Toyota Corolla 2009

Toyota Corolla 2009: Toyota's upgraded Corolla is a bit like the healthy-fare section of a dining establishment food selection: On paper, its qualities need to attract lots of left-brained buyers, but like the overcooked tilapia you're constantly stuck forking through, its general appeal is missing something. If compact sedans drew just on sensible sensibilities, this Corolla can have risen to the top-- as well as, indeed, with rising gas rates, it still might. Given that today's best tiny autos handle to ignite both sides of the mind, however, Toyota's latest entrance underwhelms.

The Corolla is available in Standard, LE and also XLE trim degrees; most include a transmission. Click on this link to see a comparison with the 2008 design. A sportier variation is offered in S or XRS trims, while the upgraded Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Vibe serve as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.

Toyota Corolla 2009

Exactly how it Relocations

A lot of trim levels, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually typically discovered to be the norm amongst portable automobiles, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, giving the engine an excited sensation around town. Highway acceleration is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated ends up being something of a liability, especially if you're bring passengers. Motivating the transmission to kick below 4th to third takes a collective prod on the gas, and speeding up from 30 to 50 miles per hour occasionally requires 2nd equipment-- as well as a fair bit of engine sound-- to get up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the fleet the week prior to the Corolla, has a five-speed automatic, and its drivetrain feels distinctly much more up to the job of high-speed passing.

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

Though I didn't drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the new Matrix, and also it's an incredibly flexible powertrain. Its gas mileage penalty is substantial, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automatic, as compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine as well as either transmission. The gas mileage numbers for the base engine are specifically outstanding:

Anti-skid brakes are typical, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test automobile seemed a bit mushy, especially as compared to the braking reaction from four-wheel-disc vehicles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, as well as he found in one circumstances that ABS kicked in prematurely and led to a distressing side stumble as the auto came to a stop.

Suspension equipment includes an independent front as well as semi-independent, torsion beam rear-- once more, substandard to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent back suspension, but also the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion beam; a Toyota spokesman said that's because the Matrix is a naturally sportier vehicle.) Freeway ride top quality is acceptable, with restricted wind as well as roadway sound, yet or else the Corolla imparts a sloppy driving experience. Strike a growth joint while rounding an offramp, as well as the wheels shimmy laterally dramatically. The steering wheel has a comfortable on-center feeling, but it transforms with a numb, remote feeling, and also tough edges evoke a lot of body roll.

The Civic and Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, appear much more specific in all three pertains to. The Corolla XRS might confirm sharper, too-- it has a quicker steering ratio and a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're seeking far better handling, it's most likely worth looking into. Keep in mind that the XRS has an unsatisfactory 36.3-foot turning circle, while various other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter number is affordable with the Civic as well as Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and Lancer (32.8 ).

Just how it Looks

The Corolla's most current expression, which Toyota says it established with the help of style studios in Italy, seems much more hostile than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights as well as an indentation in the grille for Toyota's logo design make it similar to the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outward bound Corolla's. It's an organized look that takes few threats, and I doubt it will certainly locate numerous followers or detractors.

Wheels variety from 15 to 17 inches in diameter. The Corolla S and XRS include haze lights, bumper expansions and also a rear spoiler, raising the styling mercury to someplace around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You can make a decision whether that's a good thing.

The Within

Essentially, the Corolla's cabin appears affably neat-- the two-tone dash in my test cars and truck had consistent, otherwise superior, top quality, as well as every little thing from the facility regulates to the gauges seemed tailored for straightforward functionality. The directional signal as well as home window switches run with exactly fitted activities, and also though most plastics are hard to the touch, overall fit and also coating is respectable. Storage space locations are plentiful, with two stacked glove compartments, an adequate center console or even little pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm not exactly sure simple cleanliness cuts it, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin elevates control accuracy to another realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials really feel clumsy in contrast-- as well as the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products and upscale amenities. The Lancer and also Focus go for braked with interior designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla seems typical-- dumbed-down, even-- which may not be a place Toyota could manage to be.

Front-seat headroom suffices, though my examination vehicle had no moonroof, which would certainly take away concerning an inch of overhead space. The cloth seats were the topic of much dispute at I located the upholstery comfortable and well groomed, yet editors Mike Hanley and David Thomas thought it was dated and low-grade. The driver's seat modifications won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is typical, yet the seat has actually restricted rear activity for taller motorists.

Maybe that's a good idea; if the pole positions took a trip any kind of farther back, rear legroom would become untenable. As it stands, legroom and also headroom in back are just sufficient for grownups. Kudos to Toyota for maintaining the floor between the back seats hump-free, which means a 5th traveler might in fact have the ability to tolerate a short trip in the facility seat there.

Trunk quantity totals 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the low end of this sector. Here's exactly how indoor quantity contrasts:


The 2009 Corolla earned the highest possible score, Excellent, in frontal collision tests from the Insurance coverage Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS has not yet examined the cars and truck for side-impacts. The Corolla's six standard air bags include side-impact airbags for the front seats and side drape airbags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and also antilock brakes are additionally typical; a number of rivals make ABDOMINAL optional.

Grip control and also an electronic security system run as a $250 plan on all trims however the XRS, where they're standard. The choice is well worth the cost, considered that lots of competitors reserve security control for higher trim levels or don't offer it at all. The outgoing Corolla billed $650 for the feature. Toyota says it's installed on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it might take some searching to discover one with it.

Features & Pricing

Without the destination fee, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Basic attributes include air conditioning, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with an auxiliary jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific connection like Scion, Toyota's brother or sister nameplate, supplies.

The Corolla LE includes power windows as well as locks, while the XLE obtains phony wood trim, backlit determines and keyless entry-- a $245 option on the LE that actually should certainly be standard. Both the LE and also XLE consist of a transmission. The S as well as XRS sporting activity various exterior attachments, along with sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both versions go back to hands-on door locks as well as home windows, however-- specifically frustrating for the XRS, which costs greater than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, warmed natural leather seats, a moonroof and a navigation system are optional.

Lots an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker shows up just reluctant of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't flaunt rather as much worth for the money as a few of its competitors do. Check out exactly how a conveniently outfitted version contrasts:

Corolla out there

Gas gas mileage as well as safety credentials provide the Corolla plenty of textbook allure, and also if the automobile's 40-year background is any indication, the current version ought to prove as reputable as the dawn. Disallowing any kind of high quality snafus-- a significant unknown, taking into consideration the most recent Camry V-6's track record-- these aspects could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.

As a compact auto that appeals all fronts, however, the Corolla lets down. It's the type of choice born out of your inner sense of obligation-- a solid choice, maybe, for moms and dads shopping for their teen vehicle driver. The issue for Toyota is that a lot of competitors have managed to package textbook sensibilities with engaging designing and also fun-to-drive charm. Judged against these rivals, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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