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2001 Toyota Corolla

2001 Toyota Corolla

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$182 — $5,430 USED
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5 Seats
36 MPG
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2001 Toyota Corolla Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Toyota tries to make its front-drive Corolla more appealing to young buyers by giving it a face-lift and a sporty S model. The subcompact Corolla sedan got an early jump on the model year when sales of ’01 models started in May 2000.

The S model fits between the base CE and the upscale LE. Last year’s cheapest model, the VE, is gone.

Chevrolet sells a clone of the Corolla as the Prizm, which has different styling but uses the same front-drive platform and mechanical components. Both are built at a plant the two companies share in California. Some Corollas sold in the United States also are built in Ontario, Canada.

Toyota’s current plans call for the Corolla to be redesigned for the 2003 model year, when it is expected to get more youthful styling.

Exterior
This year’s face-lift encompasses a new front fascia, multireflector halogen headlamps, a lower front bumper and chrome trim, and new taillights. The new S model adds color-keyed side moldings, grille and rear mudguards.

The Corolla is 174 inches long — about an inch shorter than the Honda Civic or Ford Focus.

Interior
The Corolla’s standard equipment is skimpy compared to some rivals. Air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors are optional even on the top-of-the-line LE, which is the only model that comes with a standard cassette player.

All models seat five. The S and LE come with a remote trunk release and a 60/40 split rear seat that expands the trunk’s cargo capacity to 12.1 cubic feet.

Under ...

Vehicle Overview
Toyota tries to make its front-drive Corolla more appealing to young buyers by giving it a face-lift and a sporty S model. The subcompact Corolla sedan got an early jump on the model year when sales of ’01 models started in May 2000.

The S model fits between the base CE and the upscale LE. Last year’s cheapest model, the VE, is gone.

Chevrolet sells a clone of the Corolla as the Prizm, which has different styling but uses the same front-drive platform and mechanical components. Both are built at a plant the two companies share in California. Some Corollas sold in the United States also are built in Ontario, Canada.

Toyota’s current plans call for the Corolla to be redesigned for the 2003 model year, when it is expected to get more youthful styling.

Exterior
This year’s face-lift encompasses a new front fascia, multireflector halogen headlamps, a lower front bumper and chrome trim, and new taillights. The new S model adds color-keyed side moldings, grille and rear mudguards.

The Corolla is 174 inches long — about an inch shorter than the Honda Civic or Ford Focus.

Interior
The Corolla’s standard equipment is skimpy compared to some rivals. Air conditioning and power windows, locks and mirrors are optional even on the top-of-the-line LE, which is the only model that comes with a standard cassette player.

All models seat five. The S and LE come with a remote trunk release and a 60/40 split rear seat that expands the trunk’s cargo capacity to 12.1 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
All models use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 125 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard across the board. A three-speed automatic is optional on the CE, and a four-speed automatic is optional on the S and LE.

Safety
Side-impact airbags are optional on all three models, and antilock brakes are optional on the S and LE. Toyota says the bumpers can withstand a 5-mph collision without damage — a claim some larger cars and even some trucks can’t make.

Driving Impressions
The Corolla is one of the blue-chip models in the small-car segment, offering an impressive blend of economy, refinement, reliability and durability that is hard to beat. The engine delivers snappy acceleration, the ride is smooth, and the Corolla is quieter than several larger sedans.

Conservative styling and a bland image, however, have steered young buyers away from the Corolla to cars such as the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Focus. Image aside, this is still one of the best subcompacts on the market.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

Very good car!!

by Jjjj from California on February 25, 2020

I have a 2001 corolla with 245,000 miles and it’s still running good! Never had a major issue. If you take care of the car (maintenance on time) it will last you many many years. Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable car I have owned

by KM from Madison. WI on March 17, 2019

car met all my needs , reliable has usb ports The refurbished toyota corolla has new all weather tires, new breaks, wheel, realignment,new battery , new engine belt, extremely reliable with only 96,... Read full review

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The 2001 Toyota Corolla currently has 4 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corolla received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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