2010 toyota Corolla S

2010 Toyota Corolla S: Next to the bigger Camry, the Corolla is the most crucial cars and truck in Toyota's schedule, however its redesign last year left most of us right here at Cars.com level. The outside is past conservative, the inside doesn't contrast well to competitors from Honda and also Mazda, and also its base engine is anemic.

Enter the much more powerful XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mine. Several of that delight is felt right here, however with a $18,860 starting rate-- my test vehicle's sticker hovered near $23,000, which didn't include navigation-- it doesn't resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented design like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and also it barely manages to hold its own versus its rivals' non-performance base models.

The examination car was a 2009, however the 2010-- already on sale-- features no substantial adjustments. Many prices is likewise unchanged.

2010 Toyota Corolla S


The greatest upgrade to this more expensive trim comes with the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is replaced with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and also the bigger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed automatic transmission instead of the base version's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed manual is conventional for both engines. The new engine translates to a far more enjoyable driving experience compared to the rest of the Corolla lineup, however that's like stating a Large Mac is much more excellent compared to a 59-cent burger. It ought to be.

What buyers need to take into consideration is just how the XRS stacks up against the competition. I 'd rank it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in regards to delights, and also behind the revamped 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to well-rounded performance. I would certainly also claim the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller 148-hp engine, gets on the same level with the XRS. Even a base Civic and its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would fare well against the more expensive XRS.

The XRS' stopping is additionally much improved over the common Corolla, however once again, that's since the baseline is so inadequate.

Gas mileage undoubtedly takes a hit because of the upgraded power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared with a very penny-wise 26/35 mpg for the base model with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg yet has nearly 40 hp greater than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its appearance. The somewhat dull appearance of the basic Corolla is tarted up right here with more aggressive body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers replace basic 15-inch wheels-- and a back spoiler. My red examination cars and truck did certainly look sharp, and a little much less like the economic situation box it is compared to does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Plan. The seats themselves were rather comfortable, covered in fairly high-quality black natural leather. But that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's huge frustrations is its bland, rather roughshod inside. While Toyota has constantly been just one of the leaders in terms of indoor quality regardless of the sector, the Corolla's plastics look affordable, and the controls are unpleasant. Simply put, absolutely nothing impressed.

The XRS does not get a modified inside, although my test automobile's all-black interior concealed several of the imperfections I saw in other Corollas. High quality isn't really on the same level with the Civic, and also the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior design, with its swooping lines and also ingenious areas for screens and controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is additionally tight. Even though back legroom as well as clearance numbers are close to the competitors, hip space in back is significantly less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have an issue putting a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old kid's feet were hanging in between the bucket seats, rather near to the front passengers.

At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is greater than adequate; it's larger than the Honda's and also Mazda's.


Toyota offers a number of a la carte alternatives, which theoretically allows you pick and choose the ones you desire. The majority of suppliers, however, just order vehicles that have the packages with one of the most prominent options. My test automobile's warmed leather seats were $1,490, a Power Bundle was $635 as well as the transmission was $1,190, bringing the total with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS on the market
With its considerable price, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the competitive portable sector. I would certainly contrast it carefully with Nissan's SE-R, but even that cars and truck includes a lot more handling expertise.

Nevertheless, the XRS was never ever made to be the very best efficiency compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. Because it does well, however when you think of all the fun-to-drive compacts with remarkable interiors that can be had for the same loan-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla swiftly becomes an afterthought.

None of this seems to have hindered cars and truck customers, however. The Corolla continues to be the most prominent portable auto in the nation and also is constantly one of the best-selling automobiles of any kind of type.