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.
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:
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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