The Corolla can be found in Criterion, LE and also XLE trim levels; most consist of an automatic transmission. Click here to see a comparison with the 2008 design. A sportier variation is used in S or XRS trims, while the redesigned Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe work as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.
2009 Toyota Corolla S
Exactly how it Steps
Most trim levels, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually normally found to be the norm amongst compact automobiles, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, offering the engine an excited sensation around town. Highway velocity is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated ends up being something of an obligation, specifically if you're lugging passengers. Prompting the transmission to kick down from fourth to third takes a collective prod on the gas, as well as accelerating from 30 to 50 mph sometimes requires second equipment-- as well as a fair bit of engine noise-- 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 its drivetrain really feels extremely more as much as the task of high-speed passing away.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Below's exactly how both engines compare:
Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the new Matrix, and it's an extremely adaptable powertrain. Its gas mileage penalty is substantial, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automated, compared with 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine as well as either transmission. The mileage numbers for the base engine are specifically outstanding:
Antilock brakes are common, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test vehicle seemed a little bit mushy, especially compared with the braking action from four-wheel-disc vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, and also he found in one instance that ABS kicked in too soon and also led to an unsettling side lurch as the car pulled up.
Suspension hardware consists of an independent front and also semi-independent, torsion beam of light rear-- once more, inferior to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, however even the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion light beam; a Toyota spokesperson claimed that's since the Matrix is an inherently sportier car.) Freeway trip top quality is acceptable, with minimal wind as well as roadway noise, but or else the Corolla imparts a sloppy driving experience. Hit a development joint while rounding an offramp, and also the wheels vibrate sideways substantially. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feel, however it turns with a numb, remote feeling, and also hard corners evoke plenty of body roll.
The Civic and Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem more precise in all 3 concerns. The Corolla XRS could prove sharper, also-- it has a quicker steering proportion and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're searching for better handling, it's most likely worth looking into. Keep in mind that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last figure is competitive with the Civic and Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and Lancer (32.8 ).
How it Looks
The Corolla's latest expression, which Toyota says it created with the help of style studios in Italy, appears extra aggressive compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights and an indentation in the grille for Toyota's logo make it similar to the bigger Camry, while the tail recalls the outbound Corolla's. It's an organized look that takes few threats, and I doubt it will certainly locate numerous followers or detractors.
Wheels variety from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S and also XRS include haze lights, bumper expansions and a rear looter, elevating the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could decide whether that's a good thing.
For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably clean-- the two-tone dashboard in my examination automobile had consistent, if not exceptional, quality, and also every little thing from the facility manages to the gauges seemed customized for uncomplicated functionality. The turn indicator and window switches operate with specifically fitted activities, and also though the majority of plastics are tough to the touch, general fit and also coating is reputable. Storage space areas abound, with two piled glove compartments, a sufficient facility console and even small pockets flanking the center controls.
I'm uncertain plain tidiness cuts it, however. The Civic's cabin elevates control accuracy to an additional world-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials feel awkward in comparison-- as well as the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products and high end facilities. The Lancer and Emphasis go with broke with interior designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears unremarkable-- dumbed-down, also-- and that may not be a location Toyota could afford to be.
Front-seat clearance suffices, though my examination cars and truck had no moonroof, which would eliminate regarding an inch of above room. The cloth seats were the topic of much argument at Cars.com: I located the upholstery comfy as well as well brushed, but editors Mike Hanley and also David Thomas believed it was dated and also low-grade. The vehicle driver's seat changes won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is common, but the seat has restricted back activity for taller chauffeurs.
Maybe that's a good idea; if the front seats took a trip any farther back, back legroom would come to be untenable. As it stands, legroom and also headroom in back are just appropriate for grownups. Kudos to Toyota for maintaining the flooring between the back seats hump-free, which means a 5th guest could really be able to endure a brief trip in the center seat there.
Trunk volume completes 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the reduced end of this sector. Right here's how interior volume contrasts:
The 2009 Corolla gained the greatest score, Great, in frontal crash examinations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Security. IIHS has actually not yet examined the vehicle for side-impacts. The Corolla's six typical air bags consist of side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side curtain airbags for both rows. Active front head restraints and also anti-skid brakes are also common; a number of rivals make ABS optional.
Traction control as well as a digital security system run as a $250 package on all trims however the XRS, where they're common. The alternative is well worth the cost, considered that numerous competitors get security control for higher trim degrees or do not supply it in any way. The outbound Corolla billed $650 for the feature. Toyota says it's mounted on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it may take some browsing to discover one with it.
Functions & Rates
Without the destination cost, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Typical attributes include a/c, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific connection like Scion, Toyota's sibling nameplate, provides.
The Corolla LE includes power windows and also locks, while the XLE obtains phony wood trim, backlit gauges as well as keyless entry-- a $245 option on the LE that really should be basic. Both the LE and XLE include an automatic transmission. The S and also XRS sporting activity various outside attachments, in addition to sportier seats and also a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both designs revert to manual door locks as well as home windows, however-- specifically unsatisfactory for the XRS, which sets you back more than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, heated natural leather seats, a moonroof as well as a navigating system are optional.
Lots an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker label turns up simply shy of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla does not flaunt quite as much value for the cash as a few of its competitors do. Check out how a pleasantly outfitted model compares:
Corolla on the market
Gas gas mileage and safety credentials lend the Corolla lots of book charm, as well as if the car's 40-year history is any type of indication, the latest version should prove as trusted as the daybreak. Barring any high quality snafus-- a substantial unidentified, considering the current Camry V-6's track record-- these variables could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.
As a compact auto that hits on all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the sort of selection born out of your inner sense of obligation-- a solid choice, perhaps, for parents looking for their teen driver. The trouble for Toyota is that a lot of rivals have taken care of to package textbook sensibilities with engaging designing and also fun-to-drive charm. Judged versus these rivals, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.