I just leased a 2013 S mainly for my son.
He loves the car. Sunroof.
Rides well. Quiet. Enough power with the manual. He's 6'4" and fits fine. Edmunds recommends considering other cars but the ones they recommend don't inspire confidence. The difference between the editors and me is that they get to give theirs back after 2 weeks. I noticed the negative user comments on the Corolla are around style and a little under powered. I noticed the negative comments on the suggested alternatives are mechanical, like transmissions grinding and steering columns shaking. I guess I'd rather have a "disconnected driving experience" than a disconnnected wallet experience.
Quiet solid ride. Sunroof. Keeps the tech simple and usable. Hopefully reliability
Well I must say its my first new car purchase. I wanted a Honda but couldn't afford one that I like so I looked at this car and fell in love. The radio is awesome and I can ride comfortably. (I'm 6'2") I love the interior and its so smooth. Very quiet ride and gets me so far on a tank. I average 30 mpg in city driving. I used to own a 1997 4runner that got only 19!!
I just bought a 2013 Corolla S loaded. I am still in the high from it. I can tell you that thing is nice! It's not a boring ride at all. I have plenty of power for traffic maneuvering. I love how it has a luxury ride feel and how spaciousness the cabin is. I think it looks very cool and hip...especially at night.
Not plain like some others say. This thing is sharp on the outside also...very sporty. I really made a wise decision buying this. Not only is it cool and stylish, but it will last many years to come thanks to Toyota's quality.
I wish I had a garage to preserve it.
Spacious cabin while still sporty. The stereo system. The feel. Honestly, there isn't anything I don't like about this car....except for the left foot rest. I could do without that. I'm going to have them remove it.
Do careful research and test driving and there really is only one option and no competitors. You simply cant find a car with the size comfort quietness and safety. Plus fuel economy is the same as the yaris and the echo before it except in town. Reliability... It's a toyota. Just change the oil and it will keep running forever. We live in our car and put about 800 km on it every week. I upgraded for the 2008 Yaris. It makes sense they dropped the Yaris sedan, for just a bit more you get a car you could live in with the same gas milage. Yaris had legendary dependably but it was a point A to B kinda car.
To spend money on any other compact would be a a choice that is not based on facts.
Audio capabilities are modern and awesome. C.D have gone the way of the Dodo, Bluetooth phone and audio is awesome. Barely any road noise. Not a bumpy jumpy ride. Smooth and enjoyable. All seating is spacious and
the neck rest won't break you're neck. Awesome telescopic steering wheel. Moonroof was a nice surprise. Opens all the way up. Everything is Solid and durable feeling. Today I fit 3 big water cooler jugs plus 3 large bags of laundry and detergent in the trunk plus a mini snow shovel and a small box of cleaning supplies. Still had room left over. Unless you need and big car why bother.
Can't think anything. I mean: its a corolla. Don't fix something that isn't broke. You could make it taller for tall people but the. It wouldn't be so sleek.
If this helps in anyway, i had a new 2012 elantra which needless to say sucked. Yea all it has on this car is probably fuel economy and modern interior, but corolla hands down beats the elantra bc of the QUALITY. Toyotas are way more dependable and this car is sturdy and i love it. My old car for a brand new car actually had loose wire issues so i brought it to the dealer 4 times for numerous issues. ( getting stuck in park/ drive). Suspension sucks as well, car slips alot. Can barely go over 60 on the highway over few bumps with out noticing slips . So to me corolla s is AWESOME! No slips..great suspension, very comfortable to me and i dont have to worry which is the best peace of mind :)
maybe a more modern interior? but all in all its basic and that's really all you need.