Get in the much more powerful XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive fave of mine. A few of that joy is really felt here, however with a $18,860 beginning price-- my test car's sticker hovered 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 barely takes care of to hold its own versus its rivals' non-performance base versions.
The examination vehicle was a 2009, but the 2010-- currently on sale-- includes no considerable modifications. Most rates is also the same.
2010 Toyota Corolla
The largest upgrade to this much more pricey trim has the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is replaced with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission instead of the base version's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed handbook is conventional for both engines. The brand-new engine translates to a much more enjoyable driving experience compared to the rest of the Corolla lineup, but that's like saying a Large Mac is much more outstanding than a 59-cent burger. It must be.
What shoppers should think about is exactly how the XRS compares to the competition. I would certainly rate it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of delights, and also behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to well-rounded efficiency. I would certainly additionally state the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, is on the same level with the XRS. Also a base Civic and its trademark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly prosper against the more expensive XRS.
The XRS' stopping is likewise much enhanced over the basic Corolla, yet once again, that's due to the fact that the standard is so poor.
Gas mileage clearly takes a hit as a result of the upgraded power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared with an exceptionally thrifty 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg however has almost 40 hp greater than the XRS.
An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The rather boring look of the typical Corolla is tarted up here with more hostile body moldings, larger wheels-- 17-inchers replace common 15-inch wheels-- as well as a rear spoiler. My red examination automobile did indeed festinate, and a little less like the economic climate box it is than does the base Corolla.
My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Bundle. The seats themselves were quite comfortable, wrapped in fairly top quality black leather. Yet that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's big disappointments is its boring, somewhat roughshod inside. While Toyota has actually constantly been one of the leaders in regards to indoor top quality despite the segment, the Corolla's plastics feel and look economical, and also the controls are unpleasant. In other words, absolutely nothing pleased.
The XRS does not obtain an altered interior, although my test car's all-black interior concealed several of the imperfections I observed in other Corollas. Quality isn't really on par with the Civic, and also the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in terms of interior design, with its jumping lines and also ingenious places for displays and controls.
The Corolla's rear seat is likewise limited. Even though back legroom and also 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 trouble positioning a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old kid's feet were dangling in between the bucket seats, quite near to the front residents.
At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is greater than appropriate; it's larger than the Honda's and also Mazda's.
Toyota supplies a variety of a la carte alternatives, which in theory allows you decide on the ones you desire. A lot of dealerships, though, only order automobiles that have the packages with the most popular choices. My test vehicle's heated leather seats were $1,490, a Power Package was $635 and also the transmission was $1,190, bringing the overall with location charge to $22,925.
Corolla XRS in the Market
With its substantial price tag, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the competitive small sector. I would certainly contrast it closely with Nissan's SE-R, yet also that cars and truck includes extra taking care of prowess.
However, the XRS was never ever created to be the most effective efficiency compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. In that it succeeds, yet when you think about all the fun-to-drive compacts with premium interiors that can be had for the same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla promptly ends up being a second thought.
None of this seems to have hindered automobile buyers, however. The Corolla remains one of the most popular portable cars and truck in the nation and also is regularly among the very successful automobiles of any kind of kind.