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The Corolla delivers a comfortable-enough ride for a small car, and has a quiet, spacious interior. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) replaced the old four-speed automatic on all but base models. Fuel economy remains excellent at 32-mpg overall with the CVT and gets a significant boost to 43-mpg on the highway. Interior upgrades include standard Bluetooth connectivity, automatic climate control, and a touch-screen radio with simple controls. Inside, padded and stitched surfaces contrast with a number of drab, hard-plastic bits. Handling is lackluster but very secure. A sportier S version has a tauter suspension and is more responsive than our tested LE.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2016.

Road Test

Combining the practicality and frugal fuel economy compact-sedan buyers want with more interior room, upgraded amenities, and a sorely needed shot of style, this generation Corolla is a reasonable alternative to a midsized sedan. Slightly larger tha...

Highs

  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Lots of room, including a spacious backseat

Lows

  • Lackluster handling
  • CVT doesn't appeal to everyone

Best Version to Get

The LE trim strikes the best balance of features and price, and it includes some nice extras such as a touch-screen audio system, backup camera, and automatic climate control. And all Corollas have standard USB connections and Bluetooth. LE Plus versions add alloy wheels. At $20,652, in...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 4-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)