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2017 Toyota Corolla Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Toyota Corolla was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2017 Toyota Corolla has an impressive interior, with a stylish design and many surfaces that are soft to the touch. All the seats are comfortable, and there is good legroom in the rear. Rear headroom is a little cramped, though. The infotainment system functions very well and is easy to learn and use. Cargo room is average for the class.

  • "The current Corolla's interior is certainly its nicest one to date, with a stylish dashboard and un-Corolla-like flourishes like a sport-contoured steering wheel and an eye-catching asymmetrical shifter surround.” -- Edmunds
  • "For 2017 the Corolla also gets a nice update to the interior, expanding the use of soft-touch plastics, upgrading the look of various components, and overall just generating a nicer feel for an interior that was already roomy and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In our interior evaluation, we were struck by how much more upscale this new Corolla seems than its predecessor. The supple dashboard materials are much improved, and stitched accents on some panels add to the premium ambience. This is hardly business as usual for Toyota's best-seller; indeed, upscale and premium are words we've never associated with Corolla models in the past." -- Autotrader (2016)

Seating

The Toyota Corolla seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Upgrades include premium fabric or leatherette seats, sport seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The front seats in the Corolla 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.

The Corolla's LATCH system is relatively easy to use. All three top tether anchors are in an easy-to-find location and separate from other hardware. The lower anchors are deep in the seat, but there is room to maneuver around, and it requires little force to attach the straps.

  • "One of the Corolla's main selling points is rear seat room. Leg space is generous, allowing a Corolla to easily accommodate a family of four." -- New York Daily News
  • "One feature that requires no track testing is the Corolla's spacious interior. Although rear-seat headroom could be better, the 2017 Toyota has plenty of rear-seat legroom with room under the front seats for your feet, soft seat backs in case you're sitting behind a tall driver, and a nearly flat drivetrain hump that increases the impression of space." -- Motor Trend
  • The Corolla's front seats provide generally adequate comfort, particularly with the firmer bolstering found in the SE and XSE seats, though some drivers might like more lumbar support. Longer-legged drivers might also wish for more extension from the telescoping steering wheel." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, voice recognition, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, forward 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. 

The Corolla’s infotainment system features an attractive display with sharp graphics and large buttons. It also responds quickly to touches and functions well overall. Physical buttons and knobs are used to control functions like climate and audio volume. 

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  • "But ease of use remains the priority, and rather than bury the most oft-summoned audio and climate functions in touchscreen menus, the Corolla smartly uses traditional buttons and dials for audio and climate functions." -- Edmunds
  • "On the infotainment front, Toyota offers its Entune suite of apps - including optional navigation - housed inside a 6.1-inch touchscreen. Here, too, everything is intuitive and the display is well-organized with modern graphics. It's not as pretty as MyFord Touch, but it's certainly easier to use. That, right there, is what the whole Corolla package comes down to: ease of use. Nothing about this car jumps out as being particularly emotive, and that's by design." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "We spent only a short time playing with the Corolla's infotainment system, but found the touchscreen to be straightforward and responsive. Techies will be interested in the Corolla's optional Entune App Suite, which includes apps like Bing, Facebook Places and Pandora." -- Left Lane News (2014)

Cargo

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

  • "... there's good cargo space with split-folding rear seatbacks to help with longer objects." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Trunk capacity is average at 13 cubic feet, but the wide trunk opening facilitates loading and unloading." -- Edmunds
  • Trunk space measures 13 cubic-feet, a decent amount for a small car." -- New York Daily News

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