No manufacturer is better known for building stalwart, reliable cars than Toyota. And the car that built that reputation was the Corolla. Extreme simplicity was at the core of the first Corolla's engineering. Introduced during 1966 in Japan, the first Corolla came to the United States in the summer of 1968 riding on a 90-inch wheelbase in two-door coupe, four-door sedan and two-door wagon body styles. It was the smallest car Toyota had sold in America up until that time. A 60-horsepower, 1.1-liter overhead valve four-cylinder mounted longitudinally in the engine bay sent power to a four-speed manual transmission and then to a solid rear axle. An automatic transmission wasn't yet on the options list. The first Corolla's unibody structure had a strut front suspension and mounted the rear axle on a pair of leaf springs. There was nothing sophisticated about the first Corolla and it wasn't pretty, but it was so simple that there were almost no parts to break. Toyota worked hard through the '60s to overcome the then common perception that Japanese products were shoddy. To shorten my article, I'll talk about the 1998 Toyota Corolla model right up to the 2017 version. The Corolla entered 1998 with a brand new design that included a new engine, new sheet metal and new safety updates. Following the new design, much was the same for 1999. The VVT-I engine technology reduced emissions and bumped hp by 5 for the 2000 Corolla. A slight restyle to the front and rear fascias alongside a new front grille and trunk release handle rounded out the updates for the 2001 Corolla. No changes were in store for 2002. But in 2003, an all-new Corolla debuted with more interior space, more luxury features, and more standard equipment, albeit at a pricing increase. The Corolla would not receive any changes for 2004, with the XRS sport model debuting in 2005. Model years 2006-2008 saw no changes. For 2009, an all-new Corolla was unveiled that offered much of the same with a new design, new tail lamps, optional GPS and optional 2.4-liter engine. The addition of standard stability control was the only update for 2010. Minor updates to interior and exterior styling were the only updates for 2011. Standard, all-powered accessories and a new sound system marked the changes for 2012. An updated audio system and front grille greeted buyers in 2013. In 2014, an all-new Corolla rolled off the assembly line. 1998 Toyota Corolla The 1998 Toyota Corolla is an affordable and efficient five-passenger compact sedan which starts well under $15,000 and earns nearly 40 mpg on the highway. 1999 Toyota Corolla A compact sedan with seating for five, the 1999 Toyota Corolla is an affordable and efficient car that starts well under $15,000 and earns nearly 40 mpg on the highway. 2000 Toyota Corolla A compact sedan capable of nearly 40 mpg on the highway, the 2000 Toyota Corolla is one of the best selling vehicles in the entire world. 2001 Toyota Corolla The 2001 Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan that seats five passengers, gets over 40 mpg on the highway, and is one of the best selling cars in the world. ] 2002 Toyota Corolla A compact sedan with room for five, the 2002 Toyota Corolla is an affordable and efficient option that is rated at over 40 mpg on the highway. 2003 Toyota Corolla A compact five-passenger sedan, the 2003 Toyota Corolla has a 130 hp four-cylinder engine in all three trims which earns over 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. 2004 Toyota Corolla The 2004 Toyota Corolla is a compact five-passenger sedan which is powered by a 130 hp 1.8L four-cylinder rated at 32 mpg in the city and a very impressive 40 mpg on the highway. 2005 Toyota Corolla The 2005 Toyota Corolla is an entry-level, five-passenger compact sedan and it is capable of 32 mpg in the city and over 40 mpg out on the highway. 2006 Toyota Corolla A compact sedan that seats five passengers, the 2006 Toyota Corolla is affordably priced and rated at 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. 2007 Toyota Corolla An affordable and fuel-efficient five-passenger sedan, the 2007 Toyota Corolla is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine which is capable of 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. 2008 Toyota Corolla The 2008 Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan that is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder which is capable of a very efficient 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. 2009 Toyota Corolla Affordable and fuel efficient, the 2009 Toyota Corolla is a compact economy sedan that has one of the best reliability records in the industry. 2010 Toyota Corolla A compact four-door sedan with seating for five, the 2010 Toyota Corolla has great standard safety features and hits 35 mpg on the highway. 2011 Toyota Corolla A practical and affordable sedan, the 2011 Toyota Corolla blends performance, style and safety into an economical package. 2012 Toyota Corolla The 2012 Toyota Corolla is a FWD sub-compact sedan powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. 2013 Toyota Corolla Relatively unchanged for 2013, the Toyota Corolla is a FWD sub-compact sedan powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. 2014 Toyota Corolla A reliable and economical car, capable of up to 40 miles per gallon, the 2014 Toyota Corolla wraps classic Toyota elements into an attractive and new sub-compact. 2015 Toyota Corolla The best-selling Corolla by Toyota is everything you’d ever want in a sedan, wrapped in a bow of amenities and addable options that make it enticing for buyers. 2016 Toyota Corolla Toyota’s best-selling Corolla returns for 2016 with all the features and comfort you’d expect. 2017 Toyota Corolla Toyota’s best-selling Corolla sedan delivers compact efficiency at a bargain price.