Had this vehicle for three days as a
rental in Denver, CO and it suited this
purpose quite well. I guess as a
commuter or grocery-getter, it would be
a reasonable choice. The main problem
is that this car is WAY underpowered
(getting on the expressway is scarry
business and having the pedal to the
floor on hills was not uncommon) and
not fun to drive at all. I've driven
1.0L in Europe that performed better.
The driving dynamics seem awkward at
best, likely due to the vague steering.
The passenger comfort is decent for
this class of car but overall, this car
is mediocre at best. I would consider a
Focus instead as it's more fun
to drive and has the 2.3L.
Interior storage and trunk space is
very nice. Seating position for driver
isn't too shabby either. Fit & finish
as well as the smart passenger airbag
is a nice touch for this class of auto.
The exterior temp reading in the
cluster is cool too.
MORE POWER (is there *really* 130 hp in
there?), exterior styling could be made
much less bland and the body could be
made to seem less tinny.
This vehicle handles dangerously on the highway. Toyota chose to equip this vehicle with Goodyear Integrity tires, which arguably are some of the worst passenger car tires ever made. Torque steer is way out of line for such a small car. The Corolla gets blown all over the highway in strong winds, and is difficult to control. Persistent problems abound with the fuel system in the Corolla. Including no start conditions after the car sits 30 minutes. Impossible to make factory stereo iPod ready. Cheap, paper cone speakers produce horrid sound. This car simply fails to do anything well.
Utilize non-deathtrap tires, stereo, refined fuel system, better fit & finish to eliminate squeaks & rattles. Add stability control.
After I bought it, I already visited
the dealer 4 times to repair. Interior
is really a nightmare. A consol, side
airbag molding, dashboard part, ceiling
molding, and etc are shaky and coming
out. Heat shield at bottom of a car
makes noises, and tire pressure monitor
warning light is not working at all. I
think toyota never inspects their car
before selling it. I am really
sun visors, steering wheel is too far
from the seat. better seats.
The car is too small to find a comfortable position. Made for very small people, the power is... there isn't any. The seals leak on the window. Very noisy ride. AC can't really keep the car cool enough inside. The sound system is poor quality. Low and hard seats leave a person hurting after a trip around town. Visibility is very poor to the rear of drivers side. Low clearance under car makes a small road hazard a very big problem. Cheap paint, chips easy. Handling on icy roads very good, but low clearance is again a big problem.
The radio antenna on the top above the back window and the tail lights, the oil filter is up front, easy to get to when car is elevated, gas mileage gets 44 mpg on the highway.
Better seats that can adjust better, better mirrors w/ built in convex. Higher ground clearance. Insulate body construction to deaden the road noise, better speakers for the radio.
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