2003 Toyota Corolla Review

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Set the way-back machine for 1986! (Insert hallucinatory special effects and a John Williams score here.) Ah, we’ve arrived back at that magic time of an un-ironic Miami Vice, a less-than-creepy Michael Jackson and an NBA with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan in it. Be careful what you say! These people are still paying $10,000 for personal computers with 20MB hard drives! We don’t want to give them to revolt and deny Bill Gates his billions!

Okay, now let’s go to the Toyota dealer and buy us a new ’86 Corolla! But which Corolla, you say? The front-drive sedan? Rear-drive coupe? Rear-drive hatchback with 16-valve engine? Or the four-wheel drive wagon? There are just too many Corollas to choose from! Our 21st-century minds can’t handle such variety! Let us flee back to our own time… where there are far fewer Corollas to confuse us!

Leaving the chaos of 1986 behind, the great variety of Corollas past has dwindled to this, an all-new 2003 Corolla compact sedan. If you like front-drive and four-doors, then they’re still making a Corolla for you. And it’s the best Corolla sedan yet.

Nine-gen sophistication

This ninth-generation version’s “style and substance” has been, asserts Don Esmond, Toyota U.S.A.’s general manager, specifically designed to “reach out to younger buyers with a strong, new identity.” Based solely on appearance, that new identity seems to be that of a scaled-down Camry. Considering how many Camrys they sell, that can’t be all bad. But it’s not the sort of visual excitement that’s likely to drop the median age of Corolla buyers down much from 44 (that’s absolutely Methuselan in econocar terms). The new Corolla looks modern, sober and substantial, but hardly exciting or youthful.

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March 27, 2017
For 2016 Toyota Corolla

Great car but voice recognition is not up to par.

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Great car but the voice recognition for my cell phone integration is not very reliable for dialing calls. Many times it takes two or three attempts before the call goes through.
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May 22, 2016
2016 Toyota Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S Plus (Natl)

sharp looks but lacks power

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just purchased a 2016 corolla S plus and traded in a kia forte ex 2.0. the Toyota is better on gas but really lacks in engine performance. exterior looks great interior lacks modern fetchers that come standard... + More »
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October 28, 2015
For 2016 Toyota Corolla

Performs Better than expected.

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Picked up my 2nd corolla ever...my first one being my 1993 Corolla DX 5 speed manual right after college. The 2016 LE version looks very sporty and has very good get up and go. I've always loved toyotas for... + More »
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June 14, 2015
1996 Toyota Corolla 4-Door Sedan DX Manual

stable and reliable car.

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This is my everyday car and my family car, very stable and reliable.
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March 8, 2016
2015 Toyota Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S Premium (SE)

great little economy car but lacks on power

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This car I traded due to depreciation on my 2005 KIA Spectra 5 which at the begining felt faster than the Corolla but with time feels faster now even with the paddles in steering wheel. The automatic way lacks... + More »
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January 24, 2016
For 2015 Toyota Corolla

Excellent Purchase

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I purchased my 2015 Corolla in August of 2015. I had previously been driving a 2014 Nissan Versa Note, which had died on me at 50,000km (I am still bitter about it). What a difference. The quality of the 2015... + More »
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August 22, 2015
For 2015 Toyota Corolla

Penny wise pound foolish.bought a corolla GLI.To my utter surprise noted that it didn't include mud flaps,computer cover .the first thing

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Did was to go out and change the euro star tires which spoils the ride. I don't know why do they not look into such basic things
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August 20, 2015
2015 Toyota Corolla 4-Door Sedan Automatic L (Natl)

i love this vehicle

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Excellent car I saw in my life I love this car very much
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May 3, 2015
2015 Toyota Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S Plus (Natl)

Awesome car for the price

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great commuter vehicle that is reliable, sporty, great style and under $20,000 - hard to beat!!! Already have a couple of friends looking into purchasing one for their family!
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April 29, 2015
2015 Toyota Corolla 4-Door Sedan CVT S (Natl)

Good vehicle so far, with only minor issues

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Interior is roomy and fairly well designed. No place, like a small compartment, to put things such as change or garage door opener other than the center console though. Seats are comfortable, but carpet is... + More »
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