The Long Lasting Corolla

When I was working at San Francisco Honda, one of the best selling compact sedan is the Honda Civic due to its outstanding engineering quality and resell value. Within the automobile market, the biggest competitor to the Honda Civic is the Toyota Corolla and these two models had been fighting for the market share for decades. Since I was the sales/lease consultant at San Francisco Honda back then, I was required to study the specs, advantage, and disadvantage of the Corolla. To be honest, the Corolla is a very good car for small family and single working class, and it certainly deserves our attention.

The Corolla is not a stranger to most driver because they are basically everywhere around our neighborhood. It is the best selling compact sedan for Toyota company as well as the whole U.S.. According to an article in the Toyota USA Newsroom, there were more than 240,000 Corolla being sold in the U.S. in 2011, more than 36,000 in both Canada and Australia.

The 2012 Corolla model is the 10th generation of the product line, and it had been evolved in every category from performance to style. It is now available in trim levels: L, LE, and the Sport. The newer Corolla model is a compact sedan that comes with a very sophisticated car body style, which is comparable with some of the luxury sedans like the Lexus IS series; the Sport trim level adds a rear wind spoiler and chrome-finished muffler, which makes the appearance even more appealing.

The 2012 Corolla is available in both 5-speed manual and 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission that equipped with a 1.8-Liter 4-Cyclinder 16-Valve engine, which generates up to 132 horse-power. The estimated fuel mileage for this car is about 26 mpg when driving in city local and up to 34 mpg in highway. The spec of the Corolla may not help you win a trophy in a race, but it is a very economic vehicle for daily commuting. As a matter of fact, I am a owner of a 2001 Corolla and I can travel up to 450 miles in highway for each full tank of gasoline, which is just a little bit behinds compares to hybrid vehicles.

Even though it is a small compact vehicle, Toyota doesn’t slack on keeping the passenger safe in the Corolla; Each 2012 Corolla trim level is equipped with the standard safety system and full-side airbags. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Corolla received the Top Safety Pick award and the comment: “good performance in front, side, rollover, and rear tests and standard electronic stability control.”, so passengers have a higher chance of surviving serious accident. (Note: Please practice cautious driving behavior to avoid car accident.)

The Entune multimedia system is an outstanding device available for the new Corolla. It is a touch-screen console that integrates GPS, audio player, Bluetooth wireless, and various apps. With the Entune system, drivers can do much more than just look for a traveling route; with the proper apps installed, they can enable the driver to access many Ā information like the fuel price, sports, stocks, and movie ticket price. So if the budget allows, I highly recommend this genuine Entune multimedia system because it adds a high-tech touch to the already sophisticated 2012 Corolla.

The Toyota Corolla is known for its long lasting engine life. With regular periodic maintenance, the Corolla, as well as other Toyota models, can runs for a very long time. According the Polk U.S. Vehicles in Operation registration statistics, over 80% of the Corolla sold in the last 20 years are still running today.

Some people may recognize the Corolla as this

The MSRP for the 2012 Corolla starts from $16,130 plus tax and fees, and the estimated total cost of ownership in a five-year period is about $35,000 if the car is driving for 15,000 miles per year, which is relatively less expensive than competitors.

My family had been driving the Corolla for the last 12 years and we are not planning on getting rid of it any time soon. As a matter of fact, we are planning to keep driving it for at least another 12 years. So if a car shopper is looking for a economic commuting car and planning on keeping it for a long time, the Corolla is usually the first choice that pops up in mind.


5 comments on “The Long Lasting Corolla

  1. We really like the amount of detail and personal opinion you have provided in this post! The balance between pictures and information is perfect. Maybe for girls like us who don’t know too much about cars, you can explain the difference between the L and LE models and the prices for each? Other than that, great explanation!

    • Thank you for comment.

      I am sorry that I didn’t differentiate the trim levels. So basically, each vehicle from each brand has different level. Usually, the higher the trim level, the more features the car has at higher price. For example, Honda Civic has trim levels of DX, LX, EX (DX is the most basic, and EX is the fully equipped level).

      Once again, sorry for the confusion. I hope this little piece of information helps. If you have any question regarding to purchasing a car, I am more than happy to help.

  2. SInce the tsunami in Japan happen… I noticed the price on Japanese cars has risen, when do you think the price on cars will go down? Now I don’t know much about cars, if I were to buy one, How much do the dealers charge you per month if you were to pay them at a … lets say 3 or 5 year plan? Does it always depend on the type of car you buy and also what kind of deal you can make with the dealer?

    • Thank you the comment, Jason.

      Unfortunately, once the price has risen, it would never back down; at least not on my case. However, there are ways to get a good deal on brand new model by asking for old stock (if you don’t mind the car had been sitting at the lot for 9 months) because dealerships usually want to get rid of them and are willing to sell it at lower price; just make sure the car has no mechanical problem and you are satisfy with the warranty.

      Monthly payment if you want to finance a car really depends on what kind of car, how much down payment, how many months (usually 36-60) you are financing and the APR you qualified. You will need good credit score to qualify for the finance and lease options.

      Once again, thank you very much for comment.

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