The Toyota Corolla and Camry may not be the most exciting cars on the road – not by a long shot – but they are two of the best-selling automobiles in the world. And with that success comes certain expectations. Things like reliability, comfort, longevity, and safety are all things that buyers expect when taking home one of these stalwarts of the econobox segment. Sometimes, however, Toyota decides to mix things up a bit and release special versions of these two that crack the mold just a bit, and at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, we’ll see a Corolla and Camry that do just that.
I’m talking about the Camry and Corolla Special Edition. The 2016 Camry Special Edition is based upon the SE trim level, and it adds in unique 18-inch wheels with a machined face and gloss-black-painted accents, smoked taillights, Special Edition badges, and a pair of exclusive hues: Blizzard Pearl and Blue Streak Metallic. Inside the cabin, the Special Edition gains a power moonroof, high-contrast blue stitching, sport appearance seats with SofTex bolsters and blue-patterned inserts, Entune Audio Plus, a Smart Key with push-button start, Qi Wireless Charging, and Special Edition floor mats. Optional on the Camry Special Edition is the Entune Premium Audio with navi and App Suite.
Moving over to the Corolla, its Special Edition is based upon the S Plus trim level. On top of the features included with the S Plus trim, the Special edition adds in 17-inch alloy wheels with a gloss-black finish, a black interior with red contrast stitching, red-accented dash and door trim, a Smart Key with push-button start, Special Edition floor mats and badges, and three exclusive colors: Absolute Red, Black Sand Pearl, and Super White. Optional on the Corolla Special Edition is the Entune Premium Audio with navi and App Suite, and a power moonroof.
Under their hoods, the Camry Special Edition and Corolla Special Edition will carry a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 178 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque, and a 1.8-liter that puts down 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, respectively.
Toyota will limit the Camry Special Edition 12,000 units and will manufacture it between August 2015 and January 2016. The Corolla, on the other hand, will be limited to only 8,000 units, and it will be manufactured between August and December 2015. Pricing details will be released at a later date.