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2009 Toyota Corolla



  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    I thought they delayed this car because the new civic was such a hit, especially for styling and motor. Looks like the same old Corolla to me. Nothing ground breaking at all.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Somewhere in the last 2700+ posts in this thread this very same question has been asked and answered at least 27's an urban myth. Read back several hundred posts or so.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    Toyota is out to sell lots of cars and make lots of money, not to be a "ground breaker". The 2009 Corolla has excellent fuel economy for its class and the Toyota brand equity, and is overall a competent car if only mid-pack in its class. That's enough to sell plenty of Corollas.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    No arguments here... ;)
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Holy crap! Is that you backy?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,630
    No, it must be an im-poster poster.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,669
    im-poster poster. :-P

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    ROFL!! :shades:
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Someone asked how the 09 Corolla was selling when it was first introduced. I'm going to put everyone's mind to rest. The Corolla is selling like ho9tcakes! As of today we have three on the lot. One is coming in tomorrow and we have three on allocation.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Ditto, same market, other side of town. Instead of 40-60 in stock/enroute it's approaching single digits.

    The run up in gas prices has sold out the Prius for maybe a month or two ( I've heard that the FEH and HCH are in the same position ) and made every small vehicle very attractive.

    In today's sales reports I'd expect the small car numbers to JUMP off the pages. Impeccable timing, what?
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Toyota Division
    Toyota Division passenger cars recorded May sales of 152,652 units, down 0.9 percent over the same period last year. Passenger-car sales were led by Corolla, which posted all-time best-ever sales of 52,826 units, an increase of 12.4 percent over May 2007. Camry and Camry Hybrid posted combined sales of 51,291 in May. Camry Hybrid reported May sales of 5,999 units. With limited availability, the Prius hybrid gas-electric mid-size sedan posted May sales of 15,011 units. Yaris reported all-time best-ever sales of 14,397 units, up 26.6 percent over the year-ago month.


    Toyota May 2008 Sales
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Not only that but both sedans outsold the mighty F150. Not to mention so did the Civic ( No 1 selling vehicle this month ) and the Accord as well.

    From Automotive News today...
    The Ford F-150 pickup truck has been dethroned as America's favorite vehicle for the first time since 1991 -- by two Toyota sedans.

    According to preliminary sales figures released by automakers, Ford Motor Co. sold 42,973 F-series trucks in May, while Toyota Motor Corp. sold 52,826 Corollas and 51,291 Camrys.

    The last time a car outsold the F series was October 1991.

    Jim Farley, Ford group vice president for marketing and communications, said the F series' loss to Toyota's cars was a "significant development."

    "But it's not surprising, given the fuel price," Farley said. "That's just a sign of the times. I think May has been a watershed month."

    Toyota said Corolla sales rose 12.4 percent in May, but were down 9.5 percent for the first five months compared with the same period a year ago. Camry sales have been flat.

    The world has been turned upside down and Hell just froze over.
  • veldevelde Posts: 17
    I'm considering purchasing a 2009 Corolla XLE 1.8L 4-cyl to pass down to my college daughter in two years when her lease on her Jeep Liberty expires. She had to lease the Jeep last month because she wanted an SUV, but she's afraid to drive it because it eats her paycheck in gas this summer. My plan is to hand down a reliable Toyota with great gas mileage for her to keep as she goes on to graduate school. I LOVE the gas mileage on this vehicle, but I am concerned with safety. For the past seven years, we've driven only AWD vehicles (Envoy, Yukon, Honda CR-V) and this is a much smaller vehicle with FWD. I am purchasing the optioned Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control with off switch. I'm interested in advice on how this vehicle will perform come winter in Michigan? My husband thinks the VSC and TC added to the FWD will make it acceptable. I would love to hear throughts from anyone who has experienced driving conditions with this vehicle in snow and rainstorms.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    It will do just fine. The Corolla is pretty big, very high safety ratings, and in many ways better and safer than the SUVs you listed. AWD only helps you go, it does not prevent you from skidding, and does not stop you quicker. SUVs are also more prone to roll over in a crash. The CRV is not really much larger than the Corolla, by the way.

    I completely agree with your husband, buy the Corolla. My BIL has a Corolla and lives in Northern Michigan - no problems. The only upgrade I would make to any new car is to buy better tires.
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    You don't need 4WD in a rainstorm. End of story.

    The Corolla will be fine in snow. It will be outstanding if you simply buy an extra set of wheels and mount snow tires on them.
  • jacksan1jacksan1 Posts: 504
    Living in the cold and at times messy North (Minnesota), I can commiserate with what velde is saying. In our household. we always keep at least one car that we designate as the all-weather or storm-survival vehicle. For us, right now it's a Forester. In most winter days, we don't have a problem getting around in an FWD vehicle, and that's the primary people-mover in our family. But when the going gets tough, our Forester shows up with gusto. And having an AWD vehicle is a good thing, since my wife for work has to drive around all over town to administer services, come snow or ice storms (get good tires also). And an AWD vehicle like a Forester can get you out when a regular FWD gets you stuck.

    In some ways, I wish we could just do it without an AWD vehicle to save both in the purchase cost and fuel bills. But AWD does make a difference to this household. It is all different for everyone, of course.
  • joeyjoejoejoeyjoejoe Posts: 67
    I was at the mall this last weekend with my fiance and we saw the new '09 Corolla on display. I currently own a 2000 Corolla that I have not so cleverly named "the Turtle". I actually love the car, but she says it is "too small" and refuses to drive it. She saw the new model and was quite taken by it. She would actually drive the new one! I think it looks almost identical to the camry...maybe a little brother or something. Can't really complain about the mpg either! Cheers!
  • veldevelde Posts: 17
    Make sure she takes it out on the highway and checks out the steering. My husband and I test drove one on Friday and changed our mind about buying it because with the new electric steering the car kep trying to wander out of it's lane. It was a lot of effort to keep it on the road.
  • dd974dd974 Posts: 4
    I've had mine since April 25th and after 1125 miles I don't seee the problem everyone talks about with the steering....I don't see the wandering from the more than any other car I've had. One thing to remember is that if the road is uneven due to patch repair or slope. Most cars will likely veer to the right (fog line) slightly because roads are designed to have a higher elevation at the center for water runoff. Just keep a grip on the wheel and you'll be fine.
  • veldevelde Posts: 17
    Thanks for the encouragement. I am trying to test drive another XLE to see if there is some difference in each car. There aren't too many to be had in my area. I test drove an XRS and didn't have an issue. I'm not sure why the XLE was way too tight. Someone online recommended only buy the car you've test drove, I think that's excellent advice.
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