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Pros: Styling, dash cluster, decent speakers, good quiet smooth ride.
Cons: Driver legroom
Advice: Whatever you buy, make sure you like it!Handling and performance are what you would expect from a Toyota in this class- solid and reliable. Nothing to 'wow' you, just good quality. The auto-trans is very smooth, as are the brakes. The seating position does take a little getting used to, but the interior is very quiet with a quality feel to it. Enormous trunk for a vehicle of its size. This car does have a tendency to get blown around on windy days; I'm hoping that better tires cure some of that. Overall, I am very satisfied with my Corolla S, and am looking forward to the day when the bank no longer owns it. No matter what, you can't get this quality for the money from an American car.
Pros: Short trip ergonomics
Cons: Drivers seat will not adjust far enough back for more legroom.
Advice: Great for short trips or commutesThe car handles very well, and braking is quite good. Acceleration is decent, but you have to drive it quite aggresively to exhibit these capabilities. Comfort is so-so, as the engine buzz gets to you on longer drives.
Cons: No lights on the left side of the steering column dashboard for the mirror adjustment.
Advice: Buy one ...you'll like it...no buyers remorse possibleJust got my S about a week ago and put about 1300 miles on it. 33 mpg on the first tank of gas...36 on the second. The ride is good. The car is snug in that there is little road noise but the engine seems a little noisy. I love the seats and the looks from the outside. This car is not for a tall person over 6 feet as the seats do not slide back far enough for someone that tall. The steering wheel is too far up for me so I wish Toyota would consider a telescoping column. Overall I am absolutely pleased with the performance and mileage on the car realising I have not had it very long but I am counting on the Toyota reliablity history to keep my current opinion right where it is at. With gas going to $4/gal next year, which is my crystal ball telling me that, this car will be prove to be a bargain for the forseeable future.
Pros: AFFORDABLE, GREAT MPG (38+), SMOOTH HANDLING, PLENTY OF HP FOR ME!
Cons: I FEEL VULNERABLE TO LARGE TRUCKS AND SUVS
Advice: THIS IS THE BEST CAR FOR THE MONEY!!THIS CAR RIDES AND DRIVES WONDERFULLY. IT REMINDS ME OF MY PARENTS TOYOTA CAMERY. IT HAS A VERY SIMULAR LOOK AND FEEL WITHOUT THE PRICE TAG. I TRADED IN MY 99' DODGE RAM 1500 FOR A MORE FUEL EFFICIENT VEHICLE AND BOY THIS WAS IT. THE AMOUNT I SAVE EVERY MONTH IN FUEL COSTS MORE THEN MAKES MY CAR PAYMENT. NOT TO MENTION, I GET A BRAND NEW CAR OUT OF IT. THIS CAR IS ALSO LOADED WITH MANY STANDARD FEATURES. WOW! I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CAR TO ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR AN AFFORDABLE WAY TO SAVE ON GAS COSTS. PLUS, THIS IS A TOYOTA. YOU WILL GET MANY, MANY, MANY MILES WITHOUT A LOT OF REPAIR BILLS.