2017 Toyota Corolla vs 2014-2016: Facelift changes in photo comparison

The facelifted 2017 Toyota Corolla sedan for North America has given an aggressive makeover. See the differences in this side-by-side comparison.

If nothing else, Toyota is intent on making its cars look more sporty. And for the 2017 model year, the E170 North American Corolla facelift is brimming full of visual aggression.

2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - front2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla S - front, red2014-16
At the front, the 2017 Corolla facelift has new thinner LED lights, a new upper grille with a beak-like holder for the Toyota badge, and on the sporty-themed models this massive black lower grille flanked by faux air intakes and prominent LED lights.
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - side2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco - side2014-16
No exterior panels were changed for the 2017 facelift, although there are new alloy wheel designs on some models.
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - rear2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla S - rear2014-16
Out the back, the facelifted Corolla has tail-light casing that are now almost completely red.
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - dashboard2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco - interior2014-16
Fewer changes inside the 2017 Corolla, although there's improved infotainment systems, and a standard backup camera for the entire US range.
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - front seats2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco - front seats2014-16
The front seats look to be carried over, and don't quite match the sporty design of the car's exterior.
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - red taillamps2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco - rear2014-16
The new all-red tail-lights may be a step backward for other road users, but they do look cool. Thanks US road regulations!
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition - nose2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco2014-16
This is the sports look for the facelifted North American Corolla (left). The grilles and faux air intakes are pretty darn big.
2017 Toyota Corolla XSE2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco - rear seats, half down, split fold2014-16
Rear seat accommodation hasn't changed on the facelifted model. Split-fold rear seats are still there.
2017 Toyota Corolla Eco2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla L2014-16
The 2017 Toyota Corolla Eco has a less sporty and more aerodynamic front-end design, but the lower grille area is still pretty in-your-face. Much more so than the plain versions of the pre-facelift E170 Corolla.
2017 Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Edition2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco - nose2014-16
The shape of the headlamps looks similar to the pre-facelift model, but they're actually a new design and thinner than before.
2017 Toyota Corolla Eco2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE Eco2014-16
The lower-spec headlights on the 2017 Corolla have a different lamp layout.
2017 Toyota Corolla Eco2017 F/L
Toyota Corolla LE2014-16
For less sporty models — again this is the Eco — the tail-lights aren't all red. The indicators and reversing light portions aren't fully red, but tinted pink.

Toyota Safety Sense-P is now standard on all 2017 Corollas with pre-collision safety with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, active cruise control, and automatic high beams.

All models a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a CVT and front-wheel drive. The Corolla Eco has a 140hp (104kW) version, while the rest of the range uses a 132hp (98kW) variant.



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