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The Corolla has entered its 50th year in production and to date Toyota has sold over 44 million and counting, claiming the title as the best selling car in the world since the beginning of, well, cars. As we reach the midpoint of this year, the latest edition maintains its position as the top selling car in America, further cementing a legacy that is essentially untouchable.
So what makes the Toyota Corolla so popular once again here in 2017 as it celebrates its 50th anniversary? It goes beyond the incredible price tag so we won't even add that to the list, so let's find out what else is to credit for this unparalleled reputation.
5 Reasons Why the 2017 Toyota Corolla Continues the Brand's Legacy as the World's Best Selling Car
1. Sleek New Shape
The Corolla remains so popular because it stays relevant, adjusting to trends while still maintaining all that made the brand what it is. Whether you glance upon the L, LE, XLE, or SE you'll note the sleek, aerodynamic, and updated front end design. This new shape is wrapped by distinguishing LED headlights and Daytime Running Lights, putting a cheeky grin on the vehicle as if it knows its place at the top of the pecking order.
For those that want to wear their Corolla with a little more attitude, the 2017 model offers an available rear spoiler and 17-inch allow wheels.
The sleek exterior is accentuated further when you consider the 50th Anniversary Special Edition sedan. Whether you opt for Black Cherry Pearl, Blizzard Pearl or Classic Silver
Metallic you'll have onlookers wondering what this new luxury vehicle may be, a question that is quickly answered by the special badging that comes with it.
2. Commitment to Cabin Comfort and Cargo Convenience
The spacious interior (up to 97.5 cu. ft. passenger volume / 13 cu. ft. cargo) offers you a cabin and cargo hold that can accommodate your journeys. Even if you're as popular as the Corolla you'll be just fine as the vehicle fits five as comfortably as can be. However, when the time comes to swap out good friends for lots of gear, the fold down rear seats (customizable to a 60/40 split) will allow your personal baggage and large toys to keep you company on the road.
You and whomever is along for the ride will not only enjoy the extra space, but the additional comforts found from available automatic climate control and heated front seats.
If the 50th Anniversary Special Edition already has your attention after we appealed to your exterior aesthetic preferences (above) then you'll be sold further when you peek into the cabin. There, you will find further SE badging (floor mats), contrast stitching on the dash, and door trim accents.
3. Advanced Auto-infotainment
Today's driver (and their passengers) demand the best in auto-infotainment. After all, you can't be the coolest kid on the block without all of the tech-centric bells and whistles to impress. One look at the dash of the dashing Corolla tells you everything you need to know, with a 7-inch touch-screen and an available 4.2-inch high-resolution, full color, multi-information display to help you seamlessly manage the entire experience. Bluetooth connectivity launches your journey, allowing hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and music streaming. If you want to roll down the windows and let the whole world hear your playlist, the USB connector lets you plug-in your iPhone while the crisp 6-speaker set-up makes sure they do.
4. Dedication to Driver Experience
From the moment you walk up to your Corolla you'll witness the Corolla's dedication to you, the driver. The available Smart Key System conveniently lets you unlock the front doors and trunk and allows you to start the vehicle with the push of a button. The standard integrated backup camera is the best of its kind and will turn even the most nervous parallel parker into a boastful one. The neighboring multi-information display provides you with everything you need to know about your journey, including current fuel economy, which by the way is also amazing. The L, LE, and XLE come in at 28 city / 36 hwy while the SE delivers 28 city / 35 hwy and the SE 6MT comes in at 27 city / 35 hwy. The Corolla also continues to answer the call for a more efficient vehicle via the LE Eco with an ECO driving mode that offers up to an EPA-estimated 40 mpg (highway).
Driver conveniences continue in the SE and XSE sedan with performance-focused touches like steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a sport gauge cluster, and a Sport Mode button. Additional updates include enhanced handling and an available shiftless transmission known as CVTi-S, with intelligent Valvematic technology. View more on model by model driver benefits of the 2017 Corolla.
5. Sworn Commitment to Safety
Hands down, reliability is the biggest part of what has made the Corolla so popular throughout history. Safety is the key component of this criteria. Here in 2017 this commitment to the welfare of drivers, passengers, and others on the road extends far beyond the norm with the updated and advanced Toyota Safety SenseT P (TSS-P). Some of these new safety features have been placed at your fingertips and integrated into the Corolla's wheel-mounted controls. What is included in TSS-P? It comes with Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. But it doesn't stop there.
The Corolla also maintains Toyota's longstanding Star Safety SystemT which adds Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Smart Stop Technology, Whiplash-Injury-Lessening front seats, 8 airbags, and a Tire Pressure Monitor System in addition to a standard LATCH system for households with children.
Whew, that's a mouthful, but it all speaks to why the Corolla is indeed the most popular vehicle on the planet. View our complete line-up of this iconic car and contact our Greater Vancouver dealership to schedule a test drive today.