|Compact car; Built in Canada|
|Good condition price range: $4,700 – $10,000*|
2003 Toyota Corolla
2004 Toyota Corolla
2005 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla interior
Not as refined as it could be, the Corolla nevertheless offers fine value for the money. Toyota’s reputation for reliability qualifies this sedan for Recommended status. Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Volkswagen Jetta sedans promise more driving spice, but no more utility.
Toyota redesigned its long-lived front-drive subcompact sedan for 2003, continuing its tradition as a conservative four-door, versus the company’s new-age Echo and hybrid-powered Prius. Fresh styling for 2003 was accompanied by an increase of 5.4 inches in wheelbase, and 4.3 inches in overall length, compared to the 1998-2002 version.
Corolla lent its underskin platform to the Toyota Matrix, a new wagon that also aimed toward younger buyers. Toyota first introduced a Corolla way back in the late 1960s.
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder returned as the sole Corolla engine, having gained 5 horsepower. Either a manual transmission or a four-speed automatic could be installed. Antilock braking and front side airbags were optional. Curtain side airbags were unavailable.
Air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, split folding rear seat, power mirrors, and a CD player were standard. CE, S, and top-rung LE trim levels were offered. The sportier S sedan had aero body trim, fog lamps, and a leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob. Exclusive to the LE was optional leather upholstery.
Rivals included the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Jetta. Chevrolet halted production of its Corolla clone, the Prizm, which did not carry over into the 2003 design.
Following its 2003 redesign, the Corolla was virtually unchanged for 2004.
Curtain side airbags joined the options list for 2005. A high-performance XRS sedan joined the lineup, with a 170-horsepower engine and six-speed manual transmission. The XRS also featured a sport suspension, unique exterior and interior trim, and 16-inch wheels. Modest facelifting for 2005 gave both the front and rear ends a slightly different look.
The Corolla was unchanged for 2006.
The larger of Toyota’s compact sedans dropped its sporty model for 2007. Leather upholstery was no longer available.
The 2008 Toyota Corolla carried over unchanged, pending a redesign due in calendar 2008 as a 2009 model.