Toyota Corolla was introduced on the US market in 1968 and since then it has been available in different body styles: coupe, sedan, wagon and hatchback. This vehicle is small, affordable, reliable and fuel-efficient. It’s the perfect car for a family and if you fill the gas tank and change the oil occasionally, this Toyota will keep its promise of being your road partner for more than 100,000 miles. Even if you don’t afford a new Toyota Corolla you should still check out the used models because they offer the same high performance and features as a new one, but at a more affordable price.
The Corolla models released between 1988 and 1992 were smaller and boxier, but offered more body styles. Besides the sedan, the Corolla was also available as a sporty GTS coupe which was equipped with a V4 engine able to produce 130 horsepower. Between 1993 and 1997, Toyota manufactured the seventh generation of Corollas which was similar to the previous model. It was equipped with a 1.6 liter V4 engine able to produce around 115 horsepower. It also featured dual front airbags as standard option, AM/FM audio system, air conditioning, cloth seating and power door locks.
The Toyota Corolla models manufactured between 1998 and 2002 offer a good fuel economy and reliability. In addition, if you decide to buy a used Toyota Corolla car you should know that the safety measures are a priority for this vehicle, because it was the first sedan that offered in 1998 side airbags as optional feature. All the models were equipped with a 1.8 liter V4 engine and a three-speed automatic transmission. This car offered an incredible driving experience. In 2001, the Corolla received a new chrome-ridged grille, redesigned headlights and taillights.
The Toyota Corollas manufactured more recently between 2003 and 2008, are available in four different trim levels: the CE, the S, the XRS and the LE. The first version features air conditioning, CD player and an adjustable driver seat. The S trim level comes available with a lower body kit, smoked headlamps and a rear spoiler while the XRS version is the truly sporty Corolla. This version is equipped with a firmer suspension, a powerful engine and four-wheel disc brakes. Three of the models are equipped with a 1.8 liter V4 engine able to produce 126 horsepower. The XRS version built between 2004 and 2005 was powered by a more powerful V4 engine of 1.8 liter which delivered 164 horsepower. This version also had a manual transmission while the other three models had a manual or an automatic transmission. The used Toyota Corolla manufactured in this period of time features a lot of interesting components including side curtain airbags, a JBL audio system, power mirrors and stability control. It offers a lot of space in the backseats and the interior is covered in high quality materials. When it comes to the safety measures, the Toyota Corolla models manufactured between 2003 and 2008 are equipped with antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags and traction control. The Corolla earned five starts in the NHTSA crash tests for the frontal impact protection provided. Driving a Corolla is easy and the ride is quiet, because the engine makes little noise.
Even if the most recent models lost that luster which made them the best-selling nameplate in the past, the older, used Toyota Corolla cars remain excellent choices if you are interested in buying an affordable and economical vehicle. The prices for a used Toyota Corolla car vary between $962 for a 1990 Toyota Corolla and $14,532 for a 2010 used model.