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2011 Toyota Corolla

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2011 Toyota Corolla Review

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The Toyota Corolla is one of the best known and best loved cars in America. It's not a stellar beauty, nor is it lightening fast; it doesn't even have a third-row seat or all-wheel drive. What the Corolla does have collectively is millions of trouble-free miles, millions more loyal fans and a resale record that has the competition green with envy. Not wanting to mess with success, the 2011 Corolla arrives with some minor cosmetic changes and more standard equipment. Still, the small-car market has heated up dramatically since the Corolla first appeared, and it – along with long-time rival the Honda Civic – must now do battle with newer, sleeker and better-equipped cars such as the new Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Kia Forte. Along with its new styling, the Corolla will rely on its time-tested strengths, a formula that combines great fuel economy, a pleasant ownership experience and a no-nonsense design.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a car that is as modest in appearance and performance as it is affordable, the 2011 Toyota Corolla will probably fit nicely into your life (and your garage).

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't think a small price tag should mean a small road presence, you'll find alternatives, such as the new Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra, that offer much more modern designs both inside and out as well as cutting edge audio, suspension and drivetrain technology.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Corolla receives new front and rear fascias, an upgraded interior, standard Smart Stop technology (a brake-override system) and the Toyota Care Complimentary Maintenance Program as standard. The XLE and XRS trims have been dropped.

Driving the Corolla

Driving Impressions Of the three trims, we found driving the S model to be the most enjoyable. With its larger tire and wheel package and available manual transmission, the S just feels...

more fun. We found that all the Corolla models feature a good ride and competent handling, with brakes that are strong and fade resistant, although we would prefer more feel than is transmitted through the electric power steering and more horsepower under the hood. The bottom line is this: The Corolla is a good, solid commuter car geared toward those whose automotive choices are made with a more pragmatic viewpoint. Those who demand more from their ride than just solid transportation, however, will likely find more to like from the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic Si or VW Golf.

Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
This much-appreciated standard feature, rare in this class, helps drivers of all sizes find a comfortable position.

USB iPod Input
Optional on the LE and S, this feature allows for control of your iPod via the car's steering-wheel controls.

2011 Toyota Corolla Details
Interior

The 2011 Toyota Corolla features a spacious and comfortable cabin that belies its compact car status. Though the rear seat is still a bit tight for the long legged, hip and shoulder room is impressive. The lowered roof line, however, somewhat cuts into head room, especially for those sitting in the rear seat. Attention to interior details includes new gauges with easier-to-read fonts, more color-contrasting materials on the doors and seats and a sporty new steering wheel on S trims. The instrument panel offers speedometer, tachometer, fuel and coolant-temperature gauges and an optional multi-information display that includes a clock, outside temperature, fuel economy, range, average speed and elapsed time. Storage bins and cup holders abound, and the glove box features a split upper and lower bin design. Cargo volume in the trunk is a generous 12.3 cubic feet, but can be expanded thanks to the 60/40-split folding rear seat.

Exterior

For a Corolla, the new exterior is really quite edgy. Looking somewhat like a miniature Camry with Scion-inspired front and rear styling, the four-door 2011 Corolla is sporty and sleek, but still a bit stale when viewed from the side. A trio of character lines run along the door handles to the rear fenders, from the hood to the front pillars and from the front bumper to the front fender flares, while a low front-air intake adds visual width below the Toyota signature grille. The entire package is designed not only to look good, but reduce exterior drag, thus helping to quiet the interior and improve fuel economy. Those seeking the most extreme Corolla will likely be drawn to the S model, which features front and rear spoilers and rocker moldings.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2011 Toyota Corolla comes with 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seat, power mirrors, AM/FM/CD (XM Satellite-ready) radio, outside temperature gauge, a driver's-seat height adjuster, traction and stability controls and driver and passenger front, seat-mounted side and side-curtain airbags. The LE adds an automatic transmission, MP3-compatible CD player, power windows and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry and color-keyed heated side mirrors. The S has fog lamps, front and rear spoilers, sport seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

The base Corolla offers no options this year, so if you want power windows and cruise control, you'll just have to move up to the LE trim. Individual options for the S are limited to a power glass moonroof and an audio package that adds a USB port with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and music streaming. The LE can be equipped with the Premium Package, which combines the power moonroof and upgraded audio option with 16-inch five-spoke wheels and fog lamps.

Under the Hood

With the loss the XRS trim, there is only one engine offered on the 2011 Corolla: A 1.8-liter four-cylinder good for 132 horsepower. This engine is great for reliability and fuel economy but, as would be expected, is only so-so for performance. Driving through a choice of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, it delivers an excellent 26 city, 34 highway and 30 combined EPA-rated miles per gallon (automatic model).

1.8-liter in-line 4
132 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 28/35 (manual), 26/34 (automatic)

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2011 Toyota Corolla Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 539 Ratings for the 2009 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Disappointed as this is a Toyota

By on Friday, December 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage . Rides well"

Cons: "Transmission constantly shifting , lacks options"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"Not what I expected from a Toyota . Dash has rattles,some other plastic interior parts make noise when driving. Vehicle does not run steady on a flat road learches back and forth most all the time . And it has a lack of interior options, the vehicle should have from the factory."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Good Quality Ride

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great Quality"

Cons: "S-Model. Seats too firm. Sound system not great."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Diggin' My Ride EH!!!!!

"I love driving this car. It was a big change for me after having larger vehicles for the last 25 years. After getting used to the smaller ride, I had the not so great sound system changed to an awesome one. The gas mileage is great, as I drive 500km or 300 miles each week to work. I purchased the S-Model, which has very firm seats, which come up higher on the sides. The CE-Model My Wife has, the seats are softer & don't rise too high on the sides. I am thinking about having them redone with softer foam. this may be expensive with all the sensors in the seats, they need to work properly for seatbelt warnings & air bag operations. Still the car is a great value for the price. I am vey pleased I purchased this car. I did a lot of research before deciding on this model. Toyota had the highest reliability than any other car in Consumer Reports magazine."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Diggin' My Ride EH!!!!!

Good gas mileage

By on Sunday, November 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Gas mileage"

Cons: "wheel spin on wet pavement, reliability, lacks pwr"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Over the past 7 years this has been a good car with me only having to replace one battery and have a few recalls done with no major repairs under warranty. After warranty I had the alternator and starter replaced. Mileage was 32-33 combined and up to 40 mpg at a steady 55 mph. Average highway mileage was around 37. Handling is acceptable, but acceleration is lacking with a tendency for wheel slip at minimum throttle acceleration from a dead stop on wet pavement (only one wheel has power), braking is excellent. I purchased the warranty that took it to 100,000 miles and did not use it. At 95,000 miles and one month after the warranty went out, the alternator gave out, followed shortly by the starter. I was surprised by this and it lowered my view of Toyota. But overall, it's been a good car for basic transportation. I used to believe it was a great car until I almost got stuck when the alternator died. Cheers!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Best handling Corolla ever

By on Saturday, October 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,572

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great to drive people want to buy it"

Cons: "Should have variable intermittent wipers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Car is comfortable handles like a sport car no leaning going around turns sure footed steering is right on no play in it gets up to 60 miles an hour in a flash"

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I still like the corolla!

By on Saturday, September 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "cost, fuel efficiency, reliabilty still good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Toyota corollas are highly rated and deservedly so. I've noticed a few subtle differences between my 2010 corolla and the 2004 corolla I had before. The 'o4 I would rate a 10, but not the '10 corolla because of sound system, handling, and braking, which is a lttle rough even with new brake pads."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Small but very reliable.

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Very fuel efficient and reliable."

Cons: "Too small.Needs to be a bit bigger."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"A very reliable and gas efficient vehicle. I drive 300 miles a week to work and spend only $30 on gas.That is filling up once a week. Sometimes,less than that. Very pleased,overall.Just needs to be a bit bigger."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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