2017 Toyota Corolla
- Backseat is roomy enough for adults
- The LE Eco's high fuel economy
- A lot of standard equipment and safety features for the money
- Smooth ride quality on the highway and in the city
- It's just not that exciting to drive
- Accelerates slower than its main competitors
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Edmunds' Expert Review
The Toyota Corolla marked its 50th anniversary last year, a continuous production milestone that places it alongside nameplates such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and Porsche 911. Toyota has sold 43 million Corollas, through 11 generations, and claims it as the best-selling nameplate of all time.
And yet Toyota's small sedan still gets little respect from car critics. You'll often see it described as a soulless appliance, a vanilla steel cage for transport from point A to B. The 2017 Toyota Corolla doesn't make great strides in changing that narrative, but there's still a lot to like. The Corolla's interior has a fresh and stylish edge, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and loads of rear legroom compared with most compact sedans.
For 2017, the Corolla also makes a great leap with new safety features and driver aids on all models, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure intervention and adaptive cruise control — features that aren't commonly standard even on luxury sedans. Add the Corolla's high fuel economy and great reputation for resale value, and you have all the ingredients for a car that pleases more than it disappoints.
But keep in mind that if you like cars with quick reflexes and that boost your mood on an open road, the critics aren't wrong. Between its softly tuned suspension, dull steering and "just-enough" power and speed, the Corolla is a bit of a snooze behind the wheel. Other sedans including the Honda Civic and Mazda 3 are more fun to drive and similarly fuel-efficient. You can also get plenty of value from the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte, while the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf are also strong all-around contenders.
Still, the 2017 Corolla does the most important things well. It's not a flashy pick, but it's a smart one, and it should serve you well in the years to come.
All 2017 Toyota Corollas come standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a passenger seat cushion airbag. A rearview camera is standard on all trims.
Also standard on all 2017 trims is the Toyota Safety Sense P system, a bundle of technology that includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist (to nudge you back into your lane) and automatic high beams.
Note that most 2017 Corollas get rear drum brakes, with only the SE and XSE trims upgraded to rear discs. In Edmunds brake testing, a Corolla LE Eco with the rear drums stopped from 60 mph in 130 feet, a longer than average result.
In government crash testing, the Corolla earned a top overall rating of five stars, including five stars for front impacts and five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Corolla its top rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. In the small-overlap front-impact test, however, the Corolla received a Marginal score, the institute's second-lowest.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Toyota Corolla is available in L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, SE 50th Anniversary edition and XSE trim levels.
Standard equipment on the base L model includes 15-inch steel wheels, bi-LED headlights, LED running lights, power mirrors, doors and locks, air-conditioning, adaptive cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a six-way adjustable driver seat and four-way front passenger seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker Entune audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, voice controls, a CD player, a USB port, an auxiliary audio jack and, for iPhone users, the Siri Eyes Free voice control system. The Corolla's extra safety features are detailed in our Safety section.
The LE adds 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, keyless entry, metallic cabin accents and automatic climate control.
The LE Eco starts with the LE's features and adds engine and suspension tuning designed for maximum fuel efficiency, 15-inch steel wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics.
Upgrading to the XLE gets you keyless ignition and entry, upgraded headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, simulated leather upholstery (Toyota's SofTex), heated front seats, an upgraded driver information display, and the Entune Audio Plus audio system that builds on the basic Entune features by adding a 7-inch touchscreen display, satellite and HD radio, and an app-based navigation system (Scout GPS Link).
The SE is the sporty Corolla, although we use that term loosely. The SE builds on the LE's features and can be had with either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. The SE features 17-inch alloy wheels, unique front-end styling with a black mesh grille, heated color-keyed side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a rear spoiler, a chrome-tipped exhaust, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters (for CVT models), sport front seats, a sport-style gauge cluster and, for manual transmission models, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and the upgraded Entune audio system.
The XSE takes the SE CVT features and adds a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat. There's also an SE 50th Anniversary edition that adds anniversary badging, gray-painted 17-inch wheels, and upgraded upholstery and trim with Black Cherry contrast stitching.
A few options packages are also available. LE and LE Eco models can select the Premium package, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, bumper-integrated LED running lights and Entune Audio Plus. A sunroof can be added to this package for LE models (it's included with the package for LE Eco).
The Premium package for SE CVT models includes Entune Audio Plus and a sunroof, while XLE and XSE models can opt for Entune Premium Audio with an integrated navigation system and the Entune App Suite.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla comes with two versions of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. In all trims except the LE Eco, the engine makes 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco's engine uses a more sophisticated valvetrain to maximize fuel efficiency and makes a little more power, with 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.
Most Corollas come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The SE can be optioned with a six-speed manual transmission, though.
In Edmunds performance testing, a Corolla LE Eco accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. This is a about a second slower than many other small sedans.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg combined (27 city/35 highway) for the Corolla SE with the manual transmission. CVT models with 16-inch wheels achieve 32 mpg combined (28 city/36 highway); the larger 17-inch wheels extract a 1 mpg penalty at 31 mpg combined (28 city/35 highway). Topping the range is the LE Eco with 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway) with 15-inch wheels and 33 combined (29 city/38 highway) with the 16-inch wheels.
The Corolla's four-cylinder engine is tried and true but pretty underwhelming. Acceleration is adequate and not much more. The LE Eco's engine adds a few horsepower, but not enough to notice. The CVT has computer-simulated "shifts" to mitigate the constant rpm drone common to these types of transmissions. That drone can rear its head, however, when you switch into Sport mode.
The Corolla's handling, too, is familiar. Sporty SE trim touches notwithstanding, there's no real playfulness present. Any attempt at spirited driving on a twisty road is met with lifeless steering and noticeable body roll. On the upside, the Corolla is all about no-hassle commuting comfort. The ride is compliant and shakes off most of what the road can throw at you. A floaty luxury sedan it isn't, but for a compact car it's impressive. If that describes your daily driving needs, the 2017 Toyota Corolla can make the daily grind seem less onerous.
The current Corolla's interior is certainly its nicest one to date, with a stylish dashboard and un-Corolla-like flourishes like a sport-contoured steering wheel and an eye-catching asymmetrical shifter surround. But ease of use remains the priority, and rather than bury the most oft-summoned audio and climate functions in touchscreen menus, the Corolla smartly uses traditional buttons and dials for audio and climate functions.
That said, the touchscreen, regardless of size, is a pleasant surprise. With large virtual buttons, clear graphics, and quick response time to touch inputs, it's one of the easier infotainment systems to use in the economy car class. The available Entune App Suite integrates smartphone-connected services such as Bing, Facebook, Yelp and Pandora, as well as real-time traffic data, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration isn't available.
The Corolla's front seats provide generally adequate comfort, particularly with the firmer bolstering found in the SE and XSE seats, though some drivers might like more lumbar support. Longer-legged drivers might also wish for more extension from the telescoping steering wheel.
The Corolla offers more rear legroom than most small sedans, if not a commensurate amount of headroom, and the nearly flat floor makes the middle rear position more livable. Trunk capacity is average at 13 cubic feet, but the wide trunk opening facilitates loading and unloading.
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2017 Toyota Corolla video
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.
2017 Toyota Corolla Expert Rundown
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.
Features & Specs
2017 Toyota Corolla for Sale
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
The 2017 Toyota Corolla is offered in the following submodels: Corolla Sedan. Available styles include LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), 50th Anniversary Special Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), XSE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), XLE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), LE Eco 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M), and LE Eco w/Premium Package 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT).
What do people think of the 2017 Toyota Corolla?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Toyota Corolla and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Corolla 3.5 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.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2017 Toyota Corolla?
2017 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
The 2017 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,054. The average price paid for a new 2017 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,002 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) is5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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