The Corolla comes in Standard, LE as well as XLE trim degrees; most consist of a transmission. Visit this site to see a comparison with the 2008 design. A sportier version is used in S or XRS trims, while the redesigned Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Vibe function as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.
2009 Toyota Corolla
How it Steps
A lot of trim degrees, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually generally discovered to be the standard among compact automobiles, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, providing the engine an eager sensation around town. Highway velocity is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated comes to be something of an obligation, especially if you're bring passengers. Motivating the transmission to kick below 4th to 3rd takes a concerted prod on the gas, as well as accelerating from 30 to 50 miles per hour occasionally needs 2nd equipment-- and also 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 automatic, and its drivetrain feels decidedly a lot more as much as the job of high-speed passing away.
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've driven that engine in the new Matrix, and also it's a remarkably versatile powertrain. Its mileage fine is substantial, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automated, compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine and also either transmission. The gas mileage numbers for the base engine are particularly impressive:
Antilock brakes are basic, though all trims however the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test vehicle seemed a little bit mushy, specifically as compared to the stopping action from four-wheel-disc cars like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rain, as well as he discovered in one instance that ABS started too soon and led to a disturbing lateral lurch as the cars and truck pulled up.
Suspension hardware includes an independent front and semi-independent, torsion light beam rear-- once more, inferior to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, but even the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion beam of light; a Toyota spokesman stated that's because the Matrix is an inherently sportier cars and truck.) Freeway ride top quality serves, with limited wind and also roadway sound, however otherwise the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Hit a development joint while rounding an offramp, as well as the wheels shimmy sidewards significantly. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feel, however it turns with a numb, far-off feeling, and tough edges elicit lots of body roll.
The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, appear much more accurate in all 3 relates to. The Corolla XRS might show sharper, too-- it has a quicker guiding proportion and a suspension-stiffening strut-tower support, so if you're trying to find far better handling, it's most likely worth looking into. Note that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last number is competitive with the Civic and Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) as well as Lancer (32.8 ).
Exactly how it Looks
The Corolla's most recent expression, which Toyota states it established with the help of layout studios in Italy, seems much more aggressive than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights and also an imprint in the grille for Toyota's logo make it just like the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outgoing Corolla's. It's an organized appearance that takes few dangers, and also I doubt it will find lots of followers or critics.
Wheels variety from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S as well as XRS include fog lights, bumper extensions and a back looter, elevating the styling mercury to someplace around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could determine whether that's a good idea.
Essentially, the Corolla's cabin seems affably tidy-- the two-tone dash in my test automobile had consistent, otherwise superior, high quality, and also every little thing from the center regulates to the gauges seemed tailored for straightforward use. The turn indicator and also window buttons run with precisely fitted activities, and though the majority of plastics are difficult to the touch, general fit and also surface is decent. Storage areas are plentiful, with two stacked glove areas, a sufficient center console as well as tiny pockets flanking the center controls.
I'm not exactly sure plain tidiness cuts it, nonetheless. The Civic's cabin elevates control accuracy to one more realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials really feel awkward in comparison-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch materials and also upscale features. The Lancer and Focus choose broke with interior styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears unremarkable-- dumbed-down, also-- which might not be an area Toyota can pay for to be.
Front-seat headroom is adequate, though my examination car had no moonroof, which would remove regarding an inch of overhanging space. The cloth seats were the topic of much debate at Cars.com: I located the furniture comfortable and also perfectly groomed, but editors Mike Hanley as well as David Thomas assumed it was dated and low-grade. The vehicle driver's seat modifications won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is standard, but the seat has limited back activity for taller chauffeurs.
Perhaps that's an advantage; if the front seats took a trip any farther back, back legroom would certainly come to be illogical. As it stands, legroom as well as clearance in back are just appropriate for grownups. Kudos to Toyota for maintaining the floor between the rear seats hump-free, which means a fifth guest might in fact have the ability to endure a brief journey in the facility seat there.
Trunk quantity completes 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the reduced end of this section. Here's exactly how interior quantity contrasts:
The 2009 Corolla earned the highest possible score, Great, in frontal accident tests from the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety And Security. IIHS has not yet reviewed the vehicle for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 typical airbags include side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side curtain airbags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and antilock brakes are additionally common; a number of competitors make ABDOMINAL optional.
Grip control as well as a digital security system run as a $250 plan on all trims however the XRS, where they're common. The option is well worth the rate, given that several competitors reserve stability control for greater trim levels or do not use it in any way. The outward bound Corolla billed $650 for the function. Toyota claims it's mounted on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it could take some searching to find one with it.
Functions & Rates
Without the destination cost, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Standard features include cooling, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Scion, Toyota's sibling nameplate, offers.
The Corolla LE adds power windows as well as locks, while the XLE obtains fake wood trim, backlit gauges as well as keyless access-- a $245 choice on the LE that truly should certainly be basic. Both the LE as well as XLE consist of an automatic transmission. The S as well as XRS sporting activity various outside add-ons, along with sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both designs revert to hands-on door locks and also home windows, however-- specifically frustrating for the XRS, which sets you back more than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, heated leather seats, a moonroof as well as a navigation system are optional.
Tons an XRS to the hilt, as well as the sticker label shows up simply timid of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't boast quite as much value for the cash as some of its rivals do. Take a look at exactly how a conveniently furnished version compares:
Corolla out there
Gas gas mileage and also safety and security qualifications lend the Corolla a lot of book appeal, as well as if the cars and truck's 40-year history is any indication, the latest variation should confirm as reliable as the dawn. Barring any kind of top quality snafus-- a significant unknown, thinking about the latest Camry V-6's record-- these elements could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.
As a compact cars and truck that hits on all fronts, however, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the type of selection born out of your inner sense of responsibility-- a solid pick, probably, for moms and dads buying their teen vehicle driver. The problem for Toyota is that a lot of rivals have actually handled to package book perceptiveness with compelling styling as well as fun-to-drive charm. Evaluated versus these competitors, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.