Transitioned to my Corolla from an 2001 Chevy Blazer. So far I am loving the car overall. It has great gas mileage, and the handling is good. I feel for an '09 the interior could be updated into something more 'modern'. I do sometimes forget I am driving a 2009. But overall I love my little car, and would recommend it to anyone.
I love my car. Its my first car and I new exactly what I wanted. My friends and family joke that Toyota's are "forever vehicles" and now I know why. Its great on fuel, comfortable when going on long trips, and while it does't have the power of a V6, its still peppy and can go when I need it too. The only thing I have an issue with is my aux keeps switching to radio randomly, but I see that this is a common issue and can easily be fixed. Overall, this is a cute, reliable car that I am very proud to own. I can see myself owning another one in the future.
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.