2004 Toyota Camry Solara - SLE (A4) Coupe
Pros: the power seats
Cons: pulls to side
Advice: take it on a long test drivecar pulls to left. i have a 2000 sleV6, 75000 miles. it has been to several different shops including dealership. gave up on correcting problem about 35,000 miles ago. other than that it has been a rock solid, dependable car. just DON'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE ROAD!!!
2005 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)
Pros: Fuel effiency
Cons: Lack of leg room for taller drivers
Advice: Research many cars in this class. Some are flashier, some have more creature comforts, some are close with resale value and fuel effiency, but the Corolla seems to be the complete package.I am generally impressed with my 2005 Corolla S, but I do have some complaints. The biggest complaint I have is the fact that the front seats do not go back far enough. I am 6'2', and I feel a bit cramped in the car. This is surprising to me that Toyota's engineers still have not designed the Corolla to give slightly taller people the leg room they need. The car I traded in, a 1994 Ford Escort, had plenty of room for my longer legs. It would seem obvious that they could probably sell a few more cars by simply allowing the drivers seat to go back another 2 inches... especially since there is plenty of leg room for rear seat passengers (relative to this class of car). The only other (very minor) complaints I have are the fact that the power window lockout for passenger windows not only locks out the window from the passenger's switch, but also from the driver's switch. This seems a little strange, but it is nothing I can't get used to. Next, the center arm rest (if you can call it that) is too low. It should be raised up to be even with the arm rest on the door and have more padding in it. Another little annoyance was that (at least on vehicles with the power rearview mirror) the sunvisors hit the mirror when you flip them down. It took me 10 minutes of adjusting to get it to where the mirror was in the right spot without either visor hitting it. The last complaint is that on the S model, the design of the front air dam (right under the liscense plate) is a bit askew. It would look a lot better if it was even all the way across the bottom of the car. Having said all of that, let me say that the positives far outweigh the negatives on a Corolla. The interior is quiet, controlls are in just the right places, the engine has plenty of pep (relative to this class of car), and the overall quality is world-class. Resale value on a Corolla is outstanding, and it comes with a fairly good standard waranty (3/36 BTB and 5/60 powertrain). The gas milage is fabulous, and unlike many cars in this class the automatic transmission does not seem to kill the engine performance. The handling of the Corolla is very good also. Compare with other cars in this class, I believe the Corolla is the right choice.
2005 Toyota Corolla - LE (M5)
Pros: The tightness and quality. Also a very easy to read instrument cluster and easy to use radio.
Cons: The ride and the seats.
Advice: Spend at least an hour driving over all kinds of terrain before making your decision.The Corolla LE is a solid economy car with very high quality and nice luxury touches. Unfortunately that's offset by a too-firm ride and too-high seats with side bolsters that press into the theighs. I likely the solidness and quality of the car but hated the ride and seating. I traded it for a 2005 Scion tC after only two months of ownership. If you have back problems (I do) this car is way too firm for you.
2005 Toyota Corolla - CE (M5)
Pros: The layout- controls big and easy to use, storage and conv. cup holders
Cons: Intermitt. wipers w/out variable settings
Advice: Buy it and no worries for the next 15 years...Also drove the Civic and Sentra, and this felt much quicker than the Civic (not quite as quick as the Sentra), but handled better. The Corolla sits up higher than the others and feels more like a mid-siezed than compact sedan. Corolla also offers a height adjustment on the driver's seat (others do not). Safety equal if not better than Civic and far better than Sentra. Controls are easy to get to and big. The intererior of the Corolla also felt roomier, as well as a BIG trunk. Add on the great gas mileage and it was an easy decision. Adding a few upgrades would have been nice, but not neccessary (ABS, side air bag curtains, keyless entry).
2005 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)
Pros: Spoiler and body kit
Cons: 130 hp
Advice: Shop around for the best deal.I actually bought this car last weekend (7/16/05)and I love this car. While the horsepower could be a little more, the overall quality of this vehicle for the price is why Toyota sells more cars than anyone. My Corolla S looks sporty, handles well and the interior is roomy and user friendly with some really cool features. I highly recommend this vehicle.
2005 Toyota Corolla - XRS (M6)
Pros: the motor
Advice: I paid 18k plus t&l good value for the moneyBought my 2005 corolla xrs new in Jan 2005 and have put 13k miles on it in 4 1/2 months.The car is alot of fun to drive especially above 6200 rpm's.I have had it up to 125 several times and the car is very stable at those speeds along with good brakes to reel it in.The only thing that I don't like is the transmission.The gears are to close so your always shifting around town and on the highway rpm's are at 3500 at 65mph.Also no aftermarket stuff yet to make it go faster!
2005 Toyota Corolla - S (M5)
Pros: Chrome interior accents
Cons: They didn't give me much for the trade in- value of Elantra was 50% of what I paid when new!
Advice: Buy CorollaBought it 2/05. This vehicle is just great! I test drove all Corolla models and the S trim felt more substantial, though I liked them all. I'm 6ft 3 and getting in the car is kind of tough, but once you're in the car, it's fine for me. I got the manual, and it's fun to drive, more so than the Chevy Cobalt I test drove. This Corolla is the best small car out there, and if you're thinking of buying it, go for it! Also reliability has been top notch, which wasn't the case with the 2003 Hyundai Elantra I traded in.