2017 Toyota Corolla Gets Updated Styling & Equipment

The 50th Anniversary Edition isn’t the only change Toyota has in store for its hot-selling Corolla. Along with it, the Japanese automaker is introducing a mildly revised version of the popular econobox, featuring some updates to the exterior styling, interior equipment, and onboard safety features.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is visually differentiated from the 2016 model with a new front grille, LED headlamps, and new wheels. Bi-LEDs and 16-inch wheels come standard on lower-spec models, while higher trims get complex-LED headlights and 17-inch alloys.

Inside, the updated Corolla benefits from new fabric upholstery, redesigned HVAC controls and circular air vents. It also comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity and an Entune audio system before customers delve into optional upgrades like premium audio, navigation and a seven-inch touchscreen. The manufacturer has also fitted the 2017 Corolla with its latest Toyota Safety Sense-P system that includes pre-collision, pedestrian detection, lane departure assist, radar-based dynamic cruise control, and automatic high beams.

Toyota projects that the new Corolla will return up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway in the LE Eco spec, fitted with a 1.8-liter inline-four now rated at 140 horsepower (instead of 132) and mated to a reprogrammed continuously variable transmission.

After half a decade on the market, the Toyota Corolla is the most successful (and among the longest-running) nameplates in the industry, having sold over 43 million units to date.

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  • TheHake

    The 1991 Corolla GLi Twincam 16 was the last good looking Corolla…

    • Vassilis

      I really liked the E110 as a hatchback. Preferably the WRC version :p

      • TheHake

        I was talking about the sporty versions of the 6th gen (E90). The E110 also did look good in sporty guise (RSi / RXi).

  • rnc

    For the first time in history I actually love a Corolla design! Looks like an affordable Lexus IS and if it also comes as a Hybrid (at least Auris does in Europe), then the new Civic Sedan actually has a decent competition in the exterior department.

    With the bold designs and crazy efficiency of the hybrids Toyota is getting really scary good. If you can choose between 2 cool cars, but one of them has Toyota reliability, then I know what I would choose. Then again Toyota crash safety seems to be a fake – designed to just squeeze through the tests (just look at RAV4 small overlap test on the passenger side. I bet on all markets except for USA Toyota “forgot” to add any reinforcements that they know is necessary to avoid messing up the driver in a crash like that).

  • Incog Nito

    Like an ugly girl with too much make up

  • Craig

    It look good to me.

  • Aquaflex

    It’s not bad, it just needs turbo engines like the civics and now sentras…

  • Imjus Sayin

    Ummm…..like you know……10 years is a decade, so half of that is just 5 years. If the Corolla turns 50 years old, then would it be half a Century?

    • antbee

      Lighten up. Some of the people writing for this site are not native English speakers, so be thankful we can understand what they are saying anyway. Not everything, nor everyone, speaks English or comes from “America.”

      • getoffme

        English speakers did not even come from America. lol

        • antbee

          I know, but i bet most people who complain about the writing on here are Americans. I’m sorry you didn’t get the gist of what I was trying to say.

  • mavro

    I don’t like the gearboxes. And the interior are noisy in the current model

  • Knotmyrealname

    All the money should’ve been spent on the interior. Such a shocker. When will Toyota create an interior that doesn’t make you want to dry retch…

    • BlackPegasus

      Spent time in a 2016 rental and you’re correct. That interior was visually bland. It looked like something out of the 1970s with the straight lined rigid surfaces.. However, the bi-xenon headlights and daytime running lights were a pleasant surprise for a small rental car.

      • antbee

        I hate those lights, they are too bright for such a small, “inexpensive” car.

        • BlackPegasus

          Would you like them if they were on a “large expensive” car? 🙄

          • antbee

            No, smartypants… LOL!

    • TheHake

      When they make an exterior that doesn’t make you wet retch…

  • Lucas

    Fish face

  • Eric

    The Darth Vader grille…

  • Rasta_Farian

    This car surprises me in all the wrong ways. I commend Toyota for trying to inject some style into the Corolla, but did they have to go from bland and inoffensive to relatively ugly? And the interior, while distinctive for its horizontal design, is still bland. After renting one for over a week, I could find absolutely nothing special or premium-feeling about this car. And that’s perfect for most people.

  • Althea Later

    It’s amazing how much car companies will spend to change unnecessary things on a car, but won’t do anything to make a car’s interior more comfortable. Toyota’s steering wheels don’t telescope as much as they should. They don’t include any height adjustment for the passenger seat even as an option, and the rear seatback is too upright, making it uncomfortable. Otherwise it could be a nice car. I was in the new Cruze Limited at the auto show and it addressed all those issues. It’s all those little things that car companies think no-one will notice at the dealer…

  • smartacus

    You can still buy a brand new 2016 Corolla with a 4-Speed Automatic.
    Were they incapable or unwilling to get rid of that archaic gearbox ?

  • Christopher Fugle

    half decade = 5 years half century = 50 years..might want to correct the facts a bit or you’ll hurt Toyota’s sensitive side.

  • Enter Ranting

    Why are all the small family/commuter sedans styled to look like a hovercraft? The fake vents and grilles look ridiculous, especially when rendered in cheap, shiny plastic. Just produce a clean, cohesive, refined design!

    • emjayay

      Japanese design in general has been going in the direction of fake intakes and lots of angles and all kinds of unmotivated sculpturing. Other than that they pretty much channel whatever BMW did last. It’s weird given that design is really international these days, maybe with a studio located elsewhere and employees recruited internationally. And the history of Japanese art is about being very simple and precise and sophisticated and at the same time reflecting craft.

      The newish Honda Fit/Jazz has fake air intake/exhausts pretending to have something to do with brake cooling front and back, and Volvolike taillights zig zagging up the back corners, except the top section doesn’t light up, and a gratuitous sculpture slash curving awkwardly down the side. Maybe they should have spent the money on actual carpeting that isn’t sprayed on molded mouse fur.

      At the same time the similar Nissan Versa Note is very nicely done, but then later Nissan designs (Murano and Maxima) are all over the place and then all over the place again.

      Check out the new improved (apparently it finally rides and handles like it should) Prius. Yikes.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    You’ll be the first out of your street with that front snow plow!

  • Pesobill

    I think the ‘lipstick on a Pig’ reference works well with this Corolla ….

  • no25

    If anyone wants to know what the other Corolla models look like here: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00fdf0e4ffea912d7dbf6e949d754bad99ac4bd1bb8d052dec14983ed3681dac.png

  • FRONT END LOOKS LIKE IT’LL GIVE YOU A BUZZ CUT IF YOU GET TOO CLOSE. I WONDER WHY THE CHEAP CLOCK IN BETWEEN THE VENTS, NO ROOM ON THE SCREEN?

  • getoffme

    Really ugly, the EU version looks way better.

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