The Corolla comes in Requirement, LE and also XLE trim degrees; most consist of a transmission. Visit this site to see a contrast with the 2008 model. A sportier version is offered in S or XRS trims, while the redesigned Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Vibe serve as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.
Toyota Corolla 09
Exactly how it Relocations
Many trim degrees, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've typically found to be the norm amongst portable vehicles, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, providing the engine an eager sensation around community. Highway acceleration is much less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic comes to be something of a liability, specifically if you're lugging travelers. Triggering the transmission to kick below 4th to 3rd takes a concerted prod on the gas, as well as increasing from 30 to 50 mph sometimes requires 2nd equipment-- as well as a fair bit of engine sound-- 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 automated, as well as its drivetrain feels extremely a lot more as much as the task of high-speed passing away.
A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's just how both engines compare:
Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the brand-new Matrix, and it's an incredibly adaptable powertrain. Its mileage charge is considerable, 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 gas mileage figures for the base engine are specifically outstanding:
Antilock brakes are conventional, though all trims yet the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test car appeared a bit mushy, especially compared to the stopping reaction from four-wheel-disc cars and trucks like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, and he found in one instance that ABS begun too soon as well as caused a disturbing lateral stumble as the car pulled up.
Suspension hardware includes an independent front and also semi-independent, torsion beam back-- again, substandard to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Specific Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, yet also the Corolla XRS sticks with the torsion beam; a Toyota spokesman stated that's since the Matrix is an inherently sportier auto.) Highway flight high quality is acceptable, with minimal wind as well as road noise, but or else the Corolla conveys a sloppy driving experience. Strike a development joint while rounding an offramp, and the wheels vibrate sidewards significantly. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, yet it transforms with a numb, far-off feel, as well as tough corners elicit a lot of body roll.
The Civic and also Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem much more accurate in all 3 pertains to. The Corolla XRS might show sharper, too-- it has a quicker steering ratio and a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're seeking better handling, it's probably worth having a look at. Note that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot transforming circle, while various other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter figure is affordable with the Civic and Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and Lancer (32.8 ).
Just how it Looks
The Corolla's newest expression, which Toyota claims it established with the help of style studios in Italy, seems much more aggressive compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights as well as an indentation in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it just like the larger Camry, while the tail remembers the outgoing Corolla's. It's an organized appearance that takes few dangers, and I question it will discover numerous followers or critics.
Wheels range from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S and also XRS add fog lights, bumper expansions and a rear looter, increasing the styling mercury to someplace around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You can choose whether that's a good idea.
For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably clean-- the two-tone dashboard in my test cars and truck had consistent, otherwise superior, high quality, and every little thing from the center regulates to the determines seemed tailored for straightforward use. The directional signal and home window buttons operate with specifically fitted motions, and also though many plastics are difficult to the touch, overall fit and finish is decent. Storage locations abound, with 2 piled glove areas, a sufficient center console as well as tiny pockets flanking the facility controls.
I'm not exactly sure plain cleanliness cuts it, however. The Civic's cabin elevates control precision to another world-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials really feel awkward in contrast-- as well as the Elantra flaunts soft-touch materials as well as high end services. The Lancer as well as Emphasis go for braked with indoor designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears average-- dumbed-down, even-- and that could not be a place Toyota could afford to be.
Front-seat headroom suffices, though my test auto had no moonroof, which would certainly take away concerning an inch of overhead room. The cloth seats were the subject of much debate at Cars.com: I discovered the furniture comfortable as well as well groomed, but editors Mike Hanley and David Thomas thought it was dated and also low-grade. The vehicle driver's seat changes won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is basic, yet the seat has actually restricted back motion for taller chauffeurs.
Maybe that's an advantage; if the front seats traveled any kind of further back, back legroom would end up being untenable. As it stands, legroom and headroom in back are just appropriate for adults. Kudos to Toyota for maintaining the flooring between the rear seats hump-free, which means a 5th guest could actually be able to endure a short journey in the facility seat there.
Trunk volume completes 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the low end of this sector. Here's how interior volume contrasts:
Safety and security
The 2009 Corolla earned the greatest score, Great, in frontal accident examinations from the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Security. IIHS has not yet examined the automobile for side-impacts. The Corolla's six standard airbags include side-impact air bags for the pole positions and side curtain air bags for both rows. Active front head restraints and antilock brakes are likewise common; a variety of rivals make ABS optional.
Grip control and a digital stability system run as a $250 package on all trims but the XRS, where they're basic. The option is well worth the price, given that lots of rivals get security control for higher trim degrees or don't provide it in all. The outgoing Corolla billed $650 for the feature. Toyota states it's mounted on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, though, so it could take some looking to find one with it.
Attributes & Pricing
Without the destination charge, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Basic features include air conditioning, power mirrors and a CD stereo with a complementary jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Successor, Toyota's sibling nameplate, provides.
The Corolla LE adds power home windows as well as locks, while the XLE gets phony wood trim, backlit assesses and keyless entry-- a $245 option on the LE that actually should certainly be common. Both the LE and XLE consist of an automatic transmission. The S and XRS sport numerous outside add-ons, together with sportier seats and also a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both versions revert to hands-on door locks as well as home windows, however-- particularly unsatisfactory for the XRS, which costs more than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, warmed leather seats, a moonroof and a navigation system are optional.
Load an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker label comes up just reluctant of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't boast quite as much value for the money as some of its rivals do. Take a look at just how an easily equipped version compares:
Corolla in the marketplace
Gas gas mileage as well as safety and security qualifications offer the Corolla lots of textbook charm, and if the vehicle's 40-year background is any indication, the latest version needs to prove as trustworthy as the dawn. Disallowing any type of quality snafus-- a significant unknown, taking into consideration the most up to date Camry V-6's performance history-- these aspects could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.
As a portable cars and truck that appeals all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the kind of choice substantiated of your inner sense of duty-- a solid choice, possibly, for moms and dads purchasing their teen driver. The problem for Toyota is that a lot of competitors have actually taken care of to package textbook perceptiveness with compelling designing as well as fun-to-drive charm. Judged versus these opponents, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.