The venerable Corolla, the best-selling nameplate in the world and a longtime gateway to the Toyota brand for many buyers, has been a reliable quantity, with close to 40 million copies sold to date globally.
The seventh-generation Corolla bowed for the 1993 model year and borrowed styling and engineering from the Toyota Camry and Lexus lineup. It was reclassified a compact based on EPA rules after the Camry became a mid-sized vehicle. It was available with 1.6- and 1.8-liter engines. A passenger-side airbag was added in the 1994 model year.