Roomy inside without feeling large outside, the Toyota Corolla is also impressively quiet. Corolla also has excellent fuel economy, while still posting good acceleration times, handling competently and providing a comfortable ride. The one drawback -- some of our drivers were not comfortable with the driving position. Overall, though, the Corolla is a fine choice.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration is good. Gas mileage is great. Handling is spirited. Plenty of power for most drivers. Passing speed and hard acceleration are adequate for most, enthusiasts may be disappointed."

JIMMIE D., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The Corolla is the best handling of the Toyotas, but I would prefer a more perfect sense of straight down the road without corrections. (Of course I keep comparing the handling of any auto to my first autos, 1948 to 1954 "step-down Hudson as in Hudson Hornet.)"

H L., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Fairly quick acceleration, decent handling. After driving other cars, I am always pleased at the handling of the Corolla. Brakes feel firm. Clutch has always been a little hard to modulate. Noisier and bumpier ride than I would like, but it seems on par for small cars of this vintage."

JOHN H., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I enjoy my Corolla because it is a manual and I have more and faster control. It performs well on acceleration. The handling is good, but even better when I have heavy items in my trunk. The car responds well to sudden necessary evasive maneuvers."

Anonymous, NS (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I'm surprised for a little engine and relatively modest horsepower, this car has decent pickup and acceleration, and maneuvers well in traffic during lane changes."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Still fun to drive after 12 years. Good acceleration and steady braking (even without ABS)"

SCOTT C., MB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Peppy and solid handling"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"it takes a corner very tight; get a comfy ride with suspension. I would prefer more cushion for lumbar on driver's seat--but overall, very happy with model. I know models are upgraded every 10 years--so, I was happy to find one when I did, as used corolla's of this model were scarce when I was looking to buy."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"My model wasn't listed. It is not a CE, LE, etc., but it a performance model called the 'X'. I do appreciate its acceleration and handling for a small sedan that delivers good fuel economy."

NEIL G., SK (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Drive, comfortably, gas mileage, dependable."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Very good"

DAVE R., GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Handling and performance are boring. Car leans too much when going around corners."

ALAN H., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Nice handling and sufficient acceleration"

Raymond D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Responsive auto with good acceleration."

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"This car loves to drive and has been incredibly reliable. It has hair-trigger brakes and a very fast acceleration, so the first time driving it is quite exciting. The paint has cracked off in the hot sun, so it looks pretty awful, but it really is a good car for getting from A to B."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Pretty good acceleration for a 4 cylinder engine."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I get excellent feel for the road and what the vehicle is doing. Really enjoy using the stick shift too."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is leasurely but I expected that because it is an economy car."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is adequate, and although its not a BMW, it handles pretty well for an economy sedan."

Lee O., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Good acceleration."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"14 year old car still takes off from a standing start. good brakes and steering."

Anonymous, MB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Decent acceleration for a compact car"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It has amazing power acceleration, responds quickly and is great when trying to pass or get out of the way of another vehicle. It steers easily and responds well. It has one shortcoming that I think could be improved upon, that is the range of viewing from front window...it could be wider."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Fairly stable"

John S., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"This car handles very well, especially considering it’s age. Also, it gets excellent gas mileage."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is still good. Handling is predictable"

E M., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Quick acceleration is somewhat sluggish but with a 4 cylinder it what can you really expect"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Very easy to handle. Very responsive, great visibility"

Martin P., FL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent handling and acceleration."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It still handles well. It never had great acceleration but does fine for a 4 cylinder."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"comparatively quiet ride. mpg. surprising acceleration."

Drew R., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Engine is fairly noisy accelerating. Road noise is a greater than I would wish. Handling is predictable, stable, and fairly quick. Breaking is very good; pedal forces are easy and predictable to modulate."

John H., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration and handling are very good for a 4 cylinder vehicle"

Raymond D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"A little week in the engine department but it does have over 200k miles on it."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"good acceleration, handles great in all weather"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"seats are too short, noisy ride."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great heat and air conditioning. I have problems with the seat belt crossing my neck even though I readjusted it as low as I could."

CATHERINE C., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Would have chosen a car w/more room in the back seat"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Road noise gets to us after a fashion."

MARI W., OR (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are very comfortable and I like that I sit up high and can see well in the car. I hate the car is so loud. I have to turn the music up too high and it is sometimes difficult to hear a caller's conversation"

BARBARA G., IN (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The primary driver is my wife who is smaller in stature and can never get the seat belts to fit comfortably. The car is used for short local trips as reflected in the poorer gas mileage."

PETER K., OH (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Blower motor lost two fan speeds."

MATTHEW B., WI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Stiff ride and can be a noisy ride."

JOHN S., NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"like the "tight" ride seats good for short person very noisy interior; difficult to hear sound system (even though sound system is good quality) when driving at highway speeds"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Ride is a bit noisy"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"After driving the car for several years it seemed like road noise at higher speeds became more noticeable. General field of vision (including rear) is pretty good. Dashboard controls are easy to see and use."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The driver's seat loses it's bounce and gets hard. I have to use a rubber donut to not feel the bumps."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Everything OK. I am very short and the driver's seat will go up far enough for me to drive safely."

Anne N., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The car is very noisy."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Lots of road noise but pretty comfortable interior overall"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Too loud of road noise"

Michael K., BC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are hard."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Short seats create cramps in back of upper legs on longer trips."

Raymond D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It is not as quiet as I would like. Seating is comfortable although it might be a problem for tall drivers."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"This car accelerates smoothly, rides well and smooth with low road noise."

Robert H., GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are comfortable except for the fact that the headrest pushed your head forward so you cannot sit up straight."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"ComfortAble enough for a 4600 mile trip. Just noisy! If my lease get repeated the voice on the smart phone. Otherwise no. Mostly wind noise."

James C., NM (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Not as comfortable as other car (Taurus SEL)"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Road noise I pretty good. Ride is ok but that is what I expected"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"wind noise"

Matthew B., WI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"There is a lot of wind noise when driving. The seals around the rear doors were replaced numerous times under warranty but never really were repaired completely."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The cabin is noisier than desired. The seats are not comfortable on long trips over 100 miles. The ride is bumpier than anticipated."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are not uncomfortable but not special. The noise level is higher than I want."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"seats are uncomfortable on longer rides"

Raymond D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Ride is reliable but noisey. Seats front and rear are acceptable"

E M., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I bought this car new in 2004 and it has been a really great car in terms of reliability and being economical to operate. Other than the things that normally wear out, like tires, and oil changes, I have had to spend very little on maintenance..."

GARY J., MN (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"too small no legroom uncomfortable"

Anonymous, NB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great car overall"

STEVEN L., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"reliable to still have a good value after many years"

ROGER V., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Hands down the best car I've ever owned since 1961. Dependable, reliable, still looks as new except for a few chips on the front."

Anonymous, TN (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent gas mileage and reliability. Low maintenance cost."

ROBERT P., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The price was good. Fairly comfortable seats. Heater and AC work well. Road noise is somewhat loud. MPG is fantastic! 40 MPG on a trip. Enough power for 2 people. A little under powered for 4 people. Ride is acceptable but certainly not luxury. Very economical on long trips. Easy to drive and park. Tires are cheap when replacing. Original battery still going after 14 years."

LYNNE D., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Reliable"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"This car gets decent mileage. No major problems. Dependable. These are the things I care about."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I have put 280,000 miles on with no engine problems and just now put new struts on. Engine burns very little oil and is still has pretty good power considering the mileage."

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Very dependable with usual maintenance"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Extremely low maintenance vehicle, but noisy."

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Solid, low maintenance and dependable"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"My Corolla has 204,000 miles on it, and I've not had any major issues. They built it well, and I have benefited from that."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Reliable"

BERNARD K., AZ (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It has been a terrific car ....few problems, low maintenance"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I now have 190000 miles on this car. I have never had any problems beyond normal wear and tear items like tires or the battery. Everything else (clutch, brakes, muffler, suspension, heater, a/c and so on ) is factory original. Remarkable !"

D B., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Overall good value, amazing gas mileage on highway still, Repairs have been regular maintenance only Has been a reliable vehivle"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"costs are very low"

ERIC K., BC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"In 12 years [110,000 miles] the only repair was a new starter, as the solenoid started acting up."

LEE O., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I bought it used with just 20,000 miles. It's been very reliable. It's not electronic (windows, doors....) so nothing breaks! It works, and starts up every day. Good car. Drives well, parks easily. I'm short and can see around it, rear view mirrors good. Not a lot of fuss -- just a good, basic car."

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The most reliable car I have ever owned. Except for brake pads and light bulbs I have NEVER had to repair anything in 109,000 miles."

JOHN H., NC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great little car for the money."

DAVE R., GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great value for the money!"

BARBARA G., IN (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent gas mileage. Never had this car repaired. Only complaint is the airbag recall."

C D., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Has been very reliable and economical."

R W., AL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I've owned Toyota before, purchased new. This is the first used vehicle I've purchased. Even my previous Toyota, at 12 years old and totaled (not my fault) was worth a lot more than I expected. They hold their value. I've been extremely satisfied with Toyota's performance and value for what I paid."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"good value and reliability"

M J., BC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Dependable"

BILL O., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great Toyota quality. The rear suspension had a very noticeable creaking, with the handbrake applied, when passengers got into the rear seats. The dealership refused to fix it."

JOHN O., ON (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"THIS CAR JUST KEEPS ON GOING AND GOING. WE HAVE SPENT NO MONEY ON MAJOR CORRECTIONS AFTER 200,000 KILOMETERS."

Anonymous, AB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"can't go wrong with a corolla"

JEREMIAH F., KS (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It has 423,000 miles on it. It's a manual and other than regular oil changes, replacing brake pads and a new clutch, I have had no additional repairs. The car is an outstanding value. I continue to get 38-40 mpg on highways and about 32 mpg in the city."

RICK F., VA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Good price, good value"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The only dissatisfaction is passenger-space is a bit limited : front seat space too short.; back seat spec too short for all."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Fantastic older car, had it since 2004 and it has been great as a 2nd vehicle."

Anonymous, MB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The cost of this car for the value is exceptional. It runs great and rides well. This car's outward appearance shows its age but the remainder is a solid reliable vehicle."

Robert H., GA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Before I got this car I used to get a new car every 5-6 years. This car has held up so well I have kept it more than twice as long and it is still going strong. Most people are surprised to know how old it is. Other than oil changes and air filters I had no maintenance expenses in the past year."

Gary J., MN (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Still looks and drives like new."

Warren B., ON (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I have never gotten the mileage I expected out of this vehicle, now or 14 years ago."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"My car is 14 yrs old. Never had any major mechanical problem, driven daily and in all kinds of weather and never broke down for any reason. It has been maintained well, and is still very reliable. It is easy to handle, has good "pickup" speed, comfortable to ride, just the right size for my taste, and roomy enough for passengers. Had two minor "fender benders" in 14 years and some minor incidents in the parking garage at work where on three different occasions other drivers some driver "hit and ran" leaving slight dent or scratches. This is over the 14 years while working. I LOVE my Toyota! (oh, and also, just now showing some tiny hints of rust!!"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It runs. It goes and goes. There is rarely a problem. It is easy to park. It doesn't need oil between changes. I go for up to a year between changes because of my low mileage. It's utterly reliable and fairly easy to park."

Isabel A., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"This car is reliable and keeps on running!!"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Very reliable car for the money"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Extremely reliable transportation, great value!"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Most value I have ever gotten out of a vehicle. Maintenance costs have been low throughout the life of this vehicle and it has been supremely dependable."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"In 18 years of driving the car - primarily in town - we have only one repair made - the starter [solenoid stuck once]. I can always count on the car being ready to go. I always carefully maintain my vehicles, and replace the synthetic oil in them every 5000 miles."

Lee O., CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Reliable car; good gas mileage. Still drives just like it did when new. Good visibility. Relatively low maintenance costs."

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Definitely a good value for the price."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Very reliable and good gas mileage for a very good price."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Got a great car for the price and have had very little unscheduled maintenance. Most reliable car I’ve ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great price has been rewarded by 15 years of superb service."

Anonymous, ME (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"No repair problems, yet, no maintenance costs beyond the ordinary, dependable and mostly trouble free car."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Extremely reliable, economical to run, and economical to purchase"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Few repairs and a lot of miles"

Roger V., MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"An excellent vehicle. Drives well, looks good. Has had normal wear and tear and no dramatic failures"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"A boring, but extremely reliable vehicle. We have no desire to replace it!"

Eric S., AB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"I have had this car since 9/03, and it runs great and gets good mileage"

Robert G., MA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It was purchased as an economical vehicle and has proven to be fuel efficient and very reliable. This makes it a very good choice for value as it is low maintenance cost and fuel cost."

John S., NV (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"The car is 13 years old and still in good condition."

Matthew C., PA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Has run like new since 2004. Maintenance cost has been minimal. Reliable commuter car that can easily carry 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 kids. Fuel economy has been excellent. Great car!"

Jimmie D., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Has been so solid....My wife drives in to and from school every day...never had a problem"

Kevin T., NY (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"unbelievable reliability"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Great value - looks good - easy and cheap to ,maintain."

Walter K., MB (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Over 211,000 miles and have had very few problems besides routine maintenance ( nothing significant) Still runs great !!"

Tracy A., MA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Reliable car"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Nothing ever goes wrong with it, reliability is excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Had not even one issue mechanical or otherwise in 13 years. Fun to drive and handles well."

Martin P., FL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Body style"

BILL O., IL (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"nice styling"

M J., BC (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"It is quite compact from the outside but suprisingly roomy on the inside."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Corolla)

"Exterior style looks awkward."

JOHN S., NJ (2004 Toyota Corolla)

Would you buy this car again?

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