How Long Will a Toyota Corolla Last?

Pick a year, any year, and reviews for the Toyota Corolla are about the same. The Toyota Corolla consistently earns praise for being a comfortable and practical compact sedan. And as you already know, the Corolla is one of the most dependable cars you can buy. But how long will a Corolla last you?

The Toyota Corolla can last for many miles 

2005 Toyota Corolla | Toyota
2005 Toyota Corolla | Toyota

The Corolla isn’t a perfect model, but you’re on the right track by considering one. This Toyota continues to rank high for reliability, and it’s pretty affordable to own. Annual repair costs for the Corolla are about $362, and the Corolla doesn’t present many severe repair issues. Like with other cars, how long the Corolla lasts depends on how a driver takes care of it.

According to a Toyota blog, the Corolla can last for 300,000 miles and even more. However, many factors come into play when making your vehicle last. A driver’s geographical terrain can influence how long your Corolla will last. Your driving style is another factor to consider. 

To get the most out of your Corolla, you’ll want to make sure that you keep up with the necessary maintenance. Experts suggest that you get an oil change and tire rotation every 5,000 miles. For every 30,000 miles, regular maintenance includes checking your Corolla’s fuel system and getting its cabin and engine air filter changed. Once you get to the 100,00-mile mark, recommendations include that you replace the car’s coolant and spark plugs. 

Best used Corolla model years

Toyota cars lined up in a dealership's parking low
Toyota Corollas lined up in a dealership | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

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The best-used Corolla model years largely depend on what your priorities are. If you’re looking for a used Corolla for under 5K, the 2006 model is a great choice. The 2007 version also made many drivers happy because of its confident handling and overall trustworthiness. To have more modern features while still keeping prices relatively low, you’ll want to consider the 2014-2015 models. The 2017 Corolla will appeal to those looking for active safety features at a bargain.

The 2020 Corolla is pretty special

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
2020 Toyota Corolla XSE | Toyota

In 2020, critics and consumers see the Corolla as a cool car in its own right. The 2020 Corolla is the most stylish version yet, and its ride quality still impresses. In addition to its traditional sedan body style, the Corolla is available as a hatchback. What’s also impressive is that both the conventional Corolla and the new Corolla Hybrid are the market’s greenest cars.

The 2020 Corolla also presents excellent value because of its long list of standard in-car electronics. It comes with a user-friendly 7-inch touchscreen display, plus Apple CarPlay, and a wifi hotspot. Standard active safety features include adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. 

What to look forward to in 2021

Toyota fully redesigned the Corolla for 2020, so there aren’t many significant changes for the upcoming year. The 2021 Corolla will offer more of the same winning items the car is known for. If you decide to buy a brand-new Corolla, make sure to keep up with regular maintenance so that it can last you many miles.