Toyota's manufacturing objective for the redesigned 2003 design is a little a lot more small: 230,000 devices. Changes for the popular, front-wheel-drive car's future generation are modest but meaningful. Engine output has increased by 5 horsepower, as well as a brand-new, low-restriction catalytic converter is made use of in the exhaust system. The auto is likewise a little larger than in the past. A brand-new automatic transmission flaunts fewer components and also lowered friction, which guarantees less than a 1-mpg fuel-economy fine when compared with the manual-transmission design. Guiding is claimed to be more receptive as well as linear, as well as braking is more specific. A higher hip point is intended to alleviate entry right into the car, and the pole positions have been moved farther apart.
Three variations of the Corolla are readily available: the value-priced CE, the upscale LE as well as the stylish S version. Targeting a younger age group compared to in the past-- 25- to 34-year-olds rather than 35- to 44-year-olds-- the 2003 Corolla develops a "a lot more emotional connection with an extra diverse" audience, says John Kramer, Toyota's company manager for distributors and public companies. Corollas are produced in California and also Canada and took place sale in February 2002 as very early 2003 designs. Chevrolet utilized to offer a near-twin of the Corolla called the Prizm, yet that was dropped after the 2002 model year.
2003 Toyota Corolla
Styling modifications for the 2003 model are less than significant, despite boosted dimensions. The Corolla flights a 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long in general-- some 5 inches much longer than the previous generation. Each version is 66.9 inches vast and no greater than 57.5 inches tall. Five-bolt wheels are brand-new for UNITED STATE models.
Unique style touches for the flashy S car consist of smoked headlights, haze lights, color-keyed bodyside moldings, front as well as back underbody spoilers, as well as side rocker panels. The S sedan likewise includes unique suspension tuning that includes revalved shock absorbers as well as various springtime rates. Choices for the S version consist of a rear looter and aluminum-alloy wheels. All Corollas have 15-inch tires, yet those on the LE and also S models are somewhat bigger.
5 individuals fit inside the Corolla, with its towel furniture as well as 60/40-split rear seat. Freight volume completes 13.6 cubic feet.
The new Corolla is better complete than its precursor. Typical devices in the CE version includes air conditioning with a clean-air filter, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, an outside temperature level scale and a CD stereo system. The LE adds power doors and windows locks, color-keyed power mirrors, a woodlike facility instrument panel, remote keyless access and vertical seat-height adjustment. A special fabric inside enters into the flashy S sedan, which includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as a silhouette sporting activity speedometer.
Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with variable shutoff timing (VVT-i) generates 130 hp. Either a five-speed-manual or a four-speed-automatic transmission can be set up. Some previous Corollas utilized a three-speed automated, which is no longer readily available.
Seat-mounted side-impact air bags and anti-skid brakes are optional. Daytime running lights are typical on all models. The dual-stage front air bags have an extra-low release degree for vehicle drivers that sit close to the steering wheel.
Despite conservative styling and also fairly high rates, the Corolla has actually long been just one of the most effective subcompacts on the market. It supplies a satisfying mix of fuel economic situation, improvement and also dependability. Although the 2003 shape may not set a lot of hearts afire, the brand-new version builds on Toyota's reputation for excellence. Toyota is targeting a more youthful group of purchasers. The Corolla appears to present a feeling of strength and also confidence that conceals its small dimension.
The Corolla's performance might not mix numerous emotions either, as well as the added 5 hp does not send out the Corolla into a swifter organization. Yet the 2003 model suffices for average driving. Acceleration is a trifle sluggish at start-up, yet the automatic-transmission version promptly picks up the rate. Though the engine is a tad growly while speeding up, it quiets down perfectly by the time it reaches freeway rates.
The Corolla maneuvers nicely in the area and also takes curves acceptably, but handling isn't fairly as specific as that of some smaller autos. A smooth trip is still among the advantages. The pole positions have rather short bottoms, however they are comfortable and helpful. Toyota's claim that front owners are further apart appears to be accurate, and also there is a greater feeling of roominess. Rear seat legroom isn't really fairly as enticing as that in advance unless the front seats are pushed forward. The huge glove box is a welcome function.