Toyota Corolla S 2009

Toyota Corolla S 2009: Toyota's upgraded Corolla is a little bit like the healthy-fare portion of a dining establishment food selection: Theoretically, its qualities need to attract a lot of left-brained purchasers, but like the overcooked tilapia you're constantly stuck forking through, its general appeal is missing out on something. If compact cars drew only on prudent perceptiveness, this Corolla could have risen to the top-- as well as, without a doubt, with rising gas costs, it still might. Given that today's ideal little autos take care of to pique both sides of the brain, nonetheless, Toyota's most recent entry underwhelms.

The Corolla comes in Requirement, LE and also XLE trim levels; most consist of a transmission. Visit this site to see a comparison with the 2008 model. A sportier variation is used in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Vibe work as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.

Toyota Corolla S 2009

Just how it Moves

Most trim degrees, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've typically located to be the standard amongst compact cars, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, providing the engine an excited sensation around community. Freeway acceleration is less energetic, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic ends up being something of a responsibility, particularly if you're bring passengers. Triggering the transmission to kick down from 4th to third takes a collective prod on the gas, as well as accelerating from 30 to 50 mph sometimes calls for second gear-- and a fair bit of engine noise-- to obtain up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the fleet the week before the Corolla, has a five-speed automatic, as well as its drivetrain really feels distinctly more approximately the task of high-speed death.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Below's just how the two engines compare:

Though I didn't drive the Corolla XRS, I've driven that engine in the brand-new Matrix, and also it's an extremely flexible powertrain. Its gas mileage charge is significant, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automatic, compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine as well as either transmission. The mileage figures for the base engine are particularly excellent:

Antilock brakes are conventional, though all trims yet the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my examination vehicle appeared a little bit mushy, specifically compared with the braking response from four-wheel-disc automobiles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, and he found in one circumstances that ABS kicked in prematurely as well as resulted in a distressing side stumble as the automobile pulled up.

Suspension equipment includes an independent front as well as semi-independent, torsion light beam back-- once again, substandard to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Specific Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, but also the Corolla XRS sticks with the torsion light beam; a Toyota representative stated that's due to the fact that the Matrix is an inherently sportier auto.) Highway trip high quality serves, with restricted wind and road sound, but otherwise the Corolla imparts a sloppy driving experience. Hit a growth joint while rounding an offramp, and the wheels shimmy sideways substantially. The steering wheel has a comfortable on-center feel, but it turns with a numb, remote feeling, and also tough edges generate plenty of body roll.

The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem more precise in all three relates to. The Corolla XRS may confirm sharper, too-- it has a quicker guiding ratio as well as a suspension-stiffening strut-tower support, so if you're looking for much better handling, it's most likely worth taking a look at. Keep in mind that the XRS has a frustrating 36.3-foot turning circle, while various other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter figure is competitive with the Civic and also Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) as well as Lancer (32.8 ).

Exactly how it Looks

The Corolla's most recent expression, which Toyota claims it developed with the help of style workshops in Italy, seems much more hostile than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights and an indentation in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it much like the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outward bound Corolla's. It's an orderly appearance that takes couple of threats, and also I doubt it will certainly locate numerous fans or critics.

Wheels array from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S as well as XRS add fog lights, bumper expansions as well as a back spoiler, elevating the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could decide whether that's a good idea.

The In

Essentially, the Corolla's cabin seems affably tidy-- the two-tone dash in my examination automobile had regular, otherwise exceptional, quality, as well as every little thing from the facility regulates to the gauges seemed customized for simple usability. The turn signals as well as home window switches operate with precisely fitted activities, and also though many plastics are tough to the touch, general fit as well as coating is commendable. Storage space locations are plentiful, with 2 stacked handwear cover areas, a sufficient facility console or even small pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm uncertain simple tidiness cuts it, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin raises control precision to another realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials really feel clumsy in comparison-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products and high end services. The Lancer and Focus go for braked with indoor styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears average-- dumbed-down, also-- which may not be a place Toyota can manage to be.

Front-seat headroom suffices, though my examination car had no moonroof, which would certainly take away about an inch of above area. The cloth seats were the subject of much argument at I located the furniture comfortable and well groomed, yet editors Mike Hanley and David Thomas thought it was dated and also low-grade. The driver's seat modifications won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is standard, however the seat has restricted back motion for taller chauffeurs.

Maybe that's an advantage; if the pole positions took a trip any farther back, back legroom would certainly end up being illogical. As it stands, legroom as well as headroom in back are simply sufficient for adults. Kudos to Toyota for keeping the flooring between the rear seats hump-free, which implies a 5th passenger could really have the ability to tolerate a brief trip in the facility seat there.

Trunk volume completes 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the reduced end of this segment. Here's how interior volume contrasts:


The 2009 Corolla earned the highest score, Excellent, in frontal collision examinations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety And Security. IIHS has actually not yet assessed the auto for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 typical airbags include side-impact air bags for the front seats and also side drape air bags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and anti-skid brakes are also basic; a number of rivals make ABS optional.

Grip control and also an electronic security system run as a $250 package on all trims however the XRS, where they're basic. The alternative is well worth the rate, given that lots of competitors get security control for higher trim degrees or don't provide it at all. The outbound Corolla charged $650 for the attribute. Toyota claims it's installed on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it may take some searching to locate one with it.

Functions & Prices

Without the location cost, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Common functions consist of cooling, power mirrors and also a CD stereo with a complementary jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific connection like Heir, Toyota's sibling nameplate, supplies.

The Corolla LE adds power windows as well as locks, while the XLE gets fake wood trim, backlit gauges as well as keyless entrance-- a $245 option on the LE that actually should be typical. Both the LE and also XLE consist of a transmission. The S and XRS sport numerous outside add-ons, in addition to sportier seats and also a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both models return to hand-operated door locks as well as home windows, though-- particularly unsatisfactory for the XRS, which sets you back more than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, warmed natural leather seats, a moonroof and also a navigating system are optional.

Lots an XRS to the hilt, and the sticker label turns up just reluctant of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla does not boast rather as much value for the cash as a few of its competitors do. Have a look at how an easily outfitted design compares:

Corolla in the marketplace

Gas gas mileage and also security credentials provide the Corolla lots of book appeal, and also if the vehicle's 40-year history is any sign, the latest version needs to prove as trusted as the sunrise. Disallowing any high quality snafus-- a substantial unidentified, thinking about the current Camry V-6's track record-- these aspects could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.

As a compact auto that appeals all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the sort of selection substantiated of your inner sense of duty-- a solid choice, maybe, for moms and dads looking for their teen chauffeur. The issue for Toyota is that a great deal of competitors have actually managed to package textbook sensibilities with compelling styling and fun-to-drive charm. Evaluated versus these competitors, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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