Toyota Corolla 2007
Outside & Styling
Worldwide of small autos, designing is increasingly ending up being more daring. Witness the futuristic front end of the Honda Civic as well as the brutish appearance of Dodge's Caliber. With its unmemorable looks, the Corolla has neither of these automobiles' blowing, which could or might not be a good thing, depending upon your tastes. (The Corolla schedules for a redesign in the following couple of years, and-- if the redesign of Toyota's 2007 Camry is anything to go by-- may get a much more distinctive outside then.) Regardless, closing the Corolla's doors produces a guaranteeing "thunk" that recommends a high-end-- in contrast to an economic climate-- automobile.
All designs have typical 15-inch steel wheels, though LE designs could have 15-inch alloy wheels and also the Corolla S could have 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels. A spoiler is optional for the S.
Ride & Handling
The majority of my time behind the wheel of the Corolla was invested in Chicago's streets as well as highways. With these roadways' perpetual blockage, it didn't take lengthy to find how achieved this vehicle remains in heavy traffic.
Though the tight suspension does little to remove bumps and also holes, the Corolla is really maneuverable. The flight obtains a bit choppy on the freeway, with a lot of up and down suspension activities, yet body roll is effectively managed when cornering. Front and also back stabilizer bars are standard.
Going & Preventing
With the discontinuation of the high-output XRS, the single engine for the 2007 Corolla is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 126 horse power and 122 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is basic and a four-speed automated is optional. EPA gas mileage quotes are 32/41 mpg (city/highway) for manual models; price quotes drop to 30/38 with the automatic transmission.
While the Corolla's engine has dramatically lower result when compared to much of the competitors, it offers entirely appropriate efficiency on city and also country roadways. It's just on the highway that the engine's modest power ratings restrict the Corolla's performance; the automatic-transmission Corolla I examined only had a marginal quantity of power for quick passing away. The smooth-shifting automatic kicks down rapidly when called upon, but the act brings on a significant quantity of engine sound as the four-cylinder ramps up the rpms.
Corollas have front-disc and rear-drum brakes that provide direct stopping performance. Anti-skid brakes are optional.
The driving position is a bit cramped for chauffeurs more than 6 feet high, however this schedules more to absence of rearward adjustability in the chauffeur's seat than to the cabin being excessively little. With the driver's seat changed as best as possible for someone tall, the guiding wheel is a bit of a reach, and also it doesn't telescope to make driving much easier. The control panel stereo controls are rather far away. While shorter vehicle drivers most likely won't experience these problems, if you're taller you'll intend to pay unique attention to the cabin's comfort designs during your examination drive.
The Corolla's dashboard plastic has nice-looking graining, and also the controls are practically prepared. The majority of panels fit tightly together, and the high-level LE model has decent-looking replica wood trim. The LE's fabric seats and also cloth door-panel inserts look dated when compared to more recent rivals, which's before you take into consideration the Corolla's premium prices in its segment.
Although it would behave if the pole positions returned farther, their restricted traveling preserves some area for back travelers, where legroom for the tall is restricted however total convenience is passable. I wouldn't intend to be stuck back there for more than a couple of hrs, though. Again, passenger dimension can mostly influence comfort, as well as shorter guests could locate it completely appropriate, even for lengthy journeys.
The Corolla got an Excellent overall rating in the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety's frontal-offset accident test. It earned an Acceptable general score in the IIHS' side-impact examination when equipped with the optional side-impact airbags for the pole positions and also front and back side curtain air bags. Without those $655 airbags, the Corolla's total side-impact rating goes down to Poor, so you ought to consider them a requirement.
Various other optional safety features include antilock brakes with electronic brake-force circulation and a digital stability system that's readily available for automatic-transmission S and LE designs.
Cargo & Towing
The Corolla's 13.6-cubic-foot trunk is relatively large for a compact car, and also it has a wide opening to alleviate accessibility. Folding the conventional 60/40-split back seats is achieved by utilizing 2 smartly positioned handles near the top of the trunk. The extended load flooring isn't entirely flat, however; there's a step between the folded up seatbacks and the trunk flooring.
Toyota states the Corolla can tow approximately 1,500 pounds when effectively geared up.
Cooling, a CD stereo, power-adjustable side mirrors and also a temperature level gauge are common. The S versions add rocker panels as well as front as well as back underbody looters to the outside and also a leather-wrapped steering wheel and also shifter, various gauges, power door locks and also interior chrome trim. The top-level LE includes power windows, keyless entrance and vibrant electroluminescent evaluates that are simple to review. Cruise control, a moonroof and also a JBL stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer are optional.
Corolla in the Market
The Corolla is evidence that-- as long as the essentials exist-- solid sales aren't subject to having the most recent, snazziest version. Though its inside lags the times even for an economic situation cars and truck, it's tough to suggest with the Corolla's sales: Greater than 200,000 have been offered through September of 2006, and that's in the face of fresh competitors in the form of the upgraded Honda Civic. That's an excellent success for an aging model, also one with the Corolla's exemplary dependability background.