John, Chicago

The Corolla offers basic, reliable and gas-friendly transportation. We don’t find it particularly stylish, roomy or fun — traits that more and more compacts have acquired in recent redesigns and introductions.

Even so, the Corolla has a long-standing reputation as a safe bet, which is apparent by its spot among the top 10 best-selling cars each month. But in October, the Corolla’s sales took a hit, down almost 25 percent from September.’s senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder writes in his review of the 2010 Toyota Corolla:

“The Corolla is sure to stay near the top of the sales charts, but that's more about what the car has been historically than what it is now. The 2009 redesign was the time for Toyota to pour it on, to leapfrog competing models with quality and refinement. Two of the 2010's shortcomings — interior space and quality — can't be changed dramatically from year to year; it requires a full redesign, for which the Corolla will wait at least three additional model years. In the meantime, many current competitors are already as good or better, and a new Civic is expected in 2011. The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Ford Focus are clearly playing to win, and Hyundai, which never misses an opportunity these days, is redoing the Elantra for 2012.”


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Answered by Joe Bruzek on November 5, 2010 in Toyota | Permalink

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