2005 Toyota Corolla XRS 1.8L 2ZZ-GE 6-speed from North America
Powerful, economical, reliable, and comfortable!
Other than oil changes, tires, one set of brake rotors and pads, and other upkeep, I only had to do the thermostat at 83,000 miles.
The Corolla XRS is Toyotas entry into the sport compact league. It's a very fun car to drive, it doesn't force you into your seat with acceleration, but there's another set of valves that open up at 6,200 RPM's that feel like a small turbo charger, which is a pleasant surprise.
The ride and handling is wonderful, a wonderful blend. To those of you who have driven VWs and Audis, you will find the ride and handling similar.
You can easily have 4 people in the car in relative comfort. The trunk is of average size, if not a little larger, for a car in its class. I find the seats to be very comfortable. I'm 5'8", 170 lbs., and male. I can sit in this car for 3+ hours with no complaints on a road trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2009
6th Jun 2013, 16:15
I am now at 189.9K on this car, and it's a true pleasure to own. Since my last post, I have done less than $1000 worth of work to the car (front struts, a starter, and secondary air valve in the emissions system). It's still very reliable, and will continue to own it until it gets too expensive with repairs. I highly recommend this car, as well as the Lexus GS 400, which I also own (another Toyota product).
I change the oil with synthetic every 5k miles, and keep up with other routine maintenance. A very easy car to own!