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2016 Toyota Corolla Overview (See Available Styles)

New/Notable:
  • Special Edition model new for 2016
  • Up to 42 mpg on the highway
  • Five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA
The 2016 Toyota Corolla adds a new limited run Special Edition model for 2016, which gets unique styling touches inside and out.

There will only be 8,000 Special Edition units produced, which get unique 17-inch black alloy wheels, red contrast stitching on the interior, three exterior color choices, and Special Edition logos on the floormats and exterior. It also adds paddle shifters and rear disc brakes for a sportier driving experience, says Toyota.

Other than that, the Corolla stands pat for the new model year without changes. From the outside, the Corolla heavily borrows design elements from a few of Toyota’s other vehicles, including the Avalon and the RAV4. The Corolla has a prominent, blacked-out front air dam, along with sharper angles and which give the body much needed definition. Sharp LED running lights are standard, as are 15-inch wheels and body colored mirrors and door handles. S models add a chrome-ringed front grille, larger wheels, and a chrome tipped exhaust.

Under the hood, the Corolla features a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is offered across all three trim levels (L, LE, and S). In the L, it comes mated to a six-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, but the LE and S offer a new, efficient CVT (the sporty S also gets a six-speed manual option). LE Eco models get a modified version of this engine; mechanical changes give it both more power (140-horsepower) and better fuel efficiency, all the way up to 30/42 mpg city/highway which puts it on par with the leaders in this class. In fact, those numbers are equal to those put up by diesel versions of the Volkswagen Jetta, lofty company indeed.

This latest version of the Corolla is the largest one yet, which gives it more interior volume and puts it among the leaders in the compact class. Behind the 60/40-split folding rear space is 13 cubic feet of trunk space. In addition to new, fresher interior styling, the standard features list has expanded and includes Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, power windows and locks, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and air conditioning – quite a bit of kit for a car that starts at under $17,000. Other technology like a navigation system, HD Radio, and Toyota’s Entune apps suite is available. Toyota also offers their SofTex artificial leather seats which is packaged with powered front seats as an option.

The Corolla got a full five-star overall crash test rating from the NHTSA, their highest designation. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, eight airbags, and whiplash reducing seats. A backup camera with guidelines is optional for safer reversing.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 28 - 30 MPG
  • Highway: 37 - 42 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:
4.6/5
Value:
4.6/5
Exterior:
4.6/5
Interior:
4.5/5
Comfort:
4.5/5
Performance:
4.5/5
Reliability:
4.8/5

101 of 110 (91%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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