Pros Handles well, have driven in a variety of conditions, great in snow and ice.
Cons Seats are a little uncomfortable, but not bad.
Summary Recommend highly, mileage a plus, has everything we need, love it..
Cons Steering is horrible,
Brakes are horrible
the 5speed auto is constantly looking for a gear
Summary I have had an 86, 99, 03, and recently had a loaner 10. The 99 was the best one out of them all. It was smooth, quick, well refined, and seating position was correct. The 03 was designed for monkeys, people with really long arms and short legs. The 10 is designed for idiots.. everytime i see someone driving a new body corolla i need to just assume they dont know how to drive. The car has ESC which controls the way the car slides, and counters it automatically, great, but if your on ice and try to fix it yourself your going to hit a wall or another driver. The ABS is at best, OK... the Steering is horrible, i mean why not just give me a joystick.. maybe then i can feel the road.. The brakes also feel completely disconnected. The car is wrecked. I would never buy another, which is sad to say since the 99 died at 237K miles without any issues. the 03 is still going at 200K miles. the 86 rusted apart but i drove it to the salvage yard. the Odometer in the 86 broke at 405k miles and i drove it two more years like that. The day a car company tells me that they are going to control the way a car drives electronically is the day i stop buying from them. I dont want ABS, ESC, ETC, or an automatic. Toyota if you read this, please give me a car that isnt a complete disapointment.**Edit, they fixed the recall with the unintended acceleration, now you can floor the car, release the gas and floor it again before the car registers it was pushed a first time.. What a POS...
Updated on Nov 30, 2010
"awesome car"on by cathevan
Pros styling, economy, reliability
Cons clock placement
Summary buck for buck hard to beat
Pros Its a Toyota, large trunk for small car. Great! MPG's. Responsive engine and trans.
Cons Do not electric power steering on this car. Have it on our 2007 Rav4 and its fine. This must have a different manufacture because you are constantly making incremental adjustments. Radio reception is very directional because antenna is in rear glass.
Summary So Toyota I think has tried to decide the best option and features to go with and yet keep the price down. I like the fact that ABS is standard and my LE even has traction control. I think I may need it with the electric steering. One note for DIY people is that the oil filter is now a cartridge type filer and not a spin on. I have to say the ride quality is not what I would have expected. The car is not that stable in curves and so you would think that would suggest a better ride. Nope! its just the opposite. In the midwest the road bumps really get to you after a long drive. I noticed Toyota does not indicate gas front struts only front struts. So I am thinking a cheaper strut must have been used. So its definitely not a car to push. I must say after driving a Vibe with the older 1.8 liter I could not tell a big difference in the new engine. The extra Variable valve timing does not make a big deal driving it. But then the spec's don't show it. All in all this is unfortunately a car for basic transportation and nothing more. Whereas a Honda Civic has spent more time refining Toyota has spent more time being safe on its design and engineering. That's too bad because the styling is really good but indicates a more sporty car then the Corolla is.
So in closing, the Corolla won't set your driver heart a racing but it won't lull you to sleep. Its stuck right in the middle where it has been. That's a shame that Toyota does not get a little more risky. They are starting to look like the Buick of the imports.
Pros The MPG is great! I get about 45 mpg on the highway at 60 mph
Cons We had to disconnect Power Steering. When it was turned on the steering would drift all over the road. With EPS off live is good.
Summary Great car just needs a steering wheel fix for EPS.