From its plain driving experience and also aging interior to its subpar gas mileage, the 2011 Corolla can't match what its competitors deals. We checked a top-level 2011 Corolla S with an as-tested price of $20,855.
2011 toyota Corolla
Flight & Handling
Historically, among the Corolla's far better high qualities has actually been its reasonably comfy trip that's fit to daily travelling. That wasn't the situation with the S version I tested, whose flight quality is closer to the Kia Strong suit's taut tuning. The suspension transmits also minor pavement blemishes to the cabin, while larger bumps produce a noisy shock. The rough ride and also substantial road sound recall an earlier period, when small automobiles compromised refinement for low-priced motoring.
The Corolla's body movements are fairly well-controlled when cornering, however unlike the upgraded Focus and the Mazda3, the car has no hunger for enjoyable. Its numb guiding is just one of the greatest offenders; there's no feel for what's taking place down at the front tires. I prefer to drive, yet the Corolla did even more to moisten my enthusiasm for it compared to any type of vehicle I have actually remained in lately.
Going & Preventing
None of the present crop of portable automobiles is specifically quick, however a lot of them could equal fast-moving urban website traffic. The Corolla can, also, yet there were times when the four-speed automated's gearing made the automobile feel slow-moving. The larger concern, though, is a lack of drivetrain improvement-- a location where competitors like the Elantra as well as Cruze have elevated the bar substantially.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder is a crude little engine that you always listen to, yet which never sounds great. The automatic performs one-gear kickdowns with appropriate speed, but if you need a two-gear downshift be prepared to wait a minute for the transmission making the option-- as well as for the added engine sound that accompanies it.
Maybe the oddest component of the Corolla driving experience is the car's propensity to surge a little while attempting to maintain a constant speed (without utilizing cruise control). It wasn't an one-time point, either, as I could constantly depend on it taking place during my commute when circumnavigating 50 miles per hour. Whether it's caused by an excessively sensitive gas pedal or something else, it's the kind of thing that can drive you insane on a journey. The only various other vehicle I've driven that showed comparable behavior was a Mercury Milan Hybrid I reviewed a few years ago.
The Corolla has actually long been a fuel-sipping option in the compact section, but its EPA-estimated gas mileage has been relatively consistent for the past few years, while the competitors has actually seen huge renovations. The 2011 Elantra is ranked 29/40 mpg city/highway, and regular variations of the automatic-equipped 2012 Civic are rated 28/39 mpg. The automated Corolla, at the same time, obtains just what currently appears like a lackluster 26/34 mpg.
Like the steering tuning, the Corolla's mushy brake pedal is partly in charge of the vehicle's plain feeling.
Cabin Roominess & Style
The driver's seat consists of a height modification, but I never discovered an excellent driving setting since the guiding wheel really did not tilt low sufficient for me. Plus, the resting place for your left foot is unbelievably little-- my foot was continuously moving off it-- and awkward. One of our editors assumed the driver's seat didn't return far sufficient, either.
A snug rear seat is rather common for the portable sector, and also the Corolla is no exemption. My knees were pressed into the motorist's seat, which luckily didn't have any plastic backing. The backseat doesn't supply much upper leg assistance, either. I'm 6-foot-1, which is a difficult examination for a portable, yet the Corolla's back seat appears tighter than many.
Compared to the 2011 Elantra or 2012 Focus, the Corolla's conservatively styled interior looks bland. Still, all the crucial controls are attentively prepared as well as within easy reach when driving. That stated, the cabin has quite a few top quality shortcomings-- and also only a few remarkable characteristics.
Maybe the largest wrongdoer is the air-conditioning controls, which consist primarily of 3 big dials that turn with a sloppiness not normally seen in a contemporary car. Each time you adjust the temperature, fan speed or air movement instructions, you'll be reminded exactly how unrefined these controls are.
The cabin additionally has quite a bit of tough plastic on the upper door trim and also armrests, so despite where you relax your left arm, it most likely will not locate a cushioned surface area. There are additionally harsh coatings on the minimally padded facility armrest that further lessen the sense of high quality, and the urethane guiding wheel on our top-level S trim felt out of put on a $20,000-plus auto.
On the other side, the optional stereo in our examination automobile revealed great deals of track details on its screen, it had well damped switches as well as it included a Bluetooth streaming audio function.
The 2011 Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Security Top Security Select. It obtained the top overall rating-- Excellent-- in the IIHS' front, side, back as well as roof-strength examinations, as well as it has a basic digital security system. However, in the National Highway Web traffic Safety Administration's side-impact crash examination, the Corolla got just 2 from five stars.
Corolla on the market
In the '90s, GM's and also Ford's car services wasted away while the car manufacturers chased make money from SUVs, a strategy that alienated automobile consumers. It seems Toyota really did not discover by their instance, since in the past few years the Corolla has been overlooked.
It's still a top-seller, however I believe a lot of that success is driven by the vehicle's online reputation, instead of where it actually ranks in the small section today. Customers willing to take a look at the Hyundai Elantra, for instance, will certainly locate a car that's more enjoyable to drive, has much better interior top quality as well as improves gas mileage.
GM is building competitive cars and trucks nowadays, but it's still fighting to drop adverse consumer understandings. The Corolla appears to be riding on the goodwill it's developed for many years, but fact will overtake it at some point. If that happens prior to Toyota embarks on a serious effort to redesign the car, the automaker is mosting likely to have an issue on its hands.