Consistently in the top three Canadians new car choices.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla is consistently in the top three choices Canadians make when it comes time to buy a new car, and it's no secret as to why. The Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan that is affordable, reliable, and sips gas at wallet-friendly rate, and a host of recent upgrades have helped to make it even more competitive when doing battle with the Honda Civic, the Chevrolet Cruze, and the Hyundai Elantra that are its primary sparring partners.

Bigger inside than one might expect, the 2016 Toyota Corolla comes with a strong list of standard features, and while it might not be in the least bit sporty to drive it does hold its own out on the highway when compared to similarly-priced 4-door cars. Less anonymous than past models, the latest Corolla is stylish inside and out and boasts one of the highest resale values in its segment.

Pros:

  • All versions of the Toyota Corolla come equipped with a 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine, but there are two distinctive versions of the unit. The LE ECO edition offers up 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque, while all other versions of the car come with 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of twist. The LE ECO model doesn't just boost power but it's also slightly more frugal at the fuel pump, posting 7.7 L/100 km city and 6.8 L/100 km highway.
  • That efficiency bump comes partly from the continuously-variable automatic transmission that is standard with the LE ECO. You can get a version of this gearbox with the Corolla's other engine, too, which adds steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to go with its 'virtual' ratios.
  • Once you get out of the bargain-basement CE trim level (which does come with LED headlights, to be fair), there's a decent amount of equipment on offer with the Corolla. This includes a standard Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system as well as a backup camera.
  • If you're looking to make more of a splash, then the Corolla S allows you to order 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, a more aggressive suspension system, a spoiler on the trunk lid, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and sport seats up front.

Cons:

  • Even with the Toyota Corolla S' Upgrade package installed, the sedan really isn't sporty in the least. Acceleration is modest, handling is good, but not great, and there's not a lot of feedback to be had through the steering wheel. This is a commuter car, not a compact performance model, and it's not on the same level as the Mazda3 or the Ford Focus in terms of driving experience.
  • You can actually still order a 4-speed automatic with the base version of the Corolla, which is an anachronism in today's world of 6-speed and 8-speed automatics. It's a better idea to stick with the Toyota's 6-speed manual gearbox if you're seeking to save a few dollars.
  • Speaking of technologies that time forgot: most versions of the Toyota Corolla still come with drum brakes at the back, which is unusual given the ubiquity of modern disc units. This jives with the Corolla's general lack of advanced safety equipment, as you won't even find a blind spot monitoring system on the options sheet.
  • The Corolla CE - the least expensive version of the compact car - doesn't feature standard air conditioning. You'll regret it each and every time you open the car door in the months of July and August.

2016 Toyota Corolla

 

ENGINE

1.8-litre four-cylinder / 1.8-liter LE ECO four-cylinder

OUTPUT

132 hp / 128 lb-ft & 140 hp / 126 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION

6-speed manual & 4-speed automatic & CVT

0-100 KMH

8.7 Seconds

TOP SPEED

N/A

FUEL ECONOMY

8.2 L/100 km City / 7.3 L/100 km Highway &

7.7 L/100 km City / 6.8 L/100 km Highway

WEIGHT

1,265 kilograms (2,800 lbs)

SEATING CAPACITY

5

CARGO VOLUME

368 litres (13 cubic feet)

BASE PRICE

$17,750

AS-TESTED PRICE

$22,600

 

Be part of something big