A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

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A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:27 am

I am soon will be in the car-buying market. I posted before asking about how much I could afford..etc and got helpful responses (as usual).
When the time comes, I will be probably hesitant between buying a brand new Corolla Vs. buying a used (2 years old or so) Camry that was leased or rented.

I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could.

What would you choose assuming both are at the same price range? and why?

Thanks!
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by hicabob » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am

I'd go for the 2019 which comes with Toyota Safety sense which does lane holding, auto high beams, pre-collision detection etc. Modern driver assistance stuff really is nice.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by dknightd » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am

Buy what ever you prefer.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:33 am

dknightd wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Buy what ever you prefer.
I haven't driven either. I also have very limited interest and knowledge when it comes to cars.
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by stan1 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:35 am

It's a personal preference, so some factors that will have different levels of importance for different people:
- Which size of car do you prefer (number of passengers, trunk capacity, garage size, frequency of parallel parking)
- Visibility and driving position (adjustability of seat, steering wheel especially if you are shorter or taller than most people)
- Seat comfort (likely the Camry will be more comfortable)
- Road noise (likely Camry will be quieter)
- Safety features may be similar on both
- Mileage

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by goldfish13 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 am

I bought a two-year old Camry a few years back. At the same time, my brother bought a brand new Corolla.

Both are solid options. Both have extensive safety features, great gas mileage, and inexpensive to maintain. The only real difference is size. I have two kids, so opted for the more spacious Camry (it has a HUGE trunk). My brother, no kids, opted for the smaller Corolla.

I would strongly encourage you to test drive each. You'll know within a minute which one is right for you.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by dm200 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 am

Which size car do you prefer and meets your needs and desires?

What do other drivers (if any) think?

I would ask my wife and probably do what she prefers. :sharebeer
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:39 am

goldfish13 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 am
I bought a two-year old Camry a few years back. At the same time, my brother bought a brand new Corolla.

Both are solid options. Both have extensive safety features, great gas mileage, and inexpensive to maintain. The only real difference is size. I have two kids, so opted for the more spacious Camry (it has a HUGE trunk). My brother, no kids, opted for the smaller Corolla.

I would strongly encourage you to test drive each. You'll know within a minute which one is right for you.
Thanks. I have no kids, so a Corolla should be enough, however, how do they compare driving wise? Any significant horsepower feeling while say accelerating on a highway ramp?
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:40 am

dm200 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 am
Which size car do you prefer and meets your needs and desires?

What do other drivers (if any) think?
Size needed: Corolla
Size Desired: Camry
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:59 am

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:39 am
Thanks. I have no kids, so a Corolla should be enough, however, how do they compare driving wise? Any significant horsepower feeling while say accelerating on a highway ramp?
18 Camry V6 0-60 5.8 seconds, quarter mile in 14.3 seconds
16 Corolla S plus 0-60 8.5 seconds, quarter mile in 16.7 seconds.

As a silly comparison, a 1995 BMW 325iC does 0-60 in 9.0 seconds and the quarter in 16.7.
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 am

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:59 am
BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:39 am
Thanks. I have no kids, so a Corolla should be enough, however, how do they compare driving wise? Any significant horsepower feeling while say accelerating on a highway ramp?
18 Camry V6 0-60 5.8 seconds, quarter mile in 14.3 seconds
16 Corolla S plus 0-60 8.5 seconds, quarter mile in 16.7 seconds.

As a silly comparison, a 1995 BMW 325iC does 0-60 in 9.0 seconds and the quarter in 16.7.
Practically, does that make a huge feeling behind the wheel?
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by researcher » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:49 am

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:27 am
I will be probably hesitant between buying a brand new Corolla Vs. buying a used (2 years old or so) Camry that was leased or rented.
I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could.
What would you choose assuming both are at the same price range? and why?
You provide no input into your needs or preferences for a car, other than planning to drive it "as long as I could."
So if that is the determining factor, then there is no debate, the answer is obvious...Corolla.

The two year old Camry will have 20K-40K MORE miles on it than the Corolla, which means you will get roughly that much less usage out of the Camry.

Other drawbacks to the Camry include 2 fewer years of factory warranty, uncertain care/maintenance history, brakes/tires/battery with 2 years more wear, ect.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:52 am

researcher wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:49 am
BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:27 am
I will be probably hesitant between buying a brand new Corolla Vs. buying a used (2 years old or so) Camry that was leased or rented.
I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could.
What would you choose assuming both are at the same price range? and why?
You provide no input into your needs or preferences for a car, other than planning to drive it "as long as I could."
So if that is the determining factor, then there is no debate, the answer is obvious...Corolla.

The two year old Camry will have 20K-40K MORE miles on it than the Corolla, which means you will get roughly that much less usage out of the Camry.

Other drawbacks to the Camry include 2 fewer years of factory warranty, uncertain care/maintenance history, brakes/tires/battery with 2 years more wear, ect.
I don't really have much of greedy needs when it comes to cars. Just a safe and comfortable vehicle to transfer me from point A to B. Of course if the same price would get me something nicer (bigger, better engine, better traction, better acceleration..etc) I won't say no..
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by researcher » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:53 am

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 am
Practically, does that make a huge feeling behind the wheel?
The Camry times he quoted were for the V6 engine, so they are irrelevant to your situation, as I presume you would be buying the I4 version.

The acceleration difference between the used 4 cylinder Camry and new Corolla will likely be negligible.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:56 am

researcher wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:53 am
BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 am
Practically, does that make a huge feeling behind the wheel?
The Camry times he quoted were for the V6 engine, so they are irrelevant to your situation, as I presume you would be buying the I4 version.

The acceleration difference between the used 4 cylinder Camry and new Corolla will likely be negligible.
Yup! I don't prefer bigger engines. I appreciate saving on gas more..
Thank you, that was helpful to know..
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by researcher » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:04 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:52 am
I don't really have much of greedy needs when it comes to cars. Just a safe and comfortable vehicle to transfer me from point A to B. Of course if the same price would get me something nicer (bigger, better engine, better traction, better acceleration..etc) I won't say no..
You can buy a brand new Corolla with 0 miles and drive it for say 15 years.
Or a 2 year old Camry with ~30K miles and drive it for ~13 years.

So even though they are the "same price" upfront, you'll be paying more for the Camry over the life of the car.

Your maintenance/repair costs will likely also be higher with the Camry, because you missed out on miles 0 - 30K, which are the cheapest/most desirable miles.

I would buy a 2020 Corolla Hatchback (available this spring).

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by inbox788 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:07 pm

I don't understand the need for the Camry, but if that's what you want, I'd also consider a new Camry. How are you paying for it?

Since you're flexible, pick the one that gets you the best deal. If you had to pay $3000 more for one vehicle, but down the road you sold it for $2000 more, the difference is smaller than it appears. If you saved $5000, but had to pay for an $2000 repair or extra set of tires, your savings aren't so great. So look at the price points and costs and decide where the best deal is for you.

A used corolla will likely be the cheapest and lowest cost, but that's not in your matrix either.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by 8foot7 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:10 pm

Buy a new Camry and drive it for 10 years. You can drive a real hard bargain with big Toyota superstores on a Camry. I helped a family member buy one for under 18k out the door, and it wasn't the base model either.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by Thegame14 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:25 pm

camry is a little bigger and prob 6 cylinder engine, vs corolla slighty smaller with 4 cylinder engine, but corolla will get better gas mileage, so those are the tradeoffs. Camry prob 28-32 miles a gallon vs corolla prob 38-40MPG.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by sport » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:32 pm

There is so much demand for used Camrys, that the prices are not much different than a new one. If you want a Camry, try to get a good deal on a new one. Of course, a good deal on a Corolla will be less expensive. The real question is: Do you want a Camry or do you want a Corolla? The Camry will be a nicer more comfortable car, i.e. better ride and nicer features.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by inbox788 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:34 pm

researcher wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:04 pm
So even though they are the "same price" upfront, you'll be paying more for the Camry over the life of the car.

Your maintenance/repair costs will likely also be higher with the Camry, because you missed out on miles 0 - 30K, which are the cheapest/most desirable miles.
Overall, you'll pay a fractional more in the Camry on maintenance and repairs, fiance, insurance and taxes. Tires are a big part and mileage dependent, and I think the biggest difference will come from fuel economy, so the more miles driven the dollar difference (hence all the Prius comparisons). With fewer miles, depreciation is a bigger deal.

https://www.carmax.com/car/16793175
2017 Toyota Camry LE $15,998* Mileage 30K

The first 30k should be free from a maintenance/repair if you ignore the tire wear, but more than makes up in faster depreciation, so likely the most expensive miles. If they were the overall cheapest miles, I'd be driving a new car every 2 years.

The 2018 was a redesign, so that makes the 2017 a relative bargain if you don't care about the new look and updated features. My break even would be round $5-6k difference. YMMV.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by carol-brennan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:36 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:27 am
I am soon will be in the car-buying market. I posted before asking about how much I could afford..etc and got helpful responses (as usual).
When the time comes, I will be probably hesitant between buying a brand new Corolla Vs. buying a used (2 years old or so) Camry that was leased or rented.

I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could.

What would you choose assuming both are at the same price range? and why?

Thanks!
I've had both a Corolla and Camry. Currently drive a very old Camry. I would go with the Camry because, as much fun as the Corolla is to drive, the smoother ride of the Camry wins out.

Corolla is cheaper to maintain, however. Neither car, though, needs much in the way of servicing.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by carol-brennan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:37 pm

hicabob wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
I'd go for the 2019 which comes with Toyota Safety sense which does lane holding, auto high beams, pre-collision detection etc. Modern driver assistance stuff really is nice.
That does sound good.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by carol-brennan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:39 pm

researcher wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:04 pm
You can buy a brand new Corolla with 0 miles and drive it for say 15 years.
Or a 2 year old Camry with ~30K miles and drive it for ~13 years.
My Camry is 15 years old and shows no signs of dying. I do need a new paint job, though.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by Vulcan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:40 pm

hicabob wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
I'd go for the 2019 which comes with Toyota Safety sense which does lane holding, auto high beams, pre-collision detection etc. Modern driver assistance stuff really is nice.
My position on this is give me a fully autonomous vehicle, or stay out of my way when I drive.
These middle-of-the road safety features are bound to annoy me by interfering with my driving more than help me stay in my lane (never had a problem with that in almost 20 years of driving).
For now all those sensors are just more things to break.
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by sport » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:42 pm

Thegame14 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:25 pm
camry is a little bigger and prob 6 cylinder engine, vs corolla slighty smaller with 4 cylinder engine, but corolla will get better gas mileage, so those are the tradeoffs. Camry prob 28-32 miles a gallon vs corolla prob 38-40MPG.
The Camry is also available with a good 4-cylinder engine. IIRC, the new ones come with an 8-speed transmission that provides very adequate acceleration and better gas mileage. I drive an older Camry with a 4-cylinder and a 6-speed transmission. Acceleration is not a problem.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by H-Town » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:43 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:27 am
I am soon will be in the car-buying market. I posted before asking about how much I could afford..etc and got helpful responses (as usual).
When the time comes, I will be probably hesitant between buying a brand new Corolla Vs. buying a used (2 years old or so) Camry that was leased or rented.

I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could.

What would you choose assuming both are at the same price range? and why?

Thanks!
Considering the transportation system and car market are going through major revolutionary phase, I would find a "bridge" vehicle - used 3-5 years and cheap. This will last 7-10 years until new revolutionary cars are ready for mass production.

So a 5 year old Corolla or Camry should work.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by carol-brennan » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:43 pm

Vulcan wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:40 pm
My position on this is give me a fully autonomous vehicle, or stay out of my way when I drive.
These middle-of-the road safety features are bound to annoy me by interfering with my driving more than help me stay in my lane (never had a problem with that in almost 20 years of driving).
For now all those sensors are just more things to break.
Yes. I'm really looking forward to the autonomous revolution and will see an AV as a definite must-have.

The age of human-driven cars will be looked back upon as worse than the wild west by future generations.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by lazydavid » Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:58 pm

inbox788 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:34 pm
The 2018 was a redesign, so that makes the 2017 a relative bargain if you don't care about the new look and updated features. My break even would be round $5-6k difference. YMMV.
This is all true, but do take into consideration that the eighth-generation (2018+) Camry is a dramatically better car than the the one it replaced. I think the only time in the model's history when there's been a larger generational "upgrade" was in MY1992 when the third-generation Camry was launched. That does cut down somewhat on the value prop of the 2017s. Doesn't mean it still might not be worth it, but the typical old vs. new model price differential isn't enough in this case, in my opinion, and I would demand an even bigger-than-usual discount for taking the previous model.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by researcher » Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:45 pm

inbox788 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:34 pm
The first 30k should be free from a maintenance/repair if you ignore the tire wear, but more than makes up in faster depreciation, so likely the most expensive miles. If they were the overall cheapest miles, I'd be driving a new car every 2 years.
The two options being considered by the OP are brand new Corolla or a 2 year old Camry.
Importantly, the OP states "both are at the same price range" and "I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could."

Therefore, the OP will get ~2 less years and 20K-40K fewer miles from the Camry, even though it costs the same as the new Corolla.

Since they plan to drive it into the ground, both vehicles will be nearly fully depreciated when sold, so depreciation will have minimal impact on the equation.

Also, note that I stated miles 0-30K are the cheapest/most desirable miles with regard to maintenance/repair costs, which is absolutely the case.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by sunny_socal » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:00 pm

Neither. Camry is very couch-like and soft.

For me it would be between the Accord and Civic. The new Turbo Accord seems nice :beer

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:03 pm

sunny_socal wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:00 pm
Neither. Camry is very couch-like and soft.

For me it would be between the Accord and Civic. The new Turbo Accord seems nice :beer
What is so special about it versus the Camry?
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by TN_Boy » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:03 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:33 am
dknightd wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Buy what ever you prefer.
I haven't driven either. I also have very limited interest and knowledge when it comes to cars.
You'll have to live with this car for a while, so you need to get out there and drive both to see what YOU like and dislike in both. We can't help you with that .....

You can probably find some car buying guides that suggest what to look for and how to test drive a car. Are the seats comfortable for YOU? Do you carry large things occasionally in the back seat or trunk (Camrys have big trunks ...). How about visibility (some cars are quite annoying to see out ...). And so forth.

It's a big purchase, try to have fun doing a bit of research and get something you will be comfortable with.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by greg24 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:04 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:33 am
I also have very limited interest and knowledge when it comes to cars.
I suggest you buy a new Corolla.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:06 pm

TN_Boy wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:03 pm
BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:33 am
dknightd wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Buy what ever you prefer.
I haven't driven either. I also have very limited interest and knowledge when it comes to cars.
You'll have to live with this car for a while, so you need to get out there and drive both to see what YOU like and dislike in both. We can't help you with that .....

You can probably find some car buying guides that suggest what to look for and how to test drive a car. Are the seats comfortable for YOU? Do you carry large things occasionally in the back seat or trunk (Camrys have big trunks ...). How about visibility (some cars are quite annoying to see out ...). And so forth.

It's a big purchase, try to have fun doing a bit of research and get something you will be comfortable with.
Thanks. What is the best way to go out there and test drive? I hate dealing with dealerships salesmen and get to listen to them unless I am finalizing a deal. What would be a good strategy to not waste too much time in "overheads" talking, and just drive the 2 cars?
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by California88 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:38 pm

The 2020 Corolla is already being sold in California - definitely a big upgrade from the 2019 model.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by dm200 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:48 pm

Just go for a NEW Camry -

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by BogleMelon » Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:49 pm

dm200 wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:48 pm
Just go for a NEW Camry -
How much difference is the OTD versus the new Corolla?
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by California88 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:15 pm

2020 Corolla LE has just come out (dealer only had 2) so he wasn't keen on discounting them - best price he could do was $19,309 plus 10%-12% taxes/stickers for my area of California.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by 123 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:27 pm

I had at least one Corolla among the vehicles I drive for 25 years and I've driven a lot of rental vehicles over the years as well. Other than size the main disadvantage of the Corolla is that it has more road noise than the Camry. It's worse at freeway speeds but I've gotten used to it so it doesn't bother me. In the last couple of years Toyota has added a version of some other cars and sold it as a basic Corolla (I think always as a hatchback and maybe only available as a manual transmission). This basic Corolla is shorter than a regular Corolla Sedan. My understanding is it may have started out as a Mazda vehicle that was branded/sold as a Corolla and then they used what was a Scion model and sold it as a Corolla by Toyota. So if you're looking at a Corolla hatchback look carefully at what you're getting (new or used). If it's shorter than the other regular Corolla models it likely doesn't share the same mechanical or body components which are judged as pretty reliable in mainstream Corollas. The "pretender" Corolla has had some nonsense name like "Corolla iM" for 2018.
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by Bobby206 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:29 pm

I would negotiate the heck out of a brand new Camry and drive it for a long time.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by Trader Joe » Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:53 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:27 am
I am soon will be in the car-buying market. I posted before asking about how much I could afford..etc and got helpful responses (as usual).
When the time comes, I will be probably hesitant between buying a brand new Corolla Vs. buying a used (2 years old or so) Camry that was leased or rented.

I plan to keep and drive the car as long as I could.

What would you choose assuming both are at the same price range? and why?

Thanks!
Camry. Corolla is to small.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by rh00p » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:09 pm

Go with the Camry. It rides way better. Dare I say econo-luxury? The SE is my fav trim level. Plus the Corolla now comes with CVTs and they're being recalled. So far I think just the hatchbacks but who knows it could expand.
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by RobLyons » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:22 pm

BogleMelon wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:33 am
dknightd wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Buy what ever you prefer.
I haven't driven either. I also have very limited interest and knowledge when it comes to cars.

Don't buy without test driving both.

Then decide.


It's really that simple.

If you can live with the smaller Corolla, go for it. If you prefer a larger Camry, then go with that..

Both vehicles will last about the same amount of time. The price difference isn't huge. It's really a personal decision.


I've owned both. Both have pros and cons. Both are excellent econoboxes.
For the price point, similar vehicles with similar dependability, fuel efficiency, performance, etc, it's not worth the argument.


Best of luck!
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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by dziuniek » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:24 pm

This is anecdtoal but...

We bought a 1 year old Camry in 2016 (2015car) that was used as a fleet car before.

So a 2015 Camry SE (41k miles).

Padi $14,500 + taxes, registration, etc.

I think I did pretty well. You can too.

It now has about 85k miles on it. Nothing but oil and tires.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by rgs92 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:29 pm

If used is OK, I would step up twice to an Avalon. Nice car.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by jabberwockOG » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:34 pm

Buy the Camry instead of the smaller Corolla. No contest, better ride, more room, likely more comfortable seats, quieter, larger and therefore safer (on average) in an accident with another vehicle. MPG difference is trivial unless you drive 20K + miles a year. Call your insurance and see what each costs to insure. You may be surprised by which is more expensive to insure.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by Dottie57 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:55 pm

hicabob wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
I'd go for the 2019 which comes with Toyota Safety sense which does lane holding, auto high beams, pre-collision detection etc. Modern driver assistance stuff really is nice.
+1.

The Camry rides better. I bought a 2018 Camry and love it. Safety features are great.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by ASpenderInRecovery » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:32 pm

Go with the Camry. It’s bigger, higher rated by CR, more comfortable, and better equipped. Also, if you don’t need it new then buy it certified pre-owned from 2018. The Camry was redesigned in 2018 so it got jam packed with safety, convenience, and comfort feaures that year and after. Only thing it didn’t get in 2018 was Apple Carplay/Android Auto which may not matter to you.

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Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

Post by California88 » Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:36 pm

My posts above are about the 2020 Corolla LE Sedan REDO - using TNGA (not used on previous Corollas - but used on Camry, Prius and redesigned RAV4) - makes for better ride and handling.

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