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Toyota Corolla Review

The 2015 Toyota Corolla ranks 20 out of 42 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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Test drivers say if you need a commuter car with a roomy back seat, the 2015 Toyota Corolla is good, but many competitors deliver a more enjoyable ride. 

The 2015 Toyota Corolla's standard four-cylinder engine provides sufficient power for daily driving, critics say, but the Corolla's acceleration lacks pep. A six-speed manual transmission is standard; an automatic transmission is available. For the class the 2015 Corolla gets good fuel economy, earning up to an EPA-estimated 29/38 mpg city/highway. 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.

Though a few reviewers dislike some interior hard plastic surfaces, critics like the first-rate materials on the Toyota Corolla’s dashboard. The Corolla's front seats are supportive, critics say, and legroom in the rear seat is notably spacious. Trunk space is on par with others in the class, but critics find its large opening makes loading and unloading cargo easy. 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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Other Cars to Consider

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: 4/9/15

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