Toyota Corolla 2010

Toyota Corolla 2010: Alongside the bigger Camry, the Corolla is the most important automobile in Toyota's schedule, but its redesign in 2014 left a lot of us here at Cars.com flat. The outside is beyond conservative, the inside doesn't contrast well to rivals from Honda and also Mazda, as well as its base engine is anemic.

Get in the more effective XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive fave of mine. Several of that pleasure is felt right here, however with a $18,860 beginning rate-- my test auto's sticker floated near $23,000, and that really did not consist of navigating-- it does not resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented version like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and also it barely takes care of to hold its very own versus its rivals' non-performance base models.

The examination auto was a 2009, but the 2010-- already on sale-- showcases no considerable adjustments. A lot of pricing is likewise unmodified.


Toyota Corolla 2010


Efficiency

The greatest upgrade to this much more expensive trim has 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well as the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission rather than the base model's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed handbook is typical for both engines. The brand-new engine translates to a a lot more satisfying driving experience compared to the remainder of the Corolla schedule, however that resembles claiming a Huge Mac is a lot more outstanding compared to a 59-cent hamburger. It ought to be.

What buyers ought to take into consideration is just how the XRS compares to the competitors. I 'd rate it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in regards to thrills, and behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to all-around performance. I 'd additionally claim the base Mazda3 car, with its smaller 148-hp engine, is on par with the XRS. Even a base Civic and also its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would prosper against the pricier XRS.

The XRS' braking is also much enhanced over the standard Corolla, but once again, that's due to the fact that the standard is so poor.

Mileage undoubtedly takes a hit as a result of the updated power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared with a very frugal 26/35 mpg for the base design with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg yet has virtually 40 hp greater than the XRS.

Exterior

An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The somewhat boring look of the common Corolla is tarted up right here with more hostile body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers replace conventional 15-inch wheels-- as well as a back spoiler. My red test cars and truck did undoubtedly festinate, and a little less like the economic situation box it is compared to does the base Corolla.

Interior

My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Package. The seats themselves were fairly comfortable, wrapped in relatively top quality black natural leather. However that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's big frustrations is its boring, rather roughshod interior. While Toyota has always been just one of the leaders in regards to indoor high quality despite the segment, the Corolla's plastics look low-cost, as well as the controls are awkward. Basically, absolutely nothing amazed.

The XRS does not get a modified inside, although my examination automobile's all-black indoor concealed some of the defects I observed in various other Corollas. High quality isn't on the same level with the Civic, and also the new Mazda3 has both beat in terms of interior decoration, with its swooping lines as well as ingenious areas for screens as well as controls.

The Corolla's backseat is additionally tight. Even though back legroom and also clearance numbers are close to the competition, hip area in back is considerably less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I didn't have a problem placing a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old son's feet were hanging in between the bucket seats, rather close to the front residents.

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

Attributes

Toyota offers a number of a la carte choices, which theoretically allows you choose the ones you desire. A lot of dealers, however, only order vehicles that have the plans with the most prominent alternatives. My test auto's heated natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Package was $635 and also the automatic transmission was $1,190, bringing the overall with destination charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS in the Market
With its significant price, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the competitive small segment. I would certainly contrast it closely with Nissan's SE-R, yet even that vehicle showcases much more taking care of prowess.

Nonetheless, the XRS was never created to be the best performance compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. In that it succeeds, but when you think of all the fun-to-drive compacts with exceptional interiors that can be had for the same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla promptly comes to be an afterthought.

None of this appears to have prevented auto customers, though. The Corolla stays the most prominent portable car in the country as well as is continually one of the very popular cars of any type of type.