Excellent economy sedan for the daily driver
December 31, 2018
Purchased a 09 Corolla Xrs used at 91k miles on the dial and have owned it for exactly two years now. It is at 142k and those years have been filled with nothing but successful commutes. This isn't my first Corolla, so I pretty much knew what to expect going in; one of the most reliable and economical vehicles on the road. If you keep up with the maintenance like you should, you too should have little trouble justifying your ownership of this simplistic yet financially sound vehicle. Enough about that. Let's get to the details.
Comfort: If you leave your luxury items aside, the car is quite good. There is ample space for both front and rear passengers, and the drivers positioning comes with adjustable seats and steering wheel. Not the best, but far from the worst.
Interior Design: Personally, I like the styling of the dashboard on this model more than the newer Corollas. The car is very simplistic and that is a nod to the engineers/designers. Nothing complicated about it's functionality.
Performance: The only reason this isn't Excellent is because while the more sporty 2.4L Xrs is a good performer, it lacks any real punch when compared to anything with real horsepower. I own the 5-speed manual and it is an absolute ease to drive. Handling is solid, suspension is good and FWD means you aren't going to be drifting around corners.
Value for the Money: This is my third Corolla and my fourth Toyota. Corollas in particular have been an exceptional purchase when it comes to value. I've never paid more than $10k for a Corolla and they have only needed $$$$ when I've not been smart with my vehicle. Otherwise, all these things need is standard maintenance [tires/brakes/fluid changes/gas]. Anything else, and you might just be living in a harsh environment.
Exterior Styling: I prefer the exterior styling very much like I do the interior of this model Corolla. Newer Corollas seem to be looking longer and having table top-like dash boards, whereas this generation had more of a slope dash and edgy line exterior. This particular body really stands out when in blue or orange.
Reliability: I've run up 50k miles on this Corolla in two years and have only had to mind standard maintenance items and fluids. Nothing else. No failed or even faulty components. This spells Excellent reliability to me.