The Corolla features a timing chain rather than the usual belt, and has variable valve timing on both camshafts. The mileage is acceptable, although the speedometer reads about 2 mph fast at 35 mph. The fuel flow indicator shows 35.4 mpg after 1800 total miles, but the actual fuel consumption is 33.1 mpg. Adjusted for the previously mentioned speedometer error, that's about an actual 31 mpg. It has much more power than expected, and the full-time electric power steering is O.K. when I became accustomed to it. I'd buy it again, and the price is right compared with the available competition.
The 1.8 engine and auto transmission are flawless, and the Continental tires are of high quality with a 540 tread-wear rating, unusual in this price range.
The clock should be located in the center of the console instead of in the speedometer cluster, and the seats could be improved by changing the contours slightly.
This is an update. This car is well built and gets good gas mileage. That is expected of Toyota. What I have found after driving the car for over 10,000 miles is that it is not very comfortable. The seats are kind of hard when driving more than 2 hours and the arm rests are too hard. Now for the reason for the update: This new car, the car that was to be my reliable commuter, is now parked for the winter. After a 3 hour trip two weeks ago. On the way there there was some heavy rain and wind. The car was nearly uncontrollable! The tires hydroplaned often. On the way back it snowed. The car was blown around and was difficult to drive. All season tires worthless. Be careful!
Mileage, looks (S model). Fun to drive in nicer weather.
Clock, Temp display. Armrests are hard. Seats uncomfortable on longer drives, OK for daily commute. Unstable in wind. Tires hydroplane. Won't even try snow. Very loud going through puddles (water hits body panels, so does road salt, gravel etc). iPod dock?
This is an update of my earlier review. Now that we have had our Corolla for several months I can be more accurate about the mpg. With careful driving we can get 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, using the AC will reduce this to about 28/38 mpg. This is fantastic for any car. Fast drivers will of course get less. We drive between 65 and 70 on the freeways. All in all the Corolla is a great value for the money.
After buying a car, it's a great feeling when you realize that the car is a lot better than what you had expected. I brought it as cheap car for my long daily commute and I am extremely happy with it. It's a little weak on power, but besides that, it is great. I am getting an "average" of 39 mpg. Great for single person commuting. I would recommend Camry if there will be more than two passenger.
Comfortable seats, very nice stereo, very easy to use cruise control.
A little more legroom in the back seat. A little more power without compromising the gas mileage.
I went to the dealership to get a Prius and ended up with a Corolla. Bad decision. If I was looking at fuel efficiency and fun to drive and style in a Toyota, I should've listened to my gut feeling and picked up the Yaris hatchback instead. It's far more pleasing to the eye. The Corolla only excels in build quality and fuel efficiency. These are major things for most people and most people seem to definitely go past the looks and driving dynamics of this awkward-looking refrigerator. The interior is not bad except it looks more like the Korean cars of yesteryear, the floaty ride is good if I am the passenger and 4-speed auto is to dated, so as the drum rear brakes.
Let's start with the exterior look. This car looks like it was already 10 years old as soon as I drove out of the dealership. It was the nicest Corolla in the lot though.