2010 toyota Corolla

2010 Toyota Corolla: Beside the larger Camry, the Corolla is the most important vehicle in Toyota's lineup, but its redesign last year left the majority of us right here at Cars.com level. The exterior is beyond traditional, the inside doesn't contrast well to opponents from Honda as well as Mazda, and also its base engine is anemic.

Enter the more powerful XRS trim level. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mine. A few of that pleasure is felt here, but with a $18,860 beginning cost-- my examination auto's sticker floated near $23,000, and that didn't consist of navigation-- it doesn't come close to the experience of driving a performance-oriented design like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, as well as it hardly handles to hold its own versus its rivals' non-performance base versions.

The test vehicle was a 2009, but the 2010-- currently for sale-- includes no substantial modifications. Most pricing is additionally the same.

2010 Toyota Corolla


The largest upgrade to this a lot 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, as well as the bigger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission rather than the base model's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed guidebook is typical for both engines. The new engine means a far more delightful driving experience compared with the rest of the Corolla lineup, however that resembles saying a Large Mac is extra impressive than a 59-cent hamburger. It must be.

What customers should think about is exactly how the XRS compares to the competitors. I would certainly rank it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in regards to thrills, and also behind the revamped 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of well-rounded performance. I would certainly additionally claim the base Mazda3 car, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, is on par with the XRS. Even a base Civic and its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly fare well against the pricier XRS.

The XRS' stopping is likewise much enhanced over the standard Corolla, however once again, that's since the standard is so poor.

Mileage obviously takes a hit as a result of the upgraded power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared with an exceptionally prudent 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si obtains 21/29 mpg but has nearly 40 hp more than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The somewhat boring appearance of the conventional Corolla is tarted up below with even more aggressive body moldings, larger wheels-- 17-inchers change typical 15-inch wheels-- and a rear looter. My red examination car did without a doubt festinate, and also 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 Bundle. The seats themselves were quite comfy, wrapped in rather premium black leather. Yet that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's huge dissatisfactions is its dull, somewhat roughshod interior. While Toyota has constantly been among the leaders in terms of indoor quality no matter the sector, the Corolla's plastics look economical, and also the controls are unpleasant. Simply put, absolutely nothing satisfied.

The XRS does not get a modified interior, although my examination vehicle's all-black indoor concealed several of the defects I discovered in various other Corollas. Top quality isn't on par with the Civic, and the new Mazda3 has both beat in terms of interior design, with its swooping lines and innovative areas for displays and also controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is likewise tight. Even though back legroom and also headroom numbers are close to the competitors, hip room in back is considerably less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have a trouble positioning a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old kid's feet were dangling between the container seats, quite near to the front residents.

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


Toyota provides a number of a la carte options, which theoretically allows you pick and choose the ones you want. A lot of dealerships, though, only order cars that have the packages with one of the most popular choices. My test car's heated natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Plan was $635 and the automatic transmission was $1,190, bringing the overall with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS in the marketplace
With its considerable price tag, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the competitive portable sector. I would certainly compare it closely with Nissan's SE-R, yet also that automobile includes a lot more taking care of expertise.

Nonetheless, the XRS was never designed to be the very best performance compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. In that it succeeds, but when you think about all the fun-to-drive compacts with remarkable insides that can be had for the very same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla quickly comes to be an afterthought.

None of this seems to have actually deterred automobile customers, however. The Corolla continues to be one of the most popular small automobile in the nation and is constantly one of the very popular cars of any type of kind.