Looking for a great sedan that has a sensible blend of space, fuel economy and value? The 2017 Toyota Corolla might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Toyota Corolla. The Corolla gets some front end work done for 2017. It's got new LED headlights, for example. But let's be honest, the Corolla has never been about visual excitement or really any other kind of excitement. If you buy a Corolla, you're looking for dependability over time and good resale value when you're ready to get rid of it. Those are qualities that Corolla has always delivered and continues to deliver for 2017. Carrying over is the LE ECO model, which is an outlier for the Corolla. It gets a different engine that makes a little more power and gets better fuel economy. 38 miles per gallon on the highway, to be specific. Other Corollas do pretty well on fuel economy as well. Get about the same power output too. Stepping inside the Corolla, you get standard back seat space for the class. You can fit some normal-sized adults back there. But the adults in front might have to work with you a little bit on their seat position. Up front, you can see that Toyota took some risks with the dashboard design for the current Corolla. Touchscreen in the middle of the dash, sporty gauges, some interesting visual flares, especially by Toyota's historical standards. The bottom line, if you're shopping for a small sedan is it's all about your personal priorities. If you're just looking for a reputation for reliability and that Toyota resale value, the Corolla is a great pick. If you're looking for a little more excitement, however, we'd steer you towards the Mazda 3, Ford Focus, or the excellent Honda Civic. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla is the current offering in a model legacy spanning more than 50 years. Continuously in production since 1966, the Corolla has evolved through 11 generations, sold 43 million units and claims the title of best-selling model of all time.
Despite its long-lived success, the Corolla's no-frills approach gets little love from car critics who are quick to dismiss this workhorse for its less-than-inspiring driving experience. But the latest offering to the lineage feels fresh and well-styled: certainly the nicest Corolla to date. The ride is smooth. The cabin is spacious, with upgraded upholstery and far more rear legroom than most compact sedan options. A 6.1-inch touchscreen and easy-to-use infotainment system are standard.
Toyota has updated the front-end design to feature new LED headlights. Upgraded safety technologies throughout are central to the 2017 Corolla's appeal. Toyota presents drivers with a full range of safety features as standard equipment on all 2017 Corolla trims, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams. The Toyota Safety Sense P system is a noteworthy safety offering of a caliber not frequently found standard on even luxury sedans.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla is available in seven trim levels: L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, SE 50th Anniversary edition and XSE. Starting with the base L trim, Toyota includes a lot of features standard for the money. The LE adds convenience features like keyless entry and heated mirrors. The LE Eco maximizes fuel efficiency while the XLE maximizes luxury upgrades. The SE and XSE levels are the "sporty" offering (though we use the term loosely) and the SE 50th Anniversary edition honors Corolla's legacy with specialized badging, wheels and upholstery.
EPA-estimated fuel economy ranges from 30 to 34 mpg combined. Automatic models with 17-inch wheels achieve 31 mpg combined (28 city/35 highway) while the Corolla LE Eco tops out the range with 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway).
The Corolla's adequate power and speed will work just fine for a highway commute but it accelerates slower than its competitors and will never wow with the gas pedal. Steering is sluggish and soft suspension swallows up road feel. If you really love to drive and you want a car that is responsive, then you'll find yourself agreeing with the critics: There are simply other fuel-friendly compact sedans out there that are more fun to drive.
However, like its predecessors, the 2017 Corolla does what it was designed to do and it does the integral things well. If you toss in the Corolla's long-standing reputation for good resale, then it is a strong contender in the compact sedan class. It may be a modest pick, but the Corolla's down-to-earth mix of fuel efficiency, interior space and competitive pricing have proven it a wise one over the years. If you're considering a 2017 Toyota Corolla, let Edmunds help find the perfect one for you.
2017 Toyota Corolla Overview Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Toyota Corolla and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Corolla featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
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Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Toyota Corolla and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Corolla 3.7 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Corolla.
Vehicle LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
Review First, there is a lot of things right with this car. Fit and Finish are great, and there are no squeaks or rattles, and the price (with discounts) make it a better deal than a Honda. If everything else after that was just average I would be satisfied, BUT. The transmission is horrible. The CVT works great in snowmobile, but does it belong in a car? The engine is always revving to a high rpm range when you accelerate, and you wait for the transmission to catch up. It is dangerous when you try to pass or merge from an on ramp. This creates a lot of noise in the cabin. I know now why the salesman went with me on the test drive, picked the route (city streets), and never stopped talking. It was so I wouldn't notice how bad the noise or tranny was. I took the car on a 100 mile trip to my parents house and my back hurt and I'm young, skinny, and a runner. when you take a test drive leave the salesman at the dealer. If they insist on going along, walk away. Drive onto a highway, try merging with traffic, try to pass, and you won't buy it. The car is so slow and hesitant that it is almost dangerous. I am going to trade this car on a Honda or Nissan next year, take the bath, and never look back . What we need is a law that you can return the car in 48 hours and I bet that a lot of people will.
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The 2017 Toyota Corolla earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 5.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
Available Toyota Corolla 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan
Available Trims: LE, S Plus, S, SE, L, CE, XSE, XLE, LE Eco, LE Plus, S Premium, LE Premium, Base, 50th Anniversary Special Edition, LE Eco Plus, Special Edition, S Special Edition, VE, XRS, LE Eco Premium, LE Special Edition, DX, LE Eco w/Premium Package
Exterior Colors: Black Sand Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Slate Metallic, Super White, Barcelona Red Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Galactic Aqua Mica, Blue Crush Metallic, Falcon Gray Metallic, Brown Sugar Metallic, Blizzard Pearl, 4Evergreen Mica, Desert Sand Mica, Silver Streak Mica, Nautical Blue Metallic, Indigo Ink Pearl, Blue Streak Metallic, Impulse Red Pearl, Phantom Gray Pearl, Tropical Sea Metallic, Cactus Mica, Impulse Red, Capri Sea Metallic, Hot Lava, Lunar Mist Metallic, Sandy Beach Metallic, Moonshadow Gray Metallic, Black Cherry Pearl, Absolutely Red, Black, Black Currant Metallic, Charcoal Gray Metallic, Sandrift Metallic, Silverstream Opal, Dark Blue Pearl, Medium Gray Metallic, Mineral Green, Silver Stream Opal, Super Red, Venetian Red Pearl, Woodland Pearl
Interior Colors: Ash Fabric cloth, Ash/Dark Gray Fabric premium cloth, Black Softex/Black Fabric leatherette/cloth, Black/Brown Fabric premium cloth, Ash cloth, Black Mixed Media Fabric leatherette/cloth, Black Softex leatherette, Ivory Fabric cloth, Steel Grey Fabric cloth, Dark Charcoal premium cloth, Bisque cloth, Black Softex/Steel Blue Fabric leatherette/cloth, Dark Charcoal cloth, Almond Fabric premium cloth, Vivid Blue Mixed Fabric leatherette/cloth, Light Gray, Beige cloth, Black Mixed Media Fabric w/Black Cherry Stitching leatherette/cloth, Amber Fabric cloth, Pebble Beige, Stone cloth, Black, Black Softex/Black Amber Fabric leatherette/cloth, Dark Charcoal/Orange cloth, Orangezest Mixed Media Fabric leatherette/cloth, Bisque leather
Popular Features: Rear Bench Seats, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Tire Pressure Warning, Aux Audio Inputs, Stability Control, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Trip Computer, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Back-up camera, Auto Climate Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-collision safety system, Sunroof/Moonroof, Keyless Entry/Start, Alarm, Navigation, Heated seats, Power Driver Seat, Upgraded Stereo, Leather Seats
Engine/Mechanics: 4 cylinders
Transmission: AUTOMATIC, MANUAL
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: front wheel drive
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