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
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.
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.
Original poster for this thread... update.
Just completed 1 year with the car and odometer has 18K miles on it. No problems to report. No warranty work performed. Changed oil 3 times (once by the dealer that was free and last couple of times by myself). MPG has settled to 37mpg on the highway and 30 in the city.
Not too much to brag about anything other than this vehicle has yet to let me down.
For the last poster who was stranded by two Toyota's, can you please share what caused the vehicle to fail you? It would be helpful and beneficial for others.
He won't answer. Although if he was stranded in a Toyota, 1 of 2 things could have happened:
1. He got a flat tire.
2. He ran out of gas.
Or sludging. Engine failure or trans issue.
"Or sludging. Engine failure or trans issue."
Ha ha, yeah, I remember when I was left stranded due to an engine failure. Lost the cylinder 4 connecting rod. Shot right out the bottom of the engine. Oh but wait, that was in my Chevy Lumina... I guess I can't blame it however, it did have an excess of 43,000 miles on it already.