Used Toyota Certified Toyota Corolla Information
There are features in the 2010 Toyota Corolla LE that that may surprise you.
You see, the Corolla LE features automatic climate control and fog lights. Toyota hopes new-car buyers will appreciate finding these goodies in a car priced at the lower end of the spectrum. Other less surprising, yet equally impressive items on the LE standard equipment list include vehicle stability control, a cabin air filter, push-button start, a tire-pressure monitoring system, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Corolla scores highly when graded on all of the expected metrics: it's fuel-efficient, comfortable, reliable, and well-equipped. With the exception of comfort, these are all objective categories; ones that don't require any sort of emotional connection to gain approval.
If you want a car that feels refined and behaves like a larger, more expensive car going down the road, the Corolla is the one to watch.
Most Corolla models are powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque (the XRS model gets the gutsier 2.4-litre). This is an engine that quietly goes about its duties, being neither enthusiastic nor lethargic about making that journey from A to B. It has a smooth, robust torque curve for an engine this size, and is remarkably quiet while making use of it. The four-speed autobox is equally impressive in its execution, if not in its cog count.
The car's interior has a clean design, with a legible white-on-black gauge set and an intuitively organized and attractive centre stack. The only turn-off for me was the abundance of woodgrain trim, which I don't like as a general rule, but it looks even more forced when installed in an economy car. There's interior storage a-plenty, with a small covered compartment ahead of the shifter (which at one time was known as an "ash tray"), and small open bins on each side of the centre stack. Two cup holders and a covered centre armrest make good use of the space between the front seats, while generous map pockets with built-in bottle holders (found on front and rear doors) and a two-tier glove box keep wasted space to a minimum.
The sound quality coming from the car's six-speaker audio system is strictly average for this class, but it does have an auxiliary audio input jack and is wired for satellite radio. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel would benefit from audio controls (available on S and XRS models), but it's nice to see the same four o'clock positioning of its cruise stalk that is found on virtually every Toyota and Lexus model.
Toyota has plunked its compact sedan right in the thick of its market segment. The Corolla won't win over younger buyers or those who enjoy driving a well-balanced and responsive set of wheels. But for those who value refinement and reliability and want to go about their business with little fanfare, it just might be the ticket.
Buyer's Guide Review Toyota Corolla 2003-2008:
According to the dictionary, a Corolla is the outer part of a flower. You needn't be a botanist, however, to know what the word means to Toyota their definition would be something like "big-time money maker."
The Corolla nameplate goes way back to 1966, which probably makes it one of the longest-lasting nameplates, at least among cars that have undergone as many redesigns as the Corolla has: the generation that debuted in 2003 is the ninth distinct body style to wear the highly-respected Corolla badge.
Compared to the eighth generation car, and every other Corolla before it, the ninth iteration of this insanely popular small car looked more substantial, standing taller, longer tip-to-tail and riding on a longer wheelbase. The result was a roomier interior, and the car as a whole had a much more solid feel on the road.
The 2003 Corolla was also the most powerful ever. It was powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder, just as the outgoing 2002 model was, but the new car was more powerful, with 130 horsepower. The VVT-i variable valve timing system (which first appeared in the Corolla in 2000) made for an engine with good low-end torque, considering its relatively small displacement. Transmission choices were a five-speed manual (standard across the range) and a four-speed automatic as the optional gearbox.
In 2005, Toyota added a high-performance XRS model to the line-up, featuring a 170-horsepower engine (this was the same motor that powered top-end Celica and Matrix models ? basically the same 1.8-litre engine but tuned to produce more power at higher revs). XRS models got a six-speed manual as the only transmission choice as well as 16-inch wheels, stiffer suspension and a body kit. The XRS is not to be confused with the Corolla Sport, which wore the same tacky body add-ons as the XRS, but used the 130-hp engine, a softer suspension, smaller wheels and was available with an automatic transmission.
Two things Toyota is known for ? fuel economy and reliability ? are to be found in spades in the ninth-generation Corolla. According to Natural Resources Canada, a Corolla equipped with the automatic transmission uses about 8 L/100 km in the city and 5.7 L/100 km on the highway. Manual-transmission cars use a little less, at about 7 L/100 km (city) and 5.3 L/100 km (hwy). The hi-po XRS uses more, owing to its high-strung engine, consuming 9.2 L/100 km in the city and 6.4 L/100 km on the highway.