THE ULTIMATE USED CAR GUIDE: Used Car Review — Toyota Corolla Altis (2008-2013)

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Toyota Corolla (E160)

Used Car Review — Corolla Altis (2008-2013)

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2008-2013 Toyota Corolla


If the Toyota Corolla a politician in the Philippines, it had 10 generations the first model was made during the 60s) serving the by providing reliable and no frills Except for the E80 model sold for a period, all of them were to serve the people. If there was a dynasty among automobiles in the the Corolla dynasty would be one of

The 10th generation Corolla was available first in Japan in as the Axio with the Australia, New Europe, and South Africa in and the rest of Asia and North in 2008. Export models sold outside Japan) had in size and now uses the chassis of E140. Toyota in Japan the E160 Corolla in 2012, other countries will to wait for a few more years.

Replacing the long overdue model, the 10th generation has its release last March It drew some mixed since it somehow resembled the model and in its first year it to sell past the Honda — which beat the in 1999-2000 and 2006-2008 — 2009 where it reclaimed the There are plans to introduce the by next year as I type but with discounts and promos in and out, this is one indicator an all new model is coming. Variants the basic E (this dropped the J volume selling G, and top end V that can be be sold with a 1.6 or 2.0 (the 1.8 was lived) engine.

Value and

10th generation Altises can be in second hand prices at the of P460,000-P770,000. Do remember that a unit sold in September and later would have a of its warranty, so have a checkout on

Maintaining one is on the affordable side, parts being priced than the competition. Fuel won’t result to numerous to the ATM just for cash money. If you are a conscious person, go with a or later unit since the is a six speed as opposed to the early five.

Exterior and Interior

this generation looked this has an exterior that age gracefully (which cannot be with the Elantra’s fluidic For models prior to the mid 2010 non 2.0 ones have a three bar one while the top of the line, launched in 2009, gets a mesh The update had resulted to a redesigned bumper, taillights, new set of rims the V model though), and most the grille looks more with the 1.6 have three lines done in chrome (E and G do with their body while the 2.0 has a blacked single

Toyota Corolla (E160)

Inside, to distinguish the lower from their higher counterparts, early models of the 1.6 grey colored interiors higher ones beige and fake wood. The update in had the wood trim upgraded to a one for V models, other than changes are limited to a new steering for all trims. Good thing materials used are of high and the controls are easy to operate. room is exemplary, of course. shifters that rotate the wheel comes standard, but in the 2.0V.


The basic (and common) engine fitted Altises is the 3ZZ-FE 1,598cc has 122hp at 6,000rpm and 154Nm at (older models get 109hp at and 145Nm at 4,400rpm). Next in is the briefly sold 1.8 V which has the 1,794cc that carries at 6,000rpm and 170Nm at 4,200rpm and the one replaced it is the 3ZR-FE 1,986cc spits out 145hp at 6,000rpm and at 4,200rpm. How do they drive? the 1.6 has enough power for the daily but going at speeds above digits can get the engine at a boomy The same comment goes the 1.8, but for the 2.0, it deserves its than a sentence since is the first time that of engine was plopped in the Corolla. matched with the 4-speed while this has a powerband at the 4 forward gears is uneven the second gear is short and is tall. To get decent power, to the second but the automatic is willing to down a gear at half Those fitted with have a more behaved but anything in the higher rpm range a great experience.

Driving Impressions

Driving isn’t a strength, with its steering (which is an advantage the city) and soft suspension. in the 1.6 is much better than the one in the 1.8 the former has a solid feel the somewhat mushy one on the 200cc model. Good thing NVH levels and comfort are tops, the noise from the tires on roads.


The Corolla suits the passive occupant the car with its comfortable ride and cabin. Those who love to wouldn’t appreciate this since the suspension is soft, is dull, and the engines are not rev happy. You a dependable car for less cash? out the Altis.

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