The Toyota Corolla continues to be a popular make and model of car with all age groups of drivers. Recent New York Toyota Corolla lease deals have potential car buyers inquiring about changes to the automobile that the manufacturer has instituted for 2017. The answer is that while there have been several noteworthy changes, the essence of the Toyota Corolla remains largely the same.

New for 2017

This year’s Toyota Corolla has an increased emphasis on safety for both the driver and their passengers. These standard options include LED headlights and a rear view camera. The exterior of the Corolla has changed with a newly designed front end. Meanwhile the interior has experienced an upgrade too, with an impressive faux leather. (Edmunds.com/toyota/corolla/2017/)

Levels, trims and features

2017 marks the end for the Toyota Corolla S model. Car buyers will have an anniversary edition to celebrate Corolla’s birthday with a special SE edition. This joins the standard SE, XLE, LE Eco, LE and L versions of the automobile. XSE trims are also available to enhance your choice of Corolla.

L model – The base model of Toyota Corolla features LED lights and semi-LED headlights. There are also power locks, mirrors and doors. Standard features include cruise control, air-conditioning and a tilt telescoping steering wheel. Comfort abounds with an adjustable driver’s seat and front passenger seat with four way movement. The rear seat folds down on a 60/40 split for additional space within the automobile.

Each L model connects to Bluetooth, has a CD player, an iPhone radio jack, USB port and 6 inch touchscreen. Music lovers will enjoy all six speakers of the Entune (brand) audio systems. They will also be able to make requests using voice controls with Siri, allowing their hands to never leave the wheel when driving.

LE and LE Eco models – A purchase of the LE upgrade gives car buyers variable windshield wipers, automatic climate controls and keyless door entry. Cold weather drivers will enjoy heated mirrors on frosty days. The interior is enhanced with metal-like accents and the LE features 16 inch wheels for sturdy action on the road. A quick upgrade to the LE Eco grants a higher degree of aerodynamics, with 15 inch wheels, increased suspension and “maximum fuel efficiency.”

XLE model – This modest upgrade from the standard LE model offers features like an upgraded set of headlights, a life-like leather interior, larger seven inch touchscreen, HD radio option and Scout GPS app navigation. There is also a keyless entry and ignition for added convenience. The infotainment system offers an advanced “Entune Audio Plus audio system” with app options for Apple and Android smart phone users.

SE model – While the sportiest of the Corolla models, the SE is far from an actual sports car. It takes the standard LE model and builds upon it with the choice of a manual six speed transmission or a CVT (“continuously variable transmission”) option. What makes the SE sporty are its alloy 17 inch wheels, black mesh front grille and real spoiler. Car owners will also have an exhaust tipped in chrome, side mirrors with turn indicators and a steering wheel wrapped in leather in the CVT.

The front seats are designed to appear sporty, as are the dashboard gauges. SE models with manual transmissions also feature a sunroof for fine weather driving. Those who choose to purchase an SE with a manual transmission receive a keyless entry and ignition system. The infotainment system has additionally been upgraded with enhance Entune audio options. (Caranddriver.com/toyota/corolla-im)

XSE and SE CVT models – XSE and SE CVT provide drivers with an adjustable seat that moves in eight different directions. The 50th anniversary SE model adds 17 inch wheels that are painted gray. These go well with the “black cherry contrast stitching” on its upgraded leather interior upholstery.