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Both the Corolla and its Chevy Prizm cousin are built in California. The two differ mainly in styling and in the placement of some controls; the Corollas are handier, and its trim is a bit nicer. Though both of these competent cars ride relatively comfortably and quietly, theyre no longer standouts in this class. The four-cylinder engine delivers adequate acceleration and excellent fuel economy, and the optional automatic transmission works very well. Front seats are firm and supportive, though the rear seat is cramped. Both models offer optional side air bags in front. For 2001, the Corolla got a mild freshening as well as a new, mid-level S trim line.

See Reliability page for the latest 2001 Toyota Corolla recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS available, standard from 2009. Side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2016.

Road Test

While a good car, the Corolla is not one of the best in this crowded and competitive market segment. It does fairly well in most major areas of performance and design, but it doesn't stand out in any of them.

Highs

  • Fuel economy, turning circle.

Lows

  • Tight quarters, interior access.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 3-speed Automatic
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (125 hp)