The Toyota Corolla is an economy sedan that became the best-selling nameplate in the world. Although it's been through nine generations of redesign, the 2007 Toyota Corolla is showing its age. It comes in three trim levels: the low-price CE, the sporty S, and the upscale LE. All of the trim levels are equipped with a 1.8-liter 126-hp four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional. While the Corolla is reliable, and it has a reputation that speaks to its quality workmanship and longevity; there are any number of better performing vehicles that offer long warranties to fix what ails them.
Body Styles: compact sedan
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Corolla CE, Corolla S, Corolla LE
Leather seating is no longer available in the LE trim level. The XRS trim level is discontinued.
The Toyota Corolla’s exterior was last updated in 2005. Built with a 102.4-inch wheelbase, it is 178.3-inches in length, and features a turning radius of 34.2 feet, so it is easy to park and maneuver out of tight spots. The S model has smoked headlights and an underbody kit to give it a sporty exterior. All of the trim levels offer 15-inch wheels; alloys are optional. Standard equipment on the CE includes fifteen-inch steel wheels, intermittent wipers, and front and rear stabilizer bars.
The interior of the Toyota Corolla is spacious for a compact car. Rear seat legroom is suitable for adults, except in the center seat. Quality materials are used in the cabin, and fit and finish are excellent. Consumers would usually see an interior of this quality in a more expensive car. Gauges and controls are well-placed. The wheelbase has made getting into the rear seat easier. Cargo capacity in the trunk is 13.6 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Toyota Corolla is equipped with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission; a five-speed automatic is optional. The Corolla offers excellent fuel economy, and enough power to get the consumer around town. It offers a smooth and reliable ride. Acceleration may be a bit slow when attempting to get on a freeway. In highway driving, the cabin is surprisingly quiet, with a quiet engine and no road noise. Handling is adequate, but there are other compact cars that have more refined steering. The Corolla is an idea commuter car, offering excellent fuel economy, reliable performance, and a comfortable ride. Fuel estimates are 32/41 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission, and 30/38 mpg city/highway with the automatic.
Optional safety equipment includes anti-lock brakes, stability control with traction control and emergency brake assist on the S and LE with automatic transmission, full-length side curtain airbags and front seat side-impact airbags. In government crash testing, the Toyota Corolla scored five out of five stars for front-impact crashes, and four stars for side-impact protection. It also received four stars for rollover protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Corolla manual: 32/41 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla automatic: 30/38 mpg city/highway
- Automatic transmission performance
- Interior quality
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- Steering wheel position for tall drivers
Outstanding fuel economy and an adequate, comfortable ride.
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