The Corolla can be found in Standard, LE and XLE trim degrees; most include a transmission. Click on this link to see a comparison with the 2008 design. A sportier variation is supplied in S or XRS trims, while the upgraded Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe work as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.
2009 Toyota Corolla Xrs
How it Steps
The majority of trim degrees, including the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've normally discovered to be the standard amongst compact automobiles, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, giving the engine an anxious sensation around community. Highway acceleration is much less energetic, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic ends up being something of a liability, especially if you're carrying travelers. Motivating the transmission to kick below 4th to third takes a collective prod on the gas, and accelerating from 30 to 50 mph sometimes calls for 2nd equipment-- as well as quite a 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, as well as its drivetrain feels decidedly much more up to the task of high-speed passing.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's exactly how the two engines contrast:
Though I didn't drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the brand-new Matrix, and it's an incredibly flexible powertrain. Its mileage penalty is substantial, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automatic, compared with 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine and also either transmission. The mileage numbers for the base engine are specifically remarkable:
Antilock brakes are typical, though all trims yet the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my examination vehicle appeared a bit mushy, specifically compared to the braking response from four-wheel-disc cars like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, and also he located in one instance that ABS started prematurely and also caused an unsettling side stumble as the cars and truck pulled up.
Suspension hardware includes an independent front as well as semi-independent, torsion beam back-- once again, inferior to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, yet even the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion light beam; a Toyota spokesperson claimed that's due to the fact that the Matrix is an inherently sportier vehicle.) Freeway ride quality serves, with limited wind and road noise, yet or else the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Strike a growth joint while rounding an offramp, and the wheels shimmy laterally significantly. The guiding wheel has a comfortable on-center feel, yet it transforms with a numb, remote feel, as well as difficult edges elicit lots of body roll.
The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, appear more exact in all 3 pertains to. The Corolla XRS might show sharper, also-- it has a quicker steering proportion as well as a suspension-stiffening strut-tower support, so if you're looking for much better handling, it's probably worth having a look at. Note that the XRS has a frustrating 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter number is competitive with the Civic and also Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) as well as Lancer (32.8 ).
Just how it Looks
The Corolla's most current expression, which Toyota claims it developed with the help of layout studios in Italy, appears extra aggressive compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights and also an impression in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it similar to the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outbound Corolla's. It's an organized look that takes few risks, and also I doubt it will certainly locate several fans or detractors.
Wheels range from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S and XRS add haze lights, bumper extensions and also a back looter, increasing the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You can make a decision whether that's a good idea.
Essentially, the Corolla's cabin seems affably neat-- the two-tone dash in my test cars and truck had regular, otherwise outstanding, high quality, and whatever from the center regulates to the evaluates appeared tailored for simple usability. The turn indicator as well as window buttons operate with exactly fitted motions, and though the majority of plastics are tough to the touch, total fit and also coating is reputable. Storage space locations abound, with two piled handwear cover areas, an enough facility console or even tiny pockets flanking the facility controls.
I'm uncertain mere tidiness cuts it, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin boosts control precision to one more realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials really feel clumsy in contrast-- and the Elantra flaunts soft-touch materials and high end features. The Lancer and also Emphasis choose broke with indoor styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears plain-- dumbed-down, even-- which may not be a place Toyota could manage to be.
Front-seat headroom suffices, though my test cars and truck had no moonroof, which would eliminate concerning an inch of overhanging space. The cloth seats were the topic of much discussion at Cars.com: I discovered the upholstery comfortable and perfectly groomed, however editors Mike Hanley and also David Thomas thought it was dated and low-grade. The motorist's seat changes won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is typical, yet the seat has actually restricted rear activity for taller drivers.
Possibly that's an advantage; if the front seats took a trip any farther back, back legroom would certainly end up being illogical. As it stands, legroom and clearance in back are simply adequate for grownups. Kudos to Toyota for keeping the floor in between the rear seats hump-free, which indicates a 5th passenger might really have the ability to tolerate a short trip in the center seat there.
Trunk volume totals 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the reduced end of this sector. Right here's just how interior volume contrasts:
Safety and security
The 2009 Corolla gained the greatest rating, Good, in frontal crash tests from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Safety. IIHS has not yet reviewed the car for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 common air bags include side-impact airbags for the pole positions and side curtain airbags for both rows. Energetic front head restrictions as well as antilock brakes are also basic; a number of competitors make ABDOMINAL optional.
Grip control as well as an electronic security system run as a $250 plan on all trims but the XRS, where they're typical. The alternative is well worth the cost, given that lots of rivals get stability control for greater trim degrees or don't provide it at all. The outgoing Corolla charged $650 for the function. Toyota says it's set up on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it might take some searching to locate one with it.
Functions & Rates
Without the destination cost, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Typical features include a/c, power mirrors and also a CD stereo with a supporting jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Successor, Toyota's sibling nameplate, provides.
The Corolla LE adds power windows as well as locks, while the XLE obtains phony wood trim, backlit gauges and keyless access-- a $245 alternative on the LE that really should be typical. Both the LE as well as XLE include a transmission. The S and XRS sport different exterior add-ons, along with sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both versions revert to hand-operated door locks and also windows, though-- especially disappointing for the XRS, which costs more than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, warmed natural leather seats, a moonroof and a navigation system are optional.
Load an XRS to the hilt, and the sticker comes up just reluctant of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla does not flaunt quite as much value for the cash as several of its rivals do. Take a look at how a conveniently outfitted version compares:
Corolla on the market
Gas mileage as well as safety and security qualifications lend the Corolla a lot of textbook appeal, and also if the vehicle's 40-year background is any type of indicator, the most recent version should verify as trusted as the sunrise. Disallowing any type of top quality snafus-- a considerable unidentified, thinking about the most recent Camry V-6's performance history-- these elements could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.
As a small automobile that appeals all fronts, nonetheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the sort of option substantiated of your inner sense of responsibility-- a solid pick, maybe, for parents buying their teen driver. The problem for Toyota is that a lot of rivals have taken care of to package book perceptiveness with compelling designing and fun-to-drive allure. Evaluated against these competitors, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.