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Cons: When my wife steals it from me.
Advice: If you drive less, buy a Camry.Great small car for a family or a commuter. I drive 500+ miles per week and I love my car. It's not going to throw you back in the seat with power but the trade off is 38 MPG. My last vehicle was my 98 Chev full size, and I'm a big guy, I feel very comfortable in the Corolla. The CD player rocks. The trunk is huge for the size of the car, two full size suitcases plus. I bought it through Autobytel and paid around 15K, it took all of two hours and I was driving my car.
Pros: Sporty features, the bottom spoiler.
Cons: The black interior shows alot of lint.
Advice: If you have never owned a Toyota, buy one!!i also test drove a 2003 honda civic, the new body style of the Toyota Corolla S made my decision. I previously owned a 1995 Honda Accord. This car is so much fun to drive, I love the sporty steering wheel and the exceptional gas mileage. This is no doubt the funnest car I have ever owned and the price can't be beat. We also own a Toyota Tacoma and Honda Accord.
Pros: Great suspension
Cons: Gutless Engine
Advice: If you like power forget this car.The Toyota looked impressive from outside and when I entered the vehicle it felt solid and well built. The interior is cramped and small and the car is about as plain as it can be. Nothing exciting or eye cathing inside. The handling was very tight which was great although the 130 HP Automatic drove like a car with 50 HP. Very SLOW and GUTLESS! The gas mileage is great but is will never make up for the lack of power. This made my decision NOT to buy the Corolla for me very easy.
Cons: Far lower than its 38 miles/per gal
Advice: must test it on highway to verify what is real EPA value of CorollaToyota brags that Corolla LE mileages is 38miles/per gal in fact when driving on highway, its mileage is only 27 miles/per gal, far less what Toyota brags on paper, don't believe cars adv.
Cons: Not enough h.p. or torque, not available with traction control or a rebate, cruise optional for the top version, 4-wheel ABS optional.
Advice: I suggest the 2003 Cavalier LS or LS Sport sedan instead!I was not impressed with the 2003 Corolla LE. Not enough h.p. and torque. No traction control available. 4-wheel ABS optional? And for the top version, cruise optional? I have to recommend the Cavalier LS or LS Sport sedan instead!
Pros: My favorite feature is the instrument panel.
Cons: The rear view mirror needs to be away from the visor.
Advice: Get ABS brakes for sure.The drive is sporty and the handling is very good. If I had ABS brakes the handling will definitly be excellent.
Pros: ride, height and looks
Cons: it doen't have xenon lites
Advice: drive and research any cari just bought a 2003 toyota corolla CE i have 2 honda civic at home and they are getting old, one has 232,000 miles. They are quality cars. So i went to see if i can get another civic 2003 i drove it and boy was i disappointed it drove rough, sluggish, hard and was weak as hell. it costs 15,000 for civic lx with 115 hp. Then i went to toyota dealer to see the camry i liked the look but when i saw the gas milage no way and finally then i drove the corolla not only was it alot smoother than the civic but it had a vvt-i engine that had enough hp even for me, and it is better looking, taller and thousands of dollars cheaper than a civic lx with the same options i got one. I had it a week and its like owning a lexus. i called up the lexus dealer and they told me that the toyota now have very similar engines to a lexus i.e. the VVT-i technology.