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2017 Toyota Corolla Review

The 2017 Toyota Corolla offers an array of advanced safety features and an above-average predicted reliability rating, but its underpowered engine and lackluster handling place it in the bottom half of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Standard advanced safety features
  • Spacious, upscale cabin
  • Underpowered engine
  • Lackluster handling

New for 2017

  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Standard Toyota Safety Sense technologies
  • Rearview camera standard in all models
  • Continuously variable automatic transmission became standard

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Toyota Corolla's #14 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best New Cars for Teens award. Currently the Toyota Corolla has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 36 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.0
Performance: 5.7
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Toyota Corolla Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2017 Toyota Corolla is a good used compact car. While its acceleration and handling are disappointing, it makes up for that with good fuel economy estimates, a quality interior, and a plethora of standard advanced safety features.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 36 Toyota Corolla reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla?

Expect to pay $15,300 on average for a used 2017 Corolla. That estimate is based on more than 3,200 used car listings ranging from $13,100 to $18,000. A used vehicle's condition, mileage, and regional demand can also affect its sale price.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Corolla Cost to Own?

Insuring, fueling, maintaining, and repairing the Toyota Corolla will cost approximately $4,400 per year. Over five years, that adds up to an estimated $22,070. That's less than you'll spend on a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze or 2017 Volkswagen Golf, but it’s about $3,100 more than the 2017 Kia Soul’s five-year costs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Corolla?

The base price for a new 2018 Toyota Corolla is $18,600. Buying new has its perks: you won’t have to worry about a questionable maintenance history, and you’ll receive a new-car warranty. However, you may still want to consider the very similar 2017 Corolla to potentially save a lot of money.   

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If you’re in the market for a new compact sedan for around the same price as the average 2017 Toyota Corolla, you’re out of luck. However, there are several new subcompact cars worth considering. The top-ranked 2018 Chevrolet Sonic sedan starts at around $15,300. The Sonic stands out from its class with its energetic performance and comfortable cabin. The 2018 Kia Rio sedan is available as well, for less than $14,000. With sporty driving dynamics and a great predicted reliability rating, it sits near the top of its class. Despite being in a smaller class, both the Sonic and the Rio have similar passenger space and slightly larger trunks than the Corolla.   

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Corolla Is Best?

The 2017 Corolla is part of a generation that started with the 2014 model year and includes the 2018 Corolla. The 2017 Corolla underwent a slight refresh, which included interior and exterior styling updates. New standard equipment – like a continuously variable automatic transmission, Toyota’s Safety Sense-P suite of safety features, and a rearview camera – was added as well. Though you can save money by shopping for 2014, 2015, and 2016 models, the 2017 Corolla’s notable updates make it a better choice.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The 2017 Toyota Corolla has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Toyota Corolla Recalls

As of this writing, there are three recalls for the 2017 Toyota Corolla. The spare tire may not be properly inflated, the load carrying capacity label may be incorrect, and air bag and seat belt pretensioners may not deploy in the event of a crash. If these recalls apply to the Corolla you’re looking at, make sure that a Toyota dealer has addressed the issues.

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Which Used Toyota Corolla Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Toyota Corolla comes in seven trims: L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XLE, 50th Anniversary Special Edition, and XSE. All trims are equipped with a rearview camera and the Toyota Safety Sense package, which includes pedestrian detection, pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. On top of these standard features, the well-equipped L trim includes Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Siri Eyes Free, and a multi-information display. This trim should be sufficient for most shoppers.

The LE trim adds automatic climate control and a 3.5-inch information display. The LE Eco trim has the same features as the LE trim, but with slightly better gas mileage. The Toyota Corolla SE trim includes alloy wheels, leatherette sport front seats, selectable driving modes (Normal and Sport), a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a 4.2-inch color instrument cluster display. The XLE trim features leatherette seats, an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a moonroof, proximity key entry, push-button start, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, and phone-linked navigation. The Toyota Corolla XSE combines the seating, interior, and technology features of the XLE trim with the sport seats and driving modes of the SE model.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla received an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning a five-star rating in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests.

The Corolla received the highest rating of Good in all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, as well a Top Safety Pick+ designation. Its headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for their ability to illuminate the road ahead. The available front crash prevention system is graded on a different scale and received the highest rating of Superior.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a rearview camera and Toyota’s Safety Sense P, which includes pedestrian detection, pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Toyota Corolla Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Corolla or 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze is a great compact car that comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Corolla and the Cruze have comparable predicted reliability and safety ratings, and both are good vehicles for everyday commuting. The Cruze is the better car, however. It outdoes the Corolla when it comes to standard convenience features like a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, a 7-inch touch screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also returns better fuel economy, and it's available with a turbodiesel engine that gives it quicker acceleration. However, the Corolla has more standard safety features.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Corolla or 2017 Honda Civic?

The 2017 Honda Civic boasts excellent safety ratings and an array of available and standard features. The Corolla’s average price is about $5,000 less than the Civic’s, but the Honda outshines the Toyota with its nimble yet comfortable handling and fuel-sipping efficiency. If your budget allows it, choose the Civic.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Corolla or 2017 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra provides a good mix of comfortable interior space, great safety ratings, and an energetic drive. Unlike the 2017 Corolla, the Hyundai Elantra offers niceties like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has an average starting price of around $2,000 less than the Corolla. If you can do without the Corolla’s standard safety features, go with the Elantra.  

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2017 Corolla Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Corolla Drive?

The Corolla comes standard with front-wheel drive, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and a 132-horsepower four-cylinder engine. The LE Eco has the same engine, but with an output of 140 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is available. The Corolla has adequate power for daily commutes, but it can struggle to get up to highway speeds.

Does the 2017 Toyota Corolla Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Corolla exhibits some of the best EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers among compact cars. Depending on the transmission, the 2017 Corolla earns 27-28 mpg in the city and 35-36 mpg on the highway. The fuel-efficient Corolla LE Eco model gets up to 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

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2017 Corolla Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Corolla Seat?

The Corolla’s cabin has loads of soft-touch materials and seats five on standard cloth upholstery. The front seats are comfortable and the optional sport seats in some trims provide more support with lower side bolsters. Rear legroom is excellent, though headroom is a little tight for taller passengers. Available upgrades include leatherette upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and a third tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Corolla's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Some anchors are buried too deep in the seats.

2017 Toyota Corolla Features

The 2017 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, pre-collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. Optional features include, automatic climate control, a 3.5- or 4.2-inch instrument cluster display screen, a moonroof, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, proximity key entry, and push-button start.

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2017 Toyota Corolla Dimensions

Toyota Corolla Cargo Space

The Corolla has 13 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the compact car class. The rear seat can split and fold down to accommodate long items, and the trunk opening itself is wide.

Toyota Corolla Length and Weight

The 2017 Corolla is around 15.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,820 to 2,885 pounds, depending on the model’s configuration.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Corolla Built?

Toyota built the 2017 Corolla at factories in Mississippi and Ontario, Canada.


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