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A redesigned Corolla was recently introduced as an early 2003 model. This edition has more head and rear-seat room than did its predecessor, as well as a higher-quality interior. The tall roof makes for easy access. The car's ride is more settled now, and handling more responsive and secure. The standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has gained five horsepower and delivers both responsive performance and excellent fuel economy when teamed with the optional automatic transmission. The Corolla's cabin remains commendably quiet except for some engine noise at high revs. Leather trim is now available in the LE version.

See Reliability page for the latest 2002 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)