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Old 11-16-2007, 07:20 AM
 
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Looking for opinions on these 2 vehicles. I feel they both drive the same or close. I like the features in the Elantra. I like the mileage and reputation of the Corolla. The Corolla I can afford doesn't have a Traction Control feature, which is standard on the Elantra SE.

I drive about 25,000 miles a year. Almost all highway miles.

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:27 AM
 
Location: DFW area
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Thumbs up good comparison

You can't go wrong with the Corollla. My wife owns an '04 model, has had it four years with 74,000 miles on it. We've just had basic maintenance done and fluids changed when required and it really is a great car! On long trips, we've gotten 39-40 mpg but it's usually around 37 on the highway. City driving varies from about 27-32 depending on weather, stop and go, etc..

Regarding the Hyundai Elantra, I'm not familiar with that model but I have driven the Sonata and Accent quite a bit. Those cars have really come a LONG way over the past few years. I think the Elantra would be worth checking out too.. Just remember that the resale value won't be as high with the Elantra compared with Corolla. Also, Corolla's are known for going 200-300k easily with proper upkeep, so you have a little better history with them too.
Just some ideas

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Old 11-16-2007, 08:31 AM
 
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Thanks.

Does the Corolla handle well in snow? That's one reason I really like the Stability Control feature that's standard on the Elantra.

Our goal with this car is to drive it for as long as possible so I'm thinking the Corolla is the best bet.
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:40 AM
 
Location: DFW area
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We haven't had much experience with it in snow since we live in the South and it rarely snows here.. I would say it's not bad being a front wheel drive vehicle, but yes, you should be able to drive the car for a LONG time..
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Old 11-16-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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Looking for opinions on these 2 vehicles. I feel they both drive the same or close. I like the features in the Elantra. I like the mileage and reputation of the Corolla. The Corolla I can afford doesn't have a Traction Control feature, which is standard on the Elantra SE.

I drive about 25,000 miles a year. Almost all highway miles.

Any thoughts?
Both have great reputations. Did you test drive both on the highway?
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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You might want to do some further research on the Corolla. I read two weeks ago in the Los Angeles Times the 2008 Corolla is heavier than the 2007, thus not as gas efficient as its predecessor. Just a heads up there.

I drive a 2002 Toyota Corolla, an LE model.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:12 PM
 
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Thanks for the heads up. Curb weight is the same according to Kelley Blue Book. The MPG is less on a 2008 but I've heard that's because EPA is testing them differently so the sticker mileage is lower on the average for all vehicles.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Texas.
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You're correct on the mileage rating change on 08 but you should get the same great MPG.If you drive 25k per year then go with the Corolla.Toyota is proven to be dependable and longevity is a standard option on all models.
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:02 AM
 
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Bought a 2008 Toyota Corolla LE last night. Picking it up Tuesday. They're trying to sell me a 3M film covering, paint protection, and interior protection for like 900 bucks. Seems like a ripoff to me. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:30 AM
 
Location: DFW area
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Bought a 2008 Toyota Corolla LE last night. Picking it up Tuesday. They're trying to sell me a 3M film covering, paint protection, and interior protection for like 900 bucks. Seems like a ripoff to me. Any thoughts?
No, you don't need that stuff.. It just sounds like a money-maker to them.
You should enjoy the car!
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