2017 Toyota Corolla SE new car reviews

Toyota is celebrating 50 whole years of churning out Corollas. Their common commuter has largely served as the perfect utilitarian answer for so many families over the years. Our 2017 Toyota Corolla SE test car came equipped with a couple bonus items, too: A TRD intake, exhaust and rear anti-roll bar.

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Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard

I was pretty impressed with the new Corolla SE with the TRD exhaust and rear anti-roll bar added. This Corolla, with its 6-speed transmission and 16V 1.8-liter engine was surprisingly fun to drive. It sounded and drove more like sports cars of old than a new econobox.

While certainly not stunning to look at, it was functional and the seats and other ergonomics were quite good even by modern upscale car standards. The only three things letting this car down were an engine that made more good noises than actual power, a start stop button that took two or three stabs every time you tried to turn the car on and off, and a horrible dead spot in the center of the steering. That dead spot was most likely caused by too much castor being dialed into the steering to keep idiots from running off the road.

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