2009 toyota Corolla

2009 Toyota Corolla: Toyota's upgraded Corolla is a bit like the healthy-fare part of a dining establishment menu: On paper, its high qualities must attract a lot of left-brained buyers, but like the overcooked tilapia you're constantly stuck forking via, its overall appeal is missing something. If small cars drew only on sensible perceptiveness, this Corolla could have risen to the top-- and, without a doubt, with climbing gas rates, it still might. Considered that today's best little autos take care of to stimulate both sides of the brain, nevertheless, Toyota's most current entry underwhelms.

The Corolla comes in Standard, LE as well as XLE trim degrees; most consist of a transmission. Go here to see a comparison with the 2008 design. A sportier version is used in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Ambiance function as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.

2009 Toyota Corolla

Exactly how it Actions

Many trim degrees, including the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've normally discovered to be the standard amongst portable autos, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, offering the engine an eager feeling around town. Highway velocity is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated ends up being something of an obligation, especially if you're lugging guests. Triggering the transmission to kick below fourth to 3rd takes a collective prod on the gas, and speeding up from 30 to 50 miles per hour occasionally calls for 2nd equipment-- and quite a bit of engine noise-- 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 feels extremely extra as much as the job of high-speed passing.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Below's exactly how both engines compare:

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 adaptable powertrain. Its mileage penalty is significant, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automatic, compared with 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine and either transmission. The gas mileage figures for the base engine are particularly remarkable:

Antilock brakes are basic, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test cars and truck seemed a little bit mushy, especially compared to the braking response from four-wheel-disc vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rain, and also he found in one circumstances that ABS kicked in too soon and caused an upsetting side lurch as the cars and truck pulled up.

Suspension hardware includes an independent front and also semi-independent, torsion light beam rear-- once more, substandard to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Specific Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, however even the Corolla XRS sticks with the torsion light beam; a Toyota representative claimed that's since the Matrix is a naturally sportier car.) Highway ride high quality is acceptable, with limited wind as well as roadway sound, however otherwise the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Hit a growth joint while rounding an offramp, as well as the wheels vibrate sideways dramatically. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, yet it transforms with a numb, far-off feel, and tough corners generate a lot of body roll.

The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem much more exact in all 3 pertains to. The Corolla XRS might confirm sharper, also-- it has a quicker steering proportion and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower support, so if you're searching for better handling, it's most likely worth having a look at. Note that the XRS has an unsatisfactory 36.3-foot transforming circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last number is affordable with the Civic and Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and also Lancer (32.8 ).

Exactly how it Looks

The Corolla's most current expression, which Toyota says it established with the help of layout studios in Italy, seems extra aggressive than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights and also an impression in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it similar to the bigger Camry, while the tail recalls the outward bound Corolla's. It's an organized appearance that takes couple of risks, as well as I doubt it will certainly discover many followers or critics.

Tires range from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S and also XRS add haze lights, bumper extensions and also a rear looter, increasing the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could decide whether that's a good idea.

The Within

For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably clean-- the two-tone dash in my test vehicle had constant, otherwise superior, top quality, as well as every little thing from the center manages to the gauges seemed tailored for uncomplicated use. The turn signals as well as home window switches run with precisely fitted activities, and though a lot of plastics are difficult to the touch, general fit and also surface is respectable. Storage space locations are plentiful, with two stacked handwear cover compartments, an adequate facility console and even little pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm not sure mere cleanliness cuts it, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin raises control precision to one more world-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials really feel clumsy in contrast-- as well as the Elantra flaunts soft-touch materials as well as high end services. The Lancer as well as Emphasis go with broke with interior styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears unremarkable-- dumbed-down, also-- which may not be a place Toyota could afford to be.

Front-seat clearance suffices, though my test cars and truck had no moonroof, which would eliminate about an inch of overhead area. The cloth seats were the subject of much discussion at Cars.com: I found the furniture comfortable as well as nicely brushed, yet editors Mike Hanley and also David Thomas assumed it was dated and low-grade. The motorist's seat modifications won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is typical, yet the seat has limited back movement for taller chauffeurs.

Perhaps that's a good thing; if the pole positions took a trip any kind of further back, rear legroom would become untenable. As it stands, legroom and headroom in back are simply sufficient for adults. Congratulations to Toyota for maintaining the floor in between the back seats hump-free, which suggests a 5th guest could in fact be able to tolerate a brief trip in the center seat there.

Trunk volume amounts to 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the low end of this section. Here's exactly how interior quantity compares:


The 2009 Corolla gained the highest possible score, Excellent, in frontal collision examinations from the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Security. IIHS has not yet examined the auto for side-impacts. The Corolla's six typical airbags include side-impact airbags for the pole positions as well as side drape airbags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and also antilock brakes are additionally conventional; a variety of competitors make ABS optional.

Traction control as well as a digital stability system run as a $250 package on all trims but the XRS, where they're typical. The alternative is well worth the rate, considered that several competitors reserve stability control for greater trim levels or don't offer it in any way. The outbound Corolla billed $650 for the function. Toyota states it's mounted on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, though, so it might take some searching to locate one with it.

Features & Pricing

Without the destination fee, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Standard attributes consist of air conditioning, power mirrors and also a CD stereo with a supporting jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Successor, Toyota's brother or sister nameplate, offers.

The Corolla LE includes power home windows and also locks, while the XLE gets fake wood trim, backlit determines as well as keyless access-- a $245 choice on the LE that really should be basic. Both the LE as well as XLE consist of an automatic transmission. The S and also XRS sport different exterior add-ons, in addition to sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both designs return to hand-operated door locks and also windows, however-- especially frustrating for the XRS, which sets you back more than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, warmed natural leather seats, a moonroof as well as a navigating system are optional.

Tons an XRS to the hilt, and the sticker shows up simply timid of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't flaunt rather as much value for the money as some of its competitors do. Take a look at how an easily furnished version contrasts:

Corolla in the marketplace

Gas gas mileage as well as security qualifications provide the Corolla plenty of book charm, and if the cars and truck's 40-year background is any kind of indicator, the latest version should prove as reliable as the daybreak. Disallowing any kind of top quality snafus-- a significant unidentified, thinking about the most up to date Camry V-6's performance history-- these elements could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.

As a compact vehicle that hits on all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the type of choice born out of your inner sense of responsibility-- a solid pick, maybe, for moms and dads buying their teen motorist. The problem for Toyota is that a great deal of competitors have taken care of to package book perceptiveness with compelling styling and also fun-to-drive charm. Judged against these rivals, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.