2017 Toyota Corolla

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Toyota Corolla. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2017 Toyota Corolla

  • 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 Road Test

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 Competition:

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.

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, Ci...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The best car I ever had!!!

by Toyota fan from Gainesville, Florida on August 28, 2018

Everything you need and more. Beautiful design, Great comfort, a lot of room, very good gas mileage. Almost 60,000 miles and works like I just purchased. Read full review

(3.0)

Currently leasing and have problems already

by May-flower from Philadelphia on August 27, 2018

So everyone who is looking to buy this car, please read! This is a fairly good car but it does have issues, the first issue being my rotors need to be resurfaced after only 16k miles on a car, car ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Toyota Corolla currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Toyota Corolla L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corolla received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

C

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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