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Has gone through everything, been in a couple crashes/fender benders and even after not being serviced properly for years, keeps going and still 30mpg+ highway after 9 yrs and 220k miles!!!
good reliable presentable car
Pros: Compact size; easy to park.
Cons: A little tight in leg room for some friends.My toyota is a comfortable, reliable friend. It has endured a few dents and bangs. It has never failed to start. I have given it checkups and oil changes and good care. I recommend it to anyone.
Cons: comfort, fairIn excellent condition, no problems
Pros: Great mileage with plenty of comfort and luxury.
Advice: If you can upgrade to leather that would make it as nice as a Lexus, whom manufactured the facia.I just took my corolla on a road trip to Washington DC from Chicago, IL. The first half of the trip is through the flat but windy midwest plains of Indiana and Ohio at arate of 70mph, but once in Pennsylvania the rest of the trip is roughly 65mph up and down through the Appalachian Mountains. My corolla got amazing mileage throughout the trip. Off of one 38 dollar, amoco-ultimate fill-up I got an astonishing 535 Miles! And if it wasnt comfy I couldnt have drive the entire 12 hour trip and still gone out that night for cinco de mayo. On average, when I'm driving around Chicago, which I do a lot more city than highway driving I can pull off an average of 410 miles from one fill up! thats about 9 cents a mile. LOVE MY COROLLA!
Pros: The car looks sharp
Cons: The rough ride
Advice: I'm not sure Toyota has the same quality standardsFor the first year my Toyota Corolla drove like a dream. But for the last year and a half its had a rough ride. I just brought it back to the dealer for the third time and finally they changed the two front struts (just barely within the 3 year warranty)but still it is a fairly rough ride. You feel every little bump in the road. Next time I will look into a different car manufacturer. On the plus side the car gets good gas mileage, and the car looks great. Starting in 2003 they gave the the Corolla a much sharper look.
Pros: Roomy interior, gas mileage, comfort, lots of zip accelerating.
Cons: Engine noise, tires drop off very quickly
Advice: Take a lengthy test drive.I've had my Corolla LE for 2 years now. My only complaint is the engine noise. Extremely loud when accelerating. Every one who drives my car always comments, 'Wow, this takes off like a rocket!' which it does. However, it drops off quite a bit when you hit 45-50 mph and sometimes sluggish when you need to pass on a hill. Turning off the Overdrive solves that problem. I love the interior. It looks expensive. I have the cream colored cloth seats, and the faux wood grain on the dash is very stylish. The tires dropped off very quickly and the stereo isn't that great. Lots of room for passengers and on a 2000 mile road trip, the gas mileage and comfort were excellent. I was really unimpressed with the Honda Civic I test drove. It didn't even compare. Very tinny and every bump you hit, you felt. I would definitely recommend the Corolla.
Pros: Temperature guage and never having to turn On/Off headlamps.
Cons: Sound system is extremely poor quality.
Advice: I'm semi-petite, but always in day time, my lower back feels uncomfortably warm, even in winter. Perhaps a ribbed fabric may prevent problem, but since it's not offered, I'd suggest opting for leather seating, if you feel a commonality to my situation.Very little distinction in handling as compared to my previous car which was a 1999 Mercedes-Benz C280. That would say alot, I guess.