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Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla
May 13, 2017
Here at Toy Car Care, we hope you will be just as excited about the Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla as we are! We believe in Toyota's quality vehicles and commitment to customer satisfaction, the exact values that we stay true to when maintaining and repairing your Toyota vehicles. With 43 million Corollas on the road, last year marked the Toyota Corolla's 50th anniversary as an industry blockbuster. Let's take a closer look at the 2017 Toyota Corolla, and see if this is your next vehicle purchase.
Sensible, spacious, and exceptional fuel economy are just what you can expect from this appealing and smart little number of a car. You can expect a smooth ride in the city or on the highway, safety features, and ample room for the whole family. The only real downfall is it's not-so-thrilling ride and it's a bit slow on the acceleration compared to the competition. Other than that, there are many great features worth mentioning. Let's start out with the various trim levels available for sale.
MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM:
L Model is the basic model:
15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, LED running lights, power mirrors, doors and locks, air-conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver seat, four-way front passenger seat, 60/40-split folding rear seat, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker Entune audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, voice controls, CD player, USB port, auxiliary audio jack and the Siri Eyes Free voice control system, as well as extensive safety features.
LE Model gives you everything above plus:
16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, keyless entry, metallic cabin accents and automatic climate control.
LE ECO Model starts you out with the above basics and adds:
Engine and suspension tuning for maximum fuel efficiency, 15-inch steel wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler and enhanced aerodynamics.
XLE Model boasts:
Keyless ignition and entry, upgraded headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, an upgraded driver information display, and the Entune Audio Plus audio system that builds on the basic Entune features, but adds a 7-inch touchscreen display, satellite and HD radio, and an app-based navigation system.
SE will take you from basic to sporty in no time with the LE's features and either a:
Continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. You also get 17-inch alloy wheels, interesting 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 (CVT models only), sport front seats, a sport-style gauge cluster, a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and the upgraded Entune audio system.
SE 50th Anniversary Edition Model gets you:
Anniversary badging, gray-painted 17-inch wheels, and upgraded upholstery and trim with Black Cherry contrast stitching.
XSE Model takes the SE CVT features and gives you:
A sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats and an eight-way power adjustable driver seat.
You can also add some extra options to the last three models if you choose.
THE DRIVE: This car comes in two versions of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. The engine makes 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco's engine uses a more in-depth valvetrain to maximize fuel efficiency and makes a little more power, with 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. It's good to know that the Corolla LE Eco accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds. This is about a second slower than many other small sedans, not that bad. It won't feel like you are driving a sports car, but the ride is smooth and comfortable and will get you where you need to go.
FUEL ECONOMY: The 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, and the larger 17-inch wheels put out a one mpg penalty at 31 mpg combined. At the top of this range is the LE Eco with 34 mpg combined with 15-inch wheels and 33 combined, with the 16-inch wheels. The fuel economy on this car is just pure and simple, unbeatable and desirable.
SAFETY: According to the Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla, these cars now come standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, passenger seat cushion airbag and a rearview camera. Toyota Safety Sense P system is also standard and includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams.
The 2017 Corolla earned a top overall rating of five stars, for front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Corolla it's top rating of Good in the whiplash protection tests. There is also a tire pressure monitor system that keeps your tires where they should be.
- Nicest look to date
- Stylish dashboard
- Traditional buttons
- Touchscreen infotainment
- Entune App Suite
- Real-time traffic data
- Lots of leg room, especially in the back
- Comfortable seating
- Wide trunk
- Soft-Tex seats which are water and stain resistant
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Auto climate control
- Sporty gauges
- Paddle shifters on the steering wheel
- Sports mode option for a sportier drive
- Advanced voice recognition and steering wheel controls
- Smart key system, just push the button
- Interior fabric comes in Steel Grey, Ash, Black, Almond, Orange Zest, Vivid Blue, Soft-Tex Black with Black Cherry piping, and Soft-Tex Black with black piping
- Colors galore to choose from
- Sporty new front end
- LED lights are bright and use less energy
- LED accent lights
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Seamless rear spoiler
DISLIKES: Not everyone is going to be crazy about the "get up and go" of this vehicle. It's a good ride, just not all that sporty or exciting. The headroom is a little tight in the rear, but the legroom makes up for that in the front. The aging sheet metal is overdue for a new design, to make it look more appealing.
COMPARABILITY: If you are on the fence about certain aspects of this car, here are some great choices to try out to compare them with Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Mazda3, and Nissan Sentra. With all the many different trim levels to choose from, it is certain you will find just your right fit.
AWARDS: These cars have been around for years, but not many know how often they win awards for excellence. The 2017 Toyota Corolla earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick +. Impressive! It also has the Industry Accolade for being the only vehicle in its class to have a standard collision avoidance system. Kelley Blue Book named the 2016 Toyota Corolla the Best Buy Award. Finally, they received the NHTSA 5-star overall safety reading for 2016, the 5 Year Cost to Own Award, also from Kelley Blue Book, and the SmartChoice Maintenance Cost winner for 2016 from IntelliChoice.
FROM OWNERS: It's always nice to ask around to people if they have test driven one of these vehicles and to get an honest opinion on how it felt. For the most part, it looks as though people are enjoying the ride and giving it an average of 4.5 out of 5. That's impressive! Performance, fuel economy and reliability are at the top of the chart ratings, followed by comfort and exterior and interior design.
AN EXPERT OPINION: In general, what the experts seem to be saying is the LE Eco trim is a great ride as well as the SE. The LE Eco trim uses continuously variable valve openings much of the time instead of a conventional throttle butterfly to improve efficiency. It adds eight hp and drops the rating to 7.8/5.9 L/100 km. It's nice to know that the eco choice gives you more power while being Eco.
The Edmunds Review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla also mentions that it's beautiful to look at and great to know that much of the company's active safety technology is included with a minor price increase of just a few hundred dollars. This car has spent decades building a reputation for reliability and value, and it's nice to know Toyota always helps make it an even better deal for car buyers out there. The overall rating was an 8.9 out of 10, with styling and quality being the lowest score.
This great car starts at approximately $18,500 and goes up from there, depending on the trim level you choose. You also have ample options when it comes to choosing your colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Barcelona Red Metallic, Super White, Blizzard Pearl, Slate Metallic, Falcon Grey Metallic, Galactic Aqua Mica, (that's a mouthful), Blue Crush Metallic, a Black Cherry Pearl. Whew! All these colors are amazing, and that may be your hardest decision when purchasing.
We hope you enjoyed Edmunds review of the 2017 Toyota Corolla, and Toy Car Care is here, at your service to answer any questions you may have about maintaining and keeping your vehicle looking as good as new. Now, all there is to do, is get out there and test drive one of these fantastic cars to see how you like it! We are sure you will enjoy the ride, versatility, and reliability that Toyota is famous for!