2017 Toyota Corolla

Starting MSRP: $18,500 - $22,680

Estimated MPG: 28 city / 36 hwy

2017 Toyota Corolla Review

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a small car that delivers attributes desired by many of the segment's most practical shoppers. It achieves high fuel economy, provides a comfortable back seat and is equipped with an abundant array of standard amenities.

By Warren Clarke
Last Updated 07/05/2017

For 2017, the Corolla gets a revised front fascia with new LED headlights, and within the cabin, the sedan spruces up its upholstery. A rearview camera is added as standard equipment, along with active safety features such as forward collision warning and automatic braking, automatic high beams and pedestrian detection. To celebrate its 50 years of existence, the Corolla introduces a new limited-edition trim: the 50th Anniversary Special Edition.

Toyota's popular Corolla is a compact sedan with seating for five passengers. It's sold in L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, 50th Anniversary Special Edition and XSE trims. The Toyota Corolla iM is also offered, and covered in a separate review. Front-wheel drive is standard, and both a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a six-speed manual are available.

Exterior

Exterior

The 2017 Toyota Corolla has a look that's modern and assertive, and it falls in step with the manufacturer's bold design language of recent years. A gaping lower grille is overlooked by standard bi-LED headlights, and LED daytime running lights are integrated into the headlight assembly. In profile, the Corolla reveals standard 15-inch wheels, power-adjustable side mirrors and color-keyed exterior door handles.

The list of available exterior upgrades includes heated side mirrors, 16- or 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, a power tilt/slide sunroof and chrome-tipped exhaust.

Interior

Interior

Despite the Corolla's compact footprint, there is relatively spacious seating for adults in both rows. The cabin's controls are easy to access and use, and the design throughout is pleasant. In back, the trunk provides 13 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

Base Corollas come with air conditioning, fabric upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver's seat, a four-way adjustable passenger seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power locks and windows and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The list of upgrades includes automatic climate control, a rear-seat center armrest, simulated leather upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

Performance

Performance

Offered solely with front-wheel drive, the 2017 Toyota Corolla pleases with its comfortable ride quality. A CVT is standard, but a six-speed manual transmission is available on SE models.

Most trims are equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine good for 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, and this powertrain has an EPA rating of up to 28/36 mpg. The frugal Toyota LE Eco comes with a modified version of this engine that provides 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque, with fuel efficiency of up to 30/40 mpg.

Technology

Technology

All Corollas come with a strong assortment of technology features. Base models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a rearview camera, a USB port, a 6.1-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free and a six-speaker sound system with a CD/MP3 player. The list of standard features also includes active safety technology such as lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

You can upgrade your Corolla with the Entune Audio Plus system, which adds satellite and HD radio, a 7-inch touch screen and an app-based navigation system. Entune Premium Audio is also available, and it features integrated navigation and an app suite.