Toyota Corolla 2011

Toyota Corolla 2011: The Toyota Corolla portable car is stuck in the sluggish lane as its competitors zooms by. The updates it obtained for the 2009 version year as well as once more for 2011 have not sufficed to keep up in this rapidly evolving segment.

From its dull driving experience and aging interior to its poor gas mileage, the 2011 Corolla cannot match exactly what its competitors offers. We evaluated a high-level 2011 Corolla S with an as-tested rate of $20,855.


Toyota Corolla 2011


Trip & Handling

Historically, among the Corolla's better top qualities has actually been its relatively comfy trip that's appropriate to everyday commuting. That had not been the situation with the S version I tested, whose flight high quality is better to the Kia Strength's tight tuning. The suspension sends also small sidewalk blemishes to the cabin, while larger bumps generate a noisy shock. The harsh ride as well as considerable roadway sound recall an earlier period, when portable cars given up improvement for low-priced car.

The Corolla's body movements are relatively well-controlled when cornering, but unlike the revamped Emphasis and also the Mazda3, the cars and truck has no appetite for enjoyable. Its numb steering is among the greatest offenders; there's no feel for just what's taking place down at the front tires. I want to drive, but the Corolla did more to dampen my interest for it compared to any type of automobile I've been in recently.

Going & Preventing

None of the existing crop of portable autos is especially fast, but the majority of them can keep pace with fast-moving metropolitan traffic. The Corolla can, as well, yet there were times when the four-speed automatic's gearing made the car really feel sluggish. The bigger issue, however, is a lack of drivetrain refinement-- a location where competitors like the Elantra as well as Cruze have actually increased the bar considerably.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder is a coarse little engine that you always listen to, yet which never appears excellent. The automatic does one-gear kickdowns with ideal speed, however if you require a two-gear downshift be prepared to wait a moment for the transmission making the choice-- and for the added engine sound that accompanies it.

Probably the oddest component of the Corolla driving experience is the automobile's propensity to surge a little while attempting to preserve a constant rate (without making use of cruise control). It had not been an one-time thing, either, as I can always trust it occurring during my commute when circumnavigating 50 miles per hour. Whether it's caused by an overly delicate gas pedal or another thing, it's the example that can drive you insane on a trip. The only other cars and truck I have actually driven that exhibited comparable habits was a Mercury Milan Hybrid I examined a few years ago.

The Corolla has long been a fuel-sipping choice in the compact segment, yet its EPA-estimated gas mileage has actually been relatively consistent for the past few years, while the competitors has seen huge enhancements. The 2011 Elantra is rated 29/40 mpg city/highway, and also regular versions of the automatic-equipped 2012 Civic are rated 28/39 mpg. The automated Corolla, on the other hand, obtains just what now looks like a dull 26/34 mpg.

Like the steering tuning, the Corolla's mushy brake pedal is partly responsible for the cars and truck's plain feeling.

Cabin Roominess & Style

The driver's seat includes an elevation change, however I never found an optimal driving setting since the guiding wheel really did not turn low sufficient for me. Plus, the relaxing area for your left foot is extremely small-- my foot was constantly gliding off it-- and also unpleasant. One of our editors assumed the vehicle driver's seat didn't move back much enough, either.

A snug rear seat is quite normal for the small section, and also the Corolla is no exemption. My knees were pressed right into the driver's seat, which the good news is really did not have any type of plastic backing. The rear seat doesn't provide much thigh support, either. I'm 6-foot-1, which is a tough examination for a compact, however the Corolla's back seat seems tighter than a lot of.

Compared with the 2011 Elantra or 2012 Emphasis, the Corolla's conservatively styled indoor appearances dull. Still, all the essential controls are attentively arranged as well as within simple reach when driving. That said, the cabin has many top quality imperfections-- as well as just a couple of remarkable features.

Maybe the greatest wrongdoer is the air-conditioning controls, which are composed mainly of three big dials that rotate with a sloppiness not generally seen in a contemporary car. Every single time you readjust the temperature, follower rate or air movement instructions, you'll be advised how unrefined these controls are.

The cabin likewise has a fair bit of hard plastic on the upper door trim as well as armrests, so no matter where you relax your left arm, it most likely will not locate a supported surface area. There are also rough surfaces on the minimally padded center armrest that additionally diminish the sense of quality, as well as the urethane steering wheel on our high-level S trim felt out of place on a $20,000-plus automobile.

On the other side, the optional stereo in our test vehicle revealed great deals of tune information on its display, it had perfectly damped switches and also it included a Bluetooth streaming audio function.

Safety and security

The 2011 Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Security Select. It received the leading overall rating-- Excellent-- in the IIHS' front, side, back and also roof-strength tests, and also it has a basic digital security system. Nonetheless, in the National Freeway Website traffic Safety Administration's side-impact accident examination, the Corolla received just 2 from 5 star.

Corolla in the Market

In the '90s, GM's and Ford's car organisations rotted while the car manufacturers chased after profits from SUVs, a technique that alienated automobile consumers. It seems Toyota really did not learn by their example, because in the past few years the Corolla has been overlooked.

It's still a top-seller, however I suspect a lot of that success is driven by the vehicle's track record, in contrast to where it truly rates in the compact segment today. Customers going to take a look at the Hyundai Elantra, for instance, will find a vehicle that's more enjoyable to drive, has far better indoor quality and also gets better gas mileage.

GM is constructing affordable vehicles nowadays, yet it's still fighting to drop negative customer understandings. The Corolla seems to be riding on the goodwill it's built up over the years, yet fact will certainly overtake it eventually. If that occurs before Toyota carries out a serious effort to redesign the auto, the car manufacturer is going to have a problem on its hands.