The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a sensible saloon that struggles to get a lot of good reviews. Journalists praise its build quality and comfort, something that few cars in its class can do better. The conservative styling and detached driving experience left some feeling less positive, although all critics said that the ride was very good and that it makes a fine long-distance cruiser. Corolla’s striking good looks are sure to get your heart racing, but there’s plenty of science behind the beauty.
2017 Toyota Corolla
Toyota not only continues to offer a six-speed manual transmission on one Corolla model, the SE 6MT (which costs $1220 more than the CVT-equipped SE), but it has improved the shifter to make the action of rowing through the gears feel more positive. And with so little power available, row you will. That said, the 2016 Corolla S manual we tested earlier this year produced a considerably better acceleration time of 8.5 seconds to 60 mph (still nothing to brag about), and we expect the same for the 2017 model. Underbody panels and a rear spoiler to improve aerodynamics also contribute to the LE Eco’s considerable fuel-economy advantage. It’s EPA rated at 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway versus 27–28/35–36 mpg for the other CVT-equipped models.
2017 Toyota Corolla
This is the way temperature control should work on every car. Have a favorite temperature? Just select it using the available digital controls, and the car will always keep the interior feeling just right. It’s like having the weather on autopilot. The sport gauge cluster offers a sports-car-inspired illuminated speedometer and tachometer to help amplify your drive. And the new color Multi-Information Display shows you the data you crave. See your average mpg, current song selection and more all at a glance.
Corolla’s available paddle shifters let you shift gears without letting go of the wheel. Just a light touch on either lever gives you lightning-fast gear changes, helping you tap in to the sporty side of Corolla. And when you want a calmer drive, just put the gear-select lever in “D,” and Corolla will resume shifting on its own. The dashboard has been redesigned to enhance Corolla’s upscale feel, featuring flowing lines, premium materials and available contrast stitching. Beautiful piano-black accents surround the large touch-screen, bringing the right amount of tech and beauty to this inspiring space.