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2004 Toyota Corolla

$755 — $8,743 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
36 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Reputation for reliability
  • Refinement
  • Ride comfort
  • Fuel economy
  • Solid construction

The Bad

  • Price
  • Perception of blandness
  • Backseat legroom

What to Know

about the 2004 Toyota Corolla
  • 130-hp four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • FWD
  • Four-door sedan body style
  • Three-model lineup, including sporty S

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Few cars have a heritage as long as Toyota’s popular compact sedan, which has been on the U.S. market since 1966. More than 25 million Corollas have been sold worldwide, which makes it the best-selling passenger car of all time.

Last year’s redesign of the front-wheel-drive sedan was modest but meaningful. Engine output increased by 5 horsepower, and a new, low-restriction catalytic converter went into the exhaust system. The car grew a little. Its steering was claimed to be more responsive and linear, and its braking more precise. A higher hip point was supposed to ease entry into the vehicle, and the front seats moved farther apart.

Other than one new color, nothing has changed for 2004. Three versions are available: the value-priced CE, upscale LE and sporty S edition. Corollas are produced in California and Canada.

Exterior
The styling changes for 2003 were less than dramatic, despite the car’s increased dimensions. The Corolla rides a 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long overall.

Special design touches for the sporty S version include smoked headlights, fog lamps, color-keyed bodyside moldings, front and rear underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels. The S sedan also features special suspension tuning. Options for the S model include a rear spoiler and aluminum-alloy wheels. All Corollas have 15-inch tires, but those on the LE and S models are slightly wider.

Interior
Five people fit inside the Corolla, which features clo...
Vehicle Overview
Few cars have a heritage as long as Toyota’s popular compact sedan, which has been on the U.S. market since 1966. More than 25 million Corollas have been sold worldwide, which makes it the best-selling passenger car of all time.

Last year’s redesign of the front-wheel-drive sedan was modest but meaningful. Engine output increased by 5 horsepower, and a new, low-restriction catalytic converter went into the exhaust system. The car grew a little. Its steering was claimed to be more responsive and linear, and its braking more precise. A higher hip point was supposed to ease entry into the vehicle, and the front seats moved farther apart.

Other than one new color, nothing has changed for 2004. Three versions are available: the value-priced CE, upscale LE and sporty S edition. Corollas are produced in California and Canada.

Exterior
The styling changes for 2003 were less than dramatic, despite the car’s increased dimensions. The Corolla rides a 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long overall.

Special design touches for the sporty S version include smoked headlights, fog lamps, color-keyed bodyside moldings, front and rear underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels. The S sedan also features special suspension tuning. Options for the S model include a rear spoiler and aluminum-alloy wheels. All Corollas have 15-inch tires, but those on the LE and S models are slightly wider.

Interior
Five people fit inside the Corolla, which features cloth upholstery and a 60/40-split rear seat. Cargo volume totals 13.6 cubic feet.

Standard equipment in the CE model includes air conditioning with a clean-air filter, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, an outside temperature gauge and a CD stereo system. The LE adds power windows and locks, color-keyed power mirrors, a woodlike center instrument panel, remote keyless entry and vertical driver’s seat height adjustment. A unique cloth interior goes into the sporty S sedan, which features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a silhouette sport speedometer.

Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT-i) generates 130 hp. Either a four-speed-automatic or five-speed-manual transmission can be installed.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and antilock brakes are optional. Daytime running lights are standard. Dual-stage front airbags have an extra-low deployment level for drivers who sit close to the steering wheel.

Driving Impressions
Despite its conservative styling and comparatively high prices, the Corolla has long been one of the best compacts on the market. It delivers a satisfying blend of fuel economy, refinement and reliability. The Corolla imparts a feeling of solidity and confidence that belies its size.

The Corolla’s performance might not stir many emotions, but the 2004 sedan is adequate for ordinary driving. Acceleration is a trifle slow at start-up, but the automatic-transmission model quickly picks up the pace. The engine is a tad growly while accelerating, but it quiets down nicely at highway speeds.

Even though the Corolla maneuvers neatly in town and takes curves acceptably, its handling isn’t quite as precise as that of some smaller cars. A smooth ride is still one of the benefits. The front seats have somewhat short bottoms, but they are comfortable and supportive. Backseat legroom isn’t quite as appealing.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 11/5/03

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
62 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(4.0)

Good car

by Slow and steady always ready from CALIFORNIA on August 8, 2018

Good car to used it?s going strong to this day after 14 years of usage it still has not let me down. You can always count on a corolla specially a sport. Read full review

(4.0)

Most Valuable Car

by Silpi from westlake,ohio on June 29, 2018

This vehicle meets my need . It has plenty room for legs and music system also good . It's brakes also working very well . Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Toyota Corolla currently has 10 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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