2005 Toyota Corolla Review
2005 Toyota Corolla Review
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|List Price Range:||$6,275 - $6,475|
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Edmunds' Expert Review
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- Refined and roomy interior, excellent gas mileage and crash test scores, long list of safety features, spunky XRS model, illustrious reliability record.
- Awkward driver-seat position, bland personality, gets pricey when even basic features are desired, sedan body style only.
A sporty new XRS model debuts boasting a 170-horsepower engine and a sport-tuned suspension. Additionally, all Corollas receive a restyled front fascia and rear taillights. The LE model now has Lexus-like Optitron instrumentation, along with a cloth-trimmed center console and sun visors. Side curtain airbags, stability control and a JBL audio system are all new options.
A solid economy sedan that many will purchase on the basis of name alone. Next to its peers, though, the Corolla costs too much and lacks personality.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2005 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.35 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
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Read what other owners think about the Used 2005 Toyota Corolla.
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Sandra Parker, 04/11/2016
2005 Toyota Corolla CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
The car is 2005 and I have never had one major repair needed in all the years I have owned it. This is my 3rd Toyota Corolla, and if I buy another car, it will the same make and model. Most reliable car on the road in my opinion.
5 out of 5 stars
Kabir Wali, 08/17/2015
2005 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Wow, Toyota nailed it with this model. I own a 2005 Corolla Sports sedan with 112k now that I bought with 90k in March of 2014. It's really reliable, the gas mileage is great, the stock sound system they have is good also. Gives you close to 35mpg when you're driving on the highway, I like the fact that anything mechanically is easy to fix and cheap as well. Personally I have no issues … with this car, mine came with the moonroof which was another pro for this car. The couple of things I wish it had was a aux slot, and steering wheel volume control as I keep leaning forward to change the radio station or make the music louder. Other than that, the car is great, hopefully I can put a lot more miles on it.
4.5 out of 5 stars
2005 Toyota Corolla CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
I have a 2005 Corolla CE that just turned over 170,000 miles. I have done nothing to it except routine maintenance. Runs just like it did when it was new. I plan on keeping it until the engine falls out of it.
4.38 out of 5 stars
Piratical A-to-B car
2005 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
Understand this review is based 100% on the amount of money I paid for it in comparison to others cars at the time. Havening owned the Toyota Corolla LE Automatic for a little over 6 years now Im glad I bought it. This car is exactly what you would expect for about the 15.5k or so I got mine brand new. Im 511 barefoot, 220lb and I can make peace with the seating and steering … orientation. The only negative thing about it is the fact thats its a little under powered for my tastes, but then again I have a 530 HP(give or take) truck I play in. Also a lot of people say that it makes a lot of road noise. Let me ask you a question, how often have you heard a 2800 lb or so car not make road noise??? I also have a 97 Continental that is just as every bit noisy when you put in on the firm ride setting. And the engine in a 4 banger, this one and about every other Ive driven does too. The fact on gas milage are this, the thing get about 95% of the rated 34/MPG highway (thats about 32/MPG) that the EPA says it should. And yes 34/MPG is the correct MPG for this model, the 06 is the one with the 40 or whatever mpg. I know because I saw it on the chemical back in February 05!!! Not to mention the fact if you multiply the 13.2 gallon tank buy 34 you get about 450 miles. I averaged about 390~420 miles to a tank on the highway so thats all the confirmation I ever needed. I will admit the city mileage took a pretty steep nose dive to around the 25-27/MPG mark. It seemed to fluctuate from 290/tank to 320/tank. Then again the way Im used to driving my truck that probably has a lot to do with it LOL!!! IT does not get stuck easy with good all terrain tires (trust me Ive got it stuck doing dumb stuff in it). The paint job is a little iffy on the lower parts of the unibody, but overall its very smooth and even with the clear coat. The fold-down seats, dont fold all the way down per say, but it makes plenty of room for an 8 Christmas tree or a few 10 foot fly rods. If you really REALLy want to decide for yourself if this is a car worth buying, see if you can work a deal out somehow to drive one around for a weekend. I test drove several cars several times before I chose this one, it was the right price for what I was getting. I did not buy this car because it was the car for me I bought it as a practical, reliable to way get to around and not completely bite it at the pump. I mean why do you think I got in in automatic???
2005 Corolla Highlights
|Combined MPG||31 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$131/month|
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of RolloverNot Rated
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestNot Tested
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalPoor
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestNot Tested
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintPoor
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Used 2005 Toyota Corolla Overview
The Used 2005 Toyota Corolla is offered in the following submodels: Corolla Sedan. Available styles include LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A), CE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M), XRS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M), and LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M). Pre-owned Toyota Corolla models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 130 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2005 Toyota Corolla comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.
What's a good price on a Used 2005 Toyota Corolla?
Price comparisons for Used 2005 Toyota Corolla trim styles:
- The Used 2005 Toyota Corolla LE is priced between $6,475 and$6,475 with odometer readings between 120000 and120000 miles.
- The Used 2005 Toyota Corolla S is priced between $6,275 and$6,275 with odometer readings between 173000 and173000 miles.
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