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MSRP: $16,950 - $22,955
Invoice: $16,018 - $21,255
MPG: 28 City / 37 Hwy
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Toyota Corolla Interior

Most auto journalists say that the 2015 Toyota Corolla has an attractive cabin design and soft-touch materials on the dashboard. Still, some critics say that rivals offer more upscale interior materials than the Corolla. The Corolla's cabin is praised for its spacious rear seats, and reviewers like its straightforward available touch-screen audio system.

  • "For too long, Toyota let its compact car interiors look cheap and dated. The 2015 Corolla sedan suffers from neither problem, offering a handsome, comfortable and slightly sophisticated interior anyone would be proud to show off." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "During our evaluation of the Corolla's interior, we were struck by how much more upscale this model seems in comparison to its predecessor. The supple dashboard materials are much improved, and stitched accents on some panels add to the premium ambience. This is hardly business as usual for Toyota's best-seller, as 'upscale' and 'premium' certainly aren't words that we've ever associated with Corollas in the past." -- AutoTrader
  • "Coming after a complete overhaul last year, the latest Corolla's restyled exterior won't exactly blow your hair back, but the fresh interior is a big step forward, bringing a newfound sense of style along with widely available niceties like a user-friendly touchscreen and automatic climate control." -- Edmunds
  • "The dash top is made of a soft-touch material that feels substantial, but the door panels are all plastic except for some lightly padded bits where occupants might rest their elbows. The Dodge Dart, Ford Focus and especially the Chevrolet Cruze offer far better interior quality." -- MSN (2014)

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Seating

The Corolla seats five and is available with leatherette seats, a power-adjustable driver seat and heated front seats. The Corolla S has cloth sport seats with more side bolstering. Most test drivers say the Corolla's front seats are comfortable, and some appreciate the extra side support offered by the Corolla S’ front seats. Reviewers say the Corolla has an impressive amount of rear-seat legroom, though some critics mention that rear headroom could be better.

  • "In back, adult passengers will find unprecedented space by Corolla standards. Thanks to three extra inches of length, the rear seat provides almost midsize-grade accommodations." -- AutoTrader
  • "The Corolla's front seats provide generally adequate comfort, particularly the S trim's better-bolstered chairs, though some may wish for more lumbar support. Also, longer-legged drivers could use more range from the telescoping steering wheel." -- Edmunds
  • "There's plenty of stretch-out space in the front seats, and the long wheelbase gives rear-seat passengers world-record legroom. Rear headroom, however, is compromised by the jaunty sweep of the Corolla's C-pillar/roofline into the trunk - good to look at, but requires ducking from tall-torsoed riders in back." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front Softex cloth seats are perfectly comfortable and decently supportive, and for folks confined to the rear seats, a full 5.1 inches of rear seat legroom have been added for 2014. It's a pretty good place to be." -- Autoblog (2014)

Interior Features 

The 2015 Corolla comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port. Optional features include proximity key, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, navigation, a power moonroof, a six-speaker audio system and Toyota's Entune infotainment system with a 6.1-inch touch screen.

According to reviewers, the Entune system has crisp graphics and its menus are easy to navigate, which they say make it easier to use than many rivals' infotainment systems.

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  • "Another pleasant surprise is the 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, also standard on LE and above, which provides large virtual buttons and simple, clear graphics. The screen responds quickly to inputs, and its feature set is generous for an economy car offering." -- Edmunds
  • "Everything is intuitive and the display is well-organized with modern graphics. It's not as pretty as MyFord Touch, but it's certainly easier to use. That, right there, is what the whole Corolla package comes down to: ease of use." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "The knobs are trimmed with chrome, and the layout is much easier to master than the switch-dense stacks in the Cruze or Focus." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "Several rivals offer similar systems, and Entune is among the easier systems to operate." -- MSN (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Corolla has 13 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about normal for the class, though rivals like the Chevrolet Cruze offer a bit more space. Test drivers report that the Corolla's wide trunk opening makes it easy to load and unload cargo, and they appreciate the divided center console for holding differently sized items.

  • "Trunk capacity is average at 13 cubic feet, but the wide opening facilitates loading and unloading." -- Edmunds
  • "Conveniently, the center storage bin has two compartments. One that could hold a phone or tin of mints and another could store a compact box of tissues or CDs." -- Motor Trend (2014)
Review Last Updated: 11/11/14

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