The 2003 Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan that seats five people. It’s meant for drivers who want a value-packed, small four-door car that looks good, performs well, and is known to be reliable.
What Makes It Unique?
The 2003 Toyota Corolla is fully redesigned. It’s larger than the preceding version — 4 inches longer and 3 inches taller — and rides on a wheelbase that’s stretched by more than 5 inches. It also gets a fresh exterior design that closely resembles its larger sibling, the Camry. The Corolla’s interior is roomier than before, with an ergonomically designed dashboard, and it can be loaded up with a leather interior and sunroof for an upscale look and feel. A wagon-like hatchback version of the Corolla is sold as the Toyota Matrix.
A host of capable, budget-minded compact sedans populated dealers’ showrooms in 2003:
Ford Focus: Available as a hatchback or sedan and offered in a sporty SVT variant.
Honda Civic: Wider range of body styles and engines, with good performance and a roomy interior.
Hyundai Elantra: Sedan and hatchback make for amenable, yet basic, transportation.
Mitsubishi Lancer: Otherwise bland compact sedan can be dressed up like a rally racer in O-Z trim.
Is the 2003 Model Year Right for You?
What’s New for 2003?
Fully redesigned, it’s larger and more powerful and offers added features
2003 Toyota Corolla vs. Older Corollas
The prior-generation Corolla ran from 1998 to 2002 and was somewhat smaller than the 2003 generation. It was also a bit less roomy and powerful, offering a choice of a 5-speed manual or 3- or 4-speed automatic transmissions.
The mid-level S trim adds fog lights and specific body-cladding all the way around to achieve a somewhat sportier look. It also gets wider tires, but nothing else in the way of performance enhancements.
2003 Toyota Corolla Performance
The 2003 Toyota Corolla has one available engine:
130-horsepower 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive
Compared with the class? The Corolla mostly holds its own, but unlike some models in the class it doesn’t have an available higher-performance engine.
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User Reviews for 2003 Toyota Corolla
by ex Honda Guy on October 13, 2020
Literally The Best Car I Have Ever Owned
"Reliable. Comfortable. Fun to drive. Minimal blind spots. Easy to park. Great a/c & vent fan system. Good gas mileage. Low maintenance. Bought two-year old car. I have owned it for 15 years with very few issues; just routine maintenance."
Layout. Everything within easy reach. Controls are clearly labeled and not confusing. Large seats are a little stiff, but fit me well. Good-sized glove compartment. Large windows that provide good visibility -- not many blind spots. Only one complaint -- dashboard clock failed early-on after buying the car.
Aerodynamic, if not stylish. Rounded corners reduce drag, but not to my taste, aesthetically-speaking. Wheels are large enough to absorb most bumps; suspension is a little stiff, but liveable.
Engine is sufficiently powerful. 4-speed automatic transmission upshifts could have been timed better -- sometimes shifts to a higher gear, before I would have if I were driving a stick-shift car. Acceleration is good for a 1.8 liter engine. Excellent brakes -- stops on a dime.
Good-sized cabin and seats. Four people can travel comfortably.
Low maintenance. Gets 32 to 36 mpg, depending on time of year. If properly maintained, just almost never breaks down.
"I never had mechanical problem, preventive maintenance is done always on time. Never fail emissions. All mileage is highway mileages. "
No odor, clean, all accessories function, more room
When i bought the car 4 and 6 years ago i got it with scratch on passenger door but till then nothing has dent.
Super. I drove several times to Canada back and forth, Texas 14 hrs with no stop back and forth, Tennessee, Indiana these are some to mention and during my commute to any state i never had a mechanical or gas problems. Great gas saver.
Very effective, i do flow preventive maintenance, i put always full synthetic oil 15000 miles but i usually change oil every 3000 miles. Gas saves a lot. Best ever.
"Awesome car for commuting, dependable, and quiet ride. 127k miles and runs great! Will buy another Toyota. " Read Less
CARFAX Info for 2003 Toyota Corolla
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2003 Toyota Corolla Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2003 Toyota Corolla for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
VEHICLE HISTORY SUMMARY
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No Accidents or Damage Reports
2003 Toyota Corolla Pricing
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new.
The price range for the 2003 Toyota Corolla is $3,399 - $5,999.
The average selling price is $4,635.
The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.
$14,055 - $15,165
This is the price range for the 2003 Toyota Corolla based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$3,399 - $5,999
Average Selling Price
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