By on March 24, 2016

2017 Toyota Corolla XSE

The eleventh generation Toyota Corolla has been refreshed with a new beak-like nose, and equipped with new safety features and options. Furthermore, as the Corolla is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, a special commemorative edition has been announced.

I’ll expect to see a few of these rolling across the blocks at the Barrett-Jackson auction in 2046.

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The restyled Corolla offers an optional suite of safety features, referred to as Toyota Safety Sense-P. We have been assured that it is not a mobile bladder evacuation device; rather, a package including a pre-collision system that detects pedestrians, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlamps.

Those headlamps are now fitted with LEDs across the line from the base model up to the XLE.

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The 50th Anniversary Special Edition is limited to 8,000 units, all well equipped, and featuring unique alloy wheels, Black Cherry stitching on the seats, steering wheel, shift boot, and armrest, and Black Cherry accents on the door and dash.

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Unsurprisingly, the Anniversary car is in Black Cherry, as well as Classic Silver and Blizzard Pearl, and will be available fall 2016.

Required with any special car release these days, Toyota developed a marketing campaign centered around the hashtag #Corolla50. The campaign, in partnership with Buzzfeed, allows Corolla owners to share their memories of owning the best-selling car worldwide.

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82 Comments on “NYIAS: Fifty-Year-Old Toyota Corolla Gets New Nose...”


  • avatar
    qfrog

    Somebody turn the ugly up a bit louder on the Corolla, it isn’t polarizing enough just yet.

  • avatar
    SkyNet

    I didn’t even need to look at the pictures to know what it would look like: Giant gaping black plastic mouth in a near smile.

    And lo and behold, it’s like I can see the future.

    The one thing i didn’t foresee is the cheese cutters on its jowls.

    Seriously, almost every single Japanese and Korean car economy car looks the same right now.

    • 0 avatar
      Cactuar

      In comparison the new 2017 Impreza looks fairly attractive. Maybe the best looking compact car.

      • 0 avatar
        GermanReliabilityMyth

        It’s solely subjective, but garbage like this is making Honda’s lineup look like solid 8s or 9s by standing next to a 2. Subaru is also benefiting from the Uggo Halo, too.

    • 0 avatar
      Frylock350

      @SkyNet,

      I’d amend your statement to almost every single car regardless of origin looks the same right now. They’re all wedges of cab forward cheese with stumpy trunks, rising beltlines and stumpy hoods diving down to the road surface. Only the Dodge Challenger bucks that trend.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    It doesn’t drive a day over 30…

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    That’s truly hideous. All that faux grille and black noise in the front, ugh. Is there no restraint left in the design community?

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      The restraint prompted by regulations is what is driving this. You look at Corollas from 88-02 or so, they weren’t THRILLING, but they had good proportions. Now with mandatory 2 foot crumple zones and CUV high sills, there’s not much wiggle room for decent design.

      I was looking at pictures of my old 92-93 Accords…. those cars were downright sexy compared to cars today, all due to that almost comically low shoulder line. That kind of design is no more.

    • 0 avatar
      xtoyota

      Can you imagine what this car will look like when it hits a Deer at 50 mph………. An improvement :=)

  • avatar
    Timothy

    Fugly. Really really fugly.

  • avatar
    frozenman

    Is it that Toyota has capacity constraint issues and can’t meet demand, or are trying to dodge the spotlight of being #1 auto manufacturer world wide? Their designs are so consistently ridiculous its got to be a conspiracy!

  • avatar
    GermanReliabilityMyth

    Every time I think we’ve hit peak ugly, they go and show me wrong.

    Wow. It’s like that Seinfeld confuzzle about the context of “breathtaking.”

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    In no way, shape or form is this front fascia remotely appealing. The Corolla may not be all that interesting, but I never thought it was ugly until now. This would have me shopping competitors, instead.

    Toyota needs to fire its stylists.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Do. Not. Want.

    I’m not necessarily a fan of intensely focus-grouped design, but did they show this design to ANYBODY before committing? Because unless they recruited at the local Center for the Blind, I’m trying to imagine who would find that design attractive.

    Maybe they showed it to the same people who thought the Aztek was snazzy.

  • avatar

    jeezus, what is with Toyota cranking the uglyometer up to 11 on all their designs. They win whatever bet they had. They truly CAN still sell a ton of cars no matter how god-awfully ugly they are. I hope they are happy, now stop it and redesign the whole lineup.

  • avatar
    djsyndrome

    And yet it will still easily outsell all of its competition in America, save maybe the Civic.

    • 0 avatar
      laserwizard

      Toyoduh and Honduh buyers are the least intelligent buyers in the marketplace. For some reason these idiots seem content to being stuck with a car for six or seven years and it never breaks. They are obviously blind since there are other cars that look better that are just as reliable. But it takes no intelligence to look beyond the past reputation of a Honduh or Toyoduh to find out there are as good or better products made elsewhere. Lazy is as lazy does.

      • 0 avatar
        2drsedanman

        Hell, don’t just stop at Honda and Toyota buyers, why not throw VW, Subaru, GM, Ford, and everyone else under the bus too.

        Saying Toyota and Honda buyers are the least intelligent buyers in the marketplace is not only wrong, but stupid. The last three Toyotas I have had have given me ZERO issues. Why would I not look at them again if I find something I like? Apparently other people agree or they wouldn’t sell as many as they do.

        If you want to buy a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus or Honda Civic, be my guest. That makes you different than me, not smarter. Big difference.

      • 0 avatar
        baggins

        Laser

        My stupid family and I have purchased the following:

        1991 LandCruiser, 1994 Camry, 1998 Landcruiser, 2002 Camry, 2004 Sienna, 1994 4runner.

        minimum odometer reading on this group: 100K on the sienna (still going fine, still havent paid for any repairs on that one.

        The 2002 camry met its maker at about 230K miles – college student forgot to put oil in.

        The 1998 land cruiser is at 220K or so. Still strong.

        4 runner went past 200K also.

        This isnt “data” but its getting close. The data sources show the same – Toyota are very reliable, on average. Goes back many, many years. Its not a myth.

        I personally hate going to the shop/dealer.

        That makes me stupid?

        (that corolla is ugly tho)

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          Wow that’s one stupid family /sarc.

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          My stupid family, since 19990:

          1990: Dad: 1991 Accord EX with no issues except a ripped CV boot. Mom: Civic EX (Si with sedan body and slushbox). Igniter and head gasket issues both common to that generation.

          1994: Dad: Accord EX # 2. Me: Civic EX. Both had first-year RF-134a troubles which Honda fixed under TSBs.

          1995: Brother: Acura Integra GS-R. Flawless but “possessed” — weird stuff happened to it, culminating in an incident with a large rock falling off a gravel truck in front of him, resulting in damage to the hood and a windshield which was spitting shards into the passenger compartment.

          1999: Dad: Accord EX-V6 # 1. First time I drove it was driving the car home from where my folks were picking up a new boat; getting on SB I-75 in Monroe, MI, I decide to see what she’ll do, and plant it! No drama, at what I feel is around 80, except the traffic was seemingly in reverse! I was shocked to see the speedo at a buck-ten and climbing!! 2000: I get the same basic car, except the 2000 had side bags. Both cars have EGR failures (covered by TSB), noisy sunroofs (TSBed), and mine has an ECU replacement under warranty for hot-start heat-soak, plus the infamous glass transmission., and an unexplained airbag light. I did pull the high-speed onramp test. :-) Mom buys emm-kay-four Jetta, despite my “WTF”ing, with predictable results!

          2003: Dad: Accord EX-V6 # 2, this time with NAV. No problems.

          2006: Me: Accord EX-V6 # 2 with NAV. No issues.

          2009: Sister-in-law: Odyssey EX. Power doors, a perennial weakness on that vehicle, still perfect. A true family truckster!

          2011: Dad: Accord EX-V6 with NAV, # 2. No issues even with the V6-4-3 variable-displacement system, a weak spot on the 8th-Gen Accords. Mom: Used 2007 Civic EX in mint condition.

          2013: Me: Accord Touring shown in my avatar. Oil changes and twice-per-year detailing is it!

          These Honduhs have all run like Swiss watches, aside from the difficulties noted, with the igniter and transmission issues being potential issues which could leave you stranded (and which happened to my Mom on the first Civic). Had we been a Toyoduh family, I suppose we might have had a sludged Camry V6 or two, along with a downmarket interior to start the current generation.

          I shudder to think what issues there MAY have been with Buicks or the like in that 25+ years! (Could have gotten lucky, but after problems with ’80s GM fare, we, a solid Oldsmobuick family, never looked back!

          I do agree that Honda is jumping the shark with the front-end of the Accord refresh and the Civic, but as Hondas sometimes do, they look better in person. (And at least on the Accord, Honda will likely tone things back down with the upcoming redesign in 2018.)

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I’m noticing a lot of car makers, not just Toyota, adding jowls to their cars. This, the new Camry, the new Prius, and unfortunately the 86 all have huge ones. The new Malibu has smaller ones as does the refreshed SS. Also see the new GTR and Kia Optima. I’m sure there are many many others.
    It’s not a good look and I look forward to when they move past it.

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      I suspect, based on how increasingly common place they are becoming, that there are some aerodynamic advantages to the “jowls” shape in the lower bumper.

  • avatar
    GermanReliabilityMyth

    If a Toyota buyer will purchase their cars regardless of appearance, maybe they Toyota should create a Toyota Motor Company Auto Subscription plan. For the low, low rate of $_________ each month, Toyota will drop off an increasingly ugly vehicle in your driveway every 2-3 years. It’d be like leasing without all the dirty work. It’s not as if most Toyota buyers care what they drive, anyway (as long as it’s got a sombrero bean on it).

  • avatar
    laserwizard

    Toyoduhs and Honduhs get uglier with each version. The current Corolla would invoke projectile vomiting. This redesign could transmit visual rabies as well.

  • avatar
    gforce2002

    What’s worse is that the preposterous face does not remotely match the completely generic styling of the rest of the car. At least the new Prius is completely ridiculous from front to back.

    • 0 avatar
      qfrog

      Toyota is like the lazy trick-or-treaters at Halloween. They just don a generic ugly mask purchased at the seasonally rented costume store with the expectation of getting free candy that isn’t being offered by a stranger in a generic looking van. You know what, it still works… they are still getting free candy.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    stahp it Toyota

    STAAAAHHP.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      It’s shockingly bad. Just put a bumper there, it doesn’t HAVE to be covered in grille. It doesn’t even have to be a real bumper. Just not more grille.

  • avatar
    PentastarPride

    Getting uglier year after year. It’s not just Toyota, it’s everybody. It does seem that Toyota started it though (with earlier outliers, of course, like the Pontiac Aztek).

    Around 2006 is probably the last good year for a good-looking Toyota or Lexus.

    Yes, as someone who has never owned nor will ever own a Toyota/Lexus (can’t say that about my wife, she considered buying a 4Runner), I admit that there was a time when Toyota and Lexus produced decent, if not moderately handsome vehicles around this time.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      I posted on this site a few months ago that the general-across-the-industry-ugly has caught up to the Aztek.
      It just dawned on me that someday soon the Aztek will represent the good old days of clean understated styling.

      I will say that at least Toyota resisted the whale shark theme with the ’16 Prius.

  • avatar
    06V66speed

    Lol at these comments.

    I can’t think of any Corolla in history that I’ve ever found particularly attractive. Just sayin’.

    AE86, perhaps. Maybe. But attractive in a different kind of way. Attractive in a “I’d like to hoon the life out of it” sort of way.

    But come onnnnn. Sheesh.

    You automotive fashionistas.

    “Pffft. That new Corolla had better look like the new Lexus!! No ‘scuses! Oh, pshaw, pshaw!!” *snooty voice*

    • 0 avatar
      GermanReliabilityMyth

      Compared to this rolling abortion, the 5th, 6th and 7th generation Corollas are the equivalent of a wheelbarrow full of Viagra.

    • 0 avatar
      gespo04

      No, the biggest problem is exactly that. The new Toyotas look very similar to the gaping-mouth Lexuses of today, and those are hideous too. I liked the Corolla’s looks of this generation. Compared to their lineup it was their most clean and honest design. So, OF COURSE Toyota would ruin a good thing and put out this stylistic travesty.

  • avatar
    RHD

    It gets slightly better mileage than last year, because the new grill filters out the krill and uses it for supplemental fuel.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Must be pretty good when all people can complain about are its looks.

  • avatar
    PentastarPride

    What’s with the intake/grille area looking like the inlet of a handheld vacuum cleaner?

    It’s like the auto manufacturers are preparing to equip their cars with ‘road cleaning mechanisms’ that inhales litter and debris as it travels down the road.

    Certainly the mainstay of today–the four-cylinder engine–doesn’t need that much intake and ventilation versus something like a heavy-duty V8.

  • avatar
    Corollaman

    I like my ’98 more and more now that I’ve seen its grandson

  • avatar
    sckid213

    My hatred for the Corolla stretches back to when I first started driving and realized that Corolla drivers are by far the worst on the road. I’ve confirmed this with several taxi / limo drivers across the country (Uber / Lyft drivers don’t count because they often are horrible drivers with Corollas themselves).

    The prior two generations (before the current gen getting the refresh that is discussed in this article), were in my eyes extremely ugly. Just yesterday, I walked by a current-gen Corolla S in grey, and said to myself: “You know, this new Corolla really doesn’t look so bad. They didn’t go overboard with the design. Now I can go back to just hating the drivers rather than the actual cars AS WELL as the drivers. How nice.”

    Then this post.

    • 0 avatar
      tankinbeans

      Losing track of the accelerator, turn signal stalk and dimmer switch?

      I’ve gotten to the point where I go into seething fits of rage when I have the misfortune of trying to drive behind anybody in a Toyota generally, especially trying to merge when they block the entire lane at 45 mph when a semi is coming full steam. If I’m stuck on a ramp I’ll stay in 3rd, on boost, and gun it past at my earliest opportunity; I’ve been flipped off by people who vot startled out of their cum-coma.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      I own a 2000 Corolla, and yes, I am by far one of the worst drivers on the road.
      I also own and drive a Prius, so now you can take the broad brushed stereotypes and really let me have it.

  • avatar

    Kinda looks like Amy Winehouse.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    I like the color. That silly maw….no.

  • avatar
    Ion

    So we have standard LED headlights(which on the Corolla are too purple), but it’s still doesn’t have a modern rear suspension.

  • avatar
    zoomzoomfan

    The current Corolla isn’t a bad looking car at all. Toyota seemed to be in a hurry to fix that rather quickly. Can’t have the Prius being the only funny looking Toyota.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    U.G.L.Y.

    The Mirai/New Prius disease is spreading, herpes-like, to the rest of the lineup.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    The 2017 Elantra suddenly just looked even better

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Well, I have experience with a 2011 Elantra, bought new, and it has served long and well, and continues to serve reliably to this day, albeit for a different owner.

      IMO, you get more with the Elantra than you do with any Corolla. And than there is that excellent Hyundai Warranty!

      We never had to use the warranty, so it became a moot point. But it was there if we needed it. Peace of mind. Peace of mind.

      And IMO the Elantra is better looking than the Corolla.

      • 0 avatar

        No offense, but your Elantra looks like they put 18-ft of styling on a 14-ft-long car. Too much going on. But the ’17? Looks like a nice conservative car.

        I really don’t understand why non-car Toyota default buyers don’t just buy an Elantra/Forte over their poster child for mediocrity.

        • 0 avatar
          Jack Baruth

          Same reason Arthur Dent didn’t share and enjoy the tea with his friends.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          Flybrian, no offense taken because styling is subjective.

          Besides it was not MY car. I did not pick it out.

          My grand daughter picked it over everything else in that size/class/price range as her HS-grad gift and to use for the College commute.

          Personally I preferred the Mazda3. But hey, I rarely, rarely, rarely ever drove that Elantra other than to put gas in it or slap new tires on it.

          People gotta drive whatever makes them happy.

          My comment was more of a compliment to the excellent service the Elantra gave us, than anything else.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I agree all styling is subjective, but the trend I have been observing is it all just seems to suck after 2012.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            “Them Changes” Buddy Miles & Carlos Santana

          • 0 avatar

            Completely understand. I understand my opinion is not of the norm because for decades economy cars were devoid of styling. The Elantra gives you a ‘look’ for a frugal price. I get it; just not my taste.

            I appreciate the ‘classic’ compacts that mimiced the bigger/pricier cars – Achieva vs Ninety-Eight, Altima vs. J30.

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            Flybrian, I wouldn’t call $17grand exactly frugal but the stuff included, service returned for that amount, and the retained value when it was sold, IMO made it worth every cent.

            In that regard, what was dependability and reliability worth?

            Priceless!

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Agreed on Hyundai…my s.o. is on her second Accent (she gave her ’09 to her kid). Nothing exciting, but they’re dead reliable.

        • 0 avatar

          In the used market, I’ve found ‘well-worn’ Hyundais to be relatively reliable, if not tinny when they accumulate miles. Lots of little tactile stuff doesn’t wear well and front ends seem to get eaten up (especially on Santa Fes), but its what you get for the price.

  • avatar

    I’m going to love seeing these Santander-repo’d Corollas rolling through the lanes with the entire front jaw missing like some botching Civil War field surgery. The current Corolla was actually a decent-looking overpriced compact. This abortion? Yuck.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      28 approves of the LS400.

      • 0 avatar

        You’ll be the second time I sold that car. Took it back in trade on a ’15 Impala Limited LTZ. Come get yourself some DCX love and buy my Crossfire.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          I need another car like I need a hole in the head. I called on this yesterday:

          http://youngstown.craigslist.org/cto/5436072054.html

          …fortunately dude is not responding which I presumes meant it sold or wasn’t real in the first place.

          I saw that Crossfire and the CLK Cabriolet, too high of miles on the CLK and the Crossfire is setting fire to money.

          If Mark ever gets back to me you may be able to see a piece on what I drove in Vegas…

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            $1,500 for a GS with 150K miles? Something smells fishy to me.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Me too, as it is worth about 3K. Ohio is sneaky because it doesn’t have inspection (must be nice) so its possible for this to be rotted underneath and drive around with a Christmas tree dash. But its a Lex which can withstand abuse and I could probably flip it…

            This would be a decent buy if you could still buy a Lincoln/Ford warranty for it, which I doubt they would sell you (but maybe?):

            http://www.motorsportsflorida.com/
            2011_Lincoln_MKZ_Palm%20Harbor_FL_262286117.veh

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            LOL @ $1500. Fake! And it’s only 135k miles VoGo. If it’s actually “that” nice like he says it is, I’d price it closer to $6k honestly. V8 + nav.

            Sold my 01 430 with ~110k for $8300 couple years ago. Course it was silver over grey, not gold.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Always liked the interior on that old MKZ…particularly in off-white with the light colored wood.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            @Corey

            Yeah i suspected as such but in your case (1) yours was AWD IIRC, (2) that was several years ago and (3) dude more than likely overpaid at 8,3 but yours may have been an odd combo with the AWD in that year and thus more desirable (I still wouldn’t have paid it but I respect the reality someone did). This 2001 RWD only example in 2016 was worth 3-4 at most, not 6. Even TMU or minor issues, at $1500 it felt like a possible buy to flip, but prob fake. Why someone posts fake ads to sell a car and then never responds is another story.

            Here’s another fun fact, did you know the early 2000s Mercedes AMG ML55 and CLK55s are worth 20-30% less than the equivalent 430 model? The more you know!

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Oh my, 28’s memory fades late at night! No AWD available on the GS until the new 2006 model.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    What a hideous update. Pointless, too, unless it was to settle a wager over whether worse styling would adversely affect sales; Sadly, this thing will still lead the class.

    Can you still get a 4 speed automatic in this piece of crap? I wonder how much longer Toyota is going to get away with selling the worst vehicle in nearly every segment they compete in?

  • avatar
    frozenman

    This isn’t funny anymore, there is something very very wrong down at Toyota HQ.

  • avatar
    SnarkyRichard

    And I thought the Lexus RC was ugly with it’s giant sucker fish grill and late 90s Camaro turd like side profile . Looks like Toyota is trying to outdo those Mazda clown smile grills .

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