The 2005 Toyota Corolla marks the company’s most recognized compact sedan with a heritage that dates back to 1966. Despite criticism of the vehicle’s high price and complaints about the Corolla’s conservative styling, the Toyota Corolla has long been viewed as one of the top-rated compacts on the market. The vehicle offers reliability, a smooth drive, great fuel economy, and has an amazing feel. It proves ideal for ordinary driving.
A modest but critical redesign occurred in 2003, increasing the engine’s strength by five horsepower and adding a state-of-the-art low restriction catalytic converter to the exhaust system.
New to the 2005 lineup, the XRS model comes fitted with a 170-hp, four-cylinder engine for higher performance than the standard 130-hp engine. Three other versions remain available: the affordable Corolla CE, the upscale Corolla LE, and the sporty Corolla S. The LE and S models with automatic transmissions now have the option of vehicle stability control.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 130-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 170-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Toyota Corolla CE, Toyota Corolla LE, Toyota Corolla S, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Corolla XRS
2005 marks the debut of the new XRS model which boasts a powerful 170-hp engine and a brand-new sports-tuned suspension. The other Corolla models have also received front fascia makeovers and new rear taillights. Lexus-like Optitron instrumentation has been added to the LE model along with sun visors and a cloth-trimmed center console. The JBL audio system, stability control, and side curtain airbags all provide options.
This vehicle measures 178.3 inches long with a 102.4-inch wheelbase. The S model includes fog lamps, smoked headlights, side rocker panels, and rear underbody spoilers with an option package that includes aluminum/alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. All models have 15-inch tires except the XRS. The XRS employs 16-inch alloy wheels.
This car fits up to five occupants and offers 13.6 inches of cargo space. All models except the XRC feature a folding rear seat. The CE model comes standard with power mirrors, intermittent wipers, air-conditioning, a tilt steering column, a tachometer, an air filter, an outside temperature gauge, and a CD stereo. A wood-like trim, power windows and locks, a driver’s seat height adjustor, and remote keyless entry come standard on the LE model. The S model features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and cloth interior.
Performance & Handling
The CE, S, and LE models all contain a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates 130 hp and mates with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. The XRS focuses more on performance than the typical Corolla and comes equipped with a 170-hp, 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that only pairs with a six-speed manual gearbox.
This vehicle has optional seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. The CE, S and LE Corolla models all have optional anti-lock brakes but they come standard on the XRS. Daytime running lights remain standard on all Corolla models.
EPA Fuel Economy
Toyota Corolla CE: 28/37 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla S: 28/37 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla LE: 28/37 mpg city/highway
Toyota Corolla XRS: 22/31 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Good fuel economy
- Positive crash test scores
- Safety features
- XRS model
You Won't Like
- Less than ideal driver-seat position
- Aesthetically dull and bland
- Pricey with even the most basic features
- Only available as a sedan
A conservative-looking automobile with a long history of reliability, dependability, safety, and excellent gas mileage to compensate for its lack of power.
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