Likewise, Toyota Corolla drivers like to believe that drivers of every other car – especially those vile Hyundais, Kias, Chevrolets, and Fords – are forever visiting their dealer with never-ending warranty claims.
Drivers of the basic Corolla don’t seem to understand that reliability can be found in other more stylish, more powerful, more fuel efficient, more refined, better equipped, and less expensive cars.
The Corolla CE, as it’s called in Canada, is a $15,450 CDN car lacking air-con, power door locks, and keyless entry. The door handles are that nasty black, rather than body colour. You’ll need to upgrade through two packages to get power windows and cruise control. If you select the automatic transmission option, it’s a 4-speed. Because the Corolla CE wants you to believe it’s 2003. You might as well put Hey Ya! on repeat.
In my jurisdiction, a typical 5-year finance arrangement on a Corolla CE that includes power locks and windows plus an automatic transmission results in a taxes-in monthly payment of $395. Hyundai’s more powerful and efficient Elantra – which uses a 6-speed automatic, generates more power and superior fuel economy while also looking a lot better inside and out – costs a few dollars less each month. Mazda’s 3 is cheaper, too. Honda’s best-selling Civic costs only a bit more than the Corolla but is an infinitely better car in every meaningful way.
No wonder the Civic, Elantra, and 3 all sell more often than the Corolla in Canada. They shake it like it’s a Polaroid picture.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Dodge Ram – BMW 328i
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor – Chevrolet Suburban –
Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Wagon – Porsche Boxster S –
Porsche Cayenne S – Land Rover Range Rover
Ford Escape Titanium AWD – Honda Crosstour –
Lincoln MKS – Nissan Versa Sedan –
Toyota Corolla CE – Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid