Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
1997 Toyota Corolla OVERVIEW
You hear a lot about value when car companies are selling you their flavor of the month, but what does value mean? It isn't just price, of course, but green dollars American on the barrelhead obviously play a big part in it. For many buyers, though, value is best described not by price but by what the dollars actually buy. With the 1997 Toyota Corolla line, those green dollars American go impressively far. Did you know the Corolla has an American lineage? Toyota has long shared an assembly plant in Fremont, California with Chevrolet. Corollas and the Geo Prizm (largely based on Toyota mechanicals) are built there, but Toyota has also imported some Corollas to meet market demand. Now, however, all 1997 Corollas will be built in North American factories, with Toyota's Ontario, Canada plant supplementing the output from California. The car has a long history of popularity, so it must be doing something good. Corolla is the longest-running nameplate in the Toyota line-up, in fact. After spending quality time in a new Corolla DX model, we're convinced the '97s are positioned to continue that success.
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