Like a number of today's vehicles that have been around for more than a decade or two, the 2017 Toyota Corolla is a model that's grown in size a little over the years. Unlike the majority though, it's probably taken a bit longer with the Toyota. Having started off as a subcompact back in 1966 when it first went into production, the Corolla grew into a compact from 1991, which is the area of the market where the current eleventh-generation sits today. The Corolla actually became the best-selling car in the world in 1997, and passed the 40 million-unit sales milestone in 2013.
There are actually two engines available in the 2017 Toyota Corolla lineup, although the difference between them is pretty subtle to say the least. The engine found in the overwhelming majority of Corollas is 1.8-liter inline-four that develops 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque, which sends the power to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S). The exception is the SE 6MT, which instead comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The other engine is another 1.8-liter inline-four, but this one features Valvematic technology to enhance fuel economy and produces 140 horsepower and 126 lb.-ft. of torque. If you like the sound of this particular unit and the enhanced fuel-efficiency it delivers, it’s the standard power plant in the LE Eco model only.
Although continuing low gas prices mean mileage perhaps isn't as big a factor for car-buyers as it was a few years ago, it's still widely expected that compacts deliver handsomely in this area, and the 2017 Toyota Corolla does just that. There's no hybrid option with the Corolla at the moment, so you'll still need to look towards the Camry and Prius for an electrified Toyota for now. However, there is that LE Eco model, and no Corolla is anywhere near what you could call poor when it comes to fuel economy. The Eco is obviously the most economical on gas with EPA-estimated figures of 30 mpg in the city, 40 mpg on the highway and 34 mpg combined.* As for the non-Eco models, depending on the trim, they get between 27/35/30 mpg and 28/36/32 mpg for city/highway/combined driving.
There's certainly plenty of choice when it comes to trim levels with the 2017 Toyota Corolla, with no less than nine to currently select from. The entry to the Corolla family comes in the form of the L, and from there the range goes through LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, SE 6MT, and the 50th Anniversary Special Edition trims, while the top-of-the-line Corolla is the impressive XSE.
*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.