2017 Toyota Corolla XSE

Pros: Competitive pricing; pleasant interior with simple, straightforward dashboard layout; good close-quarters maneuverability; rear-seat legroom is among the best in the class

Cons: Not as quiet as class-leading compact cars; driving personality is rather bland compared to rivals such as the Ford Focus and Mazda 3; gooseneck-style trunklid hinges intrude on trunk space; no hatchback version available

CG Says: The 2017 Toyota Corolla gains standard Toyota Safety Sense-P which includes: pre-collision system with pedestrian alert; lane-departure warning and mitigation; adaptive cruise control; and automatic headlights. Toyota celebrates 50 years of Corolla production with a 50th Anniversary Special Edition model. Frontal styling has been revised and a rearview camera is now standard on the base L model. Corolla retains a conservative, practical character that appeals to a broad range of compact-car shoppers who just want reliable transportation. There are plenty of compact cars that are more engaging and enjoyable to drive, and several that have more-upscale trimmings, but this mainstream Toyota’s unassuming personality and reputation for reliability will still attract many buyers.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices L: $18,500
LE: $18,935
LE Eco: $19,335
SE: $20,445
SE 6MT: $21,665
XLE: $21,825
50th Anniversary Special Edition: $21,900
XSE: $22,680

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
132
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT or 4-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36

Optional Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder (LE Eco)
Horsepower
140
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40