For almost 40 years, the Corolla has been one of the most reliable cars in the market of sedans. There are several cases of Corollas being driven on the road over 10 or even 15 years without any mechanical issues. The Japanese car maker is an artist in this, creating a masterpiece that will stand when others fall.
Americans are so grateful with the Corolla that year by years it’s titled as the most successful sales king. The 2016 Corolla exhibits the current generation, which is more athletic and crisper than other releases. Something to criticize to Toyota is that the Corolla never had that charming exterior that everybody loves, always sticking to the basics.
This generation is the best generation of the model so far. It has everything desirable and probably the only flaw is the average performance. In the meanwhile, 2016 Corolla is not ugly, just the opposite. It’s charming, but the problem is the competence. There are several options out there with nicer and charming silhouettes.
There are minimal flaws but nothing too serious to defame the samurai of sales.
Let’s review this Japanese supercar.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2016 Corolla has only two engines and both are 1.8 L four-cylinder. Every trim excepting, the LE Eco, produces up to 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. In the LE Eco trim, the 1.8 L produces 140 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque but you probably will not perceive the different between both on the road.
The standard Corolla is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, offering a four-speed automatic as an option. Other trims offer a continuously variable transmission (CVT) while the S Plus is also available with a six-speed manual transmission. The fastest option is the Corolla LE Eco, capable of launching itself from standstill to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds.
The fuel efficiency broadly varies between trims. The L trim was rated at 28 mpg in city and 37 mpg on the highway. LE trim was rated at 29 mpg in city and 38 mpg on the highway. Then, the S trim was rated at 29 mpg in city and 37 in the highway. The LE Eco was rated at 30 mpg in city and 42 mpg on the highway. Finally, the LE Eco Plus and the Eco Premium were rated at 30 mpg in city and 40 mpg on the highway.
Design Line and Interior
Aesthetically the Corolla is sharper, modern, and athletic, a lot more than outgoing models. The front fascia gets minimal touches and it’s well designed to flow with the silhouette of the car. From sideways, it’s a pretty common car without any dramatic line or exciting design. From the rear, the 2016 Corolla has a nice design with good proportions and sharp taillights with a tiny spoiler on the trunk.
A highlight in this car is, without a doubt, the interior. Awesome interior with materials that makes look the Corolla like a premium car, not like the entry-level car that it is, actually. The cockpit is roomy enough and is comfortable. All the details are eye-catching and the top-notch materials used on it are a good play done by Toyota.
The center dash has a 6.1-inch infotainment system powered by the Toyota’s Entune system, providing large virtual buttons and simple, clear graphics.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Corolla is a serious competitor, decided to repeat its annual title of the best-selling car in America. Its solid and complete features with only a few flaws are easily counteracted with its vast quantity of trims options, making it a flexible car as well.
The Japanese car has an incredible price-value and definitely worth every penny invested in it.
Starting price at US$17.100.