Toyota's production goal for the redesigned 2003 design is a little a lot more moderate: 230,000 units. Changes for the popular, front-wheel-drive sedan's next generation are moderate yet meaningful. Engine result has increased by 5 horsepower, and a new, low-restriction catalytic converter is utilized in the exhaust system. The automobile is also a little larger than previously. A brand-new transmission boasts less parts as well as lowered rubbing, which assures less than a 1-mpg fuel-economy charge when compared with the manual-transmission version. Steering is claimed to be extra responsive and also straight, and braking is more specific. A higher hip point is intended to ease entrance right into the automobile, and also the pole positions have actually been relocated farther apart.
3 variations of the Corolla are offered: the value-priced CE, the upscale LE and the stylish S edition. Targeting a younger age than previously-- 25- to 34-year-olds instead of 35- to 44-year-olds-- the 2003 Corolla develops a "extra emotional connection with an extra diverse" audience, says John Kramer, Toyota's company manager for suppliers as well as public business. Corollas are produced in California and also Canada and took place sale in February 2002 as early 2003 versions. Chevrolet utilized to provide a near-twin of the Corolla called the Prizm, however that was dropped after the 2002 version year.
2003 Toyota Corolla Le
Designing changes for the 2003 model are less than significant, regardless of raised dimensions. The Corolla trips a 102.4-inch wheelbase and actions 178.3 inches long overall-- some 5 inches much longer than the prior generation. Each model is 66.9 inches large as well as no greater than 57.5 inches tall. Five-bolt wheels are new for UNITED STATE versions.
Special layout touches for the stylish S car include smoked fronts lights, haze lights, color-keyed bodyside moldings, front and also back underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels. The S sedan additionally showcases unique suspension adjusting that contains revalved shock absorbers and different springtime prices. Alternatives for the S model consist of a rear spoiler and also aluminum-alloy wheels. All Corollas have 15-inch tires, however those on the LE as well as S models are slightly wider.
Five individuals fit inside the Corolla, with its towel upholstery and also 60/40-split back seat. Freight quantity completes 13.6 cubic feet.
The brand-new Corolla is much better equipped compared to its predecessor. Standard devices in the CE design consists of cooling with a clean-air filter, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, an outdoors temperature level scale as well as a CD stereo system. The LE adds power windows and door locks, color-keyed power mirrors, a woodlike facility cockpit console, remote keyless access as well as upright seat-height change. An unique fabric inside goes into the flashy S car, which includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a silhouette sporting activity speedometer.
Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing (VVT-i) produces 130 hp. Either a five-speed-manual or a four-speed-automatic transmission can be mounted. Some prior Corollas utilized a three-speed automatic, which is not readily available.
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags as well as anti-skid brakes are optional. Daytime running lights are typical on all versions. The dual-stage front air bags have an extra-low deployment level for chauffeurs that sit close to the steering wheel.
Despite conservative styling and relatively high rates, the Corolla has actually long been one of the best subcompacts on the marketplace. It delivers an enjoyable mix of gas economic climate, improvement and also reliability. Although the 2003 form could not set too many hearts afire, the new model builds on Toyota's credibility for excellence. Toyota is targeting a more youthful team of purchasers. The Corolla seems to pass on a sensation of solidity and also confidence that belies its small dimension.
The Corolla's efficiency might not mix numerous feelings either, and also the added 5 hp does not send the Corolla right into a swifter organization. But the 2003 model is adequate for normal driving. Acceleration is a trifle slow at start-up, but the automatic-transmission model promptly picks up the rate. Though the engine is a bit growly while accelerating, it quiets down nicely by the time it gets to highway rates.
The Corolla maneuvers neatly in the area as well as takes contours acceptably, yet dealing with isn't really fairly as specific as that of some smaller sized vehicles. A smooth trip is still among the benefits. The pole positions have rather short bottoms, yet they fit and encouraging. Toyota's case that front passengers are further apart seems precise, as well as there is a better sensation of roominess. Rear seat legroom isn't rather as appealing as that up front unless the front seats are pushed forward. The huge handwear cover box is a welcome attribute.