Overall good, honest transportation
By JMG on
2009 Toyota Corolla 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
The Corolla is a good commuter car that will retain its value and last for years. It's cheap, honest transportation with a few bonuses like standard side impact airbags. The biggest drawback with the '09 Corolla is the steering. It's incredibly vague and drifts on the freeway. Looking back, I wish I would have leased the car with a manual transmission. At the time, there weren't that many on the lot. I love Toyotas in general. We also have an '87 Camry in the family. Service has been very good at our local dealer.
Great fuel economy, standard side impact air bags, external styling, Toyota reliability, overall quiet ride, easy-to-use controls, funky green color makes it easy to find in parking lots.
Clock in speedometer cluster, very vague, awkward steering, interior gets dirty easily, cheap plastics are prone to rattling.