While the Corolla is a decent car, it does not stand out in any way and needs lot of improvement. Redesign the interior, move the clock to the radio area (add date/day of week); improve steering feel; illuminated controls for door locks & mirrors; 8 way power driver’s seat w/lumbar support; radio backlighting should be blue to match other controls; make the LCD bigger and higher resolution so it contains more info at a time (see Elantra). Every cheap gadget these days has high-res LCDs with a wealth of information! And get rid of the pixelated fonts; fog lamps on XLE. Heated outside mirrors standard on the XLE (Elantra offer them standard on all models); no intrusive hinges on trunk.
Pretty good ride, good mileage, nice gauges (XLE only – I hate the amber color).
Offer heat elements for the front wipers like on the Sienna; make Bluetooth available on all models, not just on the navigation models – after all we all use cell phones these days (see Nissan Versa) – import all contacts & photo ID automatically, & they should appear even when in Drive.
It's a good car but does not stand out in any way. Redesign the interior, clock in the radio area (add date/day of week); Improve steering feel; Illuminated controls for power door locks & mirrors; 8 way power driver’s seat w/ lumbar support; Radio backlighting should be blue to match other controls; Make the LCD bigger & higher resolution so it contains more info at a time, not force to toggle the TEXT button. Every cheap gadget these days offers high-res LCDs with a wealth of info! & get rid of the pixelated fonts; Make available fog lights on XLE. Heated outside mirrors standard on the XLE (Elantra offer them standard on all models); No intrusive hinges on trunk.
Mileage; illuminated ignition key ring; nice gauges (XLE only – I hate the amber)
Offer heat elements for the front wipers like on the Sienna. Make Bluetooth standard on XLE - not just on navigation models, & available on the LE (Nissan Versa) - after all we all use cell phones these days, & import all contacts (& photo ID) automatically - & they should appear even when in Drive.
Bought the 2009 Corolla have been very disappointed so far. It seems to have a mind of its own and wanders around the road, if you glance away even for a moment you will wind up on the other side of the road. Have to keep both hands on steering wheel at all times. Constantly correcting steering to stay on road. And forget driving on a windy day. Glad we did not trade in our 2005 KIA or we would be driving our work truck. Bought Toyota because we all ways considered them a reliable cars. We see this as a safety issue and intend to pursue what ever means we have to. This is our first new car and will probably be our last as we will be on fixed income soon. Wish I had read reviews first.
Gas mileage and large trunk, back seats laying down to accept bigger objects.
Electronic steering improved, darker interior, clock in radio, may come back with update later only have 1000 miles so far but hope we do not encounter any more problems.
Owned a 1998 Audi A6 that had lots of bells and whistles, but also lots of quality and reliability issues. The Corolla is no Audi, but for 1/2 the cost it looks good, has many nice features and the gas mileage is the best attribute. It is not the fastest car, but it is not supposed to be. I got used to the steering feel within the first tank and do not have the issue of it tacking straight down the road. I like the looks of the 2009 Corolla, not just a vanilla small car. Drove several others, Elantra, Mazda3 and Civic, but liked the Corolla best for looks and features.
Sharp appearance for a little car. The gas mileage is very nice. Reliability and quality so far is top notch. Handling and ride is not bad for a small car and performance is fine for 90% of everyday driving needs. Stereo system is not bad and I like the information system for temp, MPG, E/T
I agree that the clock not being visible is a bit of a bummer. Traction in Iowa winters in not that same as the Audi Quattro, expected better on a fwd car. No independent suspension in the rear seems odd these days, same with the lack of disk brakes in the rear, but no issues yet.