2016 Toyota Corolla

Original MSRP Range
$17,300 - $23,125
Available Style(s)
27 - 30 MPG City / 36 - 42 MPG Hwy
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2016 Toyota Corolla

What We Like

Excellent fuel economy; nice interior with big back seat; sharp design; reasonable pricing

What We Don't

Outdated base 4-speed automatic; inferior rear drum brakes (except S Plus); could use more technology


Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.3/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Toyota Corolla?

The Corolla's only real update for 2016 is a new Special Edition model that offers a few unique exterior revisions, bold colors and larger alloy wheels. Otherwise, the sedan is unchanged for the latest model year. 

Which Corolla is the Best?

We like the S model's engaging paddle shifters and snug seats, and we'd want the S-only optional disc brakes, too -- and that makes the Corolla S the one to have. Choosing between the Plus and the Premium will depend on exactly how many comfort and convenience features you need and want. Find a Toyota Corolla for sale


How Much Does a 2016 Toyota Corolla Cost?

The 2016 Corolla is offered in four trim levels: L, LE, LE Eco and S.

The entry-level L ($18,000) starts with 15-in steel wheels with plastic covers, LED running lights, power accessories, air conditioning, Bluetooth, an adjustable-height driver's seat and a 4-speaker audio system with iPod/USB connectivity and an auxiliary audio input. Drivers can choose between a 6-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission.

The LE ($19,500) adds 16-in steel wheels with plastic covers, keyless entry, cruise control, a 6.1-in touchscreen interface, a rearview camera, automatic climate control and a 6-speaker audio system with Bluetooth audio. LE models also feature a standard CVT automatic. The LE Plus package ($20,000) adds 16-in alloy wheels and fog lights, while the LE Premium package ($23,000) tacks on those items plus SofTex faux-leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, keyless access with push-button starting, a power sunroof, a navigation system and Toyota's Entune mobile-app-suite integration.

The LE Eco ($20,000) features the special 140-hp engine with improved fuel economy, aerodynamic tweaks (including a subtle rear spoiler) and eco-biased tires, but otherwise it mostly shares the LE's equipment roster -- including the available Plus and Premium packages.

The S ($20,200) adds on to the base-level LE model with a sport-tuned suspension, a sportier version of the CVT with paddle shifters, a different gauge cluster with a thin-film-transistor trip computer screen, piano-black dashboard trim, sport front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The S Plus package ($21,000) adds 17-in alloy wheels and rear disc brakes; the S Premium package ($24,000) includes those items, plus all the LE Premium's additional features.

Notable options include a sunroof and a driver-convenience package, which includes keyless entry and ignition, smartphone-app integration, satellite radio and a navigation system.

Corolla Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Corolla 4dr Sdn Auto L (Natl)$17,900 / N/A4 Cylinder13227 / 366-Speed Manual / 4-Speed AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT LE (Natl)$18,735 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT LE ECO (Natl)$19,135 / N/A4 Cylinder14030 / 42Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT LE ECO Plus (Natl)$19,835 / N/A4 Cylinder14030 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT LE ECO Premium (Natl)$22,895 / N/A4 Cylinder14030 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT LE Plus (Natl)$19,135 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT LE Premium (Natl)$22,195 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 38Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT S (Natl)$19,365 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 376-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT S Plus (Natl)$20,065 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 376-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT S Premium (Natl)$23,125 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 37Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn CVT S w/Special Edition Pkg (Natl)$20,635 / N/A4 Cylinder13229 / 376-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn Man L (Natl)$17,300 / N/A4 Cylinder132N/A6-Speed Manual / 4-Speed AutomaticFWD
Corolla 4dr Sdn Man S Plus (Natl)$21,665 / N/A4 Cylinder132N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Toyota Corolla Safety

Is the 2016 Toyota Corolla a Safe Car?

The new Corolla comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control and eight airbags (front, driver-knee, passenger seat-cushion, front-side and full-length side-curtain). Disappointingly, the Corolla continues to be equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes rather than discs all around. Discs are a more modern and generally more effective design employed by many Corolla rivals. You can get a Corolla with rear discs but only if you opt for the pricy, sporty S model with the Plus or Premium package. The Corolla also lags behind some more modern rivals when it comes to safety options, as it doesn't offer any modern gadgets such as a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert or lane-departure warning.

In government crash testing, the Corolla earned a perfect 5-star overall rating after 5-star front- and side-impact scores and a 4-star rollover rating. The Corolla earned only an average rating from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after a troubling Marginal score in the firm's challenging small front-overlap crash test.

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Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance2 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance2 Years/25,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2016 Toyota Corolla vs the competition

2015 Ford Focus -- The Focus feels larger and more substantial than the Corolla, and it's more fun to drive -- but it's also more expensive.

2016 Hyundai Elantra -- The stylish Elantra continues to provide excellent value, and its performance and fuel economy are close to the Corolla's.

2016 Mazda3 -- A more premium option, the latest Mazda3 is an intriguing alternative with its adept handling and improved technology.

Used Toyota Camry -- If you like the Corolla's reliability but need a bigger interior, consider a Toyota Camry, though you may need to choose a used one to match the Corolla's budget-friendly pricing.

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