What you Don’t Know About the Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has consistently been one of the most popular cars over the last decade. This all-around family, Sedan appeals to a wide segment of the auto buying population. Combine its functional appeal with the fact that Toyota is a well-respected auto maker and you have a recipe for success. What you don’t know, however, is that there are a few drawbacks to this popular car. Before signing on the dotted line for your Corolla, make sure to read the following five points. Educating yourself on what you don’t know about the Toyota Corolla is a smart move before taking the plunge and buying your own.

Five Things You Don’t Know about the Toyota Corolla

Smallish Front Seat

For drivers who are over 6 feet tall, the driver’s seat area will likely feel too small even with the seat moved all the way back. This is far from a new problem with cars, but seems to be worse in the Corolla than other offerings in this segment. Of course, it is easy to sit in one and see how comfortable you are with the size of the cockpit.

Cheap Interior Materials

The quality of the Corolla falls short in the eyes of many when it comes to interior styling. The materials used to construct the cabin feel cheaper than those found in other sedans on the market. The function of these materials is fine, but they will not offer you the premium look that you may desire.

Large Blind Spot

If you like to drive a vehicle that is easy to see out of in all directions, the Corolla might not be the best choice for you. The driver will have a hard time seeing into the blind spots, even with a full head turn. This is a common complaint, but will be different for everybody – so be sure to drive one and check the blind spots for yourself.

Combination of Lower MPG and Slugging Performance

Often, the trade off a car buyer has to make is choosing between power and fuel economy. In terms of the Corolla, it seems you will have to sacrifice on both. The Corolla is rated for 34 MPG on the highway, which is fine but not great for a small sedan. However, the performance of the engine is universally considered to be weak, making for an unappealing combination.

Boring to Drive

You are unlikely to feel any sense of excitement from driving the Corolla around town or out on the freeway. The steering isn’t particularly responsive, and the slow acceleration makes for a very forgettable performance. A test drive before you consider buying the Corolla is necessary to experience the drive for yourself.

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Danielle July 3, 2013 at 4:21 pm

COULD NOT AGREE MORE!! Also, the safety ratings I bought it for are all moot because of about SIX !! Safety recalls!! (windows shattering, no airbag deployment, etc…) Though I am a modest, carpool mom, I am teaching my 16 year old to drive in it and get so upset when he doesn’t listen about the BLIND SPOTS!! Also, the clearcoat has come off (’03) and the interior vinyl near the side mirrors has come out of the moulding on both sides. The clock stopped working years ago, and the rear cup-holder snapped off almost immediately. Still it has served me well and I will drive it until the wheels come off.


Seth July 26, 2013 at 10:31 am

Looks like somebody is jealous. Haha. I bet whoever wrote this is a Ford or GM enthusiast.

All in all folks, the Corolla is the only vehicle in history with over 80% still on the road after 20 years. Its the #1 best selling car in the world for a reason. Its reliable, functional, practical, high on quality, and is stuffed with features and premium materials not found in other automobiles.


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