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2009 Toyota Corolla



  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    I'm with you, backy.

    Of course you are!

    Very nice little car for $18k, and rode quite nicely.

    Sure did!

    Just because I don't like the steering system in the '09, doesn't mean I'm trashing the car

    No, not at all!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Geez, why so defensive? I mention not liking an aspect of the car and suddenly I'm bashing it. What did this post have to do with the Toyota Corolla?

    Seems pretty "off-topic" to me.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Don't feed the troll, guys.

    Seems pretty "off-topic" to me.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    The petty squabbling is doing nothing to further this conversation. Please let it go.
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    I've owned mine for a little over a year now and have 7100 miles on it. The steering was different than my previous car ('97 Outback) but I got used to in in a few days. The problem is that the steering is so positive that you have to keep your eyes on the road, it's not a car made for gawking or sightseeing while you're driving. Last night I drove home from a shopping trip. It was 20 miles, I steered with my left hand and ate an In and Out Burger, french fries, and drank a pink lemonade with my right hand, but kept my eyes on the road. Before I left the burger place I had everything set up on the front seat in the box they gave me (even ketchup) so I could ge tot it all without looking. Made it home alive. LOL Love my car and plan to drive it until she don't run no more. Driving with one hand isn't a problem. :)
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Again, I would have to say that I don't feel having to keep your eyes on the road should be a problem. But I do catch the just of your comment and understand what you are trying to say. I'm glad you adjusted and are just another Corolla driver that is very happy with the new EPS and love their car.
  • I have a 2009 Corolla. The dash mpg reading is about 5 miles higher than my pencil and paper computation. Anyone else compare these? Also, I got only 31 mpg on my recent interstate trip. I was quite disappointed in the mpg. Others having any problems with meeting expected mpg?
  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    How many miles do you have on your 09

  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    How fast were you driving to get that mileage? I posted this under another topic previously. I took a trip from No.Cal to Yellowstone NP and stayed in Montana. I drove a steady 65mpg, using cruise control the whole way. I stayed 8 days and drove different parts of the park every day. My mileage for the round trip was 46.2 mpg. I'm going to Las Vegas next month for a week and am anxious to see what my mileage will be for that trip. I get great mileage when I go to town and a tank of gas lasts me a long time. If you were driving at a high rate of speed on your trip you won't get good mileage. And if you think something is wrong you should take it into the dealer and use your warranty to get it right.
  • denvecsrdenvecsr Posts: 40
    46.2 mpg is great! I got 42 going 50-55 with the cruise control driving to FL from NY. If I go 65 I get maybe 30, no more. Might have to bring my car to Toyota service to see why I'm not getting that good mpg.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Okay, so let me get this straight. Your going to go back to the dealer and tell him your not happy with getting 42 mpg on the highway with 2009 Corolla because sometime you only get 30 mpg. Don't you think he's gonna laugh?
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    Well 42 is very good. As good as a Prius. Odd that you only got 30 going 65. Did you run into frequent where you had to slow down and get it into cruise again. On that trip I took there were horrible winds coming and going and the weather was bad in Montana also.But I also had that highway almost to myself. That was last June. So with all that I was very surprised to get that mileage. But I've seen notes from other people that get that kind of mileage also.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    For those who would like to continue to discuss the EPS, here's a link to a new topic: 2009 Toyota Corolla EPS. Come on over!
  • howjonhowjon Posts: 2
    I went to a dealership have my 09' Corolla checked. The mechanics used a computer to show rpm to me. It indeed is ~600. He also showed me when steering wheel moves, the idle went even below 600. He said it is within normal range for fuel efficient sake. Not quite convinced, I'll try other dealership when oil change due.
  • dmiller29dmiller29 Posts: 6
    I was traveling about 70-72 mph. I called Toyota to ask about EPA's numbers. I was told EPA uses 48 mpg to get their highway ratings, and 21 mph to get in-town. If this is so, I could understand why I got only 31 mpg on the highway. But - I see others like you reporting phenomenol highway mpg. So I wonder if I should ask the dealer to look it over. Ironically, with conservative in-town driving I'm getting 31 or 32.
  • jabbarjabbar Posts: 2
    We have 2009 corolla with 7000 miles on it, we get 30 mpg in suburban driving and only getting 31 mpg on the freeway using the cruise control at 70 mph with the ac on, I was expecting 34-35 mpg on the freeway, is this normal, thanks.
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    Yes that is normal.
  • denvecsrdenvecsr Posts: 40
    You have to go slower to get better milage. Try holding at 55 mpg. I did that from NY to FL and got 42 mpg. I know its boring to go 55 mpg but so worth it in fuel costs.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,022
    Using my own 2009 Corolla gas milage as a guide I would say your city gas milage is exceptional as I only get 26 mpg consistantly in city driving. On the other hand I would say your highway gas milage is low. I can get 39 mpg with air on doing 65-70 mpg.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    31 mpg seems low at a steady 70 mph, even with AC on (which is actually more efficient at 70 than having windows open). Why is the Corolla's fuel economy so low at typical freeway speeds? I can easily get low-to-mid-30s mpg at 70 mph on mid-sized cars with much larger engines, and lower EPA numbers. I even got 29 mpg at 70 mph on an Impala with a big V6 on a recent rental. My '04 Elantra with an ancient iron-block 2.0L engine gets mid-30s at 70 mph. It seems to me that the Corolla should do better than 31 mpg at 70, unless there were other factors e.g. strong headwind or mostly up-grade.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    You should be able to achieve higher mpg on the freeway. I just drove a one way 500 mile road trip mostly freeway and got 37.42 mpg cruising at 70 with the A/C on in my 09 Corolla with 8.5 k miles on it.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Normal? 31mpg is normal at 70+mph? I disagree, unless a Corolla can't hold a candle to a Civic (which, at least in fuel economy, I think they're quite competitive). After a 300 mile trip at 72 mph Cruise I achieved 37mpg in a 2007 Civic EX Automatic. My girlfriend got 35mpg in my 2.4L Accord Automatic, who was in front of me for the entire trip, cruise set as well.
  • morin2morin2 Posts: 399
    If your concern is for a single reading based on a single re-fueling, consider that fuel pumps vary, sometimes considerably. Depending on how much fuel you pumped, it might not take a large difference in pump calibration to give the appearance that your mpg was off once.

    I bring this up because I knew a guy who worked for the state "Bureau of weights & measures" who actually measured the amount of fuel using a large graduated cylinder at the fuel pumps. He said there was considerable variation on both sides and that sometimes the pumps gave less fuel but occasionally were even pumping more than their meters indicated. The lesson I learned in that was that the few pennies savings from one station to another could be meaningless because the variation in volume of the fuel could easily offset any savings of a few pennies. Yet people persist in driving extra miles to a pump that is marked 2 cents cheaper....
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    It appears that it's low only in this individual anecdotal case. This is more likely a specific driver/vehicle/situational issue. Others have noted values above 40 mpg, but also anecdotal.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    I would think so, but the one poster said 31 mpg on the highway was "normal", which is what I was commenting on.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    cz75, I need for you to send me an email - pat AT - as soon as possible. Thanks.
  • abchin486abchin486 Posts: 78
    what do you guys use for a bike rack? I have an 09 S with spoiler....that spoiler seems to ruin everything...the guy at ORS racks says it should fit, but it does not seem like the Thule Speedway trunk rack with fit b/c the spoiler gets in the way....
  • echo2001echo2001 Posts: 17
    I get an average of 34 mpg 50% city 50% hwy
  • felipe3felipe3 Posts: 2
    does anybody have a problem with their 09 corolla paint job? my car's paint is coming off from the plastic bumper, plastic strip under the front windshield and the driver door's mirror seems to have been hit by lighting!!!!!
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