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2009 Corolla S 4Dr Automatic
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By Bakka
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2009 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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This vehicle is providing on average above 37 mpg under normal driving conditions and 39+ on the highway currently. This is without the AC running. Two features I do not like are the lack of being able to manually control the headlights, and the vehicle came standard without intermittent windshield wiper capability. (Hard to believe on the wiper issue.) I also have some very strange noises coming from the left side of the engine compartment area that sounds as if something wants to come apart. So far, they have not been able to be identified. This makes the car feel unsecure at times. Overall though, the car is doing well at the nearly 10,000 mile mark.


Best Features

Fuel mileage.


Worst Features

Body integrity, manual control for the headlights, intermittent windshield wiper controls as standard


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So Far So Good
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By dcook
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2009 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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I purchased this car in lieu of a Hyundai Elantra. The only reason I was drawn to the Corolla was more headroom (I'm 6' 4"), otherwise the Elantra is more car for less money with a better warranty. We have had one for 3 years and it has performed flawlessly. It came with more standard features, drives better both in the city and on the highway and gets slightly better gas mileage. The Corolla’s style is admittedly more stylish and sporty. Toyota should fire the person that placed the clock it makes me wonder about other engineering decisions, that was plain stupid. The car has been trouble free except twice now the 6 cd changer just started spitting out disc for no good reason... hmm.


Best Features

Strong brakes, peppy engine, styling, comfort of seats in the S model, large trunk especially with the with fold down seats, (my son's wheel chair fits without folding them down), nice sound system, averaging 29 mpg city/hwy pretty much keep my foot in it too... good acceleration


Worst Features

Clock placement is stupid, air cond weak on 95 deg+ day, need a turbo package, do something about the over sensitive electric steering - took me several months to get used to. I've driven more cars than I care to remember, all over the world and have never had to fight one to go straight


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Pass this one by even if you are short!
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By andy92
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2009 Toyota Corolla S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car for my business. I am over 6’ tall and it was a big mistake. After 20 or so miles it gets very uncomfortable for someone tall. It hurt my back so bad I traded it in after only 200 miles! Before you think that a short person would find this vehicle acceptable, please pay careful attention to the steering issue. You cannot hold a straight line especially on the freeway. This is clearly a design defect that needs to be fixed. Strongly suggest you check out Mazda or VW for a small car.


Best Features

Fit and finish, peppy engine. Good gas mileage.


Worst Features

Make better seats, and provide more leg room. Fix the steering! Make the clock separate, it is dangerous where it is being that you have to reach around the steering wheel and toggle through the trip computer with a chintzy button just to find the time. People can get killed trying this.


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Should have taken a test drive...
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By John byk
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2009 Toyota Corolla XLE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought this corolla last december. This corolla has a wonderful paint finish. The exterior looks good without attracting too much attention. The interior looks quite high end. The seating position for the driver is comfortable. Gas mileage average for a fairly aggressive commuter driver is 32.5 mpg. What is disturbing about this car is the handling. This car does drift quite a bit in the wind. Body roll is also unsettling. The tires do hold the pavement, but the body roll makes fairly mild turns feel like I'm pushing the limit way too hard. Looking into suspension upgrades to help the handling scariness.


Best Features

Driving comfort. Headlights; especially the high beams. Fit and finish. Interior layout. Bluetooth phone capability. The car's ability to soak up uneven/rough pavement.


Worst Features

Whoa, the handling and steering! It drives in the wind like the old Volkswagen bug. Reduce the body roll.


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Excellent gas saver
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By Alex
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2009 Toyota Corolla LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)


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I got this car as a commuter and I am happy with my purchase. Impressive 29+ mpg on mostly city driving is great. The engine is also very potent. I test drove Honda Civic and Corolla feels the same.


Best Features

Gas mileage


Worst Features

Make front seat more comfortable. Improve interior design. Honda has done really good job making the gauges and dash more attractive. Corolla's interior and dash is boring.


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