Toyota Corolla S 2009

Toyota Corolla S 2009: Toyota's redesigned Corolla is a bit like the healthy-fare portion of a restaurant food selection: On paper, its high qualities ought to attract lots of left-brained customers, however like the overcooked tilapia you're constantly stuck forking via, its total allure is missing out on something. If small cars drew just on sensible sensibilities, this Corolla might have risen to the top-- and also, without a doubt, with climbing gas costs, it still might. Given that today's best little automobiles take care of to ignite both sides of the brain, nonetheless, Toyota's most recent access underwhelms.

The Corolla is available in Criterion, LE and also XLE trim degrees; most consist of a transmission. Visit this site to see a contrast with the 2008 version. A sportier variation is supplied in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix as well as Pontiac Vibe work as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.

Toyota Corolla S 2009

Just how it Actions

Most trim degrees, including the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually normally located to be the norm among compact autos, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, giving the engine an excited sensation around community. Freeway velocity is much less energetic, where the Corolla's four-speed automated comes to be something of an obligation, especially if you're lugging travelers. Triggering the transmission to kick below fourth to third takes a concerted prod on the gas, and accelerating from 30 to 50 mph occasionally requires second equipment-- and also a fair bit of engine noise-- to get up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the fleet the week before the Corolla, has a five-speed automatic, and also its drivetrain really feels decidedly a lot more up to the job of high-speed death.

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

Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the new Matrix, as well as it's a remarkably versatile powertrain. Its mileage fine is substantial, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automated, as compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine as well as either transmission. The gas mileage figures for the base engine are especially impressive:

Anti-skid brakes are conventional, though all trims however the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my examination auto seemed a bit mushy, specifically as compared to the stopping reaction from four-wheel-disc vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, and he discovered in one circumstances that ABS kicked in prematurely and also caused an upsetting side stumble as the cars and truck came to a stop.

Suspension equipment includes an independent front and also semi-independent, torsion beam back-- again, substandard to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, yet also the Corolla XRS sticks with the torsion light beam; a Toyota spokesperson stated that's because the Matrix is an inherently sportier cars and truck.) Highway flight top quality is acceptable, with restricted wind and also roadway sound, yet or else the Corolla imparts a sloppy driving experience. Hit a development joint while rounding an offramp, and also the wheels shimmy laterally considerably. The steering wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, yet it turns with a numb, remote feeling, as well as tough corners elicit lots of body roll.

The Civic and Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, appear much more precise in all 3 concerns. The Corolla XRS might show sharper, too-- it has a quicker steering ratio and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're trying to find much better handling, it's possibly worth checking out. Keep in mind that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last figure is competitive with the Civic and also Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and also Lancer (32.8 ).

Exactly how it Looks

The Corolla's most recent expression, which Toyota says it created with the help of layout workshops in Italy, appears extra hostile compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights and also an imprint in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it similar to the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outgoing Corolla's. It's an orderly look that takes few threats, as well as I doubt it will certainly locate numerous followers or detractors.

Tires variety from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S and XRS include fog lights, bumper extensions and a back spoiler, increasing the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You can decide whether that's a good thing.

The In

Essentially, the Corolla's cabin seems affably neat-- the two-tone dash in my test car had regular, if not outstanding, top quality, as well as everything from the center manages to the assesses appeared tailored for simple functionality. The turn indicator and home window switches operate with precisely fitted movements, as well as though most plastics are difficult to the touch, overall fit as well as surface is reputable. Storage space areas abound, with 2 piled glove areas, an enough center console as well as tiny pockets flanking the facility controls.

I'm unsure mere tidiness cuts it, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin elevates control precision to an additional realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials feel awkward in comparison-- and also the Elantra boasts soft-touch materials and also high end amenities. The Lancer and Focus opt for braked with indoor styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla seems average-- dumbed-down, even-- and that may not be an area Toyota could pay for to be.

Front-seat headroom suffices, though my test car had no moonroof, which would certainly take away about an inch of overhead area. The cloth seats were the topic of much discussion at I located the furniture comfy as well as nicely groomed, but editors Mike Hanley and also David Thomas believed it was dated and low-grade. The motorist's seat adjustments won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is common, but the seat has actually limited rear motion for taller vehicle drivers.

Perhaps that's a good idea; if the front seats traveled any type of farther back, back legroom would come to be illogical. As it stands, legroom and also headroom in back are just sufficient for grownups. Congratulations to Toyota for maintaining the flooring between the back seats hump-free, which implies a 5th guest might actually have the ability to endure a short trip in the center seat there.

Trunk volume amounts to 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the reduced end of this section. Here's how interior volume contrasts:


The 2009 Corolla earned the highest possible rating, Great, in frontal crash tests from the Insurance policy Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS has actually not yet reviewed the car for side-impacts. The Corolla's six basic airbags consist of side-impact airbags for the pole positions as well as side curtain airbags for both rows. Energetic front head restrictions and antilock brakes are additionally common; a variety of rivals make ABDOMINAL MUSCLE optional.

Grip control and a digital security system run as a $250 bundle on all trims yet the XRS, where they're conventional. The alternative is well worth the cost, considered that many rivals get stability control for higher trim levels or do not supply it at all. The outward bound Corolla charged $650 for the attribute. Toyota states it's installed on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, though, so it could take some looking to find one with it.

Attributes & Rates

Without the location fee, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Typical attributes consist of air conditioning, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with a supporting jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Scion, Toyota's sibling nameplate, supplies.

The Corolla LE adds power windows and also locks, while the XLE obtains fake wood trim, backlit assesses as well as keyless entry-- a $245 option on the LE that really ought to be common. Both the LE and XLE consist of a transmission. The S as well as XRS sporting activity numerous exterior attachments, in addition to sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both models return to hand-operated door locks as well as home windows, however-- particularly unsatisfactory for the XRS, which costs more than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, heated leather seats, a moonroof and also a navigating system are optional.

Load an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker label shows up simply timid of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla doesn't flaunt rather as much value for the cash as some of its competitors do. Have a look at just how an easily furnished version contrasts:

Corolla on the market

Gas mileage and security qualifications offer the Corolla plenty of book allure, as well as if the automobile's 40-year history is any kind of sign, the most recent variation should verify as reliable as the sunup. Barring any kind of high quality snafus-- a significant unidentified, taking into consideration the most recent Camry V-6's performance history-- these aspects could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.

As a small auto that hits on all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla lets down. It's the sort of option born out of your inner sense of obligation-- a strong pick, maybe, for moms and dads looking for their teen driver. The problem for Toyota is that a lot of competitors have actually taken care of to package textbook perceptiveness with engaging designing and also fun-to-drive charm. Judged versus these competitors, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.