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Redesigned for 2014, the Corolla has landed right on target, and it now ranks among the top models in its class. It combines the practicality and frugal fuel economy that compact-sedan buyers want with more interior room, upgraded amenities, and a sorely needed shot of style. Overall, it's a reasonable alternative to a larger, midsized sedan.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
Engine Minor
Engine Cooling
Transmission Major
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Drive System
Fuel System
Electric System
Climate System
Suspension
Brakes
Exhaust
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Body Integrity
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Power Equipment
In-car Electronics
Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Interior rattles in headliner and drivers side dash”

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The dashboard squeaks and rattles. Cheap plastic”

Anonymous, TN (2016 Toyota Corolla S Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The console under the driver's right arm rattles/squeaks during normal driving”

Anonymous, WA (2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashboard and middle console constantly rattle - very disappointed in the material quality - this is a new car and should be quiet”

Anonymous, RI (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“drivers door had a noise, repaired”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“The paint chips too easily”

Anonymous, TN (2016 Toyota Corolla S Premium 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is VERY fragile. Chips too easily. I had to pay for a clear protective film to be placed on the nose. I was constantly touching up stone chips. (the car has never left pavement, these chips just come from small pebbles and sand kicked up by other cars on a paved road.) No other car I have owned has had this problem. Disappointing”

Anonymous, FL (2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has so many plastic parts that whenever anything hits it, like stray gravel or doors opened nearby that the paint chips or looks scratched”

Anonymous, OH (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“paint easily is scratched. A little branch from a tree etc. side of car and roof. Bird droppings fading paint”

David C., TX (2016 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“When the car is turned off after having driven it, it makes a hissing noise in/around the point where the gas can & the emission controls are. Of course, Toyota says "since they can't hear it or find anything, it doesn't exist, and wants it brought back when it happens again."”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Related to the other problem”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Manuel Fuentes vehicle bad paint job Toyota fix the fan belts right away”

Frances S., FL (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

“Loose or missing plug on top of manual transmission”

Anonymous, VT (2016 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“They replace the fan but it still sounds loud”

Frances S., FL (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“1&1/2 years old, Did not turn on when pressed in cabin circulation air conditioner, so switched to outside air conditioner button and did not work. Turned off car and air conditioner 5 times while on the highway and it finally turned on with outside air conditioner button. The in cabin circulation air conditioner button did not work till 5 days later and no problems up to now”

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“This is all one problem which started with static on the radio and ultimately ended with replacement of the rear wind shield glass with radio antenna embedded in it. this was after a lot of labor to determine the problem”

C E., ME (2016 Toyota Corolla L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“I went in for my second scheduled service and they said it needed an alignment.I”

Anonymous, MD (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

“See previous comments. All one problem”

C E., ME (2016 Toyota Corolla L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
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