It is what it is
December 10, 2018
One must understand, this car isn't meant to be sporty or full of options. It is a cheap, well built vehicle that gets you from point A to point B. I've owned this car for 7 years now, have put on 60,000 miles and other than a 6 year old battery dying, it's never let me down.
I do have a few complaints to address though, the cabin noise at highway speeds is atrocious. It's so loud that it's hard to have a conversation with the person next to you without raising your voice. Secondly, the front seat offers very poor cushioning. I went on a 9 hour trip to NY and my back and rear end were absolutely killing me after about 5-6 hours. Another issue is the interior component quality. The OEM CD player/radio started not functioning in extreme cold/heat. It's not the end of the world, but quite an annoyance. Also, the knobs and buttons just feel very cheap and not sturdy. Finally, I am not impressed with the fuel economy around town. Right now, I'm only averaging 21-22 mpg in stop and go traffic. Not at all what I'd expect from a Corolla with a 1.8L engine. Overall, this experience doesn't make me want to jump out of my seat to buy a new Corolla. However, this car does exactly what it's meant to do...offer no frills, reliable transportation...just not very comfortably or quickly.