For decades, the Corolla has built a loyal following on a very compelling list of traits. It offers excellent fuel economy and a reputation for trouble-free ownership at a price that's hard to beat. Thanks to a recent redesign, Toyota has added a quieter cabin and a sportier style to that list, further ensuring the Corolla’s popularity for years to come.
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2016 Toyota Corolla Overview
What's New for 2016
Changes to the Corolla this year are minor.
Choosing Your Toyota Corolla
Toyota continues to keep things simple and straightforward by offering a single engine that appears in all but one model of the Corolla. This primary engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder affair that produces 132 horsepower and delivers fuel estimates as high as 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway.
The second engine, offered only in the LE Eco, is a 1.8-liter that produces 140 horsepower and gets fuel estimates as high as 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway. As usual, a six-speed manual transmission is standard but more popular is the four-speed automatic or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The L comes with the basic features you would expect for this class including LED headlights, Bluetooth and USB compatibility, a four-speaker sound system with CD player, eight airbags and steering wheel-mounted controls. No additional options are available at this level.
Moving to the LE builds on the L with some convenience features such as an integrated backup camera, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, touch-screen audio display, cruise control and heated outside mirrors. No additional options are available.
This level adds on to the LE with 16-inch alloy wheels and integrated fog lights. It also marks the first level where additional features are available. These include a moonroof and a driver convenience package that adds Entune Premium Audio, integrated navigation, and smart key system.
Going Premium adds leather-like upholstery and heated front seats along with the additional features offered for the LE Plus. These include Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation, smart key with push-button start and a moonroof.
The primary reason for selecting the LE Eco is to have the economy of the fuel-saving engine, it is also the only add-on from the LE level.
Starting with sportier, sharper styling throughout, the S builds on the LE with paddle shifters and integrated fog lights.
Building on the equipment in the S, the S Plus CVT features some additional sport styling elements including 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and rear disc brakes.
Choosing the S Plus 6MT starts with all the features in the S Plus CVT and adds Entune Premium Audio with integrated navigation, smart key with push-button start, a moonroof and leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The S Premium mirrors all the features found in the L Premium but houses them in the aggressive styling of the S line.
Created primarily to offer an option with a more highly stylized look, the Special Edition builds on the S Plus CVT with unique 17-inch gloss black alloy wheels, red contrast stitching, special edition floor mats and a special edition exterior badge.
If all you're looking for is tried-and-true reliability then we recommend the LE -- the L will be too bare bones for all but those on the strictest budgets. However, if you appreciate a bit of playfulness in your commute, we suggest considering the S Plus 6MT or even the S Premium.
2016 Toyota Corolla Review
As one of the best-selling vehicles of all time, the Toyota Corolla continues its traditional approach of providing low-frills transportation in a reliable and economical package. For the 2016 model year, the Toyota Corolla remains mostly unchanged, adding only a revised Entune audio system and a new Special Edition trim featuring a few minor sporty interior and exterior subtleties.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2016 Toyota Corolla is available in a total of five trim levels: L starting at $17,230; LE from $18,665; LE Eco beginning at $19,065; S priced from $19,295; and Special Edition starting at $20,635. Except for the L and Special Edition, each is offered in Plus and Premium sub-trims, which add an array of features such as eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and SofTex premium vinyl upholstery without adding too much to the price.
The 2016 Toyota Corolla is premised on the idea of being more of a transportation appliance than a road rocket. Long touted for its reliability, the Corolla’s drivetrain features a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine in two forms: with 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque in the LE Eco, or 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque in all other trim levels.
Most Corollas come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The base L has a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic; the manual is optional on the S Plus, which otherwise uses the CVT.
- Excellent fuel economy estimates for the Corolla LE Eco at 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
- Slightly improved handling in the S and Special edition trims.
- The availability of a six-speed manual transmission in the S trim for sportier driving feel.
- Lackluster acceleration.
- Uninspiring handling and an abundance of body roll.
- Lifeless steering feel.
- Simple, easy-to-use controls.
- Ample rear seat legroom of over 41 inches.
- High level of comfort in the front seats with excellent adjustability for the driver.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The abundant amount of rear seat leg and headroom of the 2016 Toyota Corolla nearly surpasses some full-size vehicles, which should appeal to buyers who have growing families.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The unenthusiastic acceleration coupled with the numb steering feel and uninspiring handling traits make it difficult to for any enthusiast to enjoy driving the Corolla.
The Bottom Line
While it isn't anyone's idea of a sport sedan, the 2016 Toyota Corolla is a proven appliance that consistently delivers affordable, economical, reliable, and no-hassle transportation with a comfortable and compliant ride.
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