2009 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8L VVT-i from North America
Great value and no surprise econobox
No known problems thus far.
The car has been reliable both in the city and the highway -- I have yet to experience any of the problems many people have complained about.
It is not either a luxury car or a sports car. It is a simple economy subcompact.
Compared to my previous Sentra (GXE-2002), the Corolla is more sedate in terms of performance -- suspension, engine response, and braking all performing less precise, but all are adequate.
It has more safety features than Sentra, quieter, and has about 2 to 3 mpg better on the highway -- Sentra gets 33mpg vs Corolla around 37mpg. City mpg figures are similar between the two.
Fit and finish seems to have degraded from the previous generation in the interior -- noting cheaper material than previous generation for LE model. About $3K more than the Sentra, but holds better resale value than most domestic vehicles.
Oil change is much is simpler to do with the Corolla -- much easier to get to the drain plug and the filter than the Sentra or any other vehicles I know.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th November, 2009
30th Nov 2009, 19:21
Thanks for an honest review. It is refreshing to read a review of an economy car where the owner does not make outlandish claims, about its power, speed, luxury or (worst of all) racing prowess.
1st Dec 2009, 15:26
Lots of luck. The only two times my wife and I have ever been stranded on trips was once in a still-in-warranty Corolla and once in a still-in-warranty Camry. The dealers did fix them, but standing on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck was no fun.