2016 Toyota Corolla S
The 2016 Toyota Corolla S is the compact car for young America. Starting at under $18,000 the Corolla provides safe and dependable transportation with enough frills to keep most people happy. Corolla is the most popular car in history and celebrates 50 years in American, Our test car was the Corolla Special Edition with a retail price of $23,125 and at that price point included many features you would expect to see on a much more expensive model.
The Special Edition included;
Navigation by the Toyota Entune infotainment system that also includes hands free phone connections, several apps, SIRI Hands Free and Bluetooth connectivity,
Back up camera,
Soft-Tex seating trim that looks great and gives the car a higher end appearance inside,
The Smart Key system that allows you to start the car at the push of a button and leave the key in your pocket or purse,
A power moon roof
And heated seats.
I drove about 700 miles during the week I had the car. It was a combination of freeway commuting and local driving that netted an impressive 32.9 miles per gallon. The 1.8 Liter four cylinder engine with dual cam variable timing coupled with a Continuously Variable Transmission allows the car to make the best use of the engine power in every situation. Acceleration was adequate and with 172 horsepower we were able to keep up with the traffic and merge quickly onto the Houston freeways.
The ride is a bit noisy, but better than many cars in this segment. Cornering is flat and firm at sensible speeds and braking is aggressive enough to give you that warm feeling that you will stop in time.
Styled much like the bigger Camry, the Corolla Special Edition has flowing lines, LED low beam headlamps, a bold blacked out lower grill and high gloss black 17 inch aluminum wheels. The Absolutely Red, what I call Fire Engine Red, color makes the car pop out from among a line of similar body styles.
Safety features include; front and side curtain air bag plus knee bolster air bags for both front seats. Of course traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes and tire pressure sensors are standard equipment. Some of the features we might like to see on this car, but that are not available are; cross traffic monitors, parking aids, blind spot monitors, forward collision warning and lane keeping assist. If you need all of that move up to the Camry.
Front seating is large enough to accommodate a better than average size person. Seat position including height can be adjust and the tilt and telescoping steering column help make the driver’s cabin ergonomic and comfortable.
Rear seating will hold two large adults, or 3 smaller people. You can get 2 car seats attached to the LATCH system and still have a booster seat in the middle.
Truck space is huge for a car in this segment. The rear seats fold down to provide pass-through storage for longer object.
What I really liked; Toyota dependability, charging USB plug, roomy interior. What I didn’t like; lack of some popular high tech options and cabin noise level. Of course moving up a model would fix those complaints.
For a young family with a limited budget the Corolla provides a lot of car for a few dollars. For those wanting a dependable vehicle that will hold its resale value and not bring a mountain of debt with it the Corolla is the perfect car.
The Corolla has been the most successful car in automotive history because it is versatile, economical and attractive. The 2016 Corolla S lives up the it’s history and raises the level a bit in the process. Learn more about the Corolla S and other models at the Toyota website