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2009 Toyota Corolla



  • smallcar1smallcar1 Posts: 76
    I'm considering buying an '09 Corolla, I live in Brooklyn, NY. I mostly use the car on weekends so I drive a mix of city and highway, some of the highway miles have traffic and a lot don't as there is no traffic coming home late at night on weekends.

    In these types of conditions what MPG are people in major cities getting w/ the '09 Corolla w/auto?

    I'm not sure if the Corolla will get much better MPG than a Mazda3 or Jetta w/auto.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    It will get slightly better fuel economy than either the Mazda 3 or Jetta gasser at about the same price or less. It will get slightly worse fuel economy than the Jetta TDI at a significantly lower cost.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Post #1915 in this Forum

    Here's a shocker...

    Toyota expects this Gen10 to surpass the Camry and become the No 1 selling auto in NA!!! Wanna bet against Toyota's Marketing infor and savvy?

    OK now view this in terms of fuel being $5 or $6 or $7 per gallon over the next 5 years. If fuel is going to be horrendously expensive what are consumers going to want to do to keep the total cost of transportation as low as possible? Buy smaller vehicles and more basic smaller vehicles.

    As unlucky as they were with the timing of the Tundra launch right in the midst of skyrocketing oil prices, tensions in the MidEast, an incresingly worthless US$ and the housing market falling flat the timing of this Gen10 is very very fortunate. It will debut just before gas prices head for the land of $5 per gallon in the spring.

    In both May and June the Corolla has outsold the Camry/Camry Solara, as has the Civic. In September the Solara will drop out since it's being discontinued.

    "The King is Dead!! All Hail the King!!"
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Nearly all small cars are breaking sales records.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    Except Toyota foresaw this eventuality back in the Fall.....Marketing.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    If they forsaw the surge in small car sales due to gas prices... why did they wait so long to bring the 5-door Yaris here? :surprise:
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    The 5 door Yaris will be a small part of a small segment. The Corolla is a big part of the total picture. But I don't think anyone saw the 4 cars on top jumping over the Silverado, Ram and F150 in one fell swoop.

    That was much too dramatic. I read that Honda is looking to add 100,000 units of Civic production for the future. They must expect a big jump to near 500,000 units soon.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,907
    Well, the jump to $4+ a gallon was pretty dramatic, and we saw what happened in the '70s when buying behavior shifted quickly due to gas prices. The difference is that this shift is probably permanent. The Camry and Accord were already nipping at the pickups' heels, so it wasn't dramatic when they caught the pickups in sales. And as someone else noted, ALL small cars are jumping in sales, not just the Corolla. The Corolla and Civic were the largest small car sellers before the shift, so they had the best chance of catching the pickups in the short term.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I just purchased a 09 Corolla LE. I know how to calculate MPG the old school method. This may be a silly question but here goes. What is the difference in Instantaneous fuel consumption and average fuel consumption...not sure of the numbers I'm getting. Can someone explain this to me. Thanks!
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    The instantaneous fuel consumption is like a series of 'snapshots' taken by the computer to see what the FE was for the prior 1 second. Accelerate sharply from a stop and you'll see the FE get better as you progress through the gears. As you get up to the speed limit let off the pedal and you'll see the instantaneous readout go to 60 or 80 or 99 mpg. Step on the gas again and it will fall instantaneously to 15 or 25 or 35 mpg.

    One of the best features of the hybrids is that they all have some kind of gauge like this that acts as a 'biofeedback' device to guide you to use the pedal and engine for the best fuel efficiency. It's a link between the engine, pedal, foot, eyes and brain.
  • largo3largo3 Posts: 4
    I see the 2009 Corolla LE comes standard with remote entry yet many of the LE's have an option KE-10 which is a $200+ option that is a remote entry. What is the difference?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Unless you're in Canada or other countries. Here in the US the keyless entry is optional on Corolla LE. Option code is KE.
  • keatin21keatin21 Posts: 1
    I recently purchased an 09 Corolla S (1.8) and I'm trying to find an after market oil filter to change the oil-does Fram make an oil filter element that will fit the 09 Corolla? Does anyone know the part number?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Why not get the real thing? Most Toyota dealers offer oil filters at a discount and they are much better than aftermarket filters. My store offers them at $3.50 a pop or less if you buy in quantity. :) Or google and find Toyota dealers offering great deals on parts and accessories online.
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    thanks for clarifying.
  • cubssoxscubssoxs Posts: 139
    I have been looking at Corolla S's in the Chicagoland area and I cannot find one that has Vehicle Stability Control. It seems also that if I order the car with that option I might have to wait a few monthes for it to come in with that particular option. I want to get that feature because it seems that it is a good safety feature to have on the car or is it really a necessary option that I maybe able to go without it?
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    You definately want VSC. In my opinion, it should probably be a safety feature required by law.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    It WILL be required by law on all 2012 models.
  • harvey44harvey44 Posts: 178
    Very cool. For society, it will save way more than it costs.
  • Corolla 09
    S Model
    Cruise Control
    JBL System
    All Weather Guard Package
    POWER Package
    Rear Deck Spoiler
    Power Tilt and SLide Moonroof with Sunshade
    Carpet Floor and Trunk Mats

    COLOR: Blue

    MSRP: 21254.00 (includes Destination Charge)

    Offer Price: 18,895.00 ($2359 off MSRP)

  • denvecsrdenvecsr Posts: 40
    Not a bad price. You don't mention if you will be financing thru Toyota or you are trading in. I would want to get $3000.00 off the MSRP since you are buying a $21,254 Corolla. I paid $16,000. $2500.00 off the MSRP with 0% for 3 years, no money down, no trade in. Good Luck.
  • Thanks for reply Here is the other information - tell me what you think

    $8000 down
    Rest paid using Credit Union at 5.25% (not even talking to dealer about financing)

    Car is not available at any dealers in SoCal. Dealer told me I'm first in line to get car which will be available at their lot on August 20th. They told me they couldn't take down payment because they don't even have VIN yet and the paperwork I saw didn't show a VIN. They said car probably in production thus no VIN and legally they couldn't take deposit.

    I'm going to run a consumer union report to see cost but I think good cost just wanted other thoughts.
  • Oops - forgot
  • That is a screaming deal for a car that is very hard to get right now. I sell them here in Seattle and we are not budging off of sticker. I did get the sales managers to agree to $200 off MSRP for a friend of mine so do not hesitate for one minute to get that car. By the way, here in Seattle we CAN take a deposit on a car without a full VIN. We can't do all the paperwork but it guarantees that the car won't be dealer traded or made available to another sales person. I would go back and suggest they put your name on the car and give them a credit card deposit.
  • dantzdantz Posts: 49
    I'd like to ask the 2009 Corolla owners whether or not they've had any trouble getting used to the feel of the electric power steering. I wanted to buy an 09, but during my test drives I noticed that the car tended to wander out of its lane at highway speeds unless I gave it my full attention. Is this a problem for anyone, or is it just something that you have to get used to?
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Posts: 335
    I for one have not had any trouble. It is great around town and on the Hwy, I got used to it pretty fast...I have had mine for about 8 weeks. I know others have had problems though. Probably varies from driver to driver. Good luck on your decision. I really like mine so far (2009 XLS)
  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I have a little over 1000 miles on my LE, mostly hwy and have no issues with the steering. Quite frankly, I think this steering issue is blown out of proportion. Great MPG!
  • gizzer777gizzer777 Posts: 335
    Meant 2009 typing is terrible...sorry (I still like it!) :shades:
  • johnc27johnc27 Posts: 9
    I am looking for 09 owners that don't have the JBL upgade to tell me about the stereo. Do you have the 6 CD changer with six speakers ? Specifically, I want to know if you think the stereo in the LE or XLE, if non JBL, is as good as the stereo that was in the prior generation. I currently have an 05 LE with 6 cd changer and six speakers, non JBL. I personally think the sound is very good, very poweful, and am afraid the new one I am thinking of buying will not be as good. The 09 that I test drive was an LE , but it only had 4 speakers and seemed not as good. Toyota says the prior model like mine has 140 watts and the new 2009 has 160 watts. They believe the stereo ( non JBL ) is more powerful then the prior generation. I guess maybe I am looking for someone who owned a car like mine, and then bought the 09 Corolla without the JBL. What do you think of the stereo non JBL ? Is it better or worse than the prior generation, or is it about the same ?
  • jilliewjilliew Posts: 48
    It felt a bit different at first, but that's with any new car that you buy. I got used to it pretty fast and enjoy driving it. Easy to drive and parking is a breeze. :)
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