017 Toyota Corolla Review

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a compact car with a starting price of $18,500. It gets 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway but suffers from a lack of power with its small 132 horsepower engine.

What many people like about the Toyota Corolla is its reliability and advanced safety features. The 2017 model of the Corolloa has been refreshed with new interior and exterior styling.

Some updates to the 2017 Toyota Corolla include new Safety Sense technologies which now come as standard in all trims. A rearview camera and a continuously variable automatic transmission which are both standard on all models.

Performance

The small 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is made for fuel economy and not acceleration. It delivers 132 horsepower which many drivers feel is not enough in tight situations. For this reason the Corolla is better suited to inner-city driving.

The Corolla comes with a continuously variable transmission, or CVT. This is similiar to an automatic and makes sure gear changes are smooth but has the effect of making acceleration feel slow.

“What Toyota has not changed for 2017 is the Corolla’s snooze-worthy driving dynamics. Aside from discontinuing the yester-tech 4-speed automatic in the base L trim level and replacing it with the continuously variable transmission offered in other models, the latest Corolla is the same as it has been for several years.” – New York Daily News.

Front-wheel drive is standard on the Corolla dand the ride quality is supple with the vehicle smoothly overcoming bumps on the road. The Corolla has fuel economy of 28/36 mpg for city/hwy driving. The Corolla is available in an Eco trim with a slightly better 29/38 mpg for city/hwy driving.

Photos

Interior

The 2017 Toyota Corolla can seat 4 adults comfortably and 5 with a bit of a squeeze. There’s more legroom for those in the rear seats than many rivals. The front seats are comfortable but not as supportive as they could be. The higher trim levels come with sports seats with better contouring. The Corolla comes with Bluetooth and a touch-screen infotainment system. Navigation is an optional extra.

Price

The 2017 Corolla has a base price of $18,500 which is about average for this class. It comes with standard features such as Bluetooth and a Lane Departure Warning. Unfortunately it doesn’t offer Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Corolla is a decent buy due to its reliability and good fuel economy.

Alternatives

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is a reliable car but is underpowered in this class. Some alternatives around the same price but with more powerful engines are the 2017 Kia Soul, the 2017 Mazda Mazda3 and the 2017 Honda Civic.