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.