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The Ultimate Budget Friendly Family Vehicle

This post is sponsored by Toyota. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recently, I wrote about our trip to the Knoxville Zoo. We had a blast! While the Zoo is only about an hour and a half from us, we still needed a comfy and family friendly vehicle to drive. Both my husband and I have SUV’s and they are great family vehicles, but when I was given the opportunity to test out the 2017 Toyota Corolla XLE, I was so excited!

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First off, the Corolla not only has a sporty exterior, but also a spacious interior. The sporty exterior makes it a fun vehicle for any parent to drive. Let’s face it, sometimes as moms the only ‘quiet time’ we have is on our way to the grocery store or while driving to pick our kids up. Having a vehicle to drive that is fun and sporty, adds a few cool points for any mom or dad.

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Let’s go back to that spacious interior. We all know just how much room car seats can take up. We still have a rear facing toddler, so putting him in his car seat can be quiet the chore. The Corolla has plenty of room not only for car seats, but the trunk room is amazing! We took our full size stroller and a few bags with necessities on our road trip and had plenty of room for the items that we picked up while shopping!

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In addition to the roomy interior, the Corolla also has a sporty interior. I love the features that the XLE has, including navigation, XM radio, a sunroof and much more!

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Even though the features, spacious interior and sporty exterior are all nice; let’s face it, as parents, we focus on two things: budget and safety. The Corolla raises the bar in both of those areas. Awarded a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus award, and the NHTSA 5 Star Safety Rating , you can feel safe putting your family in the Corolla. I am very picky about what vehicles we drive our son around in and I was highly impressed at not only how safe the Corolla felt, but also all of the safety features it offers. It is also the only vehicle in its class to offer a standard collision-avoidance system!

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In addition to being safe for your family, the Corolla is budget friendly! Starting at $18,550 MSRP, the Corolla is sure to fit any budget and offers options for every family. A safe vehicle that fits your family’s needs for under $20,000? Now that’s a rare find! The Corolla was also given a 5 year cost to own award by Kelley Blue Book’s

If you have driven or own a Corolla, I’d love to hear from you! If you haven’t, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have!


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Tuesday 5th of December 2017

This is a great piece! What other child safety features does it have? Backup camera and all

Allison Lancaster

Friday 8th of December 2017

It has so many child safety features! I love that it has the anchors for the car seats and it's safety rating is so high!