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.

Performance Pros

Toyota Corolla Rear Quarter

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.

Performance Cons

  • Lackluster acceleration.
  • Uninspiring handling and an abundance of body roll.
  • Lifeless steering feel.

Interior Pros

  • 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

Toyota Corolla Interior

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.