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What model of Toyota Corolla is best for Nigerian roads?

Posted: 3rd Oct, 2020    By: Adulf Juan


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Toyota has not yet dropped standard on the quality of cars they produce, which is why the Toyota Corolla still stands as one of the most preferred variants over other models. It has proven to stand the test of time, with a very fantastic second-hand value, refined, cost-effectiveness, reliability, and, most importantly, excellent gas mileage. 

It is no news that when it comes to rugged roads like the one seen in Nigeria, Toyota Corolla is placed at high esteem for its durability. 

But how do you know the best if the best? 

What model of Toyota Corolla is best for Nigeria? 

There are a few things that should be considered before resolving on the perfect car for you, first, affordability, fuel economy, road compatibility, and eco-friendliness.

In all of these, we recommend the 9th generation models from 2003 to 2008. Why did we resolve on these as the best for Nigerian roads? I will be listing our outstanding features that make them stand out among other options. This generation of cars comes with three basic trim levels (Toyota Corolla CE, Sport (S), and LE), and we will be exploring each of these configurations.


2008 Toyota Corolla CE Sedan

This trim configuration comes in a sleek one body style and unique four doors, powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine of 126 @ 6,000rpm. And its manual transmission configurations offer an EPA estimated at least 28/38 mpg on city and highway, respectively. It comes with 15” steel wheels and unique cloth Seat trim to make sure both passengers and drivers enjoy maximum comfort and front manual air conditioning.


Safety Features

Side-impact airbags 

Curtain airbags 

Anti-lock brakes 

Vehicle Stability Control


2008 Toyota Corolla S Sedan

This version comes as one of the most comfortable Toyota Corolla Sedan Car. It got the S acronym for the word Sport, owing to its configuration as a unique sports car. Among other general features of the 2008 Toyota Corolla car models like 126 @ 6000 rpm Horsepower, 1.8L, 4-cylinder engine offers a 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway. The 2008 Toyota Corolla S (A4) comes with some unique features that make it distinct.

Special Features:

An automatic transmission that offers up to 26/35 mpg on City and Highway resp.

Front Fog/driving lights


Safety Features:

Side-impact airbags 

Curtain airbags 

Anti-lock brakes 

Vehicle Stability Control


2008 Toyota Corolla LE Sedan

The 2008 Toyota Corolla LE is the last in this trim configuration, and still maintains its comfort and reliability. The premium quality LE tops more to the quality of the rest with its unique power windows, a clear and easy to read electroluminescent gauges and remote keyless entry for all doors, and a 1.8L, 4-cylinder engine that offers a 28 mpg in the city and 37 in the highway. So you get all the features on the other trim levels and even more.


Additional Features:

Keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry

Premium cloth seat trim

Safety Features:

Side-impact airbags 

Curtain airbags 

Anti-lock brakes 

Vehicle Stability Control


Conclusion

Finally, this model isn’t the best that Toyota has to offer, but it sure meets the requirement for a worthy steed for the Nigerian road. You can also check out more recent generations, the 2009 Toyota Corolla version, with variable automatic transmission, offering more comfort. However, that also comes with a price. However, for a tech-savvy who still want to enjoy the comfort and save money, I recommend you go for the 2008 Toyota Corolla LE option.