At 32 mpg overall, this generation Corolla's fuel economy was among the best we'd measured in any conventional car with an automatic transmission, other than a hybrid or a diesel. The manual transmission model gets the same fuel economy as the automatic. The pleasant and refined Corolla provides a comfortable ride, an improved driving position, and a roomier rear seat, compared with the previous model.
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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

"The car acceleration between 35-40 miles hesitates. Complained to dealer but they claimed they could not feel it. Online I found the fix and gave the fix to the dealer. Now it hesitates around 25 but it is less noticeable at that speed."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"pretty slow pickup when merging into a lane. the handling is good. brakes are tooo sensitive, so the driver has to get used to that. Did i mention that the side view mirror rarely gets a good angle for oncoming near cars? even with a magnifier mirror attached."

KATY K., NY (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"It's wider than my previous Corolla. I find it too large and hard to judge distances."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration is slow. Does not feel like it has much power. Runs well, handles fine for basic car; definitely not a sports car despite the S package."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"good acceleration with good fuel economy"

Anonymous, DE (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Good = Can make sharp turns in parking lots, etc. Driver seat is very comfortable for wife Bad = Gas mileage is worse than expected although much of the driving in city stop and go driving"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Rides nice for a small vehicle. adequate acceleration for my needs. Handling is good."

RANDY W., ME (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"For a 4 cylinder engine it is surprisingly very quiet and powerful. If you didn't know any better, you'd swear its a 6 cyl."

RICHARD H., QC (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"the layout of the dash isn't user friendly. I can't read the displays due to glare. The window lost a bolt, I was unable to roll up/down the window. the pick up and go isn't smooth and it's slow. when on cruise control it makes a weird noise/motion sometimes."

Anonymous, CA (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"The 2011 Toyota Corolla was designed for a 6 cylinder engine. I didn't know that when I purchased mine with a 4 cylinder engine. This vehicle gets lower gas mileage and is less responsive than I expected from it."

Anonymous, FL (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"There was a factory defect in the transmission computer which required a software update."

MARJORIE D., NY (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"accelerator has to be pushed harder than 2007 model"

MICHAEL C., TX (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Accelerates and handles well. Did put snow tires on it for our winters as it was too light and did not do well in any amount of snow."

Anonymous, MI (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Currenly we cannot use with a passenger in left front seat due to a fault withe that airbag for which Toyota has no solution. As a reult we cannot use the car freely and cannot trade it because everybody knows deadly lilitations. We've been cheated."

J M., CA (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration when going uphill on the highway is atrocious, especially on cruise control. The automatic 2011 Corolla (4 cyl.) pales in comparison with my old manual 2008 Corolla (4 cyl.) in which I didn't even have to downshift when going uphill. The 2011 automatic feels less powerful when not on cruise, and downshifts aggressively to make it up hills both in cruise and not. Hill climbing gas mileage (real-time readout) is in the teens. I am certain it's the engine, not the transmission (from dr"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Toyota Corolla)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Climate is controlled with outdated dials."

CARL J., FL (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"seats are not comfortable. drivers seat is low slung and Im tall! Terrible ergonomics as far as the low back of the driver is concerned. Even when I bought a back support, it still is not right."

KATY K., NY (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"I am 5'2". The so-called "active" headrests make the driver's seat totally uncomfortable. My head is pushed forward and I can't see. In order be able to sit comfortably I use a seat cushion back back support."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Comfortable seats, but the ride is slightly harsh over anything but very smooth roads."

ROBERT B., TN (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are not at all comfortable; hard and unforgiving. A long drive is a chore. The car is noisy, but I didn't expect more from a less expensive model like this."

MARK H., FL (2011 Toyota Corolla)


D F., NY (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Noisy body. Driver's seat sinking (weigh 140; wife 120). Exhaust smells of sulphur."

KAREN R., CA (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"It is a bit noisy compared to more expensive cars"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Odd odor when AC is on and outside vent is closed. Smells sort of like a chemical odor. Dealer could not detect the odor. It's minor, but annoying."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota Corolla)


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

What Owners Say

"Good value for my driving needs. All local."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"My second corolla. Last one gifted to friends child to go to school in (300,000 and going) Our newest one is cut from the same cloth. Durable and cheap to own and operate."

JEANNA H., GA (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"If you want a luxury vehicle, then you have to pay a luxury price. If you just want a good reliable transportation vehicle, then you can get it much cheaper."

Anonymous, HI (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Bought this car for out teenage son. Very good used car and not any issue over the past year. 2011 model has stability control and anti-lock breaks safety features standard. Plan to pass this car down to our teenage daughter."

DAVID K., TX (2011 Toyota Corolla)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Nothing stands out; fairly conservative styling which I like."

RANDY W., ME (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"can have more styling like the 2016 prius"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Plastic body components around bottom of car are easily broken/damaged and costly to repair/replace."

Anonymous, MD (2011 Toyota Corolla)

"Hard to distinguish my car from other Toyota Corollas and Camrys. Even a tech in the service area asked if the car was a Camry as I was checking in for service recently."

Anonymous, GA (2011 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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