Go into the more effective XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive fave of mine. A few of that happiness is really felt here, yet with a $18,860 starting price-- my examination vehicle's sticker floated near $23,000, and that didn't consist of navigating-- it does not resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented version like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and also it hardly manages to hold its own against its competitors' non-performance base designs.
The test automobile was a 2009, but the 2010-- currently on sale-- features no substantial changes. Most pricing is also unchanged.
2010 Toyota Corolla Xrs
The greatest upgrade to this much more pricey trim has the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is changed with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission rather than the base design's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed manual is basic for both engines. The new engine translates to a far more pleasurable driving experience compared to the rest of the Corolla schedule, but that's like claiming a Big Mac is much more outstanding than a 59-cent burger. It ought to be.
What buyers must consider is just how the XRS compares to the competition. I 'd rate it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of thrills, as well as behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of well-rounded performance. I would certainly likewise claim the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, gets on par with the XRS. Also a base Civic and also its trademark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly prosper versus the more expensive XRS.
The XRS' braking is likewise much boosted over the standard Corolla, yet once again, that's due to the fact that the baseline is so poor.
Gas mileage obviously takes a hit because of the upgraded power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an extremely frugal 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg however has virtually 40 hp greater than the XRS.
A highlight of the XRS trim is its appearance. The rather dull appearance of the conventional Corolla is tarted up below with even more hostile body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers change common 15-inch wheels-- and a back looter. My red examination automobile did indeed festinate, as well as a little less like the economic climate box it is than does the base Corolla.
My XRS tester had an optional Leather Bundle. The seats themselves were fairly comfy, wrapped in fairly high-quality black leather. Yet that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's big dissatisfactions is its bland, rather roughshod inside. While Toyota has always been one of the leaders in regards to interior top quality no matter the sector, the Corolla's plastics look economical, as well as the controls are uncomfortable. In short, nothing impressed.
The XRS does not get a transformed inside, although my examination car's all-black interior concealed several of the defects I discovered in other Corollas. High quality isn't really on the same level with the Civic, and the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior design, with its jumping lines and also cutting-edge areas for display screens and also controls.
The Corolla's backseat is additionally limited. Even though back legroom as well as clearance numbers are close to the competition, hip area in back is dramatically less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I didn't have a problem placing an exchangeable child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old kid's feet were dangling between the pail seats, very near to the front occupants.
At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is greater than sufficient; it's larger than the Honda's and also Mazda's.
Toyota provides a number of a la carte choices, which theoretically allows you choose the ones you want. Most dealers, though, just order autos that have the plans with the most popular options. My test car's heated natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Package was $635 and also the transmission was $1,190, bringing the total amount with location charge to $22,925.
Corolla XRS in the marketplace
With its considerable price, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the competitive portable sector. I would certainly compare it closely with Nissan's SE-R, but also that automobile features more handling expertise.
Nonetheless, the XRS was never created to be the most effective performance compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. Because it does well, however when you think of all the fun-to-drive compacts with exceptional interiors that can be had for the very same cash-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla rapidly becomes a second thought.
None of this seems to have actually prevented vehicle purchasers, though. The Corolla stays the most popular small auto in the nation and also is regularly among the very popular cars of any type of kind.