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Toyota Corolla
2017
Toyota Corolla 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 LE sedan FWD CVT

The Corolla delivers a relatively comfortable ride for a small car and has a quiet, spacious interior. Handling is lackluster but very secure. A sportier S version has a tauter suspension with marginally better handling. The continuously variable transmission is fine when loafing around but can elicit loud engine noise under higher revs. Fuel economy is excellent at 32 mpg overall and returns 43 mpg on the highway. Inside, padded and stitched surfaces contrast with a number of drab, hard-plastic bits. Upscale features include standard Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and a touch-screen radio with simple controls. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the category. For 2017, Toyota has made forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking standard.

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2014-2016
2014 Redesign Year
Toyota Corolla 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 S

The 2014 Corolla grew in size, but continued to return a frugal 32 mpg overall. Interior room rivals some midsized sedans with a roomy rear seat. Ride comfort is commendable and handling is responsive. The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is a bit quirky, as it amplifies engine drone when climbing hills or merging, but is unobtrusive in ordinary everyday loafing around. The controls are simple and you get a touchscreen infotainment system, as well as all of the latest in connectivity. Automatic climate control comes standard on LE and above trims; this convenience is unusual in this class. Overall, a recent vintage Corolla is one of the best used car values.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $14,800 - $17,250 $12,120 - $14,470
2015 $13,350 - $17,200 $10,750 - $14,400
2014 $12,875 - $14,475 $10,285 - $11,785
2009-2013
2009 Redesign Year
Toyota Corolla 2013 Trim Shown: 2013 LE

Redesigned for 2009, the Corolla grew a bit larger and acquired a significantly quieter and more economical 1.8-liter four-cylinder. Stability control and side curtain airbags became standard and provided much better crash protection than older Corolla models. Engines and transmissions operate smoothly, while the car gets a commendable 32 mpg. The ride is relatively comfortable and handling is secure but uninspiring. Although the interior is humdrum, easy to use controls and relatively roomy cabin give the Corolla an edge over other small sedans. Even the mid-trim LE comes nicely equipped.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $10,750 - $12,225 $8,225 - $9,625
2012 $8,925 - $10,250 $6,480 - $7,730
2011 $8,275 - $9,400 $5,825 - $6,875
2010 $7,375 - $8,825 $4,950 - $6,300
2009 $7,050 - $8,075 $4,635 - $5,585
2003-2008
2003 Redesign Year
Toyota Corolla 2008 Trim Shown: 2008 Sedan

Historically, the Corolla has hit the small sedan sweet spot of practical size, good performance, and admirable fuel economy. As long as you're not looking for a fun-to-drive driving experience, the Corolla is a solid choice. It's one of the quietest in its class, but engine drone can sometimes be pronounced. Expect 29 mpg overall. While ride quality is absorbent and unobtrusive, handling is uninspiring -- though secure. The cabin offers good access and a decent rear seat, but the driving position is a bit compromised due to a steering wheel that's too far away. Stability control and side curtain airbags were rare options for the pre-2009 Corolla, so it might be tricky to find one thus equipped. Without curtain airbags, the car scored a Poor in IIHS crash tests. If your budget permits, we recommend a 2009 or later Corolla, as these provide much better crash protection.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2008 $5,975 - $6,650 $3,590 - $4,240
2007 $5,450 - $6,050 $3,100 - $3,650
2006 $5,150 - $5,825 $2,805 - $3,455
2005 $4,750 - $5,375 $2,435 - $3,035
2004 $4,375 - $4,825 $2,110 - $2,510
2003 $4,100 - $4,525 $1,870 - $2,220
1998-2002
Toyota Corolla 2002 Trim Shown: 2002 Sedan

The Corolla's handling is safe and predictable--though not particularly nimble--in our tests. The Corolla was redesigned for 1998, and the 1.8-liter engine became standard across the board. Some 1998 models were fitted with a front stabilizer bar that improved the car's sloppy emergency handling; this piece became standard in 1999. The Corolla's front seats are firm and supportive, but the rear is snug.

Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2002 $3,200 - $3,450 $1,140 - $1,345
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A