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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.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and 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 2017.
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.

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.

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

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Body trim came loose while driving and flew off. I had to tap at the new trim and screw it to the body”

Anonymous, ID (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger door trim came off”

Anonymous, LA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Headliner coming down, door trim brittle and snapping off”

Anonymous, SC (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Certain colors tend to fade or have other problems. Silver is one of those colors and that is what has happened here. The clearcoat has affected the underlying pigment color and is blotched throughout but especially on the horizontal surfaces such as the hood, trunk and top of car”

Daniel K., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The car stays outside and as a result of bad weather and the age of the car, the paint is peeling”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Paint is chipping. Corolla name is falling off car”

P T., OH (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Original paint failing”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint has come off some of the trim and the clearcoat paint is peeling on the roof of the car”

Stella J., ID (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It may be largely a result of body work done several years ago”

Paul S., RI (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Vehicle is 16 years old so rust inevitable”

James M., NY (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Living in New York I expect rust to occur due to salt usage in the winters. Rust occurred by rear wheels and the bottom of rear doors”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Decent rust around tires - holes have formed”

Anonymous, IA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front of hood developed a rust spot because of a paint chip”

Aaron G., MA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I have done nothing about the rust. The car still runs well”

Paul S., RI (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“The door seals are falling apart and letting in wind, noise and other cars' exhaust. I have asthma and the other cars' exhaust makes me have an asthma attack”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When I'm driving, it sounds as if several parts of the car, under the hood, are flapping and vibrating”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“engine sound when driving”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Horrible strange squeak - Appears to be coming from front end. Rotors? or wheel bearings.. Taking car in this week to address”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rattles all over the front of the car; center console under the radio, the dash near the driver's side... not sure what would have caused it; perhaps loose screws?”

Michael P., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It is especially noisy when engine is cold”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“We can not find the rattle under the hood while driving”

Anonymous, ID (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Air or water leaks

“The a/c was out when I bought the car. I had it replaced; now when I turn right, water pours onto my feet. Also, the heat/a/c can never be turned all the way off; you always get hot or cold”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Water pump needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Mechanic cleaned the MAF and solved the problem”

John D., ON (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“EGR sensor failed and was costly to replace”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Failed Ontario emissions test. Fuel too rich. Sensors and egr repaired. Catalytic converter needs to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“catalytic converter needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“I had received a P0240 code, which translates to "catalyst efficiency below threshhold (bank 1)" . This cleared itself after an initial treatment of the combustion chamber/pistons with a chemical cleaner (known as a "piston soak") done to improve flow through the oil return holes in the pistons of the 1ZZ-FE engine. These holes are prone to clogging, and when the oil cannot flow through them well (or at all) it instead gets into the combustion chamber, potentially fouling spark plugs, and cau”

Michael T., OK (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Check engine light repeated illuminates. Several sensors are to blame”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The Toyota dealer estimated $500 to $1000 to fix so that the "check engine" light would go off. I put on a new gas cap. The "check engine" light is still on after about 1000 miles. Corolla still gets the same gas milage & has same performance. I”

Ruby K., CO (2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“Because the car is old and has high mileage, we've been told it's normal to lose oil”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This car uses a quart of oil approximately every 900-1000 miles. There are small drips visible on driveway after parked for a few hours”

Anonymous, MO (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil is leaking from several locations and vehicle consumes oil”

Anonymous, WI (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“some gasket needed to be replaced and the engine cleaned”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Noted stain on garage floor. Took car in and a small leak was found. It was fixed. No subsequent problems”

Nancy W., VA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Oil leakage. I add oil each month”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

“Depending on the gas station, tank will only partially fill before automatic gas pump shutoff”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“It led to the check engine light being on with an unusual sound until the problem was rectified at Mani eke”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Engine light kept turning on every once in a while”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This problem has been around for years,specially when I drive through water puddle, now it has been fixed”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Cracked, need to be replaced”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

“That Corolla needs a new muffler every 75,000 miles”

Ruby K., CO (2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“The driver side interior door handle broke during regular use”

Anonymous, BC (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

“Electronic lock failed on rear passenger side door. Electronic lock jammed and unable to open door”

James M., NY (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Inner Driver Door latch broke. Needed replacement”

Aaron G., MA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“We have had to replace the driver's side door latch twice”

Stella J., ID (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

“Rear driver side window can not be opened or closed. The motorized mechanism in the door still works but it is detached from the window”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

“Dash lights began going out; hard to read meters”

Antonio F., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashboard lights”

Anonymous, NJ (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

“Cruise control don't works”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Headlights remained on, even when the ignition was turned off. The wiring had to be repaired”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Break switch below the brake pedal broke, leaving brake lights on and draining battery”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

“The head gasket was leaking, discovered during regular maintenance, and required a follow up appointment that cost a fair amount”

Anonymous, BC (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Engine rebuild or replacement

“n oise”

Joseph B., MA (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The engine burns oil. I have to out in a quart of oil every 3 weeks or so. I was told that the only way to fix it was to get the engine rebuilt”

Anonymous, VA (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Was driving down the expressway when the engine just stopped and the all the idiot lights went on. Camshaft failure caused the whole engine to bind up and all the rods bent. Cheaper to get a used engine than fix the engine in the car”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“need to replace both left and right”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Power steering pump pulley broke off”

Dani K., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It was after the bad winter of 2014 and there had been a lot of potholes. I'm pretty sure it was normal wear and tear but I had to replace the shocks and struts”

Kassel C., NY (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission and clutch both completely went out at 150000”

Jason G., IA (2001 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Check light indicated transmission failed to shift in third gear. Initially diagnosed that transmission need be replaced. But by replacing transmission fluid check light went off”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Replaced transmission at about 150000 miles. Good car otherwise”

Jennifer W., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Ongoing concern with scraping, grating brakes that have not resulted in poor performance...just uncertainty and annoyance”

Sonny M., BC (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“grinding sound”

Anonymous, ON (2001 Toyota Corolla CE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

“need new battery”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

“Reverse works only when the car is cold; as you drive it and things warm up, reverse eventually goes out completely and you have to Fred Flintstone it to get out of a parking space”

Michael P., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Condenser

“It cost $400 to replace the condenser (or perhaps it was the evaporator) which leaked all refrigerant”

Steven H., CA (2001 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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