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MSRP: $16,900 - $22,905
Invoice: $15,971 - $21,208
MPG: 28 City / 37 Hwy
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Toyota Corolla Review

The 2015 Toyota Corolla ranks 24 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Corolla, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Toyota Corolla should satisfy if you’re looking for a commuter car with a spacious back seat, reviewers say, but many rivals are more fun to drive.

With its standard four-cylinder engine, reviewers say the Toyota Corolla has adequate power for everyday driving, but its acceleration isn't particularly brisk. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and an automatic is optional. At up to an EPA-estimated 29/38 mpg city/highway, the 2015 Corolla gets good fuel economy for the class. Corolla LE Eco models offer even better fuel economy with up to 30/42 mpg. Most test drivers agree that dull steering and excessive body roll through turns mean the Corolla isn't fun to drive. However, they praise the Corolla’s comfortable ride.

Test drivers say the 2015 Toyota Corolla's dashboard is constructed with upscale materials, though a few critics find fault with some hard plastic surfaces. The Corolla's front seats are comfortable, and there is an impressive amount of rear-seat legroom, according to test drivers. The Corolla's trunk space is about average, though reviewers say its large opening makes it easy to load and unload cargo. Bluetooth and a USB port are standard. Optional features include a rearview camera, proximity key, navigation and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen. Test drivers say that Entune is easy to use and that the display screen has crisp graphics and a logical menus.

  • "The 2015 Toyota Corolla isn't built to excite, but its sensible blend of fuel economy, features, versatility and value make it a compelling choice for typical small sedan shoppers." -- Edmunds
  • "While the Corolla is solid, it's not sporty or sexy or even luxurious. If you're looking for any or all of these attributes in a compact car, we suggest the Ford Focus, Dodge Dart or Hyundai Elantra." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The controls are still laid out sensibly, and the ride is still smooth and compliant. In other words, Corolla loyalists aren't likely to jump ship, but there's a lot more attitude in this redesigned model, no doubt, and Toyota hopes that will enhance the Corolla's crossover appeal." -- AutoTrader
  • "There's nothing wrong with a good afternoon nap, of course, and the 39-plus-million Corollas sold thus far have provided countless reliable miles to their owners. But few have been fun." -- Car and Driver (2014)

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Test drivers say the Ford Focus has sharp handling, is fun to drive and also rides comfortably. Reviewers also like its first-rate cabin materials and supportive front seats.

The Honda Civic gets good fuel economy, and reviewers say its available continuously variable transmission operates very smoothly. The Civic has upscale cabin materials for the class, test drivers report, as well as composed handling.

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Details: 2015 Toyota Corolla

The 2015 Toyota Corolla seats five and has front-wheel drive. There are four trim levels: L, LE, LE Eco and S. All models have a four-cylinder engine. A manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are available, depending on the trim. The Corolla was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year and sees few major changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/11/14

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