2006 Toyota Corolla
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2006 Toyota Corolla Review
A reliable sedan with great safety scores.
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The Toyota Corolla debuted in the 1960s and has appeared in several different incarnations including a coupe, wagon, and hatchback version. The 2006 Toyota Corolla model only comes as a sedan and offers a reliable and comfortable ride. This well-designed compact sedan uses quality materials. The controls sit exactly where you want them and prove very easy to use.
The inside offers a fair amount of space, and although the front seats provide only average room, the back seats feel far more spacious than expected and comfortably accommodate adult passengers. The trunk offers a generous 13.6 cubic feet of space. It makes the perfect car for getting from point A to point B in relative comfort, and the Corolla earns attention for its reliability and quality. The only trouble concerns the lack of fun and its expensive price when compared to other models in its class. Still, if you like Toyota’s build quality and well-deserved reputation, then this model might suit you.
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Corolla CE, Corolla LE, Corolla S, Corolla XRS
2006 sees no significant changes to this model after last year's introduction of the XRS trim.
The 2006 Toyota Corolla sits on a 102.4-inch wheelbase and measures 178.3 inches long. Standard features for the CE trim include power mirrors and 15-inch wheels. The LE trim comes with remote keyless entry. The S model offers a sporty looking exterior trim that includes a rear deck spoiler and lower body kit, fog lights, and smoked headlights. The top of the range XRS keeps all the sporty features of the S model and adds 16-inch alloy wheels and a firmer suspension. It also benefits from a tire-monitoring system.
The 2006 Toyota Corolla comfortably seats five people and has a 60/40-split folding rear seat in all models except the XRS. The well-finished interior uses high-quality materials and features user-friendly controls. However, larger people may find the front seats a little cramped and headroom remains only average. The back seats offer plenty of space to comfortably accommodate two adults on long drives.
Standard features include a four-speaker CD stereo, air-conditioning, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. The LE comes with fake wood trim, a six-speaker stereo, white-faced gauges, and power windows and locks. The S model doesn't include these power windows, but does have all the other features. The XRS comes with cruise control and sport seats.
Performance & Handling
The model only comes with one engine, the 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 164 hp, so it provides reasonable acceleration. It comes fitted with a five-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic, although the XRS only offers a six-speed manual gearbox. The 2006 Toyota Corolla comes in four different trim levels which include the base level CE, the LE, the sporty S model, and the even sportier XRS.
The Toyota Corolla drives reasonably well and has a decent amount of power to overtake. It remains quiet on the highways with relatively little wind noise. The ride offers nothing exciting and other models seem a lot more fun to drive and cost less. If you want something reliable and economical to drive to and from work, and if comfort rates high on your list, then the Corolla might be a good option. It feels very solid on the road and gets great fuel economy. It drives well around town, but the steering does not show the precision of some of its competitors.
2006 Toyota Corolla’s standard safety features include front airbags that deploy at various levels depending on the type of impact. Anti-lock brakes remain optional, as do full-length side curtain airbags and front side-impact airbags. Electronic brake force distribution comes standard on the XRS. Stability control remains optional on all automatic models with ABS.
The 2006 Toyota Corolla performs well in crash tests, gaining five stars for frontal-impact protection and four stars for side-impact protection. It achieves the highest rating possible for frontal offset crash testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Corolla S: 27/37 mpg city/highway
Corolla LE: 26/34 mpg city/highway
Corolla XRS: 27/37 mpg city/highway
- Spacious and well-finished interior
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A reliable sedan with great safety scores.
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