The Corolla comes in Requirement, LE as well as XLE trim degrees; most include an automatic transmission. Click on this link to see a comparison with the 2008 version. A sportier variation is offered in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Ambiance function as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.
Toyota Corolla S 2009
How it Moves
Most trim levels, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've usually discovered to be the standard amongst portable automobiles, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, providing the engine an eager sensation around community. Freeway velocity is much less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated becomes something of a responsibility, especially if you're lugging passengers. Prompting the transmission to kick below fourth to third takes a collective prod on the gas, and speeding up from 30 to 50 mph in some cases requires 2nd gear-- as well as quite a bit of engine noise-- to obtain 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, and its drivetrain really feels decidedly extra up to the job of high-speed death.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's exactly how both engines contrast:
Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the brand-new Matrix, and also it's a remarkably adaptable powertrain. Its gas mileage fine is substantial, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automatic, compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine and also either transmission. The mileage figures for the base engine are particularly remarkable:
Antilock brakes are typical, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my examination car appeared a bit mushy, especially as compared to the braking reaction from four-wheel-disc automobiles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rain, and also he discovered in one instance that ABS begun prematurely and also resulted in an upsetting lateral lurch as the vehicle pulled up.
Suspension equipment consists of an independent front as well as semi-independent, torsion light beam back-- once again, inferior to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent back suspension, but also the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion light beam; a Toyota representative stated that's because the Matrix is an inherently sportier vehicle.) Highway flight top quality is acceptable, with minimal wind as well as road noise, however or else the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Strike a development joint while rounding an offramp, as well as the wheels shimmy laterally significantly. The steering wheel has a comfy on-center feel, yet it turns with a numb, distant feel, as well as hard corners generate lots of body roll.
The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, appear a lot more specific in all 3 relates to. The Corolla XRS may show sharper, also-- it has a quicker steering proportion and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower support, so if you're searching for much better handling, it's most likely worth having a look at. Keep in mind that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot transforming circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last figure is competitive with the Civic as well as Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and also Lancer (32.8 ).
How it Looks
The Corolla's most recent expression, which Toyota states it developed with the help of style workshops in Italy, appears extra hostile than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights and an impression in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it just like the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outgoing Corolla's. It's an orderly look that takes couple of risks, and also I doubt it will certainly discover many fans or critics.
Wheels array from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S as well as XRS add haze lights, bumper extensions and a rear looter, elevating the styling mercury to someplace around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could decide whether that's an advantage.
For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably clean-- the two-tone dash in my examination vehicle had regular, if not outstanding, quality, and also whatever from the center manages to the evaluates seemed tailored for straightforward functionality. The directional signal as well as window buttons operate with specifically fitted movements, and though most plastics are hard to the touch, total fit and also surface is commendable. Storage locations abound, with two piled handwear cover areas, an enough center console and even tiny pockets flanking the facility controls.
I'm unsure plain cleanliness cuts it, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin raises control accuracy to another realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials really feel awkward in comparison-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products and upscale services. The Lancer and Focus choose broke with indoor designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla seems average-- dumbed-down, also-- which could not be an area Toyota can manage to be.
Front-seat clearance suffices, though my test vehicle had no moonroof, which would eliminate about an inch of overhead room. The cloth seats were the topic of much dispute at Cars.com: I found the furniture comfy and well brushed, but editors Mike Hanley as well as David Thomas thought it was dated and also low-grade. The driver's seat modifications won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is standard, but the seat has restricted back movement for taller chauffeurs.
Perhaps that's an advantage; if the front seats took a trip any type of farther back, rear legroom would come to be illogical. As it stands, legroom and also clearance in back are just ample for grownups. Congratulations to Toyota for maintaining the floor between the back seats hump-free, which suggests a fifth passenger could in fact have the ability to tolerate a brief trip in the facility seat there.
Trunk quantity totals 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the low end of this section. Below's just how indoor volume contrasts:
The 2009 Corolla made the greatest score, Great, in frontal crash examinations from the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety. IIHS has actually not yet reviewed the auto for side-impacts. The Corolla's six conventional airbags consist of side-impact air bags for the front seats and side curtain air bags for both rows. Energetic front head restraints as well as anti-skid brakes are likewise conventional; a number of competitors make ABS optional.
Grip control and a digital security system run as a $250 bundle on all trims yet the XRS, where they're basic. The choice is well worth the price, given that several rivals get security control for greater trim levels or don't supply it in all. The outward bound Corolla billed $650 for the feature. Toyota states it's set up on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, though, so it might take some searching to discover one with it.
Features & Rates
Without the destination fee, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Conventional attributes include cooling, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific connection like Heir, Toyota's sibling nameplate, offers.
The Corolla LE adds power windows as well as locks, while the XLE obtains fake wood trim, backlit gauges and also keyless entrance-- a $245 alternative on the LE that truly should certainly be common. Both the LE and XLE include an automatic transmission. The S and XRS sport various outside attachments, in addition to sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both designs go back to hands-on door locks as well as home windows, however-- especially frustrating for the XRS, which sets you back more than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, warmed leather seats, a moonroof and also a navigation system are optional.
Tons an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker turns up just reluctant of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla does not flaunt quite as much value for the money as a few of its rivals do. Take a look at exactly how a conveniently outfitted version contrasts:
Corolla out there
Gas gas mileage and security credentials lend the Corolla plenty of book appeal, and if the vehicle's 40-year background is any type of indicator, the most up to date variation must show as reputable as the sunup. Disallowing any type of high quality snafus-- a significant unknown, taking into consideration the most recent Camry V-6's track record-- these variables could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.
As a compact car that hits on all fronts, however, the Corolla disappoints. It's the sort of option substantiated of your inner sense of responsibility-- a solid choice, possibly, for parents shopping for their teen motorist. The problem for Toyota is that a lot of rivals have taken care of to package book sensibilities with compelling styling and fun-to-drive appeal. Judged versus these rivals, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.