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#1853 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [sandman46]
Nov 30, 2007 (11:41 pm)
Ya everybody gets tired of comparing Hondas and Toyotas, but I have a 2005 Corolla and I tested both, and on smooth pavement they are pretty much the same. But we have to drive about 2 miles of wash board dirt road. Next time you compare these two try a road like that and you will find a huge difference with the nod easily going to the Corolla. It absorbs these bumps quietly and quite smoothly. Whereas the Honda sounds tinny and knocks your teeth out. I was test driving with my 16 y/o daughter (to be her car) and that made her mind up...she wanted the Corolla. By the way I have frequently got right at 41 mpg on interstate at 77mph...pretty good if you ask me....why get a Prius? I do like the new look...now the question is are the seats a tad better, and how about the position, which as I read was the biggest complaint on the last series.
#1854 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [ham3]
Dec 01, 2007 (8:11 am)
They have changed the sitting position on both the Corolla and Corolla Matrix. Should be more user friendly along with the tilt/telescoping wheel. Like I said, I can't wait for them to get here.
#1855 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [ham3]
Dec 01, 2007 (11:32 am)
The U.S. is getting the same exact Corolla that Europe and Australia already have. There are only a few minor cosmetic differences such as the front grill. Every review that I've read from overseas markets states that one of the biggest improvements on the all new 10th gen Corolla is the seats and in particular the driver seating position. One reviewer in South Africa stated the following referring to the driver's seat: "you are now sitting 'in' the seat instead of 'on' the seat." Also adding the telescopic steering wheel feature makes it even easier to find a comfortable driving position. At least three reviewers stated that this new Corolla is the best Corolla ever. I'm greatly looking forward to its arrival in early February 2008!
#1856 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [kasper06]
Dec 01, 2007 (12:22 pm)
I certainly hope it is the best ever. I've never heard of a new car being released where a previous version was better.
The 4-speed automatic is a red flag, but I suppose it's possible that it will still be OK.
The worst aspects of a rental Corolla I drove were the driving position and extremely loud and ugly sounding engine when you tried to accelerate quickly. Embarrassing, especially since the car didn't even move much after the noise.
The Corolla engine doesn't rev sweetly like Hondas, so I hope they load the car with sound insulation to mask the drone.
#1857 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [kasper06]
Dec 01, 2007 (4:18 pm)
With the exception of the climate controls. Looks like ours are right out of the Scion xD, xB, and Yaris twins. The knobs look cheesy and are rather flimsy. Sorry about the rhyme!
This is what the instrument panel looks on the Ultima Corolla which I'm guessing here will be our XLE Corolla.
Here's the interior of our Corolla S. Notice the three knobs in the center dash for the climate control.
Here's the interior of our Corolla XLE. Same climate control knobs. Why couldn't they put the push button climate control unit in there?
#1858 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [jaxs1]
Dec 01, 2007 (5:59 pm)
The new Corolla comes standard with an all new 1.8 liter Dual VVT-i engine. From what I've read and heard this new engine is quieter and much more refined. I was a bit disappointed initially when I heard about the 4 speed auto but now I don't really think it's a big deal at all. Australia and South Africa get the same exact set up and the new Corolla is selling like crazy their. You may not think it's the "best ever" since this is an opinion of a few professional car reviewers. Just a suggestion, if you like the way a Honda engine sounds you might want to consider buying a Honda product. I've personally driven several current 9th gen Corolla's and have found they all have very good acceleration. I agree, the engine can be a bit coarse at times but this will be remedied by the new 1.8 Dual VVT-i engine in the new Corolla.
#1859 of 3104 2009 Corolla Manual Tranny?
Dec 02, 2007 (4:02 am)
Does the new Corolla come with a manual tranny? My wife is thinking this might be a good car for her and I think nah, but she has to drive it not me. Supposedly good economy but she wants a 5 spd and not an automatic. Nothing official I've seen yet says clearly what you can order.
#1860 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [mackabee]
Dec 02, 2007 (6:56 am)
Very good come back [macabee] about the new Corolla being [NOT]the exact same as the European model. Its not. The European model gets a much nicer control panel and that is what I was hoping for and why I put down a deposit, later canceled. So much nicer interior controls and cannot understand why not here in the US but in Europe instead.
The fake wood trim is pretty bad looking as well, and wish they would use a more upscale trim that I would be willing to upgrade and pay for, but no to this either.
I would think by giving us the better look inside, perhaps a little better exterior as well, Toyota would sell even more for those that like better looks and not just the same old bland appearance. Yes, I know, they will sell many, but would it not be to their interest to sell even more. $$ is what they are in this for is it not ?
#1861 of 3104 Re: Agree To Disagree [sr1945]
Dec 02, 2007 (8:53 am)
Agreed. Even I'm considering getting one but the interior controls for the ac turned me off. (no pun intended). I hope they reconsider and built the nice control panel into it. Maybe a few calls to Toyota customer assistance center.? I don't know what the price points are going to be but if current trend is an indication then it will be a lot of car for the money.
#1862 of 3104 Re: 2009 Corolla Manual Tranny? [tiff_c]
Dec 02, 2007 (9:01 am)
Yep, you can get the standard, S, and LE with a manual tranny. Go to this link for more info: link title