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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $11,334 - $12,867
Original MSRP: $15,900 - $18,600
MPG: 28 City / 35 Hwy
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2011 Toyota Corolla Interior

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As time passes, fewer reviewers are impressed with the Toyota Corolla’s no-frill design that is easily surpassed by other affordable small cars that are stepping up their game. That said, the Corolla is accommodating on commutes. Most adults will find the front seats comfortable, especially with the standard tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

The most disappointing aspect of the Corolla is interior quality. There are hard plastics throughout the car, even on features the driver is most likely to use.

  • "As with the Corolla's exterior styling, there's nothing avant-garde about the interior, though its design is clean and functional." -- Dallas Morning News
  • "Likewise, cloth upholstery is improving across the market, but the Corolla's is a bit of a throwback. Ours proved particularly adept at collecting lint, as if Toyota had wrapped its seats with lint-brush material." -- Cars.com

Seating

Test drivers say that taller passengers will have trouble finding a comfortable position in the 2011 Corolla. In general, the Corolla's front seats are soft yet supportive. A tilt and telescopic steering wheel comes standard, which increases driver comfort. The back seat, however, is the least comfortable area of the car. It’s well-suited for children, but adults won’t be as comfortable because leg space is tight.

  • "The driving position and outward visibility are immediately noticeable, although the standard seats are a bit flat." -- MSN
  • "The car's added width provides good shoulder and hip room in front, though rear seat leg room is still a bit snug for the long legged." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Corolla's back seat offers adjustable headrests for all three seating positions and is spacious and comfortable for its class, easily accommodating four six-plus-footers." -- Car and Driver
  • "In back, the Corolla offers plenty of space for children and just enough for adults." -- Edmunds
  • "Good leg and toe space. Those taller than 5-ft-8 will find headroom tight. The seat cushion is a bit soft for best support. Small door openings make entry/exit a chore." -- Consumer Guide
  • "At 6 feet tall, I wanted more legroom when behind the wheel. As in many cars, the driver's seat moves backward a bit as you jack it down, which required me to sit lower than I prefer. I was able to drive the car safely for many days. Still, I never shook the feeling that I was too far forward, though the steering wheel both tilts and telescopes, which isn't a given across this car class." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The Toyota Corolla’s interior will suit most shoppers’ needs, but in a class where quality is improving, reviewers say the 2011 Corolla falls short when it comes to build quality.

The Corolla comes standard with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, an audio player with satellite radio capability, an auxiliary audio jack and power windows. Other features are available on higher trims or as optional upgrades. An audio system with a six-disc CD changer is available with the S, XLE and XRS trims, as is a navigation system.

  • "The instruments and controls are logically arranged and easy to use. There's plenty of hard plastic on the dash and doors, but it has attractive textures that keep it from looking cheap." -- Dallas Morning News
  • "Nicely grained cabin surfaces, but many panels have a hollow plastic feel." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Corolla only offers 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space, so it’s not a class leader in this department. However, the Corolla does provide helpful interior cubbies.

  • "The trunk is spacious enough to hold luggage for four." -- Dallas Morning News
  • "Trunk volume is less than in most compact sedans. The cargo hold is fairly wide and tall but doesn't extend far forward and has a tall bumper lip, small opening and intrusive lid hindges." -- Consumer Guide

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