When Toyota last redesigned the Corolla it landed right on target, ranking among the top models in its class. The Corolla combines the practicality and frugal fuel economy that compact-sedan buyers want with a roomy interior, upgraded amenities, and a sorely needed shot of style.The Corolla is slightly larger than the old model, which allows for a surprisingly spacious rear seat with ample leg room.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and 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 2017.
Road Test

When Toyota last redesigned the Corolla it landed right on target, ranking among the top models in its class. The Corolla combines the practicality and frugal fuel economy that compact-sedan buyers want with a roomy interior, upgraded amenities, and a sorely needed shot of style.The Corolla is slightly larger than the old model, which allows for a surprisingly spacious rear seat with ample leg room. Despite the bump in size, the Corolla remains small enough for easy maneuvering and parking. And it's one of the best-riding compact sedans we've tested, absorbing bumps with only muted impacts.

All Corollas are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission -- except the sportier SE, which gets a six-speed manual transmission. With the CVT our Corolla LE delivered an excellent 32 mpg overall and stretched highway mpg to 43. Performance, though, was just adequate.

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
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 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

"It has a noise around the steering wheel that occurs intermittently. Sometimes it stops when I push on the dash to the left of the steering wheel and sometimes when I push on the audio screen to the right of the steering wheel. I have had it to the dealer twice and they cannot find the cause"

Ken D., IN (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Underneath car rattle when going over rough roads. Dealer checked it over two visits. Claimed they fixed the noise. Still there. I haven't the time to pursue this problem."

Bernard B., QC (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"an annoying rattle near the rear view mirror"

Wendell C., SK (2017 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Something comes loose inside the B column on the driver's side. The dealer knew what it was and tightened it. Now it is coming loose again. Just gives an annoying rattle when the car hits small bumps. Quiet enough that the passenger can't hear it. Happens at any speed."

Michael W., FL (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"This car has had a squeak with the radio/back up camera since I bought it new. Very frustrating. I've had it into the shop 3 times and had the regional rep look at it and still no fix. There is also a clicking or popping sound when I accelerate/decelerate or brake/let off the brake. It also occurs at other random times. I've had it in to the shop twice and had the regional rep look at it but to no avail. There are other squeaks and rattles in the interior cabin that occur occasionally. I've got 2 other Corollas and had 2 more over the years and never had trouble with them. I think there must be a manufacturer's defect or two with this car. If I knew who to contact at Toyota, I would. I hope I'm not stuck with a lemon."

Ken D., IN (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"driver window squeaking"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"When going over bumps, dealer not able to recognize it but I know its a shock/strut issue"

Cinthia V., NY (2017 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The squeak/rattle sounded like it was coming from the steering wheel or steering column. I took it back to the dealer, but they couldn't replicate the problem when a tech drove it (I was also in the vehicle). Eventually, a couple of days later, a different person at the dealer determined that, when I bought the car, the sales person had not removed the plastic paper covering on the steering wheel adjustment. He removed it, and I haven't heard the noise since."

Anonymous, OR (2017 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Little noises coming out from the dash."

Anonymous, QC (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Suspension makes noise when backing out of driveway onto street generally when going over any kind of bump and turning the steering wheel at the same time. Our previous Corolla (2007) did not make this noise."

Margaret C., WY (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Returned to dealer several times about the rattles. Never solved the problem. They even removed the license plate frame. I thought it was a silly solution. I intend to return before the warranty is over."

Bernard B., QC (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"rattles in the mirror or dash area"

Wendell C., SK (2017 Toyota Corolla 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

Display screen freezes up

"Out of the blue my display screen froze. The dealer had to replace it, works fine now."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"you have to connect though a mobile telephone which require take eyes off of road or stopping and it use your mintues. also you have to download apps. my camera is mush better without connect"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

"navigation and phone call numbers"

Anonymous, PA (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"blue tooth phone system is crap"

Will M., FL (2017 Toyota Corolla XLE 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

"car built to low to ground hits every raised object"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"dash board separated inside filter keeps coming off"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"front seperates when used to get out"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"a small area (4x2 inch) in the front passenger side floor at the point where door closes is rusted already. Dealer said they do not do body work and I would have to fix myself."

Anonymous, MA (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 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

"My brand new Corolla had to be taken to dealership 3 times for them to correct the fact that is veered to the right at speeds in excess of 40 MPH.First time they did alignment, second time they replaced a front tire. Even so, it did not correct the problem. I returned it for a 3rd time and they adjusted alignment again. Very disappointed because I expected Toyota to be a trouble free car when brand new"

Anonymous, IN (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"had a strut loose its charge and made a clunk sound when hitting a bump"

Anonymous, MO (2017 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"The steering wheel makes a noise every time you turn it. The dealer says nothing is wrong. I have owned may cars in my life and this is the only car I have ever owned, or been in, that makes a noise when you turn the steering wheel."

John S., DE (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 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

Automatic climate control

"Slow to heat or to provide cold air"

Kim S., AZ (2017 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"fan does not blow from any vent"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Corolla SE 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Daytime running lights continue to not work. Have had it in several times to the dealer but not satisfied with the results."

Anonymous, NH (2017 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"The driver's view is limited to the approximately 70% of the lower portion of the entire visual field. It's as if a curtain or blind were blocking the upper portion. This is a particular problem when using the low-beam headlights. It is annoying when driving a level road, but truly a danger on roads with significant dips in them---while the car is descending, the driver cannot see the upcoming, ascending part of the road. I have had the dealership raise the angle of the headlight beam, which helps, but is still not adequate to solve the problem. When I buy my next new car, I will test-drive it at night, on roads with dips!"

Barbara G., CA (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Operates intermittenly"

Anonymous, MD (2017 Toyota Corolla XLE 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 computer

"This was a factory recall, I got it fixed, works fine now."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Toyota Corolla XSE 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)

"At 350 miles Evap pressure valve stuck off allowing raw fuel in canister. Toyota replaced charcoal canister and tank flange assembly with built in OBVR valve. No problem since"

Anonymous, FL (2017 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Premature brake wear

"I had this checked by the dealer and they say no problem but in truth i am hearing the sign of need to replace them. I was waiting for winter to end to truly ask my ex husband about the brakes and have him check them because it definitely sounds like at minimum the pads need to be changed."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

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 Major

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

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