2017 Toyota Corolla

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$18,500

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2017 Toyota Corolla
2017 Toyota Corolla

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Standard safety features
  • CVT performance
  • Gas mileage
  • Backseat legroom
  • Interior materials quality
  • Cabin design

The bad:

  • Firm ride
  • Too much wind and road noise
  • Small trunk with space-stealing hinges
  • Firm backseat
  • Small center console storage
  • Four-speed automatic transmission

7 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • New 7-inch multimedia screen available
  • New 50th Anniversary package available
  • Standard LED headlights
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • App integration with Entune multimedia system available
  • Fuel-efficient Eco model available

2017 Toyota Corolla review: Our expert's take

By Mike Hanley

The verdict: The 2017 Toyota Corolla compact sedan will get you from point A to point B, but there are better choices for even the most ordinary of trips.

Versus the competiton: The Corolla's roomy cabin compares well with other compact cars and its breadth of standard safety features set it apart, but its driving experience and cabin materials come up short in an increasingly refined and upscale class.

The Corolla is Toyota’s long-running entrant in the compact car class. It competes with models like the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus (see their specs compared here).

For 2017, the Corolla gets updated front styling and new standard features, like a backup camera. There are new standard active safety features, too, including forward pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention, automatic high-beam headlights and adaptive cruise control.

The Toyota Corolla base price starts at $19,365, including an $865 destination charge. We tested an uplevel XLE trim with an as-tested price of $24,086 and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28/36/32 mpg city/highway/combined.

Exterior and Styling

Toyota’s exterior styling has become more distinctive in recent years, and the Corolla shows how the brand’s look has evolved. With a massive lower grille, slim upper grille and slit-like LED headlights, the Toyota Corolla’s front end has an aggressive — if slightly cartoonish — look. It’s quite a departure from the rest of the car’s traditional styling.

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Standard features include LED daytime running lights, power side mirrors and 15-inch steel wheels. The XLE trim gets 16-inch alloy wheels and adds a power moonroof.

How It Drives

There are aspects of the Toyota Corolla driving experience that don’t let you forget you’re in an economy car. Competitors like the Cruze, Civic and Mazda3, by comparison, make you feel like you’re driving a more expensive car.

The Corolla’s drivetrain is a good example of this. In most trim levels, a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. While I like the CVT’s responsiveness, which helps make the most of the four-cylinder’s power, its persistent droning sounds are a drag. The four-cylinder gets the car up to highway speeds reasonably well, but like other compact car engines, it has modest power to spare for high-speed passing.

The Corolla’s ride quality also underwhelmed. Like many compact cars, the Corolla has a firm, controlled ride, but there’s an unappealing brittleness to the Toyota’s suspension tuning and you end up feeling more road imperfections than you’d care to. That said, the car is settled and confident at highway speeds and there’s minimal body roll in corners.

The car’s steering continues the trend. While the Corolla is easy to control and goes where you point it, the steering system’s torque buildup feels artificial — one editor thought it felt like a rubber band was being stretched as he turned the wheel — and there’s not a great deal of steering feedback overall.

While the base Toyota Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in combined city/highway driving, a high-efficiency LE Eco trim is rated as high as 34 mpg combined. EPA combined fuel economy ratings are similar for the Mazda3 (32 mpg), Hyundai Elantra (32 mpg), Cruze (34 mpg) and Civic (34 mpg) when looking at base-engine, automatic-transmission versions.

Interior

There’s good space for adults in the Toyota Corolla. The front bucket seats are comfortable, and large side windows provide good over-the-shoulder views when checking your blind spot.

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The rear bench seat is impressively roomy, with more space than you might expect from a compact sedan. Legroom is good for taller adults, and the seat cushion offers good thigh support. While rear headroom dimensions are nearly identical to the Civic sedan, the Honda feels roomier; the top of my head brushed the Corolla’s headliner (I’m 6-foot-1).

Materials quality comes up short versus class leaders like the Mazda3 and Cruze; there’s too much hard plastic trim on the doors, where competitors have soft-touch surfaces for a more premium feel.

Ergonomics and Electronics

For the most part, the buttons and switches in the Corolla are where you’d expect to see them and work like you think they should. The one exception is the controls for the optional heated front seats, which are in an unusual spot near the front of the center console.

XLE trims get a larger, 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, and ours also had a built-in navigation system and Toyota’s Entune App Suite, both of which are optional. Entune App Suite lets you use certain apps, like Pandora internet radio and Yelp, when your smartphone is connected to the system.

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The touchscreen has high-quality graphics, which are especially apparent when viewing the navigation map. The backup camera image appears on the screen when the car is in Reverse, and image clarity is good.

The multimedia system has a few downsides. The system incorporates knobs for volume and station tuning, which is a plus, but their design — relatively flat and of the same slick, piano-black material that surrounds the touchscreen — makes them harder to use than they should be. It’s especially apparent when you’re wearing gloves.

Gloves present yet another problem: The touchscreen won’t recognize selections if you’re wearing winter gloves, and neither will the touch-sensitive controls on either side of the screen. It’s something we’ve experienced in other cars, including the Civic, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

The 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and music streaming, and my iPhone paired easily with the system. As of publication, the system does not support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone connectivity, instead making select apps available through Entune.

Cargo and Storage

The Toyota Corolla has a 13-cubic-foot trunk. The Civic, Cruze and Elantra all have larger cargo areas that measure a maximum of 15.1, 14.8 and 14.4 cubic feet, respectively. At 13.2 cubic feet, the Focus’ trunk is about the same size, and the Mazda3’s 12.4-cubic-foot trunk is a little smaller. A standard 60/40-split folding backseat lets you expand the cargo area into the Corolla’s passenger compartment when you need more space.

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Other storage areas include door pockets with an integrated water-bottle holder, an average-size glove box and a small bin under the front center armrest.

Safety

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Toyota Corolla received the highest rating, good, in each crash test. It also earned IIHS’ highest rating of superior for its front crash prevention technology. The Corolla also earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for crash-test performance and rollover resistance.

Value in Its Class

Few cars are more ubiquitous than the Toyota Corolla, which was first sold in the U.S. nearly 50 years ago. It’s built its reputation on fuel efficiency and dependability, and those remain hallmarks of the current version.

We’ve been surprised by a few new compact cars. The latest version of the Civic is a great-driving small car, while the redesigned Cruze is loaded with available tech features to keep you entertained and connected on the move. The Toyota Corolla’s wealth of standard active safety features is its big surprise, making a popular car even safer, but more polished competitors only make the Corolla’s shortcomings more apparent.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

Unreliable, slow, and dangerous!

I would not ever begin to wish this car on my worst enemy. The steering, I’ve noticed, has been described as “lackluster”. I would say its downright unreliable because I had to have the steering corrected on this car twice before it ever reached its first oil change. In addition, the pre-collision avoidance system almost killed me on more than 3 occasions, once almost turning me into mush in between two semi-trucks. The system will randomly recognize just anything as a potential collision and will lock up all the brakes with no warning. Another issue I’ve had with this car is erratic transmission activity in cruise control, with the rpms shooting into redline territory on any kind of downhill grade. This is another problem Toyota could not themselves fix. I also came to learn that the speedometer was off by 4mph out of the factory. This car has lived in the shop between steering problems, collision avoidance problems, and transmission problems, I would urge anyone and everyone to stay away from this car.

5.0

Happy to shop at AutoBoutique

Best deal in town , looking for a car online and I came across AutoBoutique FL. Drove from NC few hours away to check a vehicle out, came in check in at the front desk my sales rep Matt was so professional and honest about every vehicle we looked at showed me the car faxed for every vehicle. I highly recommend AutoBoutique if your in the market for a vehicle fair priced reliable vehicles come check it out your self a lot of inventory here.

1.3

Worst car I’ve ever owned

2017 with 42,000 miles and the car stalls out almost when in drive at a red light. The rpm goes up and down and the car shakes. Also the cruise control is a joke you can’t even go down a hill without it revving to 5k rpm

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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