You say that you couldn't tell in a 30 minute test drive how uncomfortable your Corolla is. You also complain about cheap plastic, and plastic smell. Those are things that you certainly could have noticed during your test drive. Aren't they?
I don't know what kind of problems you have had with your Corolla, but this review certainly is questionable at best (to me). And no I do not own a Toyota or any other Japanese vehicle.
I won a Corolla too, and to be honest it's not comfortable. Somehow the rear seat position makes your back feel uncomfortable. The climate control is also not smart enough, meaning sometimes it's too cold and sometimes too hot.
I must say that the new Corolla is not comfortable. I'm not an owner of this car, but my friend owns it. It's not as comfortable as I thought. Every time I ride in my friend's Corolla, I get a headache. The magazine said it's very comfortable!
I've owned one since they came out you obviously never knew how to look after a car, all I can say is wow... in case you hadn't noticed all ALL vehicles are pretty much plastic, and plastic smell... as for the back of the car... are you deformed... or 7 foot 8??? The back is very comfortable, guess maybe you should have test drove the car a little longer, go ahead sell your car buy your Chevy, I guarantee you the Corolla will outlast the Cobalt, especially in price value.
It might have great value for money, but it's not making the owner happy!
I think I agree with the writer here... test drove a 2009 XRS/s/and a CE (basic here in Canada) and not very impressed, I mean why is the 2.4 XRS such a hard working engine in such a small car anyways?? I have heard Toyota quality is faltering so ya, got a beautiful Ford Fusion instead... awesome awesome car!
I bought one when they first came out. I have had it for one year and no problems what so ever. It's not a sports car but I do get 29 MPG in the city!
What did you expect? You bought an economy class Toyota Corolla, not a Lexus ES. Even the upper level Corolla is not a luxury car. These cars are designed for their fuel mileage, affordability, etc. If you are looking for these things, maybe you should take a look at Lexus or even a Camry maybe.
Yes Corolla's are cheap, and smell cheap inside. I drive a Astra, or in the states Saturn Astra I think.
I have test driven a Corolla 2007 model, and it feels like jelly on the road, you push the brake pedal and it feels as though you have to push it through the floor to pull the car up, along with the uncomfortable seats and cheap interior, I really do not know why people still rate Asian manufactured cars as the best.
Take a look at a VW Golf, voted best small car in the world, or a Jetta, these are good quality cars that people would not prefer to buy and why??? I don't understand peoples notions for wanting to buy cheap garbage and telling everyone how fantastic they are, even the headlights are crap and dull... wake up people seriously.
I have an 09 Corolla. I bought it in June of 2008. I have been driving it for over a year with no problems. The owner of the car stated he used to drive a somewhat luxury car. Of course he is not going to be totally happy with a Corolla. It is an economy car.
As for the plastic dashboard, all economy cars are coming with this. Look at the Dodge Caliber. The seating is not the best in comfort, but it is very supportive. The steering is awesome.
The gas mileage is great. I get about 36-37mpg on highway and I'm about 33-35 in town. With the gas prices this is a great economy car.
I think this guy was just used to his luxury car, and was just kinda spoiled by it.
I just bought a Corolla 2 days ago and I'm not happy with it, and who says the cabin is quiet?
"I just bought a Corolla 2 days ago and I'm not happy with it, and who says the cabin is quiet?"
A COROLLA QUIET!! Maybe for a washing machine, but not for a car. Sorry you fell for ad hype.
I agree, I test drove it yesterday and it feels cheap everywhere. I mean the Corolla has more features than the Civic, but lack of handling and smoothness.
Look at the sporty model of the Ford Focus with the large alloy wheels and wider tires. They are pricey but well worth it. Our Civic was totally shot at 90,000 miles and I wouldn't own a Toyota if it was given to me. We've been stranded on trips twice, and both times it was in a nearly new Toyota. Our Fords have been awesome. Several made over 200,000 miles, one made over 300,000 with less than $500 in total repairs. Our Focus was flawless. It rode better than the Civic, was faster and had a much more expensive feel than Toyota (VERY cheap feel) or Honda (better, but not as solid as Ford).
My dad owns a 2009 Corolla, and as a passenger I don't feel comfortable with the rear seats. The rear seats somehow have a weird design which makes your shoulders get tired. The legroom in the back is pretty tight.
When sitting in the front, I can hear the noisy sounds coming from the hood. My feet can even feel the vibration.
The difference between a cheap Japanese car and a VW Golf or Jetta is all about running costs and comfort. A Japanese car will typically look and feel cheaper, but also generate cheaper running costs on the long term. The German cars look and feel so much better, but when they start needing repairs 5 years later, they will cost you a bunch simply because those are such a mess to repair.
As a quick example, on any Toyota, Honda or Nissan, it takes less than 2 minutes to replace the air filter. Now take my VW Passat, how about a 1.5 hour job to have it replaced? Sum it up with the garage hour rate and you find out why German cars are so expensive to run. Sorry Germans, but there's no need to do that complex in order to build a great car. Now for the first couple of years, a German car will definitely make a better buy, but if you think long term and least expensive, japanese is the way to go. A consumers choice after all.
No, Golfs and Jettas feel terrible. Very buzzy, bouncy, lots of noise-vibration-harshness. Like all small cars. But Japanese are better than European, generally. Of course take what I say with a grain of salt - I'm a fan of Caprices and Oldsmobiles.
My family has owned German (BMW, Mercedes, VW), Japanese (Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Nissan) and domestics from all three domestic companies. The best handling were German, the most comfortable and reliable were domestic and the candidates for "Cars we'll never even LOOK AT again" were all Japanese.
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