2009 toyota Corolla Xrs

2009 Toyota Corolla Xrs: Toyota's redesigned Corolla is a bit like the healthy-fare section of a dining establishment menu: Theoretically, its high qualities should attract lots of left-brained buyers, however like the overcooked tilapia you're constantly stuck forking with, its total appeal is missing out on something. If small sedans attracted just on prudent perceptiveness, this Corolla might have risen to the top-- and also, certainly, with rising gas rates, it still might. Considered that today's best little cars take care of to ignite both sides of the mind, however, Toyota's latest entrance underwhelms.

The Corolla can be found in Standard, LE and XLE trim degrees; most include a transmission. Click here to see a contrast with the 2008 version. A sportier variation is provided in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix as well as Pontiac Ambiance work as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.

2009 Toyota Corolla Xrs

How it Actions

The majority of trim levels, including the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've typically discovered to be the standard amongst compact cars, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, providing the engine an eager feeling around town. Freeway velocity is less energetic, where the Corolla's four-speed automated comes to be something of a liability, particularly if you're lugging guests. Triggering the transmission to kick down from 4th to 3rd takes a collective prod on the gas, as well as increasing from 30 to 50 miles per hour sometimes needs 2nd gear-- and a fair bit of engine sound-- to obtain up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the Cars.com fleet the week before the Corolla, has a five-speed automatic, as well as its drivetrain really feels decidedly a lot more as much as the job of high-speed passing away.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's exactly how the two engines contrast:

Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I've driven that engine in the brand-new Matrix, as well as it's an incredibly versatile powertrain. Its gas mileage fine is significant, 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 either transmission. The gas mileage figures for the base engine are specifically impressive:

Anti-skid brakes are typical, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my examination cars and truck appeared a bit mushy, particularly compared to the stopping reaction from four-wheel-disc cars like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, as well as he located in one circumstances that ABS started prematurely and also caused an upsetting lateral lurch as the automobile pulled up.

Suspension hardware consists of an independent front and also semi-independent, torsion beam rear-- once more, inferior to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Certain Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, but also the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion beam; a Toyota representative stated that's since the Matrix is an inherently sportier automobile.) Freeway trip top quality serves, with limited wind and also road noise, but or else the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Hit an expansion joint while rounding an offramp, and the wheels vibrate sideways substantially. The steering wheel has a comfortable on-center feel, however it transforms with a numb, far-off feel, as well as hard edges evoke plenty of body roll.

The Civic and Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, appear much more accurate in all three regards. The Corolla XRS could prove sharper, too-- it has a quicker guiding ratio and a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're looking for much better handling, it's possibly worth having a look at. Keep in mind that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter figure is affordable with the Civic and also Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and also Lancer (32.8 ).

Just how it Looks

The Corolla's newest expression, which Toyota claims it developed with the help of layout studios in Italy, seems more aggressive compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights and an indentation in the grille for Toyota's logo make it much like the bigger Camry, while the tail remembers the outbound Corolla's. It's an orderly look that takes few threats, and also I doubt it will discover lots of fans or critics.

Wheels range from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S and XRS include haze lights, bumper extensions and also a rear spoiler, raising the styling mercury to someplace around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could make a decision whether that's an advantage.

The Within

Essentially, the Corolla's cabin appears affably neat-- the two-tone dashboard in my test car had consistent, if not outstanding, quality, as well as everything from the center manages to the evaluates seemed tailored for simple usability. The directional signal and also home window buttons run with specifically fitted activities, as well as though most plastics are hard to the touch, general fit as well as coating is respectable. Storage space locations abound, with two stacked glove areas, a sufficient facility console as well as small pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm not exactly sure mere tidiness suffices, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin raises control accuracy to another realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials really feel clumsy in contrast-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products and high end amenities. The Lancer and Emphasis opt for broke with interior styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears average-- dumbed-down, even-- and that could not be an area Toyota can afford to be.

Front-seat clearance suffices, though my test automobile had no moonroof, which would certainly eliminate about an inch of overhead space. The cloth seats were the topic of much dispute at Cars.com: I found the furniture comfy and also nicely brushed, but editors Mike Hanley and also David Thomas thought it was dated and low-grade. The vehicle driver's seat changes won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is common, yet the seat has actually limited back movement for taller vehicle drivers.

Possibly that's a good thing; if the front seats traveled any type of farther back, rear legroom would certainly come to be untenable. As it stands, legroom and also headroom in back are simply adequate for adults. Congratulations to Toyota for keeping the flooring between the rear seats hump-free, which suggests a 5th passenger may actually have the ability to endure a short trip in the facility seat there.

Trunk quantity completes 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the low end of this segment. Below's just how interior volume contrasts:


The 2009 Corolla gained the highest score, Great, in frontal collision tests from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Security. IIHS has actually not yet evaluated the car for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 conventional airbags include side-impact air bags for the pole positions as well as side drape air bags for both rows. Energetic front head restraints and antilock brakes are additionally conventional; a variety of competitors make ABDOMINAL optional.

Traction control and an electronic stability system run as a $250 package on all trims but the XRS, where they're standard. The choice is well worth the rate, considered that many rivals reserve security control for greater trim levels or do not offer it in all. The outgoing Corolla billed $650 for the function. Toyota claims it's installed on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, though, so it could take some searching to find one with it.

Attributes & Pricing

Without the location cost, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Basic features include air conditioning, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Heir, Toyota's brother or sister nameplate, supplies.

The Corolla LE includes power home windows as well as locks, while the XLE obtains phony wood trim, backlit determines and also keyless entrance-- a $245 option on the LE that really should certainly be standard. Both the LE as well as XLE consist of an automatic transmission. The S and also XRS sport different outside add-ons, together with sportier seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both versions go back to hand-operated door locks and also windows, however-- especially unsatisfactory for the XRS, which sets you back more than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, warmed natural leather seats, a moonroof and also a navigating system are optional.

Lots an XRS to the hilt, and the sticker shows up just reluctant of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't boast quite as much value for the money as several of its rivals do. Take a look at just how a pleasantly geared up design compares:

Corolla in the marketplace

Gas gas mileage as well as security credentials offer the Corolla lots of textbook charm, and if the cars and truck's 40-year history is any type of indicator, the current variation should verify as dependable as the sunrise. Preventing any kind of quality snafus-- a considerable unknown, taking into consideration the latest Camry V-6's record-- these variables could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.

As a small vehicle that hits on all fronts, however, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the type of choice substantiated of your inner sense of obligation-- a solid choice, perhaps, for parents purchasing their teen vehicle driver. The trouble for Toyota is that a great deal of rivals have handled to package textbook sensibilities with engaging designing as well as fun-to-drive allure. Judged against these opponents, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.