Used 2001 Toyota Corolla

2001 Toyota Corolla
List price range
$2,500 - $2,900

Pros

  • Smooth ride, spunky motor, tight build quality, refined bits and pieces, optional side airbags.

Cons

  • Cramped and uncomfortable interior, mushy suspension, non-descript styling, lousy stereo ergonomics.

Used 2001 Toyota Corolla for Sale

Toyota Corolla 2001 CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
135,684 miles
Used 2001
Toyota Corolla
CE
List$2,500
Est.Loan: $51/mo
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Toyota Corolla 2001
117,680 miles
Used 2001
Toyota Corolla
CE
Nobel Auto Select
50.4 mi away
List$2,900
Est.Loan: $60/mo
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Toyota Corolla 2001 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
330,934 miles
Used 2001
Toyota Corolla
S
Buchanan Kia
46 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Reliable but bland, the 2001 Toyota Corolla is a conservative pick in the economy sedan class.

vehicle overview

Toyota's venerable Corolla has gone through many changes since it was first introduced in 1968. Over the course of its long life, the Corolla has appeared as a hatchback, coupe, wagon and sedan. The world has seen enough people fall in love with this car to make it the best-selling nameplate in the history of automobiles.

Now, while that's neat and all, we're sure that what's really important to you and your wallet is whether this modern Corolla still has what it takes to stomp out its competitors. In short, it doesn't.

Dating to 1998, the current Corolla faces stiff competition from the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda Protege, and Nissan Sentra, all of which have been substantially redesigned or newly introduced since this particular Toyota was fresh out of the blocks. And they are all more satisfying cars.

To help fend them off until the next redesign, the Corolla comes equipped with a zippy, smooth-revving, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder aluminum engine that cranks out 125 horsepower, thanks to a variable valve timing and lift system that Toyota calls VVT-i. VVT-i employs continuously variable intake valve timing to provide greater engine performance, better fuel economy and reduced pollution over a wide rev range. When equipped with a manual transmission, this car pulls strongly. Automatic gearboxes are available too, including a technologically advanced (Not!) three-speed unit on base models.

Three trim levels are available on the slightly restyled 2001 Corolla. Base CE, better-equipped LE, and sporty S. The new S model includes "sporty" trim, fog lights, fake leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a tachometer with outside temperature display, among other things.

This year, Toyota is also freshening the exterior styling in a bid to draw buyers into showrooms. Changes include a revised front end with chrome-ringed grille, new headlights and taillights, and body-colored trim for LE and S models. Impulse Red and Indigo Ink replace Venetian Red Pearl and Twilight Blue Pearl on the color palette. Inside, a button has been added to control fresh/recirculated airflow, and in the trunk, and an internal release handle keeps kids from getting trapped.

Our biggest gripe with the Corolla is minimal legroom for both the driver and passengers, and the horribly uncomfortable seats. Center stack ergonomics also aren't up to standards in the class, and the soft suspension keels over in turns, making the tires howl in pain. But the ride is smooth, the cabin is quiet at speed, side airbags are an unusual option for the class, and the parts used in the car's construction exude quality.

Few competitors can match Toyota's run-forever reputation and high levels of build quality. But with lots of better cars competing for slices of the econo-sedan pie, Toyota has its work cut out for it in 2001. Especially since the Chevrolet Prizm, an identical twin of the Corolla, is sold with big, fat, juicy rebates at the Chevy dealer down the street.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2001 Toyota Corolla.

Ideal City Car
mrenz83, 5/19/2014
I live in NYC, and find this vehicle to be the ideal city car. The combination of excellent reliability, compact-size and great maneuverability make this car a winner. Between the horrible pothole ridden roads, stop and go traffic, excessive idling, and near-constant sudden breaking and my aggressive driving -- this car takes a beating, However, in spite of the abuse, my Corolla starts up every time - and continues to run stronger than ever. I currently have 140k on the car, and even with the abuse it takes from city driving fully expect it to last another 100k. I average about 6k miles driver a year, so I anticipate driving this car for the next 10+ years.
If it breaks down i will go buy the SAME CARE AGAIN SAME YR!
asad9, 2/16/2013
bought it from a used dealer, 137k in 2009. 4yrs later its at 230k. Good on gas, no break downs, just needs gas and oil change. Manage your fluids. Toronto (401 and VP) to niagra on probably 6-7 gas. Friends tell me its ugly, but i tell them there ugly!
Best Car I ever owned!
eeyore54, 7/1/2011
I bought this car when it had 23.000, now it has 230.000 on it and the only thing went wrong with it is I had to replace the power window motor on the drivers side after 10 yrs..
Good Choice
Beth, 1/5/2010
My Toyota Corolla is a reliable, fun to drive vehicle. It is easy to maneuver, holds to the road, gets good gas mileage, and maintenance has been minimum.
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Features & Specs

MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
125 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
25 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
3-speed automatic
Gas
125 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
125 hp @ 5800 rpm
MPG
28 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
125 hp @ 5800 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Acceptable

More about the 2001 Toyota Corolla
Used 2001 Toyota Corolla Overview

The Used 2001 Toyota Corolla is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 3A), S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), and S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2001 Toyota Corolla?

Price comparisons for Used 2001 Toyota Corolla trim styles:

  • The Used 2001 Toyota Corolla CE is priced between $2,500 and$2,900 with odometer readings between 117680 and135684 miles.

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