels in 2011 are the LE and two versions of the S. While the LE and S trim levels all feature the same inline, four-cylinder engine, there are differences in amenities and price.
Prices and Colors
At the time of publication, the LE had a retail price of $17,300, while the S with a five-speed transmission had a price of $17,470. The S with a four-speed transmission had a retail price of $18,300. The 2011 LE and S models are all available with metallic red, metallic silver, white, black pearl, metallic gray and metallic blue exterior paint. The LE is also available in metallic beige, a color that is not an option for the S models. The S models come exclusively with charcoal cloth interior. The LE model comes with ash or bisque cloth interior.
Wheels and Fuel
The S models come with alloy wheels that measure 16-by-6.5 inches. The S versions use P205/55R16 model tires. The LE trim level has steel wheels that measure 15-by-6 inches. They take P195/65R15 model tires. The Corolla S with a five-speed transmission gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The LE and four-speed transmission S get 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
The LE and four-speed transmission S both weigh 2,800 lbs. The five-speed S weighs 2,767 lbs. The S models are both 179.3 inches long, while the LE is 180 inches long. The LE has a front track of 60.2 inches and a rear track of 60.4 inches. The S trim levels have a front track of 59.7 inches and a rear track of 59.9 inches. All interior measurements are identical.
The S trim levels both have simulated alloy trim on the console, doors and dashboard. The LE is not available with these accents. Steering wheel mounted controls are optional for the LE and standard for the S models. Fog lights, splash guards and a rear spoiler come with the S models and are optional for the LE. All models come with keyless entry and the same safety features.
Brian Vaughan is a freelance writer based in Springfield, Mo. He has been writing short stories, reviews and essays for over eight years and is currently pursuing a degree in professional writing at Missouri State University.