While I would love to have a sportier, fancier car, I can't afford one. My Corolla is practical...looks good, drives smoothly, gets good gas mileage, is the right size for my needs. If I can avoid any crashes, I hope this car will last as long as I need a car...and that's what I was looking for.
I have this car for a long term rental due to my car being stolen and things being tied up with insurance related to that. I cannot wait to give it back and get something else. Pros: - Pretty cool perks for being such a cheap car, it has bluetooth, a screen for media, a back up camera/sensors, etc. - Reliable. Has yet to leave me stranded somewhere. Cons: - I average about 26mpg. My Honda CR-V was a bigger car and had 4WD, and it got about the same gas mileage. - Road noise. You can expect to have to shout to your passengers. - Instability/non-responsive drive. If you live some place windy this gets annoying and feels unsafe. - Uncomfortable front seats, very small and uncomfortable backseat. My kids and coworkers both hate it.
It's been completely reliable, it's a great car to drive, and our model came equipped with all of the bells and whistles. It's really sporty looking and we love some of the technology included with our particular model. The only thing missing was the top-of-the-line automatic transmission option. It has every other option that I am aware of. The only drawback was a drop in mpg going from a 2004 Civic to this car. In the Civic, we got 30mpg or more in mostly rural and highway driving, In the Corolla, we just make 28mpg. I was really surprised to see the drop and the car was just given its 60K service at Toyota (which would have corrected any issues related to fuel economy).