2017 Toyota Corolla Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- Accelerates slower than its main competitors
- It's just not that exciting to drive
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.