2003 Toyota Corolla Road Test – Review – Car and Driver

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Toyota Corolla Compact II

2003 Toyota Corolla

The bestselling car gets bigger and


From the February 2002 of Car and Driver

Toyota’s Corolla is the top-selling car of all time, with 25 units sold in 142 countries. North America assumed the share of global Corolla in 2000, when 39 percent of all built found a home

But Corollas have stiff in the small-car segment these and some of the opposition#x2014;notably the Korean much better equipped at prices and offer highly warranties to offset the Corolla’s reliability.

So Toyota has responded a fresh, new, ninth-generation with higher equipment and a dramatic attempt at luxury-car accents and interior ambience. even leather upholstery on one model.

With styling bears a resemblance to some models (although it was unkindly by our Fred Gregory as looking a shrunken Malibu), it is hoped the Corolla’s new look will something upmarket of the typical car.

The 2003 Corolla still the 1ZZ-FE 1.8-liter engine in earlier models, but a larger-diameter body has bumped peak up 5 hp to 130 at 6000 rpm, and the torque has been broadened, says by the use of a new fiber-reinforced intake manifold, now includes a plenum.

Toyota Corolla Compact II

Corollas use a new-design catalyst an ultra-thin-wall, high-density substrate to light-off and improve performance. fitted is a new-generation starter square-section wire windings and long-life spark plugs.

the transmissions are carried over ’02 Corollas, the final-drive is lower#x2014;3.94 versus 3.72 on 2.96 versus 2.66 on equal acceleration despite a increase of about 200 pounds. As is the trend with these the 2003 Corolla is longer, and wider, with more and hip room, a 102.4-inch wheelbase, and seats for easier access.

Quality standards for panel and gap widths are set the same as for Lexus and the levels of fit and finish are nothing of remarkable. Considerable care went into crash and impact energy distribution the body structure, so owners can high levels of protection in the of accidents.

Dual-stage airbags#x2014;which variable deployment rates on seat position and crash standard for front-seat passengers, as are pretensioners. Side airbags are as an option. In short, the Corolla now all the comforts of a bigger car. And its has a simple elegance befitting a car another part of the price with full instrumentation, storage spaces, and a center box that will hold 14 discs.

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