Basic and bland
Nothing has gone wrong with the car to date. Only maintenance done was oil changes, and air filter change at 13,500 miles.
This car is nothing special.
It looks like a bubble, especially because my dad didn't listen to me and didn't get himself the "S" or even alloy wheels for his LE.
The a-pillars are very close together compared to my 2001 Honda civic, and all other cars I have driven.
The "sport toned exhaust" makes so much noise and it doesn't sound good.
Interior is Bland and boring. Controls are well laid out, but everything looks cheap.
Speedometer only goes to 110mph, and for me, its annoying to see that the car is usually "almost topped out"
Acceleration and cornering are peppy, but uncomfortable because of the small windshield because its so hard to see around a turn.
Trunk space is very good for a compact car.
Interior is not very roomy. I often-times find myself cramped in the back seat.
Power window controls are set too far back on the panel, almost as if they were made for midget hands. I always have to reach back to open a window.
Stereo system is nothing out of the ordinary. Has no good lows, no good highs, and in general just doesn't work as well as my Honda.
ABS system works like it should, responding quickly, and effectively. Brakes however, are on the mushy side.
Throttle is jerky; even the slightest increase in pressure off of the line, and it jerks the car.
MPG for his highway driving is about 32, and I get that in the city with my Civic.
In general, the car is good for those seeking basic transport, but don't expect this car to be sporty. It lives up to the Toyota name with reliability, but can't stay with Honda for performance. If you want more bang for your buck, and don't mind another pedal and 2 more speeds, go for the XRS model. This car gets my father to work and everywhere else he needs to go, but is definitely not a car that I would drive at 18 years old. Thanks for reading my review, and I wish you luck with the purchase you make.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd January, 2007