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2008-2009 Toyota Corolla preview

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan

What we have here is our research into the next-generation Toyota Corolla. The current version has been chugging along for six years now, when the standard shelf-life for each Corolla version is usually four years. The current version is seriously outdated, but other markets already have new versions. In fact, Japan and Europe got two different versions.

The Europeans already got the best versions for the 2007 model year. They get a sedan called, what else, the Corolla, as well as a sporting hatchback called the Auris, and a wagon called the Corolla Verso.

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan
2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan
2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan

The Toyota Auris drops the Corolla name and has sportier suspension tuning.

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan auris

The Toyota Corolla Verso has a taller roof and is sort of a micro minivan rather than a wagon.

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan

The Japanese get their own version of the Corolla. It has more sedate styling, but packs much more features, such as a rear-view camera, a self-parking system, radar cruise control and a pre-safe computer system, all lifted from the Lexus LS460. The sedan is called the Corolla Axio.

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan axio
toyota-corolla-axio

The Japanese also get a standard wagon version instead of a van, calling it the Corolla Fielder.

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan fielder wagon

The Japanese also get the Auris hatchback as well as a Blade variant with a bigger engine, but the Chinese get the European Corolla version. All sedan versions share the same interior. The Americans will get yet another version of the sedan, and possibly the Toyota Blade, to be sold as the Matrix.

2008 2009 Toyota Corolla sedan blade matrix

Coming down to engine choices, the European versions get some diesel four-cylinders with manual, while the Japanese versions get a 110 hp 1.5-litre and a 136 hp 1.8-litre, both four-cylinder and both with CVT automatics. The Chinese get a six-speed manual. The Japanese Blade actually has the 160 hp 2.4-litre four from the Camry, so it is by far the best version.

The sedan interior is conservative but stylish, with optional fake aluminium or fake wood trim.

2008 2009 toyota corolla sedan interior
2008 2009 toyota corolla sedan interior

So what will the Middle East get? We believe the European styling might make actually it here, but with the Japanese 1.5-litre and 1.8-litre engine choices, with a five-speed or six-speed manual, and an automatic with hopefully at least five-speeds, if not the CVT automatics. The gadgets in the Japanese models will definitely not make it here, and neither will the hatchback and wagon versions. But then they might be built in Thailand. There is a possibility though that the Japanese styling might come here, in which case we will get sedan and wagon variants, but we will also get true Japanese-built Corollas again.

For the latest local prices and specs, visit the Toyota Corolla buyer guide.

184 comments to 2008-2009 Toyota Corolla preview

  • nicky macmac

    :lol: this is my car my dream car i like it like the way i like the all new 2008 land cruesir

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  • Shakeel Ahmed

    After Long time shap of corolla has been changed…Thanks to Toyota for this change… well i m planning to buy a new car… well it depends on arrial and real attractive shape of corolla but i am waiting for new lancer as well it is quite competitive with shape and specifications aswell and offcource price is very important. So best of luck toyota for your new corolla.

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  • a fan

    a good alternative to the new civic, and this got a ‘proper’ speedometer, yay

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  • Cool Boy

    The new Civic is best, Corolla can never takes its position.

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  • Ravi tej

    :razz: when is new corolla officially being launched in Dubai.Cos im going to buy veery soon if the new model is coming ill wait.

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  • N.Baloch

    The new Corolla’s are cool and as u know the best sedan,family car in the world_ :evil:

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  • NIJU

    COROLLA CAN REPLACE CIVIC IN MANY WAYS.
    MAINTANANCE, EXPENCES,INTERIOR RELIABLTY ETC ETC….

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  • Cool Boy

    All Corolla lovers sucks. :lol:

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  • rlasrado

    When is the official launch date in the middle east?

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  • senex

    I just spilled my cheeto’s and the dog is chowing down.. #@$^%$%^^&&

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  • mojo

    meeeh, it’s just a corolla :???:

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  • ahmed

    :razz: :neutral: :cool: :lol: :mad: hi

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  • SteveO

    I love the Corolla!!

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  • shrek

    COROLLA RULES.PERIODDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Siddique

    When new corolla is launching in Pakistan

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  • nigel

    bring a supercharged corolla to the us! aka corolla compressor. i love my 2006 le! its my third my frist was a 1990, then i had a 2001. how many cars do you know of that you can put in reverse when going forward at 50mph and not kill the car. plus it had over 200k on it! yo cool boy: corollas sell much better than civics even after the civic was redone. reason: civics are viewed as chic cars. go to a honda page.

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  • Moazzam

    Well its looking nice. Lets see wether this model can make impact or not. It resembles to Camery a bit

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  • Jesus

    Get back on your camel, Habib.

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  • rafay

    this is just a car .(corrolla).. civic is the best of all .
    Remember guys the scenes from fast and furious.
    u know y it wasnt selected in the movie coz its a gurls car>ha ha ha ha
    civicz are hell ov a beasts gud luck new shape
    but dont cum near civiv coz u cant >>>>

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  • CrazyCivicFool

    This Corolla is definately the best yet. Finally a better interior then all of the other cars in it’s class. Seems as if I’ll be trading in my 2007 Civic Si for this beauty when it hits the showrooms. I’ll be first in line for sure.

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  • honda/toyota

    :grin: Loving my 2006 used honda civic EX 4 door. Only wished that I could have had a chance to test drive them side by side. My purchase may have been different. Both are very good cars – even the outdated version of the corolla feels comfortable – just like your favorite pair of jeans.

    Used 06 honda replaced wrecked new o6 civic that some idiot – driving too fast gave honda the chance to show me all about the side curtin, side airbag, and the front airbag.

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  • DJ

    Corrolla says “I’m always a leaders for all economic level of people , Enjoy me !!!

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  • osama deabes

    of course civic is great car but comparing to price and new shape corolla win

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  • Junaid Ahmed

    The new corolla is the best one car of the world, I’ve naver seen brfore.
    It’s so comfortable and cooool car for family. :roll:

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  • richard

    man this is the reason im getting this car it looks so kick ass, but the only bad thing is I have to wait so long for it to come out in the American market

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  • Saddam Patel

    The Corolla is the Best Selling Car in the World…The Civic is the Best at Nothing…

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  • xavious

    man this ones in for civic :grin: though civic has a kooler speed o meter but corolla always dumps it in marketing…… this ones the best in shape and spcifications … i love it… MORE THAN CIVIC … ALWAYS

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  • xavious

    agreed with DJ

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  • mohamad

    to all of toyota suckers this car sux
    it is good from out side but sux from inside (those cars are good because of the brand other wise no one is gone buy one)
    and the one who said its for a family. i want to ask him how many persons 7 or 8 prsons
    even they didnt upgrade the engine. pothetic toyota suckers :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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  • mohamad

    toyota sux :twisted:
    nissan rules :mrgreen:
    hond nothing :wink:

    1) nissan 2) honda 3) the worst car ever made 200000000000) toyota
    hahahahahaha :cool:

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  • muhammad umar

    :sad: i m still waiting 4 new corolla 2008 nobody knows when it’ll launch. corrolla is like currency whenever u want u can convert into money

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  • muhammad umar

    :sad: corrola2008 when it’ll launch. corrolla is like currency whenever u want u can convert into money

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  • dawny

    Looks like a nice design. any idea when it will lunch in dubai?

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  • Don

    same piece of shit again

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  • d

    what?

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  • don cholito

    Those dissing the Corolla, you should go buy a Civic and it’ll drain your money with the expensive repairs and so so reliability. A 20,000 dollars Civic DX? Very expensive and a Corolla is 16,000 dollars and a better car.

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  • jomama

    actually i have it on reliable sources that the corolla will be getting the Camry 2.2L 4cyl engine ;)

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  • ali

    when is corolla going to launch its new shape in pakistan?

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  • Sunil

    Well, Corolla is one of the best mid size car in the whole world. It is durable, good resale value, less maintanance and 2008 model looks cute. I am eagerly waiting to buy. Its worth it……………

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  • toyota lover

    toyota will out last any other makes or models. i’ve own toyota’s for many years now and so does my dad. i love the new corolla look…hope to own one sometime.

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  • Rolando

    :lol: my 1998 corolla has 280,000 miles and i’m ready to get a new one. this new corolla is just perfect me.

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  • ladonna

    da corolla is da best car ever trust me it is VALUE 4 ur money :cool:

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  • sherrie

    Corolla are the best cars those of you don’t like corolla that is your problems. They are easy to handle and very sleek and doen’t cost a fortune corolla rules

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  • antonio

    Toyota, why can’t we American’s get a clean burning diesel? Please send us one in the near future.

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  • Moeen

    Toyota Cars were my favourite cars till their 2003 models. I wonder what has happened to there Shapes after 2003 models. The 2008-2009 Model Of Toyota in Foriegn Countries, specially India is the Best of all …………… I request you all to send the same model to other places also! We are ready to buy a new car. Now it depends upon Toyota that it wants us to buy it or not ?????????

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  • masood

    modify corola in a more impressive and dashing look .
    price should not be increased as already so high in pakistan.
    people are sick of old model/shape.
    please launch new shape w more space n comfort soon in pakistan.

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  • Colin Bailey

    What are you guys looking for? I am looking for a car that is most reliable and dependable, and i believe that toyota offers it beyond competition. who cares about a flashy car with a big horsepower you can’t trust. By the way, check the statistics of car sales and you would realise, toyota, especially the corolla is outselling its competitors with huge marginal differences. Why? because toyota is made for those who believe in total quality and not flashy designs or big horsepower, otherwise go get a BMW. Toyota has proved to have a more superior R&D than its competitors, because it knows exactly what the majority is looking for. I drive a 2004 toyota corolla and the performance is great. I can’t imagine driving any other car, except a mercesdes. Bravo Toyota!

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  • abdul Manan saif

    When new corolla wil be launced in pakistan.

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  • samera kabas

    walla onai eendee sayora corola 2006 walla wajeed halwa bas moshkila wahda camr daamat sayorty wanai sayarty wajid takhafasat hasafa alaiha wala I MISS MY CAR!! :cry:

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  • zubair

    :roll: i love toyota all models and iam waiting for new model of prado well may i know that when its launch in dubai realy i chang the car and buy the new model becoz any kind of toyota model is grate and less in money please send me e mail for new model of parado

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  • kashif

    when new corolla will be launched in saudi arabia and how much it will be, cause i m planning to buy 2008 corolla I LOVE COROLLA

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    • Emrullah

      You can’t go wrong with a Honda. The Civic will generally be less exnpseive, while the Accord will have more leg room. Its hard to beat the reliablity, though.

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  • asim

    This Car iz awsome n i want 2 book it right now or i ll be the first 1 to buy this car

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  • SAM

    :smile: IT IS GOOD THAT FINALLY THE NEW COROLLA HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT’S REALLY GOOD LOOKING.

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  • Alex

    it’s look like Mix of Camry 2007 & Camry 2004 :mrgreen:
    in the front it’s look camry 2007 :wink:
    & the behind & the Length seem like Camry 2004 :cool:

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  • sameer

    when the corolla 2008 will launch in dubai :cool:
    iam waiting :lol:

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  • Ashraf

    This model SUCKS!!!!! what the hell where they thinking when they desighned this car….they totally ruined the corolla….i hate it…it sucks guyz!!

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  • KALLY CRAN

    I REALLY LOVE CARS

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  • KALLY CRAN

    CARS ARE :cool: AND THEY MAKE ME :smile: :

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  • Ruknani

    when its gona launch in UAE. :roll:

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  • ullas basheer

    :shock: what a exterior and interior i”m sure that evry body will like the corolla sedan. :lol:

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  • 3332569

    good 369

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  • daixsuh

    i like my new toyaota altis 2007

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  • GIRI PRABHA

    HONDA – FOR LOOK, SPEED, & POWER BUT DRINKS MORE FUEL
    COROLLA – VALUE FOR MONEY, 0 MAINTENANCE, NO LOOKS
    TIIDA, SUNNY – COMFORT, EASY HANDLING

    Any Disagreement?
    Let me know

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  • Land cruiser genius

    H o n d a

    H————Horrible looking
    O————Old technology
    N————Not cheap on gas
    D————Drives like a truck
    A————Accept defeat

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  • Benjo of Dubai

    :smile: nothing will be same like corolla. :roll: wish i could have it :smile:

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  • Hisham Omar

    I think corolla will going to raise the competition with the other cars such as lancer, elentra and civic.

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  • tayyab

    wow man she is a beauty,thankgod i hope we pakis will also get a taste of it, the guys at pak toyota could do a bit more of quality control here cause i drive a new toyota and trust me they miss a lot of small details

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  • gladston

    HOW MUCH THE PRICE (LOW RANGE TO HIGH) 1.8XLI COROLLA 2008 IN UAE

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  • pankaj

    :shock: both civic and corolla rocks but trully corolla has no match it is unmatchable and fabulous :wink: :lol: :mrgreen:

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  • Anupa

    :roll: The new Corolla’s are coooooooooooooooooooooooo :lol: :lol: l

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  • Bilal Aslam

    There are not much picturers on the web for this new 2008 model of corolla there should be much pictures and of interior too

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  • Nomy Gondal says

    i love toyota very much all models best in the world and prado is prado what a toyota

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  • don

    yar im badly waiting 4 new model of corolla

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  • khawaja asif mehmood

    All New Toyota Corolla is quite good in looking. interior and exterior all is good. but i wonder whether in Pakistan interior lighting would be in all digital display( white bright lighting) or in the same as showed in the vary web site.
    well let it comes. then every body will decide. honda is absolutely better than that. but it collapsed due to high price. i hope it won’t be for toyota. lets hope for the best

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  • Hamster Inspector

    If you buy the 2009 ( new model Corolla ) at the end of 5 years you have a car that has depreciated only 4 years. That has to be a plus.

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  • qamar

    corolla made very stupid model in 2008 I not like this.Civic is much better to toyota.

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  • mc

    the corolla is designed and built for the poor persons who wait to buy it as a second hand with a depreciation.
    non of you knows what is a car is
    you forgot the cadillac and lexus ,these you can call them cars
    toyota is like a skateboard,no safety ,no luxury ,it is like you are siiting in arabic toilet,he he he heeeeeeeeee

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  • mc

    toyota has designed the corolla bec ause of the exess of the recycled metal in their junk yard.

    corolla = kaka

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  • kamar

    :lol: I like too toyota corolla 2008 very nice

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  • mir arif brohi (jcd)

    i dont like this model of 2008 caz of the back light and front is copy of new acoord, there is no fucking grip in at the tyers,,,,,, old model is much better then this model

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  • Usama

    Thanks to Toyota and i am still not sure that in 2008 we can see this model.

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  • Tayyab Sargodha

    :smile: its Cool i like Toyota i alredy have but i wana buy this one INSHALLAH i will

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  • achraf

    :oops: i tested the new corolla but i changed my mind i preffer the civic 2008 good power engine beside the good looking :wink:

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  • Abid Aqeel

    i like corolla and enjoy to drive from the last 10 years. presently i have 2005 corolla G, when i saw Corolla Axio lexul, that will really hit the market. One question is arising in my mind that why Japan create a difference in domestic model and exported model

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  • CARLSO

    este auto es lo mejor y quisiera que me mande uno pa bolivia y lusir por todo pando y santacruz jejjejejje

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  • masood

    when it going to be launched in pakistan.?it will hit only if it comes soon and in reasonable price.

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  • Yung

    I’m just about to finalize (on Jan 05, 2008) my latest purchase of our 4th Corolla and decided to drop by to check the styling of the next generation. I’m glad I did because I think I prefer the current version (I’m in Canada and the next version debuts for the 2009 model year).

    While it’s true the Corolla may not have forward-looking exterior nor interior styling as the Civic does, it’s worth noting that each time I compare these two cars side by side, I have chosen the Corolla (our first was a 1986 – it’s still running strong and never had any problems aside from regular wear and tear). Two big reasons are the Civic’s seating position (too low and hard to see ahead even though I’m 5’9″) and the seat’s excessive protruding lumbar support, which forces my back to arch forward too much when my butt is pushed back against the seat. You would have to slouch just a bit in order not to be pressed forward by the lumbar.

    Further, the current generation of the Civic uses a digital speedometer. During hard acceleration, the digits change so fast that they begin to run together, so that all you see is 88 km/hr until you begin to settle onto a steady speed. Auto journalists have long ago decided for this and other reasons that digital speedometers do not work, but Honda engineers decided to employ them anyway. In an analog unit, you may not be able to read your speed exactly during hard acceleration, but at least you can get a very good idea of your speed simply by judging how fast your nedle is rotating on the speed dial.

    If the seating and the speedometer do not bother you, and logevity is not a huge concern, I would choose the Civic for its engine responsiveness. Some of the other contributors above are right in saying this car is suited more to someone who is watching their dollars. I don’t have a lot of money but our Corollas have never costed us more than $100 per year (on average) to keep in excellent running shape. We use the cars daily. Two oil changes and two tune-ups a year is all it needs. To me, that’s what Toyota reliability is all about. :cool:

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  • zoheir

    :cool: very nice care

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  • zeeshan

    New corolla is best than new civic :smile:

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  • sancho

    i own the 2009 it is by far the best well worth it i have the LE and i cant wait for the Sport and XRS mdels to be released :smile: :smile: :lol:

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  • masood

    anybody tell me when new toyota is going to launch in pakistan

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  • masood

    please also tell me the difference between present and new corrola

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  • tosif qaiser

    plz any bdy tell me abt lanch of toyota in pakistan r give me web adress wer i can see pic,d plz

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  • Roy

    :smile: This corolla has been launched already in the Philippines this March, in replacement of corolla altis 2002-2007

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  • zeeshan

    i have started to hate corolla because all malloos buy this car..THIS IS THE ONLY REASON..The rest, its ok

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  • zaka

    :smile: There are still rumours about launching of new model, no sound information. Indus Motor should feel little bit responsible and give at least tentaive dates of launching new model. Secondly Indus Motor shall also try to improve the standards, it is really funny to hear XLI and GLI, with mini differneces. Standard car shall be power pack and shall not be made of third class material. It shall have company fitted CNG . If someone is to be blamed bcoz of bad qaulity of car, it is corrupt people of Indus Motors, no one else. They once take so much money for car, shall give some material as well. The only thing they should keep in mind is that they also are answerable to God, or Indus Motor Company has some special previliges there

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  • zaka

    Just want to add
    Friends if anyone has some solid information bout launching of new model can communicate withme on zaka_sudan@hotmail.com .
    I will encourage that

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  • sandeep

    When will it be launched in India

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  • Willito

    This car really suck!!! is alike the current model….

    I prefe a million times the sentra or the mazda 3, toyota are just for people who dont think outside the box!! There are so many brands in the market who are so much better than a poor corolla with nothin extraordinary…

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  • xander

    Considering Civic or tiida New corolla’s interior looks cheap and also its become quite expensive for 1.8 version costs 63k for power features and 70 K with real spoiler & alloy wheels

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