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2000 Toyota Corolla Review
Best-selling compact is basic but reliable.
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The 2000 Toyota Corolla continues to offer the reliability and build quality that has made the compact economy sedan one of the auto market’s top sellers. In addition, the millennial version of the Corolla introduces a new, more powerful engine.
For 2000, the Toyota Corolla comes in three trim levels: a base VE, mid-level CE, and luxury-oriented LE. While past models have been available in a variety of body styles, the 2000 Toyota Corolla comes in just one form: a four-door sedan. For drivers who don’t mind an unexciting appearance, the Toyota Corolla could be a comfortable, functional, and affordable choice. Although the Corolla sells as an entry-level vehicle, adding options to its sparely appointed trim levels quickly ratchet the car’s cost.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Toyota Corolla VE, Toyota Corolla CE, Toyota Corolla LE
For 2000, Toyota updates its classic Corolla with an all-new, 1.8-liter inline-four featuring variable valve timing. The four-cylinder engine provides a slight boost in output, increasing horsepower from 120 to 125. In addition, the engine has been designed to reduce pollution and achieve better gas mileage, placing the 2000 Toyota Corolla into the low-emission vehicle (LEV) category.
As in past years, the 2000 Toyota Corolla features a clean but utilitarian sedan design with a low profile, long hood, and slim grille and headlights. Standard equipment on the base Corolla VE includes 14-inch wheels, tinted glass, intermittent windshield wipers, body-colored front and rear bumpers, and body-colored side mirrors. Upgrading to either the CE or LE trim adds a rear window defroster.
Individual options available for VE and CE models include alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The base-level VE also offers an upgrade to the CE’s standard rear defroster. In addition to the options offered for lower trims, the LE remains eligible for a keyless entry system and power-operated sunroof.
The 2000 Toyota Corolla measures 174 inches in length, 54.5 inches in height, and 66.7 inches wide. It sits on a wheelbase of 97 inches and stands just 4.7 inches above the ground.
The cabin of the 2000 Toyota Corolla VE comes standard with cloth upholstery, front manually adjustable bucket seats, a center console with a storage bin, two hidden storage compartments, power steering, power brakes, and an AM/FM stereo system. Individual options available on the base model include air-conditioning and a CD changer.
The mid-level CE gains a standard tilt steering wheel, a rear split-bench seat, and an audio system with cassette and CD players. Available options remain the same as for the base Corolla, except for the addition of cruise control. Upgrading to the LE adds standard air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, and power mirrors.
Seating in the Toyota Corolla feels comfortable and ergonomically intuitive, with the exception of limited rear legroom. Front occupants enjoy 39.3 inches of headroom, 42.5 inches of legroom, 50.5 inches of hip room, and 52.8 inches of shoulder room, while rear passengers receive 36.9 inches of headroom, 33.2 inches of legroom, 51.2 inches of hip room, and 52.2 inches of shoulder room. The Corolla has an interior cargo capacity of 12.1 cubic feet. On CE and LE models, cargo volume increases by folding down the 60/40-split rear bench seat.
Performance & Handling
All versions of the 2000 Toyota Corolla come equipped with a 1.8-liter, inline-four engine, making 125 horsepower as well as 125 lb-ft of torque. With new variable valve technology, the 2000 version of the Corolla qualifies for California’s low-emissions vehicle status.
On the base VE, the four-cylinder matches with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional three-speed automatic. CE and LE trims offer four-speed automatic gearbox. Both transmissions allow for adequate acceleration, though the manual moves quicker off the line. However, cranking the air-conditioning results in a noticeable loss of pep with either gearbox.
Tuned more for comfort than high performance, the Toyota Corolla’s soft suspension offers a smooth, stable ride with an expected amount of float. Despite some body roll in sharp curves, handling seems precise and reliable. A tight build eliminates most road noise and engine sounds inside the cabin, making the Toyota Corolla one of the quietest cars in the subcompact category.
Standard safety gear on the base 2000 Toyota Corolla VE includes dual front airbags, side-impact door beams, child safety locks, and three-point rear seat belts with pretensioners. Anti-lock brakes remain optional. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Toyota Corolla earns four out of five stars for driver and front-passenger protection in frontal impacts. The Corolla earns three stars for its performance in front and rear side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Corolla CE: 24/29 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla LE: 24/29 mpg city/highway
- Reliable reputation
- Renowned build quality
- Comfortable cabin
- Smooth ride
You Won't Like
- Cramped rear seat
- Basic styling
- Pricey options
Best-selling compact is basic but reliable.
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