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.
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There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

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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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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

"DRIVER SIDE DOOR RATTLE."

Margaret A., VA (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"A broken weld behind the front passenger quarter panel, it took multiple service calls to finally determine and correct the problem."

Lance P., OK (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"stated at about 30000 miles i think it is springs or a shock absorber"

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

"screws loose on exhaust"

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

"Seat clicks slightly whenever car goes from standing start to moving or vice-versa. Dash rattles intermittently; it is annoying."

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

"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)
Wind noise

"Noisy, lots of road noise"

Charles R., CO (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This problem was attributed to the other and seems to be corrected now."

Lance P., OK (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"seals and or lack of insulation around doors creates loud wind noise. This is NOT a quiet car, something I wish I knew prior to buying. New tires do not help."

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

"Sitting in the back seat I noticed wind noise coming through the weatherstipping on the rear doors; Toyota fixed it once but the noise remains. Trim fit & finish leaves a little bit to be desired."

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

"It has lots of road noise. Hard to talk in car or listen to radio unless turned up loud."

Anonymous, MO (2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Extremely poor resolution at night making it almost useable."

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

"Very poor backup camera difficult to see"

Anonymous, KS (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Hardware replacement

"Touch screen had inoperable spots halfway down. Was unable to use the Bluetooth for the longest time because you could not select the option."

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

"Symptom: Loss of Reception when rear-defroster turned on. Fix: Replace rear windshield (with Antenna and Defroster) under warranty"

Susmita D., CT (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio completely failed and had to be replaced by the dealer, was still under warranty"

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

"Had to have radio replaced. It skipped and froze."

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

"Radio hesitated, paused, stopped working."

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

"See previous comments. All one problem"

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

"Radio took 2-3 minutes to come on each morning. Was not covered by warranty or extended warranty. Had to pay dealership for 45 minute software update on the radio. Shame on Toyota."

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

"Through the Entune system, anytime the phone is used - the sound through the car speakers drops to a whisper."

Francisco A., IL (2016 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"all of the window trim that keep the rain out flew off while I was driving"

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

"Narrow rubber roof top molding came loose from groove."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Toyota Corolla LE Eco 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint on fenders and quarter panels in hood and trunk opening began peeling off. Getting Toyota to repair it was a NIGHTMARE!!"

Jeff B., FL (2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I bought this car used and was surprised to find that small areas of paint were gone, especially on the drivers side doors."

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

"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)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Mechanic said sticking because of infrequent driving?"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"A lot of driving - Normal wear and tear"

Norman D., NH (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"vibration caused by warped rotors"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota Corolla L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Pulsation or vibration

"probably started 6 or 8 months ( about 3000 miles) ago but pulsation happened only at high speeds when stopping quickly. Over time has progressively worsened so that now it needs to be fixed. Supposedly will need all 4 wheels done at $1000 cost. Will get it fixed when COVID19 is not a problem."

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

"Car only had around 18000 miles & was JUST 3 years old.I went to drive & when I went to use the breaks they vibrated & made noise made car shake. I purchased extended warranty & was told that wasn't covered. The routers were warped. I had to pay 408.00 dollars for new ones."

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

"I live near the ocean and the salt air causes the rotors to rust prematurely and had to be replaced at 16000 miles"

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

"Rotors had to be replaced at 18,000 miles and then again more recently. I drive over mountains often. I don't know if this exacerbates the problem or it the rotors are a weak spot."

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

"When bought new, the front brake pads were not installed correctly, unbeknownst to us. After our three year warranty expired, we were told that one front rotor was rusted and pitted "because we did not drive the car much", and needed to be replaced at our expense. This came as a surprise to me. In the end, they replaced both front rotors and pads under our new car warranty. As a result, I lost faith in our Toyota dealer."

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

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.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm and keyless entry were linked together so alarm would not work and I had to use my key to lock & unlock my door."

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

"My older Toyota had daytime running lights. This vehicle does not. I have to manually turn headlights on. Automatic on headlights would be safer."

Sandra K., TX (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"I am being told that replacing the bulbs in both headlights will cost me $1500 from a Toyota dealership, because of the way the headlights are configured. I haven't had the work done yet because I'm looking to get a second opinion. That price is exorbitant for a car with 15000 miles on it."

Maura D., NY (2016 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Driver door kept unlocking when using the remote lock."

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

"Keyless system failure at all 4 doors."

John F., DE (2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Door locks often unlock when starting the car. Dealer unable to determine cause."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 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

"at 30000 miles I have had to have the alignment done twice, I bumped over a low curb and I think it may have damaged the front suspension"

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

"Driving the highways in and around Houston is in a constant race against time and difficult drivers on the road. Due to the amount of vehicles on the roads you end up hitting pothole after pothole or some type of debris."

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

"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)
Shocks or struts

"I could tell my steering had become harder to keep under control because of a very rough ride. The noise in my vehicle seemed to be at a more extreme level."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Toyota Corolla S Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"It rides rough. Had tires rotated and balances. Even for a small car it rides a little bouncy."

David R., TN (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

Rough shifting

"noisy and unsure rough shifting"

Charles R., CO (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"There have been a few times when the stick shift for my automatic does not want to come out of park. It happened two or three times, each time after a long trip (couple hundred miles plus). But after engaging another gear, the problem goes away. I suspect the linkage gets hung up after running in Drive a long time over the open road. It is a minor nuisance."

Charles S., MN (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"There was a recall to correct the software"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

"Loose or missing plug on top of manual transmission"

Anonymous, VT (2016 Toyota Corolla 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)

"Had to replace fuel filler/canister assembly, was not covered under emissions equipment"

Gilbert A., NY (2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"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

"Defrost vents stopped blowing air completely, the dealership we bought it from, Leith Toyota in Raleigh NC, advised the repair to be $3,300 stating the entire hvac box unit needed to be replaced. This happened within the past 2 weeks I have not had the repair done, am dealing with the dealership and Corporate Toyota at the time of this survey."

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

"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)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant leak (low level) resulted in the compressor failing. Compressor and hose/pipe assembly needed to be replaced. Leak was at connecting fitting between refrigerant hose and pipe ."

George R., TX (2016 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Power lock on passenger side front door had to be replaced twice"

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

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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Rare instance where transmission just gave out. I was able to still drive the car but had no power. The car had 9000 miles on it. I have had Toyotas before and never had a problem like that. They replaced it immediately, no charge and very professional. Would definitely buy a toyota again and in fact, I have a new and different model on order. Toyota has been great, but yes this rare issue did occur."

David S., CO (2016 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The engine made a rattle and then the engine blew requiring a replacement."

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"WARNING LIGHT CAME ON. IT WAS RESET BY THE DEALER"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Toyota Corolla S 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

Engine Minor

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS
Jan 17, 2020
In the event of a crash, air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners that do not deploy as intended may increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon, and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles. During certain crashes, the air bag electronic control unit (ECU) may malfunction, possibly disabling the deployment of the air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ECU and install a noise filter between the air bag control module and its wire harness, as necessary, free of charge. Owners were notified of the safety risk beginning March 2, 2020. A second letter notifying owners of the remedy repair will be mailed between March 16, 2020 and June 27, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB03, 20TA03 and 20TA05.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2891976
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