2003 toyota Corolla S

Few cars and trucks have a heritage as long as Toyota's popular compact. The Corolla has actually gotten on the United States market considering that 1966. More than 25 million devices have actually been marketed in 142 countries, and that makes the Corolla the best-selling automobile of perpetuity. Toyota dealerships offered 245,023 eighth-generation Corollas in the United States during 2001, inning accordance with Automotive News. It has been Toyota's second-best vendor behind only the midsize Camry - 2003 Toyota Corolla S.

Toyota's manufacturing goal for the revamped 2003 version is a little much more small: 230,000 units. Changes for the prominent, front-wheel-drive car's next generation are modest yet purposeful. Engine output has actually boosted by 5 horsepower, as well as a new, low-restriction catalytic converter is utilized in the exhaust system. The automobile is also a little larger than previously. A new transmission boasts less components as well as minimized rubbing, which assures less than a 1-mpg fuel-economy charge when compared with the manual-transmission model. Steering is claimed to be extra responsive and also straight, as well as stopping is a lot more accurate. A higher hip factor is supposed to alleviate entrance right into the automobile, and the pole positions have actually been moved further apart.

Three variations of the Corolla are available: the value-priced CE, the high end LE and the flashy S version. Targeting a more youthful age than before-- 25- to 34-year-olds rather than 35- to 44-year-olds-- the 2003 Corolla establishes a "extra emotional connection with a much more diverse" audience, claims John Kramer, Toyota's company manager for representatives as well as public companies. Corollas are produced in The golden state as well as Canada and went on sale in February 2002 as early 2003 models. Chevrolet used to provide a near-twin of the Corolla called the Prizm, however that was gone down after the 2002 model year.

2003 Toyota Corolla S


Styling modifications for the 2003 model are less than significant, in spite of raised dimensions. The Corolla flights a 102.4-inch wheelbase and also measures 178.3 inches long generally-- some 5 inches much longer than the previous generation. Each version is 66.9 inches large and also no more than 57.5 inches tall. Five-bolt wheels are brand-new for U.S. models.

Special layout touches for the flashy S car include smoked fronts lights, haze lights, color-keyed bodyside moldings, front and rear underbody looters, and also side rocker panels. The S car likewise showcases special suspension adjusting that consists of revalved shock absorbers and also different springtime prices. Alternatives for the S model consist of a back looter and aluminum-alloy wheels. All Corollas have 15-inch tires, yet those on the LE and S designs are slightly larger.


Five individuals fit inside the Corolla, with its towel furniture and 60/40-split rear seat. Freight quantity amounts to 13.6 cubic feet.

The brand-new Corolla is better equipped than its predecessor. Standard tools in the CE design includes a/c with a clean-air filter, power mirrors, a tilt guiding column, periodic wipers, a tachometer, an outside temperature scale as well as a CD stereo system. The LE includes power doors and windows locks, color-keyed power mirrors, a woodlike facility instrument panel, remote keyless entry and also upright seat-height modification. An unique fabric inside goes into the sporty S car, which includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and also a shape sporting activity speedometer.

Under the Hood

A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with variable shutoff timing (VVT-i) generates 130 hp. Either a five-speed-manual or a four-speed-automatic transmission can be mounted. Some previous Corollas utilized a three-speed automatic, which is no longer offered.


Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and also antilock brakes are optional. Daytime running lights are standard on all versions. The dual-stage front airbags have an extra-low implementation level for motorists who sit close to the guiding wheel.

Driving Perceptions

Despite traditional styling and also somewhat high rates, the Corolla has actually long been just one of the best subcompacts on the market. It provides a gratifying blend of gas economy, improvement and dependability. Although the 2003 shape might not set too many hearts afire, the brand-new design builds upon Toyota's reputation for excellence. Toyota is targeting a more youthful group of buyers. The Corolla seems to give a sensation of strength and self-confidence that belies its portable size.

The Corolla's performance may not stir several emotions either, and the added 5 hp does not send the Corolla right into a swifter league. However the 2003 design is adequate for average driving. Acceleration is a trifle slow-moving at startup, yet the automatic-transmission version swiftly gets the speed. Though the engine is a bit growly while increasing, it quiets down nicely by the time it gets to highway speeds.

The Corolla maneuvers nicely in town as well as takes curves acceptably, but dealing with isn't rather as accurate as that of some smaller sized autos. A smooth ride is still one of the advantages. The pole positions have rather short bottoms, yet they are comfortable and encouraging. Toyota's case that front occupants are farther apart appears to be precise, as well as there is a better sensation of roominess. Rear seat legroom isn't quite as appealing as that up front unless the front seats are pushed forward. The large glove box is a welcome feature.

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