Golden Corolla Celebrates 50 Years
The Chevrolet Camaro isn’t the only car celebrating its 50th birthday this yearânotwithstanding its eight-year hiatus in the early ’00s. The 2017 Toyota Corolla also celebrates its golden anniversary. The legendary compact sedan is doing so with some minor nips and tucks and a new 50th anniversary trim package.
The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla debuted in 2013, and given the automaker’s six-year lifespan for its vehicles, the Corolla’s 50th anniversary seems like as good of a reason as any for an update. Like many baby boomers reaching the half-century mark, the 2017 Corolla’s changes consist mainly of a face-lift. The updated Corolla gets a new grille and bi-LED headlights on base Corolla L and LE models. The other trims get complex LED lights standard. A federally mandated standard backup camera rounds out the exterior upgrades for 2017. Toyota says the interior is more comfortable and more convenientâclaims we’ll have to take at face value, as we’ve yet to sit in the updated car. Toyota‘s Safety Sense-P safety suite, which includes pre-collision alert with pedestrian detection, radar cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high-beam headlights, is now optional across the board.
Like Chevy is doing with the Camaro’s golden anniversary, Toyota is also offering a Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition. Based on the Corolla SE, the 50th Anniversary Special Edition includes the unique Black Cherry color (silver and white are also available), Black Cherry contrast stitching in the interior, 50th Anniversary badging outside, and 50th Anniversary Edition floormats. Only 8,000 2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Editions will be made, which sounds like a lot, but given that Toyota moved 363,000 Corollas last year, it really only represents about 2 percent of the sales mix.
The 2017 Corolla will be unchanged under the hood. A 1.8-liter I-4 with two power outputsâ132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque on most of the lineup and 140 hp and 126 lb-ft on Eco modelsâis the only available engine. Three transmissions are available: a six-speed manual, a four-speed automatic (yes, really), and a CVT.
The updated Corolla goes on sale this fall.