Toyota Corolla Interior
Most reviewers agree that the 2007 Toyota Corolla's strongest aspects are its well-appointed interior and solid build quality. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman sums up, "Thoughtful styling will make you feel like you're in a more expensive car."
Rick Newman positively describes the Corolla's interior controls as "zenlike wholeness." He comments that the three most important contact points between car and driver (steering wheel, gearshift and pedals) feel "wonderful" in the Corolla. In addition, Motor Week is also thrilled with the refinement of the new model, noting, "With top notch materials throughout, it's a richer-feeling Corolla than any of its predecessors."
The 2007 Corolla has a total passenger volume of 90.3 cubic feet. Motor Week continues, "Of direct competitors, only Ford's Focus provides more." Interior space is above average up front, but below average in back, which may be why reviewers found the car roomy and comfortable -- they weren't passengers.
As for front-seat comfort, the driver's seat wins points from Auto Mall USA for a "more substantial feel than in many cars in this price range, which makes it more comfortable for long journeys." However, Car and Driver called the driving position "controversial" and also said, "The pedals are close, and the seat cushion rolls off early, as if this chair were designed for short-stature people. Chick car, anyone?" Other than that, there is said to be good head room, but several critics note that leg space is tight for six-footers. In addition, New Car Test Drive asserts that the Corolla doesn't fit five people so comfortably, writing, "The back seats offer a decent amount of room for two average-size adults. Seat belts are provided for a third rear-seat passenger, but there's little space for such a person."
Standard on all trim levels are air-conditioning (with an air filter), AM/FM sound system, power steering, tilt steering column, intermittent wipers, digital clock, outside-temperature gauge, trunk lamp, dome light with delay and four cupholders. The base CE even comes with a CD player, power mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat.
The S model adds a sport-cloth interior, a sportier tachometer, chrome accents, a vertical seat-height adjustment and mirror-mounted maplights. The luxury LE includes all of the above plus power windows, remote keyless entry, variable intermittent wipes, and gauges enhanced with Toyota's Optitron technology, which improves clarity and reduces eye fatigue.
At 13.6 cubic feet, trunk space is not only spacious, but includes a 60/40-split rear seatback that allows owners to stow longer items such as skis. In addition, gooseneck hinges on the trunk door help create a larger trunk opening than scissor hinges -- but they also intrude into the trunk and can crush items that aren't carefully stowed.
Storage space inside the cabin includes a nicely sized glove box and door pockets. However, New Car Test Drive complains, "The bins in the two front doors are all relatively small, and there are no storage bins in the rear doors." Consumer Guide has a similar opinion, noting that trunk room is "typical for a subcompact." The reviewer also notes that the "rear seatbacks fold nearly flat to enlarge storage space." Front-seat interior storage space is "above class average," but those in the rear seats are "denied door or seatback pockets."