Used car shopping doesn’t need to be difficult, especially when you jump behind the wheel of a used Toyota Corolla. Not only is it one of the most reliable cars you can find, but it’s also affordable. If you’re considering a used Toyota Corolla for your commute, Consumer Reports has tested multiple model years. So, you don’t have to second-guess your purchase. Unfortunately, no Corolla cars between 1998 and 2002 were recommended by the publication, so we’ll start with the 2003 to 2008 Toyota Corolla model years.
2003 to 2008 Toyota Corolla models make for a reliable used car
First things first, let’s talk about the 2003 to 2008 Corolla models. The good news is Consumer Reports recommends all Corolla models between 2003 and 2008. While 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 models received a 5 out of 5 reliability rating, 2003 and 2004 Toyota Corolla models scored a solid 4 out of 5. In addition, all models received an owner satisfaction rating of 4 out of 5.
These used Toyota Corolla models feature a practical size, secure handling, and excellent fuel economy ratings of an owner reported 30 mpg across all model years. In addition, it’s one of the quietest used compact cars in its class. For being a small car, the cabin is practical and offers a good amount of space in the rear seat. Stability control and side curtain airbags were options on pre-2009 Corolla sedans. Keep in mind it might be hard to find one with these safety features.
2009 to 2013 used Toyota Corolla models benefit from a comfortable ride
Consumer Reports recommends 2010 through 2013 used Toyota Corolla cars. 2010, 2011, and 2013 models received a 5 out of 5 reliability rating. However, the overall owner satisfaction ratings weren’t as high, with the 2010 to 2013 models scoring a 3 out of 5 and the 2013 Corolla scoring a 2 out of 5.
The Toyota Corolla was redesigned for the 2009 model year. It is a bit larger than the previous generation and received an improved 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Side curtain airbags were finally a standard feature, and 2010 models were now equipped with standard stability control. According to Consumer Reports, the ride is relatively comfortable, and handling is secure but uninspiring.
Consumer Reports recommends 2014-2019 Toyota Corolla models
Consumer Reports recommends every used Toyota Corolla between 2014 and 2019. All received 5/5 reliability ratings, except for the 2019 Toyota Corolla models, which still scored high with 4/5. The owner satisfaction rating was 3/5 across the board.
2014 was another big year for the Corolla because it went through another redesign. It also delivered an overall 32 mpg with help from the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Inside, the controls are easy to use, and some models include a touchscreen infotainment system. Automatic climate control is standard with LE and higher trims. 2017 models had forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking as standard safety technologies.
Consumer Reports recommends 2020-Present Toyota Corolla models
If you’re shopping for a newer used car, Consumer Reports recommends the 2020 Toyota Corolla. 2020 models received a 5out of 5 reliability rating and a 3 out of 5 owner satisfaction rating.
Newer Corolla models are redesigned and even come in hybrid versions, which get 48 mpg overall. Both the hybrid and the 1.8-liter engine accelerate have good acceleration and feature a continuously variable transmission. There is a more powerful 169 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder with hatchbacks and higher sedan trims. Apple CarPlay compatibility and the automatic emergency braking are two standard features. Another safety feature, blind-spot warning, is optional. Although, it is not available on hybrid models.