Cars similar to Toyota Corolla LE that I should consider for purchase?

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Cars similar to Toyota Corolla LE that I should consider for purchase?

Post by Muri » Sat May 12, 2018 5:43 am

My aging Prius now needs replacing. I commute 6500 miles each year for work, total driving 9000 miles a year. I am looking for a safe, reliable, reasonably priced car. Other than Corolla LE, what else should i look at?

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Post by student » Sat May 12, 2018 5:56 am

The main competitors of Corolla are Civic, Elantra and Focus. But I think they have less space than a Prius. Have you considered buying another Prius?

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Post by Tdubs » Sat May 12, 2018 6:09 am

Kia and Hyundai have much better warranties than the Japanese cars.

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Post by Muri » Sat May 12, 2018 6:15 am

Student, I was looking for something lower price than a Prius. I would be able to carpool with another worker if gas prices got high again, so I am not as concerned about gas mileage as I was when I was driving more and bought the Prius.

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Post by bottlecap » Sat May 12, 2018 6:53 am

Tdubs wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 6:09 am
Kia and Hyundai have much better warranties than the Japanese cars.
You’re probably best sticking with a Corolla, but do look at Kia and Hyundai.

JT

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Post by student » Sat May 12, 2018 6:56 am

Muri wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 6:15 am
Student, I was looking for something lower price than a Prius. I would be able to carpool with another worker if gas prices got high again, so I am not as concerned about gas mileage as I was when I was driving more and bought the Prius.
I see. Have you considered Prius C? It is smaller than the Prius but cheaper. I think it is about $2,000 more than a Corolla.

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Post by david99 » Sat May 12, 2018 7:44 am

Look at the Prius Prime. Because it is part electric, it qualifies for a $4500 Federal tax credit and in my state it is eligible for a $1500 rebate. In addition, Toyota was offering an incentive. I bought one a few months ago and it came out to less than $18,000 with the tax incentives---- that's the out the door price. Of course you have to wait to claim the tax credit when you file next year but I don't care.
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Post by F150HD » Sat May 12, 2018 7:45 am

Yaris

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Post by student » Sat May 12, 2018 7:48 am

david99 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:44 am
Look at the Prius Prime. Because it is part electric, it qualifies for a $4500 Federal tax credit and in my state it is eligible for a $1500 rebate. In addition, Toyota was offering an incentive. I bought one a few months ago and it came out to less than $18,000 with the tax incentives---- that's the out the door price.
Are you in the west coast? If I can get a Prius Prime for $18,000, I will do it right away. I am in the midwest. Not only do we have no discount, we have no stock.

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Post by bob60014 » Sat May 12, 2018 8:03 am

Just stick with the tried and true Corolla. Trouble free, will last forever (almost), good mileage, better interior ( doesn't fell cheap) and drives well. Plus, with the low miles you put on, when you go to sell it will still be worth something.

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Post by Watty » Sat May 12, 2018 8:27 am

I bought a new Corolla LE in January and did a post about my car buying experience that might be of interest.

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=239526&p=3746230&h ... e#p3746230

My final cost was a bit over $15,000 plus about two thousand dollars in local taxes and car registration.

A big factor in my deciding to buy the Corolla was that it has a lot of advanced safety features like automatic braking as standard equipment that either were not available on comparable models or were only available as expensive options. If it was not for being able to get the advanced safety features at a reasonable price I would have likely waited a few more years to buy my next car.

https://www.toyota.com/safety-sense/animation/drcc

I find that I REALLY like the dynamic cruise control where it will adjust the cruise control speed to match the car in front of you. One safety feature it does not have is a blind spot warning so you should be aware of that when comparing it to other cars.

Toyota made a lot of the safety features standard on all their cars, but the Yaris has a few less so be sure to look at the details if you look at other models.

The 2018 Corolla it is almost as large as an early 2000's Camry I had so it doesn't feel like a real small car like the Honda Fit I had.

Everyone tends to be biased about the car they bought but so far I am very happy with the Corolla.

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Post by orangeandwhite » Sat May 12, 2018 3:16 pm

david99 wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:44 am
Look at the Prius Prime. Because it is part electric, it qualifies for a $4500 Federal tax credit and in my state it is eligible for a $1500 rebate. In addition, Toyota was offering an incentive. I bought one a few months ago and it came out to less than $18,000 with the tax incentives---- that's the out the door price. Of course you have to wait to claim the tax credit when you file next year but I don't care.
+1. We just bought one exactly as discussed. Does not make sense to buy any other small car with the pricing like this. The used prices for the Prius are strong as well so the total cost of ownership is likely to be crazy low. Very high quality, made in Japan.

You don’t need to plug in if you don’t want to, but if you do it can further save money. One downside is that the car only seats 4 - there is no center rear position.

Not sure about the Midwest - you could always make a road trip out of it.

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Post by monkey_business » Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm

Mazda 3 might be another option.

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Post by inbox788 » Sat May 12, 2018 7:01 pm

Muri wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 5:43 am
My aging Prius now needs replacing. I commute 6500 miles each year for work, total driving 9000 miles a year. I am looking for a safe, reliable, reasonably priced car. Other than Corolla LE, what else should i look at?
Why? What year is your Prius? How many miles on it? What's wrong with it?

Five Best Used Green Cars To Buy: 2004-2009 Toyota Prius
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/10 ... yota-prius

10 Most-Reliable Used Cars
https://www.forbes.com/pictures/emeh45jjff/toyota-prius

Unless it's a gen 1 and it's giving you a lot of trouble, keeping it a few more years is probably the most economical choice.

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Post by snodog » Sat May 12, 2018 7:57 pm

monkey_business wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Mazda 3 might be another option.
Yes. We just bought a 2018 Mazda 3 Touring for my wife. Paid $20,250 "out the door" and it's being delivered to our doorstep on Monday for no extra cost. It's a top safety pick and according to Consumer Reports very reliable.

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Post by stuyguy » Sat May 12, 2018 8:24 pm

Go to NY or NJ for a 2017 Prius Prime by 6/4/18. In addition to $4502 from the feds, Toyota's incentive is $5000 there and dealers are offering several thousands as well. See the Prime pricing thread on PriusChat.com. Great car. I bought one in NY and drove it back to CO, whose resident buyers qualify for a $5000 tax credit!

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Post by ETadvisor » Sat May 12, 2018 9:01 pm

monkey_business wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Mazda 3 might be another option.
+1 Driving one now

Anyone recommend the Kia Forte?

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Post by SimonJester » Sat May 12, 2018 10:38 pm

There are two other choices, a Corolla XLE or the Corolla CE (now the corolla L) . You could of course splurge on a Camry as well and that would be acceptable.
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Post by testing321 » Sun May 13, 2018 2:22 pm

snodog wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:57 pm
monkey_business wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Mazda 3 might be another option.
Yes. We just bought a 2018 Mazda 3 Touring for my wife. Paid $20,250 "out the door" and it's being delivered to our doorstep on Monday for no extra cost. It's a top safety pick and according to Consumer Reports very reliable.
I think the Corolla now comes with a CVT whereas the Mazda 3 has a conventional transmission. When CVTs are first introduced to a model, they tend not to be reliable. Nissan had many problems with CVTs when they first introduced them.

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Post by Leesbro63 » Sun May 13, 2018 2:24 pm

testing321 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 2:22 pm
snodog wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:57 pm
monkey_business wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Mazda 3 might be another option.
Yes. We just bought a 2018 Mazda 3 Touring for my wife. Paid $20,250 "out the door" and it's being delivered to our doorstep on Monday for no extra cost. It's a top safety pick and according to Consumer Reports very reliable.
I think the Corolla now comes with a CVT whereas the Mazda 3 has a conventional transmission. When CVTs are first introduced to a model, they tend not to be reliable. Nissan had many problems with CVTs when they first introduced them.
We have a 2014 Corolla "S" with the first year CVT transmission and, at nearly 50,000 miles, it's been fine.

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Post by Leesbro63 » Sun May 13, 2018 2:24 pm

SimonJester wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 10:38 pm
There are two other choices, a Corolla XLE or the Corolla CE (now the corolla L) . You could of course splurge on a Camry as well and that would be acceptable.
I think the 2018 choices are Corolla L, LE and SE

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Post by startwithtruth » Sun May 13, 2018 3:49 pm

testing321 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 2:22 pm
snodog wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:57 pm
monkey_business wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Mazda 3 might be another option.
Yes. We just bought a 2018 Mazda 3 Touring for my wife. Paid $20,250 "out the door" and it's being delivered to our doorstep on Monday for no extra cost. It's a top safety pick and according to Consumer Reports very reliable.
I think the Corolla now comes with a CVT whereas the Mazda 3 has a conventional transmission. When CVTs are first introduced to a model, they tend not to be reliable. Nissan had many problems with CVTs when they first introduced them.
My husband and I both drive Mazda 3's now, the most recent of which replaced a 2009 Toyota Corolla last year. Our Corolla lasted a long time (225K miles), but we had more trouble with it than with previous similar cars (Prisms, which were a kind of Corolla cousins) and I didn't feel the dealer or Toyota stood behind the Corolla. We love our Mazda 3's
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Post by Dyloot » Sun May 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Another +1 for the Mazda 3. I’ve owned 3 Corollas and test drove what would have been my fourth last October. I was disappointed.

Fell in love with the Touring Mazda 3 on the test drive and have loved driving it every day since. Highly recommend trying it out.

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Post by snodog » Mon May 14, 2018 6:18 am

testing321 wrote:
Sun May 13, 2018 2:22 pm
snodog wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 7:57 pm
monkey_business wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 4:15 pm
Mazda 3 might be another option.
Yes. We just bought a 2018 Mazda 3 Touring for my wife. Paid $20,250 "out the door" and it's being delivered to our doorstep on Monday for no extra cost. It's a top safety pick and according to Consumer Reports very reliable.
I think the Corolla now comes with a CVT whereas the Mazda 3 has a conventional transmission. When CVTs are first introduced to a model, they tend not to be reliable. Nissan had many problems with CVTs when they first introduced them.
This is one of the reasons we didn't choose a Corolla. My wife wanted heated seats a moonroof and a manual transmission and with the Corolla you had to have a CVT with those options. They have been putting CVT's in Corolla's since 2014 and according to Consumer Reports they are reliable.

My wife is selling her old 2007 Yaris with 228,000 miles to our niece. It's been a very good car for us and I'm curious to see how it does for her.

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Post by Turbo29 » Mon May 14, 2018 7:37 am

Mazda 3, got a new 2016 one at the beginning of the 2017 model year. Love it!

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Post by Herbert » Mon May 14, 2018 7:56 am

I have driven a Corolla since 2011 and have no complaints. My wife has had a Mazda 3 since 2013, and she has had no issues with it. Overall, the Mazda is more comfortable to drive and handles a bit better than my Corolla. Another vote for the Mazda 3! :beer

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Post by cjcerny » Mon May 14, 2018 8:30 am

Why not just another Prius? Maybe too expensive? Go used. New hybrid Camry is also a great car. Corolla and Camry would be the only non-hybrid cars I would consider for replacing a Prius.

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