2005 Toyota Corolla Consumer Review: The Best of Many Worlds

2005 Toyota Corolla - Consumer Review

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XRS Sedan (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Manual)

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The Best of Many Worlds
By P. Onsager on


2005 Toyota Corolla XRS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)


I spent a lot of time deciding on a car. I was almost sure I wanted a Civic Si, but when I randomly saw and test drove the XRS, my search had come to an end. It combines comfort, very decent styling, excellent interior materials and build quality, and easily the most rev-happy engine in its class. It can be driven mildly, as it doesn't actually hit 170hp until high (6-7k) rps but if you actually enjoy driving, it's a blast. Love revving way up in 1st and you're good to go from there on out. Combine these things with the fact that Toyota has maintained a reliability record that with Honda has been on the decline, and you have one great car...if you're lucky enough to find one!

Best Features

6 speed, comfortable seats, interior quality, body kit.

Worst Features

Rear fold-down seats, intermittent wipers, and no reverse beeping!!
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