Enter the more powerful XRS trim level. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive fave of mine. Several of that happiness is really felt below, but with a $18,860 beginning rate-- my test vehicle's sticker floated near $23,000, which really did not include navigation-- it does not resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented design like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and it hardly takes care of to hold its very own against its competitors' non-performance base models.
The examination vehicle was a 2009, yet the 2010-- currently on sale-- includes no substantial adjustments. Most rates is likewise unmodified.
Toyota Corolla S 2010
The greatest upgrade to this much more pricey trim includes the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is changed with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, as well as the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission as opposed to the base version's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed guidebook is basic for both engines. The new engine means a a lot more delightful driving experience compared with the remainder of the Corolla lineup, yet that resembles stating a Huge Mac is extra impressive than a 59-cent burger. It needs to be.
What buyers must think about is how the XRS compares to the competition. I 'd rank it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in regards to thrills, and behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of all-around performance. I would certainly likewise state the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, gets on the same level with the XRS. Also a base Civic and also its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly prosper against the more expensive XRS.
The XRS' stopping is likewise much enhanced over the typical Corolla, however once more, that's because the standard is so insufficient.
Gas mileage undoubtedly takes a hit because of the updated power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an incredibly frugal 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si obtains 21/29 mpg however has almost 40 hp more than the XRS.
An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The somewhat uninteresting look of the standard Corolla is tarted up right here with even more aggressive body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers replace conventional 15-inch wheels-- as well as a back spoiler. My red test car did certainly look sharp, and a little much less like the economic climate box it is compared to does the base Corolla.
My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Bundle. The seats themselves were quite comfy, covered in relatively high-grade black natural leather. Yet that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's big dissatisfactions is its boring, rather roughshod inside. While Toyota has constantly been among the leaders in terms of indoor high quality no matter the sector, the Corolla's plastics feel and look economical, and also the controls are uncomfortable. Basically, absolutely nothing impressed.
The XRS does not obtain a modified interior, although my test auto's all-black interior concealed several of the imperfections I saw in other Corollas. Top quality isn't really on par with the Civic, and also the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior design, with its diving lines and ingenious areas for displays and also controls.
The Corolla's backseat is likewise tight. Although back legroom and headroom numbers are close to the competitors, hip space in back is dramatically less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have a problem placing a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old boy's feet were hanging between the pail seats, pretty close to the front passengers.
At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is more than sufficient; it's larger than the Honda's and Mazda's.
Toyota provides a number of a la carte choices, which theoretically lets you pick and choose the ones you desire. Most dealers, however, only order autos that have the bundles with the most popular choices. My test cars and truck's heated natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Package was $635 as well as the automatic transmission was $1,190, bringing the overall with destination charge to $22,925.
Corolla XRS in the marketplace
With its considerable price tag, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the affordable compact segment. I would compare it very closely with Nissan's SE-R, but also that automobile showcases extra handling expertise.
Nonetheless, the XRS was never created to be the best efficiency compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. In that it does well, however when you think of all the fun-to-drive compacts with premium insides that can be had for the very same loan-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla quickly comes to be a second thought.
None of this appears to have deterred car buyers, however. The Corolla remains the most prominent compact automobile in the nation and also is continually one of the best-selling cars of any kind.