Gets about 30mpg about everywhere. Never had an issue with reliability but oil consumption... head gasket tends to go bad... I spend $8 month REFILLING the oil. Safety... no anti-lock breaks... no bells/whistles. Front airbag only (does it work?). Should be illegal to produce a car so equipped. Car rusts easily, no fiberglass to speak of... junking this one because it's badly corroded over 15 years. It also has numerous dents, some serious, that were incurred from no more than sliding into stuff in bad weather. Car crumples like nobody's business. Exhaust rusted off 12 years after manufacture... 1,000 dollars a year on average upkeep and yet I can tell I'm losing ground nonetheless. Pretty sure Toyota intended that this car not last the decade of its manufacture... uses a hybrid engine without the battery (reason it gets 30 in the city) and without the proper cams! 10 mpg penalty for no reason at all... oh, well to boost the oil companies.
I bought my Corolla in 2009 with just under 72k miles on it. I had a few issues at first but had it VERY thoroughly inspected (every nook & cranny) and found out the issue (the rear brake drums had never been turned), fixed it, and haven't had a lick of trouble since. The car currently has 117k miles on it and runs like a dream. It had it's first tune-up last summer and that improved the mpg by 4, so now it gets about 36 on the highway. I plan on driving it until it finally dies. It's economical, reliable, mechanically sound, and is just an all-around great car!
4 doors, air conditioning, stereo, power everything
more leg room in back seat. also back seat is hard to get in and out of if you're tall like me (6').
Bought an 02 S model about 3 years ago. Abused by original owners and left for dead. Our friend at the junkyard for it working in a jiffy. My first car, college car, put some 40k long and hard freeway miles on it (it's at 180k now), replaced transmission, struts, manifold and a wheel baring, but it has never broken down on me or failed to start. I've driven it through hot Vermont summers and freezing Maine winters. This is the car I walk out to every morning and thank the Lord for. It is a car I am truly satisfied with.
This S - sport edition - has a tachometer and a cool steering wheel. It handles nice and tidy like a sports car should. It knows that it's supposed to be sporty and fulfills that.
All black interior feels good.
I've driven it hard, ran it near out of oil a couple times, but it's still faithful and reliable as a rock.
The cosmetics - mostly plastics - were clearly not made for New England weather and have now all broken. Cruise control stalk, rainguards, and even the door handle once broke - just the plastic parts.
The 4-speed automatic transmission is a bit slow on the gear changes... and the center console is only big enough to rest either the driver's arm or the passenger's arm... but I suppose that wouldn't be a problem if you're holding her hand ;)
My Corolla is just reaching 244,500 miles and is still going strong. So far, the only thing I've had to replace is the normal; oil filter, air filter, tires, and brakes. I absolutely love my car and I'm glad it's lasted this long.. I know the day will come when old Rollo retires, and it will be a sad day indeed.
Durability and Fuel Efficiency. Also, the cruise control and power windows/locks are great!
The only things I'd really like to change would be the headliner (mine's falling down) and the cup holders kinda suck.. Mine tend to get jammed when someone closes them and can be a pain to get opened again.