The 2007 Toyota Corolla is built off of the ninth generation Corolla frame which was introduced in 2003. A 10th generation model is available in Japan, and Toyota will introduce a new redesigned Corolla for the 2009 year. Starting life as an entry level subcompact, the Corolla has moved up in the world with the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra to make room for the Toyota Yaris. The XRS sport tuned model which featured a more powerful engine is no longer available for the 2007 year.
All three trims for the Corolla feature the same 1.8 liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine that outputs 126HP at 6000RPM. A 5-speed manual transmission comes standard, with an optional 4-speed automatic available.
Trunk space comes near the top of the compact class weighing in at 13.6 cubic feet. A large trunk space is accomplished through the goose neck support design which can crush fragile objects if you're not careful. The seats have a 60/40 split which lets them lay flat and creates an opening from the trunk which accommodates longer items such as skis or a ladder. Passenger space is a respectable 90.3 cubic feet.
Toyota has included a number of features standard, including: air conditioning, 15 inch wheels, a CD stereo system, and power mirrors. On the safety side there are front disc, and rear drum brakes, and front airbags. ABS with electronic distribution is optional for all models, and side impact airbags are optional as well.
CE ($14,305) - base model that comes with all the standard features. Stereo system is four speakers. No Vehicle Stability Assist available, as it comes optional for only the S, and LE versions.
S ($15,350) - sporty model that features a six speaker stereo system and other sport enhancements such as a leather wrapped steering wheel, and fog lights.
LE ($15,515) - highest end trim that loses some of the sport features of the S, but maintains the 6-speaker stereo system. A wood grain style trim and remote keyless entry are the two main luxury additions.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings (IIHS)
Front crash test - Good
Side impact test (with optional airbags) - Acceptable
Side impact test (no optional airbags) - Poor
National Highway Safety Traffic Association (NHTSA)
Front crash driver's side - 5 stars
Front crash passenger's side - 5 stars
Side crash front seat - 4 stars
Side crash rear seat - 4 stars