This is an economy car, a little higher priced for that purpose but you get what you pay for. What I was willing to pay for was dependability, good gas mileage and easy to drive. What I got was exactly that. I bought this car new in 2008 and have driven it 120,000 miles and it has NEVER been in the shop except for oil changes, new brake pads and tires. It has been very dependable and worth every dollar I paid for it. It isnt a sexy car, or the best handling or very powerful but it does get around 33 miles per gallon, nice trunk space and decent interior space for its size. Overall, this car is perfect for what it is intended to be, highly recommend it to anyone.
I bought this car used with 75,000 miles and now own it 15 months and 20,000 miles later. Other than changing the oil and brakes & rotors, I have had no mechanical issues. Bought it as a reliable commuter car and it is living up to the assignment.
Favovrite feature is the great MPG. My commute is 33 miles each way. 7 miles on surface roads, 26 miles on highway. I usually avoid congestion and routinely get 33 to 36 MPG based on full tank fill ups.
My other favorite feature is rigid, quiet chasis. No body squeaks or rattles, minimal wind noise.
Picked up the car from the dealership when purchased and the car was making a ear piercing noise coming from the wheels. Ended up being the brake shields rubbing the brake rotors. When the car was delivered on the transport, they strapped the chains too close to the shields bending them. The Toyota dealership took the car back and gave us a piece of crap loaner with no air or radio and was about 10 years old. My wife was very upset since we just traded in our fairly new LTZ Suburban. Once we got the car back and took it home, I checked the tire pressure since the tire sensor monitor was on. There was only 18 psi tire pressure in the tires. Of course I attribute all this to the dealer.
The car is fun and easy to drive.
I can park it just about anywhere.
The gas mileage is great but like all other cars, it doesn't get the manufacture mpg ratings (up to 40 mpg).
My mpg averages are between 31(C)-37(H).
The interior is impressive because they used a two tone color and different materials throughout, ie: cloth, vinyl, chrome and of course textured plastics.
The 2009 Corolla took a downturn on the interior since it seems to be all plastic.
The dash layout works great and not complicated; pretty much downright sporty with well lite gauges.
Improvements should have been ABS as standard equipment which I don't have.
I locked up the brakes to avoid hitting a deer and flat spotted all the tires.
The passenger door doesn't have a 100% fit- seems to need an adjustment.
If the car is loaded with 4 adults, the stability is greatly effected at high speeds- I had to make a quick maneuver to avoid a wooden crate in the middle of the highway.
It scared the crap out of me how the car responded.
The belt tensioner started squealing at 45K miles.
I have owned this car for about a month now and have been enjoying it! It has great fuel economy and an extremely smooth ride. I love the LE trim...the nice wood grain on the interior and the comfortable seats. With 122 HP it isn't a sports car but it gets up and goes! The only downside to this car is I purchased it at 35xxx miles and the drivetrain belt had already gone on it. It was cracked and needed to be replaced -- fortunately under warranty. Everything else has exceeded my expectations! This was a replacement car after my '97 Saturn was totaled and I believe I made an excellent choice. Very reliable, safe and an overall great car to drive near and far!
I have owned this car for going on 3 years and have enjoyed the reliability of it, but it is a very plain and quite boring car. I sure did laugh at the people lining up for gas with their huge vehicles when gas was $4.00 per gallon and I was still cruising on the same tank I had for 2 weeks, however I do usually get only 28 mpg out of it which is less than I expected(lead foot). I hate being afraid that I will not make it fast enough to merge. The 1.8L engine is lagging and leaves a lot to be desired. When the condenser went on my AC it was NOT covered by their extended warranty which was a huge let down and expense. Overall this car gets me from A to B and starts up every morning.
Gas mileage and reliability.
Better more exciting interior and exterior. A quicker engine, better extended warranty, an engine that is not recalled.