The Corolla is available in Requirement, LE as well as XLE trim degrees; most include an automatic transmission. Go here to see a contrast with the 2008 model. A sportier variation is supplied in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix as well as Pontiac Vibe function as hatchback offshoots. I drove a Corolla XLE.
2009 Toyota Corolla Le
Exactly how it Moves
The majority of trim degrees, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've generally located to be the norm amongst compact cars, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, offering the engine an eager feeling around community. Highway velocity is much less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated comes to be something of a liability, especially if you're lugging travelers. Prompting the transmission to kick down from fourth to third takes a collective prod on the gas, and accelerating from 30 to 50 miles per hour often calls for second equipment-- and also a fair bit of engine sound-- to get up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the Cars.com fleet the week prior to the Corolla, has a five-speed automated, and also its drivetrain feels decidedly much more as much as the task of high-speed passing away.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's exactly how the two engines compare:
Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I've driven that engine in the new Matrix, and it's an extremely versatile powertrain. Its mileage penalty is considerable, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automated, as compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine as well as either transmission. The mileage numbers for the base engine are particularly remarkable:
Antilock brakes are basic, though all trims however the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test automobile seemed a bit mushy, specifically compared with the stopping action from four-wheel-disc cars and trucks like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rain, and he located in one instance that ABS begun too soon and also led to an unsettling side lurch as the automobile pulled up.
Suspension equipment includes an independent front and semi-independent, torsion light beam back-- once more, inferior to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent back suspension, yet even the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion light beam; a Toyota representative claimed that's due to the fact that the Matrix is a naturally sportier car.) Freeway ride quality is acceptable, with limited wind and road sound, yet or else the Corolla conveys a sloppy driving experience. Strike an expansion joint while rounding an offramp, as well as the wheels vibrate sideways significantly. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, but it transforms with a numb, distant feeling, and tough edges generate plenty of body roll.
The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem much more specific in all 3 regards. The Corolla XRS may verify sharper, also-- it has a quicker guiding ratio as well as a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're looking for far better handling, it's most likely worth taking a look at. Note that the XRS has a frustrating 36.3-foot transforming circle, while various other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter figure is competitive with the Civic and also Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) as well as Lancer (32.8 ).
Exactly how it Looks
The Corolla's most current expression, which Toyota states it created with the help of design studios in Italy, appears extra hostile than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights and also an imprint in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it just like the bigger Camry, while the tail recalls the outbound Corolla's. It's an organized appearance that takes few risks, and I question it will certainly locate many fans or detractors.
Wheels range from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S and XRS include haze lights, bumper expansions and also a back looter, increasing the styling mercury to someplace around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could make a decision whether that's an advantage.
Essentially, the Corolla's cabin appears affably tidy-- the two-tone dashboard in my examination cars and truck had consistent, otherwise impressive, quality, and whatever from the facility controls to the gauges seemed customized for straightforward functionality. The turn indicator as well as home window buttons operate with precisely fitted activities, and though the majority of plastics are hard to the touch, general fit and surface is commendable. Storage space locations abound, with two piled glove compartments, an adequate facility console as well as tiny pockets flanking the center controls.
I'm unsure mere tidiness suffices, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin elevates control precision to another world-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials really feel clumsy in comparison-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch materials and upscale amenities. The Lancer and Emphasis go with broke with indoor designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla seems average-- dumbed-down, even-- which might not be a place Toyota can pay for to be.
Front-seat clearance suffices, though my test vehicle had no moonroof, which would take away regarding an inch of overhead area. The cloth seats were the topic of much debate at Cars.com: I located the furniture comfortable and perfectly groomed, yet editors Mike Hanley as well as David Thomas thought it was dated and also low-grade. The motorist's seat changes won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is basic, however the seat has restricted back movement for taller vehicle drivers.
Maybe that's a good thing; if the front seats traveled any kind of farther back, back legroom would certainly end up being illogical. As it stands, legroom and headroom in back are just adequate for grownups. Congratulations to Toyota for keeping the flooring between the rear seats hump-free, which indicates a fifth passenger could really have the ability to endure a brief trip in the center seat there.
Trunk volume amounts to 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the reduced end of this segment. Here's exactly how indoor volume compares:
The 2009 Corolla made the highest possible score, Great, in frontal collision tests from the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Security. IIHS has not yet evaluated the auto for side-impacts. The Corolla's six typical airbags consist of side-impact air bags for the pole positions and side drape airbags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and antilock brakes are likewise common; a number of rivals make ABDOMINAL optional.
Grip control and a digital security system run as a $250 bundle on all trims yet the XRS, where they're standard. The option is well worth the cost, considered that numerous competitors reserve security control for higher trim degrees or do not supply it in any way. The outward bound Corolla charged $650 for the feature. Toyota says it's set up on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it may take some searching to locate one with it.
Attributes & Prices
Without the location charge, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Common functions include cooling, power mirrors and a CD stereo with a supporting jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Successor, Toyota's sibling nameplate, supplies.
The Corolla LE adds power windows as well as locks, while the XLE gets phony wood trim, backlit gauges as well as keyless entrance-- a $245 choice on the LE that really should certainly be conventional. Both the LE and also XLE include an automatic transmission. The S and also XRS sport various exterior attachments, along with sportier seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both designs revert to hand-operated door locks and windows, however-- especially frustrating for the XRS, which costs more than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, heated natural leather seats, a moonroof and also a navigating system are optional.
Load an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker shows up simply shy of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla does not flaunt quite as much value for the money as some of its competitors do. Take a look at just how a comfortably outfitted model compares:
Corolla on the market
Gas gas mileage and also safety and security qualifications offer the Corolla lots of book allure, and also if the vehicle's 40-year background is any type of sign, the most up to date version must show as reliable as the daybreak. Preventing any kind of quality snafus-- a significant unidentified, taking into consideration the current Camry V-6's performance history-- these aspects could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.
As a compact auto that appeals all fronts, nonetheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the kind of selection substantiated of your inner sense of duty-- a solid choice, maybe, for moms and dads purchasing their teen chauffeur. The trouble for Toyota is that a great deal of competitors have handled to package book sensibilities with compelling styling and fun-to-drive allure. Evaluated against these competitors, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.