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Is Toyota Corolla a Good Car?

The Toyota Corolla has been in continuous production since 1966 and has been the best selling car world-wide since 1974. The Corolla made its U.S. debut in 1968 and has been holding down the fort for Toyota ever since. The longevity of a nameplate usually means that it has been a good car. If you doubt that look at how long Ford made the Edsel or how long Renault sold cars in North America. Here are a few safety and reliability figures about the Toyota Corolla.


The 2013 Toyota Corolla received a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS). In order to achieve that rating a vehicle must receive the IIHS’s top rating of Good in at least four out of five categories tested. The Corolla has received top marks in many categories for decades.

Most of the recalls associated with the Corolla since 2000 have been minor issues with lights or labels. The only exception was in 2009 when Toyota vehicles in general were recalled because of an accelerator pedal issue. Some vehicles had pedals that would stick open or were very hard to push.


The Corolla has received mostly good ratings for its reliability since it was introduced to the U.S. It has been known as one of those cars that you cannot kill. Older models were known to rust with a passion and fall into the beater category, but they would run for a few hundred thousand miles with only normal repairs. Later models have solved the rusting issue, but the Corolla will still take a beating and start every time. The latest models have received good owner reviews. Many owners rate the Corolla in the 8.5 stars out of 10 range.

The Toyota Corolla is a good car for what it is…a sub-compact that is consistently reliable and delivers reasonable mpg. You need to keep in mind that this is not a roomy car nor is going to have the latest cutting edge trim packages. With the Corolla you are getting a base model, no nonsense car that you will be able to drive for the next decade.


About the author: Jerry Coffey


Jerry Coffey is the financial expert here at A recovered "debtaholic," he now preaches frugal-living and sound money management here and at, where he is the chief contributor. He works for a major automaker.


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