2016 Toyota Corolla S Review – May Have Lost Its Spark But it Still Gets the Job Done

To many, the 2016 Toyota Corolla S badge is a reliable compact sedan that’s been on the road for 11 generations already and has been one of the best-selling Japanese cars on the American market in the past years. Though as it aged, it lost the feistiness of the original albeit like an aging human being that got weaker but also got wiser; or a once spunky teenager that grew up to be quite the family man.

2016 Toyota Corolla S Review - May Have Lost Its Spark But it Still Gets the Job Done

The 2016 Toyota Corolla S Hits the Mark as a Safe Family Car

On the outside the 2016 Toyota Corolla S looks sporty, aggressive and mad; the front fascia features Toyota’s new company image with the gaping “mouth” and lines that extend from the center of the Toyota emblem to the front headlights and continues to the sides of the car. All this makes the Corolla look good as if it went back in time to reclaim the sportiness it once had. On that note, sorry to burst your bubble but the 2016 Corolla is no different from the tamer Corollas of past generations. Under the hood is a 1.8-liter four cylinder dual VVTi engine mated to Toyota’s CVTi-S CVT transmission to power the front wheels.

Interior-wise, it’s plush and comfortable, with above average leg and head room for the back seat passengers. As for tech features, the Corolla is like an old man again sticking to the bare basics while the newer generations of competing vehicles are getting the latest tech features. At best, the Corolla features a backup camera and that’s it. The rest is on the Toyota Entune multi-function display that features apps for mobile connectivity, navigation, music streaming and more.

Driving the 2016 Corolla S is a sobering experience; it’s refined, tame, and feels… normal. The Corolla is not an exciting car to drive but the engine and transmission combo work together so well that it delivers great performance and mileage on city and highway driving. Not only that but at freeway speeds, the car feels so stable and comfy while not numbing the road feedback on the steering wheel that you get some peace of mind that you and your family are in a safe car. This car is indeed for the normal person that drives to work, pick up the kids, do groceries, and want a safe and reliable car; on that end, the Corolla passes with flying colors.

The 2016 Toyota Corolla S is indeed a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Aggressive on the outside, gentle and safe on the inside. Surprisingly the 1.8 Liter and CVT are a great pair along with the calm driving that delivers power and efficiency amazingly. The exterior is aggressive and goergeous. However, the sport mode is really not sporty, it makes the engine response sharper but doesn’t do a thing about how boring the car is.

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