2004 Toyota Corolla

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$13,570

starting MSRP

2004 Toyota Corolla

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Price
  • Perception of blandness
  • Backseat legroom

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • CE

    $13,570

  • S

    $14,515

  • LE

    $14,780

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2004 Toyota Corolla trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2004 Toyota Corolla review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.6

Best car I have ever owned.

I have owned several new cars. My family bought it new, then my son bought a new BMW. He liked his 2004 corolla so much and gave it to me. It had 60,000 miles and now 167,000 miles. It is trouble free and great gas economy. Best was 47mpg back from Vermont to Long Island at 50 mph not cruise control because of fog. I will consider selling when it has 250,000 miles but not before that.

5.0

Great car drives amazing considering the year

This car drove amazing i can't believe how great it drove considering the year of the vehicle. Who ever owned it before took care of it.

5.0

Great car

This car was a tank in winter and gave me great gas mileage, I drove it 400,169 miles and loved it! I am currently in the process of buying my next car from them.

See all 74 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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