Toyota's production objective for the upgraded 2003 version is a little a lot more modest: 230,000 devices. Adjustments for the popular, front-wheel-drive sedan's future generation are moderate but purposeful. Engine output has actually enhanced by 5 horsepower, as well as a brand-new, low-restriction catalytic converter is made use of in the exhaust system. The cars and truck is also a little larger than in the past. A new transmission boasts less parts and minimized friction, which assures less than a 1-mpg fuel-economy penalty when compared with the manual-transmission design. Steering is declared to be more responsive as well as linear, as well as stopping is extra specific. A greater hip factor is supposed to alleviate access into the lorry, and also the front seats have actually been relocated farther apart.
Three variations of the Corolla are readily available: the value-priced CE, the upscale LE and also the stylish S edition. Targeting a younger age compared to in the past-- 25- to 34-year-olds rather than 35- to 44-year-olds-- the 2003 Corolla develops a "much more psychological connection with an extra varied" target market, states John Kramer, Toyota's corporate supervisor for representatives and also public business. Corollas are created in California as well as Canada and went on sale in February 2002 as early 2003 versions. Chevrolet made use of to supply a near-twin of the Corolla called the Prizm, but that was dropped after the 2002 design year.
2003 Toyota Corolla S
Styling adjustments for the 2003 design are less than dramatic, despite raised dimensions. The Corolla rides a 102.4-inch wheelbase as well as measures 178.3 inches long overall-- some 5 inches much longer compared to the previous generation. Each model is 66.9 inches wide as well as no more than 57.5 inches tall. Five-bolt wheels are brand-new for UNITED STATE models.
Unique layout touches for the flashy S sedan include smoked headlights, fog lights, color-keyed bodyside moldings, front and rear underbody spoilers, and side rocker panels. The S sedan additionally showcases unique suspension tuning that includes revalved shock absorbers and different springtime prices. Alternatives for the S design include a back looter and also aluminum-alloy wheels. All Corollas have 15-inch tires, however those on the LE as well as S designs are a little wider.
Five individuals fit inside the Corolla, with its towel furniture and also 60/40-split rear seat. Freight quantity amounts to 13.6 cubic feet.
The new Corolla is better complete than its precursor. Common tools in the CE version consists of a/c with a clean-air filter, power mirrors, a tilt steering column, periodic wipers, a tachometer, an outside temperature gauge and a CD stereo. The LE adds power doors and windows locks, color-keyed power mirrors, a woodlike center cockpit console, remote keyless entrance as well as vertical seat-height adjustment. An unique cloth interior enters into the flashy S sedan, which showcases a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as a shape sport speedometer.
Under the Hood
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with variable shutoff timing (VVT-i) creates 130 hp. Either a five-speed-manual or a four-speed-automatic transmission can be set up. Some prior Corollas utilized a three-speed automatic, which is not readily available.
Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and anti-skid brakes are optional. Daytime running lights are conventional on all versions. The dual-stage front airbags have an extra-low release level for chauffeurs who rest near to the steering wheel.
Despite traditional designing and comparatively high rates, the Corolla has actually long been among the best subcompacts on the market. It provides a rewarding blend of fuel economy, refinement and dependability. Although the 2003 shape could not set too many hearts afire, the brand-new model builds on Toyota's track record for excellence. Toyota is targeting a younger group of customers. The Corolla appears to pass on a sensation of strength and self-confidence that conceals its compact size.
The Corolla's efficiency could not mix several feelings either, as well as the added 5 hp doesn't send out the Corolla into a swifter league. However the 2003 model suffices for common driving. Velocity is a trifle slow at startup, yet the automatic-transmission model promptly picks up the pace. Though the engine is a little bit growly while speeding up, it quiets down perfectly by the time it reaches highway rates.
The Corolla maneuvers neatly in town and also takes contours acceptably, however taking care of isn't really fairly as precise as that of some smaller sized cars and trucks. A smooth trip is still one of the advantages. The front seats have somewhat short bottoms, however they fit and supportive. Toyota's insurance claim that front passengers are farther apart seems exact, and also there is a greater experience of roominess. Backseat legroom isn't really fairly as enticing as that in advance unless the pole positions are pushed forward. The big glove box is a welcome attribute.