Toyota Corolla – Some Cars Just Sell Better than Others

Looking over the last few decades of best-selling vehicles, it becomes easy to see why certain vehicles sell better than others. For example, the best-selling vehicle in the United States is the Ford F-Series pickup truck. The reasons are varied, but easily calculable. The price is right for the quality and durability, and the Ford F-Series is quite capable as a work truck and is just as great for transportation. Clearly, messing with such a winning combination isn’t any part of Ford Motor Company’s plans, and the truck has maintained this best-selling status in the United States for over thirty years!

Toyota Corolla Fielder

Taking a broader look, however, it’s easy to see that perhaps the Ford F-Series doesn’t have worldwide appeal. In the last century, just three models have claimed the title of World’s Best-Selling Vehicle. By 1914, for example, it was estimated that 90% of all vehicles on the road, globally, were produced by Ford Motor Company. By 1927, some 16.5 million Ford Model T had been sold. Various automakers had success after 1927, but none topped Model T’s sales record until the Volkswagen Beetle topped the sales charts in 1972. The Beetle sold over 21.5 million units between 1972 and 1997, when it was succeeded by the Toyota Corolla as world’s best-selling car.

More than 40 million Toyota Corolla cars have been sold since its debut, in 1966, selling just over one million in 2012 alone. Toyota Corolla maintained its lead for about 15 years, surpassed in 2013 by the Ford Focus, by less than 100,000 vehicles (Depending on who you ask, Toyota and Ford still don’t agree which car sold more in 2013). Clearly, the fight for world’s best-seller is a close one, mere percentage points separating Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus leaders, as well as other top-selling cars, such as the Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, and Polo, Hyundai Elantra, Chevy Cruze, Toyota Camry, Ford Fiesta, and the Honda CR-V.

Used Toyota Corolla

The last decade of Toyota Corolla has been good for increased engine power even at the same time as delivering better fuel economy. The ninth-generation Corolla, in 2000, saw the start of getting away from the bubble-profiled cars of the 1990s. The edgier design made for a more attractive vehicle, and lengthening the wheelbase helped to increase interior space. The ninth-generation Toyota Corolla, produced in Japan, was available with a choice of 1.5ℓ or 1.8ℓ gasoline engines, as well as a 2.2ℓ diesel. The Corolla sedan, Fielder (station wagon), and Allex and RunX (hatchbacks), were available with both manual and automatic transmissions, some with AWD (all-wheel drive), as well.

The tenth-generation Toyota Corolla sedan, starting in 2006, also took on the name Axio, and the RunX hatchback as replaced by the Auris. The 1.5ℓ and 1.8ℓ gasoline-powered engines were paired with either five-speed manual or “seven-speed” CVT (constant-velocity transmission), depending on trim level. Perhaps the biggest difference in the newest Corolla is cosmetic. The eleventh-generation Toyota Corolla, since 2012, added only one powertrain option to the previously available ones, a new 1.3ℓ engine, paired with a CVT, for better fuel economy.

Toyota Corolla

Why Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is a strong contender for our wallets, and for good reason! Like I said, you don’t mess with a winning combination. The Toyota Corolla isn’t necessarily a flashy car, but it doesn’t have to be. The Toyota Corolla is billed as an economy car, which isn’t to say there haven’t been economy cars for the last automotive century, but it delivers where others don’t. It’s comfortable for four or five passengers, comes with a range of engine and transmission options, as well as the important safety options that people need. Toyota Corolla also comes with a few comfort and convenience features, but not all the bells and whistles of a luxury car. Why should you buy a Corolla, and what makes the Corolla so popular, even as a used car?

First, arguably just as important as Toyota Corolla’s reliability, is the fuel economy it delivers. The Toyota Corolla, in 1971, was rated at 8.3ℓ/100km, at the same time that the average fuel economy was a 10ℓ/100km. Fast-forward to today, or at least 2011, the average small sedan, which you would use to transport up to four or five passengers, consumes approximately 6.5ℓ/100km (liters per 100 kilometers). Today’s Toyota Corolla has kept up the pace, as low as 5.6ℓ/100km on the highway.

Second, and perhaps most important, the Toyota Corolla is one of the world’s most-reliable vehicles on the road. With proper maintenance, there are plenty of Toyota Corolla plying the roads of the world with upwards of 500,000 kilometers on their odometers. There aren’t many vehicles that can offer even half that without major repairs or a complete overhaul, which makes Toyota products, especially the Corolla, the go-to vehicle for millions of people.

When considering a used Toyota Corolla, perhaps the best thing you can do is to consider its overall condition and its maintenance records. A well-taken-care-of Toyota Corolla, even if it has 200,000 km on the odometer, is still just a teenager, by automotive standards.

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