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#42 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [ntassistant]
Feb 13, 2011 (7:32 pm)
I just purchased 2011 Corolla S and I love it so far! Yes, there is no auto on/off headlights; however, there are so many more things that Toyota has upgraded to 2011. For instance:
-power steering is EPS rack and pinion, so it is pleasure to drive it.
-cabin is very quiet.
-ride is excellent.
-auto transmission is smooth (it is still 4 speed; however, it is smooth and gas millage is great so far, and this is February).
-seats are comfortable.
-upgraded stereo is worth the money with BT connection and nicer speakers.
-large trunk space (changed a little bit for 2011).
-front and back of the car is more attractive (this is subjective). It looks something between new Avalon face, combined with previous generation Mazda 6 and something else that is totally Toyota (conservative exterior, but still bold and probably looking not dated for more years to come...
-Wheels are nice.
-Good view from inside/out.
-Engine auto power on/off-part of STAR system.
-Engine is very potent.
-Nice auto-dimming mirror (if you add it to the car).
-Dash board illumination at night is nice.
-back seats go flat.
-engine uses 0W20 oil, which is synthetic.
-2 years complimentary oil changes, ballancing and rotating of your tires!
I can go on and on, but I also do not like some things such as:
-hard plastic across the whole interior. It is not that bad; but they could have changed it with some softer material and charge us additionally some $200 dollars. I would have agree to pay this amount, but I will be more satisfied with vehicle...
-no auto on/off head lights, but as I said in my previous post, even Prius does not have them and this is $30,000 car????
I like the exterior and interior of new Elantra, but I still believe that the Corolla is a better value car! You will love it more or less, not to mention that it is reliable transportation.
It is not a race car, but it has a comfortable ride, good space, and good gas millage. The engine might be "only" 132hp, but the car is not that heavy and moves fast.
I still would go and test drive the S model at least along with any other car you have considered to research and maybe purchase.
#43 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [dchev]
Feb 14, 2011 (2:31 pm)
Thank you for your in depth reply about your new Corolla and congratulations with your purchase! Don't get me wrong, I really like the Corolla. I just contacted Toyota and chatted with a product specialist who confirmed the auto on/off headlights are completely discontinued across the Corolla lineup. In my 04 Corolla, I LOVED this feature. It too had DRL, but I just liked not having to ever tinker with lights as the sensor worked so well. It was just neat to have this feature standard on a car in this class. As I questioned why they discontinued this feature, they couldn't explain but several factors determine the decision. As mentioned, Toyota first introduced this technology back in 2003 for the 9th generation Corolla. I really hate to see it go but it's reality!
I agree with you that there are improvements with the 2011 Corolla. I like the exterior refresh and I also like the new blue, Nautical Blue. This color is very sharp and reminds me of my 04 Corolla in Indigo Ink Pear If I were to purchase, I would probably get the LE. I never really thought about the S model. Did you test drive both models and prefer the S? What are your current average MPGs? I read mixed reviews of people who claim the Corollas get much less than expected MPGs. Thank you again for your input!
#44 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [ntassistant]
Feb 14, 2011 (2:38 pm)
Wow, are you saying you actually have to manually put the headlights on and off? That's just crazy, why would they just eleminate such a standardized feature on most new cars? I love this feature!
You can expect to get 24 mpg city or 39 mpg highway with a new Corolla.
#45 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [terceltom]
Feb 14, 2011 (2:55 pm)
Tell me about it, I am just as shocked! I loved this feature on the Corolla as it was "smart". I just can't understand why they did away with it. So, DRL are standard still and the dash (speedometer and guages) illuminate regardless of lighting conditions in/outside of vehicle? I can imagine many drivers forgetting to manually turn on headlights while driving as it gets darker outside! You obviously have the headlights on because the tail lights aren't on unless lights are manually turned on. In my opinion, I see it as a safety issue as people who know Corollas dating back to 2003 were accustomed to this neat, worry free feature.
While searching on OEM parts on dealer website, there is a sensor listed for Corolla model years 2009-2011, even though no such sensor is equipped in 2011 models. As mentioned in earlier posts, the housing (small circular dot) is made in the dashboards in the former location of the sensor, when formerly equipped. My question is, will it be possible for people to have this sensor installed on 2011 Corollas? I can imagine it may be possible, but the labor would be outrageous as it is electrical and components would need to be moved around the dash to accommodate. Just wondering!
#46 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [ntassistant]
Feb 14, 2011 (3:06 pm)
I got used to not having auto on/off headlights:)
You have DRL; however, guages on dash do not illuminate during the day. Thus, you will not have the problem of forgeting to turn on lights at night.
It is early to talk about gas millage. I just did my first fill up at 250 miles, and my gas millage was 30.5 MPG. However, 75% of my driving was in the city, so I believe that gas millage will go up during spring, summer, and fall.
If I get 35-36 MPG, I will be happy:)
I found out today that seats on S model are a little bit larger... They provide better support for the body.
#47 of 55 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights?
Mar 25, 2011 (1:08 pm)
In my opinion the 2011 sucks!!! I had a 2010 S (15k miles) which I really loved. Unfortunately, I got T-boned and the car was totaled out last week. I called my dealer and asked him about getting the 2011 with exactly the same features as my beloved 2010. I drove 120 miles to his dealership to get the car. Boy was I disappointed driving home, The 2011 did not have the tie down "D" rings in the trunk. Next, I put my TomTom NAV in the center console and found that the power outlet had been removed. This was important to me, because I plug my Blu-Tooth earpiece into a cigarette lighter charging adapter near where the AUX audio input is located, but I can't do that now because the TOM TOM is plugged in to that. Now I know you are going to say "but the new 2011 comes Blu-Tooth compatible radio". My old BT earpiece is better than the 2011's built-in BT. The 2011's BT keeps a separate phone book from the ONE ON YOU PHONE. now you have to maintain 2 phone books!! What a hassle!! Finally, the new fancier stereo comes with a major problem - they sacrificed quality for quantity. It sounds awful! Trumpets sound shrill, the bass is muddy and unnatural, and Michale Buble's silky smooth voice sounds similar to Robert Shaw dragging his fingernails across the chalkboard in the movie "JAWS". It probably sounds fine to those who are tone deaf... Oh, and did I mention that the I was driving the car home in the dark when I realized it didn't have Automatic ON/OFF Headlights. I should never have gotten the 2011 and just bought a used 2010!
#48 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [radiozener]
Mar 25, 2011 (2:05 pm)
Yes, I completely agree with you on everything you've mentioned! I too would be disappointed knowing I purchased a new car with "expected" features found in last year's model! I can't figure out why Toyota is making these poor decisions by cutting costs (eliminating once common, practical standard features as found in last model year) thinking customers aren't going to notice these obvious details. In my opinion, the 2011 Corolla is by far one of the worst model years ever built. I don't see any 2011s on the road at all (only rentals). Honestly in my region, there are still a lot of new 2010s on dealer lots. I think this says something about the current generation Corolla. I hope Toyota realizes they really screwed up with this year's Corolla and they MAKE NECESSARY changes for it to survive in 2012 and thereafter.
#49 of 55 Re: 2011 Corolla Automatic ON/OFF Headlights? [radiozener]
Mar 26, 2011 (5:53 am)
So you bought this new car sight unseen ? ? ? I guess I would ask why the big rush ? Now your stuck with it! I gotta tell ya though, I'm a very big Toyota fan, (as everyone on this site would attest to), but if I were in the market for another car I would steer away from the new Corolla also as I, like you, would definitely miss all of those features they did away with also. I like the Mazda 3 more and more evry time I look at it. Perhaps Toyota is trying to push the Camry, saving all of those features for that model.
Mar 26, 2011 (10:48 am)
After considering the '11 Corolla "S" for purchase, and reading the latest posts here concerning Toyota's eliminating certain features once available, I'm afraid this machine is OFF my small list of new vehicles to check out.
Toyota sure has blown it, BIG time, with the 2011 Corolla.
Jan 19, 2012 (11:26 am)
I purchased a 2011 corolla LE, from day one I have had a problem with it miss fireing, took it in four times already they can't fix it need less to say I'm frustrated seening as I'ev only had it two months.I don't worry about it not having auto head lights I worry about it dying on me going down the road. Has any one else had this problem ? nativegirl