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2006 Toyota Corolla

$2,609 — $8,249 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
30-36 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Reputation for reliability
  • Ride comfort
  • Fuel economy
  • Solid construction
  • Performance of XRS

The Bad

  • Price
  • Backseat legroom
  • ABS not standard

What to Know

about the 2006 Toyota Corolla
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic
  • Optional side airbags
  • Performance-oriented XRS model

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Few cars have a heritage as long as Toyota's popular Corolla compact sedan, which dates back to 1966 and was last redesigned for the 2003 model year. A higher hip point was supposed to ease entry.

A high-performance XRS edition joined the 2005 lineup. Three other versions remain available: the value-priced CE, the upscale LE and the sporty S. Vehicle Stability Control is optional on LE and S models with an automatic transmission. Other than re-rated engine output using new Society of Automotive Engineers testing standards, little has changed for the 2006 model year.


Exterior
The Corolla rides a 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long. Special touches for the sporty S version include smoked headlights, fog lamps, front and rear underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels.

All Corollas except the XRS have 15-inch tires. Performance tires ride 16-inch alloy wheels on the XRS, which has a half-inch lower ride height. Its sport-tuned suspension includes higher-rate springs and shocks, as well as a front strut tower brace developed by Yamaha.


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the Corolla, which features a 60/40-split, folding rear seat in all models but the XRS. Cargo volume totals 13.6 cubic feet.

Standard CE equipment includes air conditioning, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, intermittent wipers and a CD stereo. The LE adds power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and driver's seat height adjustment. A unique cloth interior goes i...
Vehicle Overview
Few cars have a heritage as long as Toyota's popular Corolla compact sedan, which dates back to 1966 and was last redesigned for the 2003 model year. A higher hip point was supposed to ease entry.

A high-performance XRS edition joined the 2005 lineup. Three other versions remain available: the value-priced CE, the upscale LE and the sporty S. Vehicle Stability Control is optional on LE and S models with an automatic transmission. Other than re-rated engine output using new Society of Automotive Engineers testing standards, little has changed for the 2006 model year.


Exterior
The Corolla rides a 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long. Special touches for the sporty S version include smoked headlights, fog lamps, front and rear underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels.

All Corollas except the XRS have 15-inch tires. Performance tires ride 16-inch alloy wheels on the XRS, which has a half-inch lower ride height. Its sport-tuned suspension includes higher-rate springs and shocks, as well as a front strut tower brace developed by Yamaha.


Interior
Up to five occupants fit inside the Corolla, which features a 60/40-split, folding rear seat in all models but the XRS. Cargo volume totals 13.6 cubic feet.

Standard CE equipment includes air conditioning, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, intermittent wipers and a CD stereo. The LE adds power windows and locks, remote keyless entry and driver's seat height adjustment. A unique cloth interior goes into the sporty S sedan, which features a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Optitron gauges complement the bolstered front seats in the XRS.


Under the Hood
In CE, S and LE Corollas, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder generates 126 horsepower. Either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission can be installed. The XRS is equipped with a 164-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that teams only with a six-speed-manual gearbox.

Safety
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are optional. Antilock brakes are optional on all trims but the XRS, where they are standard.

Driving Impressions
Despite its conservative styling and comparatively high price, the Corolla has long been one of the best compacts on the market. It delivers a satisfying blend of fuel economy, refinement and reliability. Riding smoothly, Corollas feel solid and inspire confidence.

Performance might not stir many emotions, but this sedan is adequate for ordinary driving. Acceleration is a trifle slow from a start, but the automatic-transmission model quickly picks up the pace. The engine growls a tad while accelerating, but it quiets at highway speeds.

Even though the Corolla maneuvers neatly in town and takes curves acceptably, handling isn't quite as precise as that of some other small cars. The front seats are comfortable and supportive. Backseat legroom isn't quite as appealing.

Spirited performance makes the XRS unlike the typical Corolla. Acceleration is confident and the manual gearbox shifts easily, though clutch action makes it a bit difficult to achieve smooth takeoffs. The ride is less gentle than a regular Corolla's, but it's not nearly as harsh as expected; the suspension is sufficiently compliant.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
90 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.1)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

A Very Reliable Car

by Lady Jo from Alexandria, VA on October 10, 2018

This is the best car I have ever had. I usually buy a new car every five years. I have always wanted a Toyota Corolla. So, I bought my 2006 Toyota used March 2009. It had 33,000 miles on it. It has ... Read full review

(5.0)

Ugly miracle

by Kindee from Charlton MA on October 6, 2018

I bought it new in 2006 and now in 2018 have had no enexpected issues. 189k miles and still has years of life. Despite how ghastly hideous it is, you see them everywhere because their owners love ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Toyota Corolla currently has 8 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Toyota Corolla CE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
poor
Driver Head and Neck
poor
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
marginal
Overall Side
poor
Rear Passenger Head Protection
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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