2010 toyota Corolla Le

2010 Toyota Corolla Le: Beside the bigger Camry, the Corolla is the most vital auto in Toyota's lineup, however its redesign in 2014 left a lot of us right here at Cars.com flat. The exterior is beyond traditional, the interior doesn't compare well to competitors from Honda as well as Mazda, and also its base engine is anemic.

Go into the more effective XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mine. Several of that happiness is really felt here, but with a $18,860 beginning rate-- my examination cars and truck's sticker label floated near $23,000, which didn't consist of navigation-- it doesn't resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented design like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, as well as it barely handles to hold its very own versus its competitors' non-performance base designs.

The test auto was a 2009, yet the 2010-- already on sale-- showcases no considerable changes. The majority of pricing is likewise unchanged.

2010 Toyota Corolla Le


The largest upgrade to this more pricey trim comes with the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is replaced with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission rather than the base model's somewhat-outdated four-speed.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 guidebook is common for both engines. The new engine means a much more pleasurable driving experience compared to the remainder of the Corolla schedule, but that's like claiming a Big Mac is extra remarkable than a 59-cent hamburger. It must be.

What buyers ought to think about is just how the XRS stacks up against the competition. I would certainly rate it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of thrills, and also behind the revamped 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of all-around efficiency. I would certainly also state the base Mazda3 car, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, gets on par with the XRS. Even a base Civic and its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly fare well against the pricier XRS.

The XRS' braking is additionally much enhanced over the basic Corolla, yet once again, that's since the standard is so inadequate.

Gas mileage undoubtedly takes a hit due to the updated power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an exceptionally frugal 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si obtains 21/29 mpg however has nearly 40 hp greater than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its appearance. The somewhat dull appearance of the conventional Corolla is tarted up below with even more hostile body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers change conventional 15-inch wheels-- and a back spoiler. My red examination vehicle did indeed festinate, and a little much less like the economy box it is than does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Package. The seats themselves were quite comfortable, covered in rather top quality black leather. But that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's huge dissatisfactions is its boring, somewhat roughshod interior. While Toyota has always been one of the leaders in terms of interior quality regardless of the section, the Corolla's plastics feel and look inexpensive, and the controls are uncomfortable. In short, absolutely nothing pleased.

The XRS doesn't obtain a transformed interior, although my examination auto's all-black interior hid a few of the defects I observed in various other Corollas. High quality isn't really on the same level with the Civic, and the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior decoration, with its swooping lines as well as innovative places for screens and controls.

The Corolla's backseat is additionally limited. Despite the fact that back legroom and also headroom numbers are close to the competitors, hip room in back is considerably less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have an issue placing an exchangeable child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old child's feet were dangling in between the container seats, very near to the front passengers.

At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is greater than appropriate; it's larger than the Honda's and also Mazda's.


Toyota provides a number of a la carte alternatives, which in theory allows you choose the ones you want. The majority of dealerships, though, only order cars that have the packages with the most preferred options. My test cars and truck's warmed leather seats were $1,490, a Power Plan was $635 as well as the automatic transmission was $1,190, bringing the total amount with destination charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS in the marketplace
With its significant cost, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the affordable portable section. I would compare it carefully with Nissan's SE-R, however also that car features more managing prowess.

Nevertheless, the XRS was never ever designed to be the very best performance compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. In that it succeeds, however when you consider all the fun-to-drive compacts with remarkable insides that can be had for the same cash-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla promptly ends up being a second thought.

None of this appears to have actually deterred cars and truck buyers, however. The Corolla remains one of the most prominent small car in the nation and is regularly one of the very successful automobiles of any type of kind.

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