2017 Toyota Corolla

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The 2017 Toyota Corolla has followed a similar path to its smaller sibling the Corolla, as it's another model that has grown in size a little over the years. But while the Corolla went from subcompact to compact, the Corolla has grown from being a compact into a midsize sedan. The Corolla might not have been around for anywhere near as long as its little brother, but that hasn't hindered it in becoming an incredibly big-selling and important model for Toyota and the best-selling model in its segment here in the U.S.

With the 2017 Toyota Corolla competing in a segment where its rivals are extremely good and getting better all the time, it's a real testament to the Japanese automaker's designers and engineers that the Corolla is managing to stay at the top of its class. It's easy to see how seriously Toyota takes the challenges to the Corolla's supremacy as the styling is a little bolder and more aggressive than some of its predecessors, which makes it a very attractive car indeed.

But if the exterior styling has caught your eye, the real love affair is likely to begin when you get inside because that's where this 2017 Toyota Corolla really does begin to impress. Its cabin has plenty of space with lots of thought given to its passengers' comfort and needs, with ample storage and impressive levels of sound-deadening. The seating has most definitely been designed with adults foremost in the designers' minds, and the 15.4 cu.-ft. of trunk space on offer is very much in line with the midsize sedans in this class. And anyone considering opting for the Corolla Hybrid will be delighted to know interior space isn't heavily compromised by batteries, which it can sometimes be in models from other manufacturers.

The standard engine in the majority of Corollas is very capable 2.5-liter four-cylinder that develops 178 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers who like a good deal more get-up-and-go will probably gravitate towards the V-6, which is a 3.5-liter unit that puts an impressive 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal. But if optimum fuel economy is your priority, the hybrid certainly takes care of that and still manages a net system rating of some 200 horsepower.

Being a Toyota, buyers would probably expect the 2017 Toyota Corolla to be a car that takes safety seriously, and it certainly does. Federal officials at the NHTSA have given it their top rating of five stars for overall safety, and the Corolla also gained the most prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. The highest award the Institute gives out came after the Toyota sailed through all its crash tests, and also because of its optional forward-collision mitigation technology that achieved an "advanced" rating.

*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.

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