2017 Toyota Corolla

The 2017 Toyota Corolla compact sedan choice gets you from issue A to point B, but there are better options for even the most common trips.


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The 2017 Toyota Corolla compact sedan choice gets you from issue A to point B, but there are better options for even the most common trips.

Compared to the Competition: Corolla’s spacious cabin compares well with other close cars, and its range of standard safety features set it apart, but its driving knowledge and cabin materials fall short in an increasingly refined class and exclusive.

The Corolla is Toyota‘s oldest entrant in the packed car class. It competes with examples like the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, and Ford Focus (see their specs compared here).

For 2017, Corolla gets updated front-end styling and new standard features like a backup camera. There are also new standard active safety features, including forward crash warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane exit warning and prevention, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Toyota Corolla 2017 base price is $19,365, including an $865 destination charge. We tested a top XLE model with a tested price of $24,086 and an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 28/36/32 mpg city/highway/combined.

Exterior and style

Toyota’s exterior styling has evolved more distinctly in current years, and the Corolla shows how the brand’s look has evolved. With a massive lower grille, slim upper grille, and slit-shaped LED headlights, the front end of the 2017 Corolla Le has an aggressive, if slightly cartoonish, look. It is quite a departure from the rest of the traditional styling of the car.


Standard features include LED daytime running lights, power side mirrors, and 15-inch steel wheels. The XLE version gets 16-inch alloy wheels and adds a power sunroof.

How it drives

Some aspects of the Toyota Corolla driving experience don’t let you forget you’re in an economy car. By comparison, competitors like the Cruze, Civic, and Mazda3 make you feel like you’re driving a more expensive car.

The Corolla’s transmission is a good example of this. In most trim levels, a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter inline-4 engine works with a continuously variable automatic transmission. While I like the CVT’s responsiveness, which helps make the most of all four-cylinder power, its persistent hum is a drag. The four-cylinder gets the car up to street speeds reasonably well, but like other compact car engines, it has modest power left over for high-speed passing.

The Corolla’s ride quality was also disappointing. Like many compact cars, the Corolla has a firm, controlled ride, but there’s an unattractive brittleness to the Toyota’s suspension tuning, and you end up feeling more bumps in the road than you’d like. The car feels comfortable and confident at highway speeds, and there is minimal body roll when cornering.

The steering of the car continues the trend. While the Corolla is easy to control and goes where you point it, the steering system’s torque buildup feels contrived—one editor thought it felt like a rubber band being stretched as you turned the wheel—and there’s not a great deal of amount of feedback from management in general.

While the base Toyota Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg combined city/highway driving, a high-efficiency LE Eco trim is rated up to 34 mpg. EPA combined fuel economy ratings are similar for the Mazda3 (32 mpg), Hyundai Elantra (32 mpg), Cruze (34 mpg) and Civic (34 mpg) when analyzing base-engined versions and automatic transmission.

How long should a 2017 Toyota Corolla last?

If you’re considering a Toyota Corolla, you may be wondering, “How long do the 2017 toyota corolla se last?” With regular service and maintenance, the Toyota Corolla has a life expectancy of up to 10 years or 300,000 miles.

What is the best year for the Toyota Corolla?

If you are looking for a Toyota Corolla or curious about the one you have, the best years for the car are 2004, 2007-2008, 2013-2015, 2016-2019, and 2021. The worst years for the Toyota Corolla are 1996, 2001, 2005-2006, 2011-2012, and 2020.

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