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

"At 11 years and 63,000 miles the A/C is not blowing quite as cold as it used to. Also, there is a noticeable change in engine power usage (RPM's increase) when the A/C is turned on."

MARK R., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It handles very well."

CHARLES L., MD (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"great acceleration and handling."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This car has fantastic pickup. I love that."

EDWIN H., NJ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent acceleration and does not drag down on hills."

MONTE C., BC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The handling is good, with tight steering. Acceleration is sufficient but not a standout."

ERIC J., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"the acceleration is great on this model and handles wonderful"

Anonymous, MS (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This car for its age is excellent!"

RANDALL F., AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I can usually bury other drivers on curves."

RICHARD S., TX (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"it still drives comfortably to this day"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration get my into freeway traffic easily. It handles easily and quickly when needed. Emergency braking is also good."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"A great family car. Small enough for city and big enough for the highway. good acceleration, good braking, nimble handling."

THOMAS M., AL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I can afford to buy a new car but this car is so much fun to drive, for me, buying a new car is not even a consideration. I think this car may have the engine of the Toyota FX. It has incredible acceleration, & handles beautifully, It hugs the curves, is exceptionally responsive & still takes off "like a bat out of hell". Repairs have been minimal - tires, etc. Nothing else has required repairs."

JANET M., RI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"acceleration for a 4 cyl. is excellent. handling for this old car is quite good."

Anonymous, NV (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"drives exceedingly smoothly and accelerates well"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The acceleration is much better than my '15. It has a conventional transmission."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Its smooth great acceleration along with great almost effortless handling"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Decent and predictable overall. Low-speed acceleration seems superior to our six-cylinder SUV. My only complaint is that my arms have to extend uncomfortably far to reach the steering wheel, even though I have short legs, making it fatiguing to drive long distances; the steering wheel cannot adjust far enough back to accommodate me. This factor has been corrected in the 2017-2018 models, but actually prevented me from buying another Corolla a few years ago."

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is adequate, although not more than that. The handling, including the tightness of the steering, seems to be pretty good."

Eric J., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration and handling are much better than I expected."

Anne Z., NV (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"From day one this little car has plenty of get up and go. It has superb handling"

Randall F., AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This is not a sports car. Even with 350,000 km is still is fun to drive. Acceleration is more that adequate for normal highway driving. Car handles well in corners and in all normal driving conditions."

Barry M., ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"My 2005 Corolla has a better acceleration than my 2016 Corolla. The 2005 model consumes a little more fuel than the 2016."

Andre S., QC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Good Acceleration and Handling"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Handles well."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very reliable. Drives amazing especially considering 171,000 miles. Stays on the road during winter very well and no complaints with the heater. Did need to recharge my air conditioner and replace air conditioning line but it was quick, easy and affordable fix to have cool air again. I see this car far outlasting my newer 2010 Toyota Corolla."

Anonymous, AK (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration easy and smooth"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Even with 260000 miles, the car has excellent acceleration and handling."

Ronald K., VA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The car is fun to drive. It feels lively in response even though it has moderate horsepower."

Anonymous, DE (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"269 hp give it the acceleration of many sports sedans, handles very well in all weather conditions, and yet it still manages to get up to 27 mpg in sustained level highway driving."

John M., PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is much more responsive than any previous Toyota."

Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It is lower to the ground than must vehicles on our roads where SUVs and pick-ups dominate. It is only 4 cylinders but is adequate"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The car is very secure and dependable."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"With the more powerful XRS engine and tighter suspension, it handles really well. It was also available only with a manual transmission which I consider very desirable. Also, no one will borrow (or possibly steal) a car with a manual."

Eugene B., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Quick acceleration, corners well. Basically fun a pleasure to drive."

Janet M., RI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The 4 cylinder engine is very responsive and it has good acceleration."

Anonymous, KY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Without effort or excessive acceleration, the manual transmission Corolla leaves most other vehicles behind when starting from a standing stop. Steering seems responsive and reasonably precise."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very good acceleration and handling, even in snow and ice. The bad news is the car is too road noisy. More insulation should have been in the design and construction."

Wendell M., WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is exceptional for the small 1.8L engine. Ride quality is adequate but could be better for highway travel."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Just a solid little car that never gives any trouble. (for 13 Years)"

Anonymous, AB (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Fairly good accell fair handling"

Michael S., OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The handling is fine, the acceleration on the highway is not great. It goes into overdrive to go onto the highway and achieve proper speed. There is nothing wrong with the engine, that is just what it does."

Anonymous, RI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The car has a greater than standard engine and accelerates faster than standard. I like the way it pulls ahead and handles when cornering. It drives fairly effortlessly. I may drive it another 8 years."

Keith A., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Terrible blind spot Love sliding rear doors Am tired of the"

David A., NE (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Basic reliable car. No surprises."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Drives great"

Will C., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very responsive and quick, yet gets great gas mileage."

Allendebby F., SC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It accelerates well for an economy car and the handling is relatively sharp."

Anonymous, MA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It has great pick up and go, tight turning and great braking"

Kimberly H., NE (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"For a 1.8L engine the car give good acceleration from on ramps or passing at highway speeds"

Mark D., RI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"handles well... easy to drive"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Within its class, it provides adequate acceleration and confident handling."

Tom V., GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Aplso handles easily and responsively, very quick, can get out of trouble quickly, turns on a dime, compact, easy to see out of. Easy to work with under all Weather conditions."

Sharon F., PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Not built for people who are tall"

ROBERT E., OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"seats and ride"

PATRICIA L., NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very noisy in cabin area when driving"

RICHARD R., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The only problem I have with this car relates to its size. When I have a front seat passenger I have to put my purse in the rear seat because there is no room for it up front. However, when I consider the great gas mileage I get, I guess there had to be a compromise somewhere."

CAROL K., NJ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very noisy engine."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are very low and somewhat difficult to enter and exit the vehicle."

DAVID P., MN (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Blower motor lost two levels of fab speed"

MATTHEW B., WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"For a 6-ft person, the cabin is too cramped; headroom too low, and I frequently hit my head on door jamb during exits or entrances. Just too small for a 6-ft person. I feel I'm assaulted by unexpected head blows trying to get or out, and I respond with censored outbursts over the pains."

PAUL T., NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are comfortable. Air conditioning is excellent. Noise level is high much of the time. Ride is pretty good."

PATRICK H., AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"every thing works and is still working, not like my old car bought new"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"seats, ride"

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Driver's seat becomes uncomfortable on long trips. Needs more padding on the bottom and more back support."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Only complain about car is lack of space in back seat."

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are too low, particularly in comparison to any other car I've had. The device to add height really only pumps the back up a bit and the front down, making it uncomfortable. The visors are so small they only help if it's 12 noon during the summer. Both seating and visors are something I'll look at specifically in my next car."

Anonymous, MN (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The car is noisy from wind and road sounds at highway driving."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Although i purchased the Corolla with 145000 miles, it is quieter than our Scion xD, more comfortable to drive, and is more economical. The steering and ride are superior to the xD. The only downside is that the Corolla CE doesn't have power windows and there is an occasional rattle from the driver's window mechanism. Both my wife and I prefer to drive the Corolla than the xD for long (or short) trips. We also prefer to take trips in our 1999 Toyota Avalon to either the xD or Corolla; but, I un"

MIKE E., FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"best seats for an aging back"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Window driver's door noisy. Pushed on handle to close but doesn't all the way."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The air conditioner quickly cools the cabin, even the back seat. The seat adjustment allows my short legs to reach the pedals without cramping my body at the steering wheel. Love everything about the car."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are very good. Ride is bumpy. Noise is a little more than I would like."

JAMES W., WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats could have better support and comfort."

GERALD K., MO (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Insufficient leg room in both front and back seats"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"No tilt to the wheel. Limited ability to adjust seating position; no lumbar support. Pretty uncomfortable."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It's a little noisy at freeway speeds but not something I complain about. At 11 years old and 63,000 miles the drivers seat cushion is starting to loose some of it's firmness."

MARK R., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Not very comfortable for long trips. Some buttons and interior feel cheap"

KYLE P., OR (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seating is generally comfortable with adequate support; fatigue on long trips is minimal. AC and heating systems are very good at cooling or heating the cabin in a short time and maintaining desired temperature. Ride quality is okay but could be better. Tends to be somewhat stiff and choppy at times."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The ride is very good - the car absorbs bumps in the road very well. The seats, climate control, and noise isolation are all good."

ERIC J., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are good for handling."

RICHARD S., TX (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"the seals around the back doors are loose in one area and when I asked if this could be fixed, I was told they would have to be completely removed and replaced. there is some noise when driving but not that big of a noise that I cannot hear traffic."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Road noise is louder than earlier model Toyotas I have owned in the past, and rented currently."

Anne Z., NV (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats adjust to fit"

Anonymous, AR (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The vehicle is somewhat noisey--but I'm comparing it to the 2013 camry"

William L., UT (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats beginning to wear, becoming uncomfortable - noise factor increasing but drive over 330,000 miles."

Albert S., IA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats and protective harness and air bags give a feeling of comfort and safety. Too much road noise."

Wendell M., WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are comfortable, adjustable. The visibility is great because the windows are large. I hear very little road noise and the ride is smooth."

Lora L., MO (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Portions of the gasket on the driver's side window have decayed and/or become misaligned so there is noise while driving and cold air gets in in winter."

Lisa R., OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"With seat in a comfortable position, the steering wheel does not extend out far enough for my comfort. Keeping in mind the car has almost 90,000 miles on it and the suspension is all original, the ride can get bumpy on some roads. The ride has always been noisier than I prefer."

Mark S., VA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are not comfortable for a long drive. The Toyota Camry is much more comfortable"

Susan C., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"RELIABILITY Besides front brakes because my daughter drove in the city (I bought from her) and headlight replacement because of opaqueness eventually, I have not had anything major done."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The Corolla has reasonable comfort overall, but is somewhat noisier on the highway than some other vehicles. Mainly, I find the driver's position awkward because I have to stretch my arms out to grasp the steering wheel when the seat is adjusted to give me adequate legroom, even though I have short legs. Unfortunately, even the newer models have this problem, and the steering column cannot be extended to put the steering wheel closer to the driver. This feature is sufficiently annoying that I..."

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"the noise level is high, seats are low and have very little padding and the ride is very stiff"

Anonymous, BC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Mostly used for shopping, this car is super easy to ride in and drive. I especially like the ease to park it. It is, in my opinion, well-engineered."

Keith A., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats firm and comfortable. I do not notice or hear road noise. The ride is tops--extremely comfortable."

Allendebby F., SC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I always feel cramped in this vehicle even with the seat all the way back and down."

Mark P., WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"good rear headroom, head does not hit rear roof like it does on the newer corollas which they seem to have made smaller."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"seats could be a little more comfortable."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Good ride for small car. Interior compartments are falling apart and sqeaking in dashboard."

Mike R., WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Lots of road noise. Seats not comfortable for long trips because we are older now and require more back support. Also lower to the ground with less visibility out windows when driving ."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It's always been a comfortable ride. I used it everyday for 5 years driving almost 95,000 miles and the wear on the seats still looks great and comfort is still there"

Kimberly H., NE (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It is a relatively comfortable ride. Noise is low"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"For a small car, the Corolla provides a reasonable, though not pampered, of course, ride. The noise level is, unfortunately, quite high."

David L., NJ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Can get uncomfortable on the passenger side on a long trip."

Elaine T., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Within its class, this vehicle offers acceptable comfort which exceeded our expectations."

Tom V., GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats have not broken down like seats do in domestic built vehicles. They still provide support where needed."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"11 years and 315,000 km later I still love this car. Have not spent more than $250/ year other than tires and it just keeps running. I paid $25,000 so that's less than $2,500 a year for a lot more than just basic transportation. The car still looks like it came out of the showroom, paint is really good, still sparkles, interior shows a little wear, mostly on the carpets (winter here doesn't help). Couldn't ask for better value. This car is a gem!"

BARRY M., ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This car is a solid. I have only had to do minor repairs (normal wear and tear) since I purchased it brand new. Very reliable and gets great gas mileage. I plan to keep it until it is dead."

JESSE E., NC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This is my third Toyota brand vehicle that I have owned, reliability is fantastic, only normal expected service repairs on all three cars. My present 2005 Toyota has over 130,000 miles on it and still going strong. Everything is still working. My last Toyota had 250,000 miles on it and was still running very good for its age and high mileage."

BERNIE G., NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I've never put any serious money into this car...I bought it used...it had 11,000. Miles on it...I drove it for 5 years....gave it to my son & wife ...they drove it for 4 years...they gave it back this year(2016) so his sister could have it! She is a new driver and it's her car now...running quite well! Our mechanic says it will rust out before the engine goes! Love it and am actually considering getting another one for myself again!!"

MAGGIE C., PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Low purchase price and low operating costs. A reliable automobile. I have no plans to trade in car. It's a keeper."

ROBERT W., ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"reliable, good economy, excellent visibility."

TERRENCE W., BC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Reliability"

ROBERT A., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent reliability. In over 10 years, the only expenditure other than tires & routine maintenance is an A/C compressor, which went wrong a few months after moving from cold Upstate NY to hot Southern California."

JEFF B., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Bought for a commuter car; great gas mileage, reasonably comfortable ride and great in all types of weather."

Anonymous, VT (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"195,000 miles and still running nicely"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"VERY GOOD VALUE; HELD UP GOOD WITH NO MAJOR PROBLEMS; LOOKS LIKE NEW AFTER 11YEARS"

W R., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Best car ever, never has to repair anything. The bad thing about this cars is that you can feel the smallest rock on the road."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"a ggod solid compact dependlablecar"

D P., MA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Decent car for decent price but do not expect satisfaction and the braking distance was not great."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Buy it"

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It's really dependable. I wish that it had old style bumpers, the plastic put on many new cars is not adequate."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"120K miles and another 130K miles in tow behind our moterhome with out any major problems"

BRUCE E., NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"We've placed almost 190,000 miles on it and it still runs great and looks pretty great too."

MARC M., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I purchased the car used in 2012. Car had been stolen and recovered, and was being sold off by insurance company. Cost was about $6,000. Great car."

Anonymous, NS (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I was cheated by Bohn Brothers Toyota on the price of the vehicle, but the vehicle has not given me any trouble and I would purchase it again at a better price than what I paid for it. The vehicle isn't bad, it was the dealership."

RHONDA H., LA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Not a sexy car or super comfortable, but the most reliable and trouble free car we've ever had. Has good pick up, handles smoothly."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I inherited this vehicle from my mother - when she quit driving. so got it for "free""

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Paid $6,000 for it in 2008 with over 60,000 miles on it. Put over 230,000 miles on it since. No problems. Great value!"

GERARD M., PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very few problems over all. A good value and economical operating costs for a sedan."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The car has been very affordable, with excellent fuel efficiency (for a non-hybrid) and mostly low maintenance costs."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Is a decent car for what we paid for it. Has surface rust and would be to expensive to repair."

JANS R., OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"the car is very consistent in being repair free, except for normal wear and tear due to age. It still has good pick-up, looks good and is very easy to repair. I did have to have the exhaust system totally replaced, and all brakes replaced and two new sets of tires over the 10 years time. It is reliable in cold Wisconsin winters and starts every time."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The Corolla is nothing fancy (this is our third) but it is very reliable and they run forever"

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"good, reliable and cost efficient"

DAVE G., ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This 2005 Corolla, part of the 2004 to 2008 series, are very reliable Corollas; is true that the newest Corolla, looks better, is bigger, I like it really, but, it also has Electronic Brake Force Distribution and ABS, similar to the 2008 Highlander Hybrid, and is a mystery if it is going to be a headache after the basic warrant is over, requiring unscheduled repairs for its ABS accumulator and other expensive parts, most of us can't afford. We wan to keep our Corollas, for as long as we want an"

PABLO R., PR (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Outside of the airbage issue (caused by the supplier), and a dead battery, I"ve had no problems with this car."

Anonymous, OR (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It's a steady, reliable car to drive around town. Will do well on long trips but not comfortable for trips over 3 hours. But it goes on and on with minimal care."

EDWARD M., FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"For the money, this car was well worth it overall. Very rarely has had problems"

KYLE P., OR (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I special-ordered a five-speed transmission and no frills except a CD changer. It now has 176,00 miles and I have had no service calls except for routine maintenance."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I have 200k+ miles on the car. It's inexpensive to own and operate."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Bought the corolla from Budget rental. Has lasted ten years with few repairs."

ANN S., AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I've had the car over ten years now. It's allowed me to drive through 32 states, plus DC and Ontario, w/o any problem of significance. And it still runs great."

TIMOTHY D., PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"We have not had any major issues with the car. It is very reliable and economic. It is not comfortable ride for a long trip."

JOHN S., WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Value is good for what we have received as a riding machine."

R C., MN (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"My '05 Corolla currently has 617,000 miles on it with the original engine. I still drive it 200-400 miles daily. That is VALUE!"

STEVE G., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Great car for value. Completed recommended maintenance as needed. Continue to drive car even on road trips adding to the 330,000 miles driven."

Albert S., IA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The Corolla has been extremely economical o drive. Total maintenance expenses per year have been less that $1,000 per year for most years, if not all of them."

Anonymous, MB (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Car performs well after 13 years."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The car is very reliable, so I’m getting my money’s worth."

Ronald D., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The features of the LE trim level and responsive 1.8L engine were a good value for the price paid. The long-term durability of the Corolla has been an added bonus."

Anonymous, OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"After 13 years: no problems, no rust, original exhaust system, minimal maintenance."

Mark H., WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Good economy car. Reliable."

Wayne C., QC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The Corolla has been a great car! Over 255,000 miles and have only replaced tires, 1 set of spark plugs, and a clutch. Very dependable and rugged car."

Anonymous, PA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It's an XRS which doesn't have the lackluster performance of the standard Corolla. It has been extremely reliable."

Eugene B., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I was very happy with the miles per gallon . When I have checked this over the years, I have gotten good results. The drivers seat also raises up so that I can see better out of the front window. I have no trouble seeing behind the right or left shoulder for traffic since I adjust the head rest to see under them."

Anonymous, MD (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I don't drive. Only my husband drives the car, so I have no opinion about most of the questions. However, we have had the car for 13 years and it is still going, so it must have been a good deal."

Anonymous, IN (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Low price. Good Mileage. Highly reliable. Versatile (ex. can pull a trailer, large trunk space, can hold 4 people in relative comfort)."

Anonymous, FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very low maintenance and affordable. Basically, corollas are built to last."

Tony W., GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Paid $24,000 in 2005 - car is 13 years old, 350,000 km - still runs like and looks new. always serviced on time and Oiled when new and touched up every other year."

Barry M., ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Reliability, low cost maintenance and parts,, rust free 13 years in high-salt winter driving"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"A very well designed and constructed vehicle with very minimal maintenance needs apart from replacement of fluids, brake pad replacements, tire replacements, etc. It was reasonably priced because we didn't want a lot of bells and whistles that weren't necessarily needed."

Ralph D., WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This has been a dependable car for many years, and it's inexpensive to operate."

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This has been a very good car. Nothing serious has happened since I bought it new in 05. Regular oil changes and tires when needed is all it ever needed. I will buy another one when this one does wear out."

Anonymous, WV (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"130K miles driven and 140K miles towed behind our motor over the last 13 years with out any exceptional maintence or problems."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It was also bought because of its reliability. Neither car has failed us"

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It was a relatively inexpensive car when I bought it. It has lasted 14 years with about $1000 of repairs over its lifetime so far. I feel that the car has been a great value."

Eric J., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Compared to the 1990 Tercel that we had previously, the Corolla seemed like an underpowered tank at first. It was, comparatively speaking, much less peppy. Now we're used to it, it's worn in, and drives just fine."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"High value in terms of reliability for a one car family.."

Anonymous, WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"In 2004 It was a good price for what I had. Without paying a lot for maintenance, it still in very good shape for 14 years. Doesn't look too old, the model is aging well."

Andre S., QC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Low maintenance and reliability makes this car a true bargain!"

Mark S., VA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This is our 3rd Toyota Corolla. Economy car that you can easily get 250,000 miles on without major problems."

Anonymous, CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Corolla has been and will be the best car for the money...hands down. Inexpensive but worth every penny. History does not lie."

Isabel D., FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It has been a very reliable car."

Anna R., MA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This car has been super-reliable, especially given the modest price we paid when we bought it new. That's a huge benefit."

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"If properly maintained they will stay the course for as long as you desire to drive it. They do not nickel or dime you with constant repairs."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I bought the lowest line Corolla since I just needed basic transportation, mainly for commuting to/from work. It's nothing fancy, but it provides reliable transportation. In the 12 years or so I've had it, I've never had a serious problem. A dead battery is the worst thing I've had."

Steven S., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This car has been operated by several family members and in various parts of the country, and has not always received the best TLC. Nonetheless, the car has been a reliable workhorse and has had minimal mechanical problems."

David L., NJ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"We have had this car for 13 years and it still runs beautifully with only regular maintenance! There is no greater value in a car than that."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent value, for both purchase and maintenance. The combination of superior reliability and very good gas mileage makes the Corolla inexpensive to operate. Highly recommended for anyone who does not mind the driving position or other aspects of the car."

Anonymous, WY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Good Price for a commuter car, very good gas mileage."

Mike R., WA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Great value. Over 100K miles and never have had anything go wrong with the car."

Don M., CO (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Very good car . hoping it will come out in the futur as an all electric car."

Anonymous, NB (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"The fuel efficiency has been excellent for 12 years now, with only a slight decrease over that period. Except for the exhaust system, the maintenance costs have been very good."

Anonymous, ON (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"We continue to be impressed by the car's superb reliability"

Anonymous, MI (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Has been basically been trouble free for the last 275000 miles. Did have transmission replaced at about 200,000 miles."

William S., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"We bought this vehicle new in 2005. It has 268000 miles on it. We have never had a major repair. Just brakes, tires, exhaust and serpentine belt as a preventative measure."

Lynne-Gary B., MA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Bad - Front hood massively pocked marked with under metal showing - like they did a one coat paint job. My other Toyota's never had such experiences. Good - Excellent engine (few repairs) & fuel economy. Great commuter car."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"CE trim level did not even have anti-lock brakes sandard. Has crank down windows. Clear coat paint failed/peeled with no help or support from dealer"

Michael S., OH (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This vehicle is probably only halfway thru it's lifespan. Great gas mileage, plenty of cargo room as well as passenger room."

Anonymous, MO (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Extremely reliable car, has needed very few repairs, and I don't do regular maintenance except oil changes."

Marc M., MD (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This is an excellent car. It has excellent acceleration and handling, even in Colorado's mountains. Annual maintenance has been minimal even when I was driving it many miles for work."

Anonymous, CO (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I have had this car since is was brand new. I commute 45 miles/day in stop and go traffic. The gas mileage is consistently 37 mpg with my combined driving. I LOVE this car. I have had no major engine repairs, but have replaced the AC compressor twice (due to road debris punching holes in it)."

Anonymous, NM (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I received great value when purchasing my Corolla but couldn't begin to evaluate the satisfaction of someone else purchasing a 12 year old vehicle of any make."

H H., NC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Great for commuter car, reliable, great gas mileage, low cost maintenance. If we were younger it would be perfect car for us. Also not much room for storage on trips."

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"There have been two recalls. Other than that no repairs ! What a great running car ! All I do is put gas in, change the oil and went through 2 sets of breaks in over 180000 miles . What a car !"

Elaine T., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"This car has been very reliable and has required few repairs over the 12 years I've owned it."

Anonymous, GA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"we have had no problems with this car for 12 years and it still looks like new even in a chicago area climate"

Anonymous, IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"It is a wonderful workhorse. One expensive problem: had to do with the pollution control, in 12 years."

Anonymous, NY (2005 Toyota Corolla)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's style is simple but nice, the spoiler in the rear adds to its nice look. It never looks outdated and taking care of the paint keeps it looking contemporary and new."

EDWARD M., FL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I had a 95 Corolla and never failed to get compliments on the way it looked; the 05 Corolla is a dull, boring-looking "granny" car; the 16 Corollas are so ugly, especially in front, that I probably will not buy another until that changes."

Anonymous, NC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"I like the aerodynamic style of my car. The new Prius is even better."

RAFAEL H., TX (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"GREAT STYLING; SOMETIMES POOR VISIBILITY WITH PILORS"

W R., IL (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Would prefer a dark brown interior . Otherwise great"

WILL C., CA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"My daughter likes the looks of the 2005 car as compared to the newer Corolla."

Anonymous, VA (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceptable without standing out. Paint is good."

PATRICK H., AZ (2005 Toyota Corolla)

"Bland, bland, bland! Instantly forgettable!"

T R., BC (2005 Toyota Corolla)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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