I purchased the 2009 Corolla at the height of rising gas prices in 2008. My daily commute exceeds 130 miles round trip in the Northeast and I needed a vehicle with 35mpg or better, reliable, good handling in snow, comfortable and affordable. Test driving included a Honda Civic, Chevy Cavalier and two Hyundai.
I have averaged 38.4mpg on 90% highway driving and just turned 120,000 miles. Service has included oil changes every 6,000 miles, a cabin filter, a transmission and radiator flush and new Goodyear Assurance tires (which are excellent). The original brakes and rotors still have life!
I highly recommend the Corolla to anyone looking for great gas mileage and reliability.
My only negative is not having sufficient armrests for long comfortable drives.
2009 Toyota Corolla; Improving greatness
2009 Toyota CorollaTimesquire - Orlando, FL11/17/2008
Judging by the popularity of it's predecessors, one would think there wasn't much left for Toyota to improve on the 2009 incarnation of the Corolla. Alas, they did. The new Corolla's improvements begin on the outside with a more aggressive looking front end and a less "boxy" look to the rest of the car. Also, Toyota has consistently produced vehicles with amazing exterior colors and this year is no exception as they have also improved on that front. Just about every color in their lineup has that "wet" look. Toyota's claim to fame on this one is the 35 mpg efficiency, but do not let that fool you. the 1.8l standard engine is very responsive and provides adequate power. The suspension is superb and the car handles fabulously, especially on corners. Inside the Corolla still presents some of the comfort problems typical of small sedans, but the easy to reach controls, side curtain airbags, and auxiliary input on the am/fm/mp3 cd player makes up for the lack of room nicely. The price will continue to make the Toyota Corolla a smart buy as it has in recent years. This is one of those cars that you cannot go wrong in buying. It will likely hold its value and most important, you will likely hold on to it for a long time.
Paid a little too much
2009 Toyota CorollaSuzanne Berthelot - Plano, TX08/13/2016
Very dependable, looks newer than its age. Sitting in the passenger's seat of my friend's Ford , I am so glad I chose the Corolla - the 4 door small sedan he had already sounds "ragged out" - it's a year older, but only has 6K more miles than mine. I wish I would have looked a little closer - no cruise control. And the alternator went out only a month after driving it. Other than that, no complaints.
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