NEW CAR PREVIEW: 2017 Toyota Corolla goes bold at 50

Michael James

The 2017 Toyota Corolla will feature refreshed styling and a 50th anniversary edition.

The Toyota Corolla, the best-selling car in history, keeps rolling along — and quite well. Now celebrating 50 years and with more than 43 million sold, the anniversary will be designated with refreshed styling and a new safety system. The manufacturer has also introduced a 2017 Toyota Corolla SE 50th Anniversary Special Edition model limited to 8,000 units.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla will feature refreshed styling and a 50th anniversary edition.
The 2017 Toyota Corolla will feature refreshed styling and a 50th anniversary edition.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla gets a sportier look. There’s a new front grille and LED headlamps. The L, LE and LE Eco grades gain Bi-LED headlamps, while complex-LED headlamps come standard on SE, XSE and XLE grades. With the base L model adding a back-up camera, that feature is now standard across the Corolla line. Redesigned 16-inch wheels are standard on the LE and XLE, while the SE and XSE step up into standard 17-inch alloy wheels.

The 2017  Toyota Corolla’s upgraded fabric interior offers a choice between added elegance in the LE with Almond, Ash/Dark Gray or Black/Brown color schemes, or bold sportiness with Softex-trimmed sport seats with Vivid Blue, Orange Zest and Black premium fabric inserts in the SE. A redesigned climate control panel and circular air vents add an upscale touch.

Standard Bluetooth and Entune Audio are among the numerous available technology features, including Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation (Scout GPS Link App) or available Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. The Entune Audio Plus and Entune Premium Audio systems feature a 7-inch touch screen for 2017.

2017 Toyota Corolla: Lots of safety features

Standard on all 2017 Toyota Corolla models is a TSS-P. It’s a safety system that bundles the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection; Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beams.

The Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition adds an exclusive exterior color, Black Cherry Pearl. It’s also available in Classic Silver and Blizzard Pearl.

The 2017 Toyota Corolla anniversary edition also has black mixed media seats with black cherry piping and contrast stitching. Black cherry contrast stitching also trims the black interior’s steering wheel and shift boot. The distinctive theme also distinguishes the dash panel and door trim. The floor mats and exterior badging “50th Anniversary Edition” are also featured.

The 2017 Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition comes standard with a 7-inch touch-screen and Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation (Scout GPS Link App). There’s also a color 4.2-inch TFT Multi-Information Display in the gauge panel. A standard Smart Key system with push button start and power tilt/slide moonroof add an upscale touch to this special Corolla.

The MSRP for the 2017 Corolla ranges from $18,500 for the L CVT grade with a continuously variable transmission with intelligent shift (CVTi-S) to $22,680 for the XSE with CVTi-S.  The MSRP’s reflect an average overall increase of $281, or 1.5 percent.

2017 Toyota Corolla: Three exterior colors

The special edition will instead be offered in three colors: Classic Silver, Blizzard White and Black Cherry pictured here. The custom package includes: 17-inch alloy wheels with dark gray inserts and machine finish; 7-inch touchscreen; Entune Audio Plus with navigation; 4.2-inch color display; Smart Key system with push button start; LED headlamps; Black mixed media seats with Black Cherry contrast stitching; Black interior with Black Cherry contrast stitching on steering wheel, shift boot, and center armrest; Black cherry accented dash panel and door trim; 50th Anniversary Edition floor mats and Anniversary Edition exterior badge, available moonroof

All Corolla models receive standard features for 2017 such as a backup camera, LED headlamps, Bluetooth and Entune Audio. A pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and auto high beams are optional.

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Article Last Updated: August 24, 2016.

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