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#203 of 238 Re: 2011 Corolla sold in Brazil [terceltom]
Apr 20, 2010 (1:38 pm)
So far what I've researched, the only POSSIBLE changes for 2011 include a standard USB for iPod, and a new 5-speed automatic transmission (on all models other than the XRS) to increase fuel economy. Obviously there are no guarantees we'll see these changes for 2011, but it would be wise for Toyota to implement them at this time, especially to compete with other cars in this class.
I wish Toyota continued to install hood insulators on ALL Corollas. Currently, only the XRS has a standard hood insulator. Several weeks ago, I test drove a new 2010 LE. I noticed it was significantly louder than my 2004 Corolla LE, that had came with a hood insulator. A thin piece of felt material seems to go a long way with noise reduction. Another perk is that it protects the underside of the hood from dirt and debris. I guess Toyota figured it would be a good cost cutting measure to take by not including them across the entire Corolla lineup.
#204 of 238 Re: 2011 Corolla sold in Brazil [ntassistant]
Apr 21, 2010 (10:09 am)
Sooner or later, Toyota will need to implement many of these feature, if they'll want to stay competitive. The upcoming Chevy Cruze promises to be a hit, (might be another reason why Toyota waits with 2011 model until December - to check out features & packages of the Cruze), the redesigned Ford Focus next year is also very promising, and even for now, the Corolla (once upon a time the leader of the pack) is rated much behind the Civic and Elantra (!).
If Toyota has these feature all engineered and worked out, as on the Brazil model above, it would be wise to add some of them here. At least for a additional cost. I understand that American people will not pay too much for a compact (hence, the reason Toyota dropped leather seating from Corolla); And I believe not a lot of us needs the corolla to wash their own headlamps and include signal mirrors, and maybe not even the automatic temperature control; but power seats, hood insulators, rear center armrest, and a few more features, is more than welcome.
Maybe the reason Toyota does not include the hood insulator is, among other technics, to reduce weight, and thus receive best mileage ratings in class. Not necessarily to cut cost.
#205 of 238 Steering
Apr 25, 2010 (3:13 pm)
I just test drove a 2010 Toyota Corolla LE. I drove it on the highway because I really wanted to try the wandering steering. I honestly didn't feel anything, not as tight of steering as my Honda Civic but no worse than my Hyundai Elantra. Is this something that develops over time?
#206 of 238 Re: Steering [thecs]
Apr 25, 2010 (4:07 pm)
Is your Elantra a 2007+ model, i.e. one with EPS? If so, that may be why you don't notice much if any difference with the Corolla. I have a feeling the Corolla tends to feel different to people who have not driven another car with EPS. There could also be a defect in the EPS of the Corolla that affects only some cars, which would explain the relatively small number of complaints on the steering vs. all the Corollas sold.
#207 of 238 Re: Steering [thecs]
Apr 26, 2010 (3:07 am)
Well you have to remember the EPS problem is something that affects only a small number of Corollas. You odds of test driving one that was affected were null to slim to start with. The vast majority of these cars work as supposed to.
#208 of 238 Re: Steering [backy]
Apr 26, 2010 (9:20 am)
We have a 2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring. It has always felt like it fights me to stay straight....maybe that's why the Corolla didn't bother me at all--lol. Is this the only problem with the Corollas? That and the floor pads? I haven't seen where the Corollas are having problems with rapid acceleration. Is that true? I really liked the Corolla I test drove but, I don't want to drive anything unsafe. Thanks for your input.
#209 of 238 Re: Steering [thecs]
Apr 26, 2010 (2:42 pm)
The 2009-2010 Corollas manufactured at the NUMMI plant in California (which has now closed) and the Canadian plant in Ontario are subject to the unintended acceleration (sticky pedal) recall. Corollas built in Japan are not affected by this recall. I am aware of four recalls affecting certain 2009-2010 Corollas. Please see attached link for further information regarding these recalls:
Apr 28, 2010 (11:51 am)
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#211 of 238 Optional iPod Interface Kit
May 11, 2010 (1:40 pm)
While trying to "build" or configure a new Corolla on Toyota.com, I tried to select the optional iPod interface kit in conjunction with the optional JBL package. For some reason, the two are not available together and I think it has something to do with the XM satellite radio receiver installed with the JBL package.
So my question is, can you use an iPod with the AUX jack equipped on the Corolla (this is without the iPod interface kit). If so, exactly what kind of adapter is needed if it is possible to play songs on an iPod through the car's stereo? Any help or explanations are greatly appreciated!