Based on Toyota Corolla Base
Unlike Honda when it redesigned its Civic small car a few years ago, Toyota didn't take any chances with the redesign of its Corolla for 2009. The new sedan looks a lot like its predecessor, but it does receive more standard safety features and can now be equipped with a more powerful four-c... Read Full Report
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Next to the larger Camry, the Corolla is the most important car in Toyota's lineup, but its redesign last year left most of us here at Cars.com flat. The exterior is beyond conservative, the interior doesn't compare well to rivals from Honda and Mazda, and its base engine is anemic.Enter the more powerful XRS trim level. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mi... Read full review for the 2009 Toyota Corolla
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I've owned my Corolla S now for 1.5 years & have 14k miles on it. It has performed wonderfully & has been completely trouble free. I have the 1.8L engine & with the manual 5-speed it has plenty of get... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
Roadside Assistance Coverage
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
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.
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.
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).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
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.