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Toyota
Corolla
2017
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John Diether
Automotive Editor - December 13, 2016

2017 Toyota Corolla OVERVIEW

Toyota's perennially best-selling Corolla has been a mainstay of the automotive scene for decades, and why not? The compact sedan provides bullet-proof reliability and popular features at a fair price. We don't expect its appeal to wane anytime soon.

What's New for 2017

The Corolla gets a new grille and LED headlamps up front, new taillights in the rear, and upgraded fabric inside. Toyota’s Safety Sense suite of features is now standard in all models, and includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, land departures alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and dynamic radar cruise control. A back-up camera is also standard.

The S models have been dropped for 2017 and replaced with the SE and XSE.

Toyota Corolla

Choosing Your Toyota Corolla

The Corolla offers more room in the back than most competitors, so five passengers really can travel in relative comfort. While hatchbacks are common in this class, the Corolla is a proper sedan with a split-folding rear seat and 13 cubic feet of trunk space.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes 132 horsepower and comes standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). A six-speed manual is available on the sport-flavored SE model only. The Eco version of the Corolla gets special engine tuning for enhanced efficiency and a bump to 140 horsepower.

Most Corolla models are rated at 32 mpg in combined city and highway driving. The Eco does slightly better at 34 mpg, while the SE comes in at 30 mpg with the manual transmission or 31 mpg with the CVT.

The Corolla comes in no less than seven trim levels this year:

L

Equipment is typical for this class, and includes full power accessories and Toyota's Entune Audio infotainment system with six speakers. The L rolls in 15-inch steel wheels.

LE

Builds on the L with heated mirrors, intermittent wipers, keyless entry, metallic interior trim, and 16-inch wheels. The available Premium package adds 16-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, and Entune Audio Plus, which provides a larger touchscreen, a navigation app, and HD and satellite radio. A sunroof can be added to the package at extra cost.

LE Eco

Receives the efficiency-tuned 1.8-liter engine, plus 15-inch low-rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamic body trim, and a rear spoiler. The Premium package remains available, except the sunroof comes standard in the bundle.

XLE

Gets the LE's options as standard, plus heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, a sunroof, an upgraded driver information display, keyless ignition and access, and standard Entune Audio Plus. Outside are 16-inch alloy wheels and upgraded headlamps. You can upgrade to Entune Audio Premium, which features an integrated navigation system and a full suite of smartphone apps.

SE

Takes the Corolla in a sporty direction with tauter suspension tuning, 17-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, more aggressive front-end styling, and paddle shifters for the CVT. Other equipment is similar tot the LE. A six-manual transmission is available for this trim level one, and models so equipped receive a few standard extras: a sunroof, keyless ignition, and Entune Audio Plus. These items can be added to CVT-equipped models by ordering the available Premium package.

SE 50th Anniversary

Same as the SE with CVT, but with upgraded interior trim, gray-painted 17-inch wheels, and exclusive Black Cherry paint.

XSE

Combines the sporty SE content with the extra conveniences of the XLE, plus heated, power-adjustable front seats. Entune Audio Premium remains optional.

CarsDirect Tip

When it comes to safety technology, all models are equally impressive. The XLE provides a taste of luxury for those who want it. If you have a sporting bone in your body, the SE models are worth checking out–just don't expect a dramatic difference in performance.

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