2010 toyota Corolla Sport

2010 Toyota Corolla Sport: Next to the bigger Camry, the Corolla is the most vital automobile in Toyota's schedule, yet its redesign last year left the majority of us right here at Cars.com level. The exterior is past conventional, the inside does not compare well to competitors from Honda and Mazda, and its base engine is anemic.

Enter the extra powerful XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mine. Several of that pleasure is really felt below, yet with a $18,860 starting rate-- my test vehicle's sticker hovered near $23,000, and that didn't include navigation-- it doesn't resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented model like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, as well as it hardly handles to hold its own versus its rivals' non-performance base models.

The test automobile was a 2009, but the 2010-- already on sale-- showcases no significant modifications. Many prices is likewise the same.

2010 Toyota Corolla Sport


The most significant upgrade to this a lot more pricey trim has the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is changed with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, as well as the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission instead of the base design's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed handbook is typical for both engines. The new engine means a a lot more satisfying driving experience compared with the remainder of the Corolla lineup, however that's like stating a Huge Mac is more impressive than a 59-cent burger. It should be.

What consumers need to take into consideration is just how the XRS stacks up against the competitors. I 'd rank it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in regards to delights, and also behind the revamped 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of all-around performance. I would certainly also state the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, is on par with the XRS. Also a base Civic and also its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly prosper versus the costlier XRS.

The XRS' braking is likewise much enhanced over the standard Corolla, however once more, that's due to the fact that the standard is so insufficient.

Gas mileage obviously takes a hit because of the updated power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an extremely prudent 26/35 mpg for the base design with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg however has almost 40 hp more than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The somewhat boring look of the basic Corolla is tarted up here with even more aggressive body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers change typical 15-inch wheels-- as well as a back looter. My red test automobile did certainly look sharp, as well as a little less like the economy box it is compared to does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Leather Bundle. The seats themselves were quite comfortable, wrapped in rather high-quality black natural leather. But that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's big disappointments is its bland, rather roughshod inside. While Toyota has always been one of the leaders in regards to indoor top quality regardless of the sector, the Corolla's plastics look and feel affordable, and also the controls are unpleasant. Basically, nothing impressed.

The XRS does not obtain an altered inside, although my examination auto's all-black indoor hid several of the defects I saw in other Corollas. Top quality isn't really on the same level with the Civic, and also the new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior design, with its jumping lines and also innovative areas for screens as well as controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is additionally tight. Despite the fact that back legroom and also headroom numbers are close to the competitors, hip space in back is substantially less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have an issue putting an exchangeable child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old boy's feet were hanging in between the pail seats, rather near to the front owners.

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


Toyota supplies a variety of a la carte choices, which in theory allows you decide on the ones you desire. The majority of dealers, though, only order cars that have the bundles with one of the most popular options. My examination cars and truck's warmed natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Plan was $635 and also the transmission was $1,190, bringing the total amount with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS out there
With its considerable cost, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the competitive compact sector. I would certainly compare it closely with Nissan's SE-R, yet even that automobile features more taking care of expertise.

However, the XRS was never created to be the best efficiency compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. In that it does well, however when you think of all the fun-to-drive compacts with premium insides that can be had for the same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla quickly becomes an afterthought.

None of this appears to have actually discouraged automobile buyers, though. The Corolla remains one of the most prominent small auto in the nation and also is regularly among the very successful vehicles of any kind.