Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,663 - $9,225
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
132-158
Seats
5
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,663 - $9,225
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
27 City / 35 HWY
Horsepower
132-158
Seats
5

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2009 Toyota Corolla If...

If your vehicular preference is for a modest but fuel-efficient and (presumably) reliable compact sedan from a trusted Japanese brand, this may be an excellent choice.

Toyota Corolla Models & Trims

2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Reviews

4.23

543 Reviews

45% 36% 17% 2% 1%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

Toyota has way too many recalls on their vehicles.

About the nicest thing I can say about it is that it performs well on the road, otherwise, it has many problems. One thing I really hate is that when you put the car into park, the doors automatically unlock. I don't want my doors unlocking if there are any odd characters lurking near. Also, there are many blind spots, and I sometimes miss seeing cars coming . It is very hard to look toward the rear on the driver's side to see oncoming traffic. I didn't have the car very long before the trunk wouldn't open from the inside. There's not much room between your head and the ceiling; I can't even tilt my head up to finish off a drink, I have to turn a bit sideways. It did not come with back windshield wipers, which I did not notice. In Louisiana, where it rains quite often, it's really good to have back windshield wipers. There have been numerous recalls on it, and I had to take time to take it in and get everything fixed; even had to leave it overnight. The dealership was very nice, though, and I didn't have to pay anything. They even did an all points checkup for me.

- Bonnie T

This is a vehicle that will last a long time with little to no issues.

My Corolla is a reliable, well-performing vehicle and a good value for its market price. The gas mileage is unbeatable - I average 35 miles to the gallon. The ride is smooth, although a little louder than newer models. While the car is small, it is spacious for its vehicle class. Four people can comfortably travel in the vehicle. It can navigate tight parking spaces and narrow city streets, but you are lower to the ground. As far as mechanical issues go, I haven't had any in the 9 years I have owned the vehicle. This was one of the Toyota models that had several recalls in its early years of production, but Toyota has always done an excellent job of providing a remedy at no cost. Overall, this is the perfect vehicle for someone who drives a lot, like a college student or someone with a long commute. The only reason I will not buy this car again is because I want something a little bigger.

- Laura H

Reliable, but looking for something different in the future.

I really liked this vehicle when I purchased it. I have since ‘outgrown’ it in the sense that I would like something with more space for hauling bigger items (i.e.: yard waste, small furniture pieces). I also have moved into the city in a state (MN) with harsh winters and the roads are not as upkeep as they are in the suburbs. Because of this I would now prefer something a little bigger, that feels safer. Before this vehicle, I had a Honda Accord. I much preferred the visibility in that vehicle to the Corolla, something I didn't pay enough attention to as I was test driving. The Corolla seems to have some fairly substantial blind spots that I do not like. I used the Corolla pretty extensively for long drives when I was in college and it was very uncomfortable on extended trips. I have had the vehicle for about 8 years now and have had no major issues. It has held up well.

- Sara P

Ranked #7 Compact Cars by Owners

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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$5,663 - $7,114
$6,487 - $7,898

Horsepower

Horsepower
132 hp
132 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
1.8L DOHC SFI 16
1.8L DOHC SFI 16
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Optional
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 in.
41.7 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.9 - 38.8 in.
37.9 - 38.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.3 in.
36.3 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.1 - 37.2 in.
37.1 - 37.2 in.

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
16.6 cu. ft.
16.6 cu. ft.

Category Name: Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional
Optional

AUX Input

AUX Input
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Optional

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Steel
Steel

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
102.4 in.
102.4 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
35.6 ft.
35.6 ft.

Length

Length
178.7 in.
178.7 in.

Width

Width
69.3 in.
69.3 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2745 .lbs
2767 - 2822 .lbs

Horsepower

Horsepower
132 hp
132 hp

Torque

Torque
128 ft. lbs.
128 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
150 .lbs
150 .lbs

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
13.2 gal.
13.2 gal.

Combined

Combined
14 - 18 mpg
27 - 18 mpg

City

City
27 mpg
26 - 27 mpg

Highway

Highway
35 mpg
35 mpg
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety