It might be hard for some of us to believe, but this year the Toyota Corolla has now been around for a staggering 50 years. But perhaps the even more amazing statistic is the fact the Corolla has now sold more than 40 million units worldwide during that time. Any car that stays around for that length of time is going to have sold a lot, but 40 million is truly remarkable. So, let's take a look at the 2017 Toyota Corolla to see what keeps this incredibly successful compact car selling in such massive numbers.
The exterior styling of the Corolla isn’t particularly revolutionary or game-changing, but it wouldn't have such massively wide appeal if it was like that. The Corolla still has a sporty wedge-shaped silhouette and it's very attractive overall. LED headlamps and running lights are standard on all models and help to deliver a pretty contemporary look for the Toyota. The Corolla XSE is even sportier with a blacked-out grille, fog lamps flanking an aggressive air dam and an integrated rear spoiler.
Toyota is on something of a safety mission with its cars this year, and like the Prius, 2017 sees the Toyota Safety Sense-P safety package added to all Corolla trim levels. The advanced suite of active safety systems includes: forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning with active lane control. The NHTSA hasn’t rated the 2017 Corolla yet, but last year's model before the addition of the new safety features already got a full five star rating. The IIHS has tested this year's car though, and it's predictably been given the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.
There isn’t a Corolla Hybrid right now, but there is an "Eco" model for those most concerned with fuel-economy and all versions are pretty frugal anyway. The most fuel-efficient Corolla is the LE Eco model with EPA-estimated ratings as good as 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined, although if you start to raid the options list those numbers do drop slightly.* Non-Eco models are not far behind though with ratings of up to 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg combined.
Although now technically a compact sedan, the 2017 Corolla's dimensions would have seen it firmly installed as a mid-size sedan not too many years ago. That means four six-footers can be accommodated comfortably in the 2017 model, which earlier models would just not have been able to manage. The seats are not just well styled and comfortable, there's also plenty of adjustment and they're well-positioned too so there's a good driving position for the person at the helm. There's 13 cu.-ft. of cargo volume in the trunk that's about par for the compact course, and engine noise is nicely dealt with for a relatively quiet ride. It's obviously not a luxury model, but the materials and trim are good quality and above average for the class.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla is available right now from Toyota of Downtown LA, so get in touch now for more details on one of the world's best-selling cars and to schedule a test drive to see what all the fuss is about.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.