2009 toyota Corolla S

2009 Toyota Corolla S: Toyota's redesigned Corolla is a little bit like the healthy-fare portion of a restaurant food selection: On paper, its high qualities must draw lots of left-brained buyers, however like the overcooked tilapia you're always stuck forking with, its overall charm is missing something. If portable cars drew just on prudent sensibilities, this Corolla might have risen to the top-- and also, undoubtedly, with increasing gas rates, it still might. Considered that today's ideal little vehicles take care of to stimulate both sides of the mind, nevertheless, Toyota's most current access underwhelms.

The Corolla can be found in Requirement, LE and XLE trim degrees; most include a transmission. Click on this link to see a contrast with the 2008 version. A sportier variation is used in S or XRS trims, while the upgraded Toyota Matrix as well as Pontiac Ambiance function as hatchback offshoots. I drove a Corolla XLE.

2009 Toyota Corolla S

How it Relocations

A lot of trim degrees, including the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've normally found to be the standard amongst small cars and trucks, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, offering the engine an anxious feeling around community. Highway acceleration is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic becomes something of a liability, particularly if you're carrying passengers. Prompting the transmission to kick below 4th to 3rd takes a collective prod on the gas, and also accelerating from 30 to 50 miles per hour sometimes needs second gear-- and also quite a bit of engine sound-- to obtain up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the Cars.com fleet the week prior to the Corolla, has a five-speed automatic, and also its drivetrain really feels distinctly extra up to the job of high-speed passing away.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Right here's just how both engines contrast:

Though I didn't drive the Corolla XRS, I have actually driven that engine in the new Matrix, and also it's an extremely adaptable powertrain. Its mileage charge is significant, 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 and also either transmission. The mileage numbers for the base engine are especially remarkable:

Antilock brakes are basic, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my examination cars and truck appeared a little bit mushy, especially compared to 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 also he found in one circumstances that ABS begun too soon and also resulted in an upsetting side stumble as the vehicle pulled up.

Suspension hardware includes an independent front and semi-independent, torsion light beam rear-- once again, inferior to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent back suspension, however even the Corolla XRS sticks with the torsion beam of light; a Toyota spokesman stated that's due to the fact that the Matrix is an inherently sportier auto.) Freeway trip top quality is acceptable, with minimal wind and road noise, but or else the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Strike an expansion joint while rounding an offramp, and also the wheels shimmy laterally significantly. The steering wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, however it turns with a numb, remote feel, as well as tough edges generate lots of body roll.

The Civic and also Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem more exact in all three concerns. The Corolla XRS could show sharper, too-- it has a quicker steering ratio and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're searching for better handling, it's most likely worth having a look at. Note that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last figure is competitive with the Civic as well as Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and Lancer (32.8 ).

Exactly how it Looks

The Corolla's most current expression, which Toyota states it established with the help of layout workshops in Italy, appears much more aggressive compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights and an imprint in the grille for Toyota's logo make it similar to the larger Camry, while the tail recalls the outward bound Corolla's. It's an organized appearance that takes couple of threats, as well as I doubt it will find many followers or detractors.

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

The Inside

Generally, the Corolla's cabin seems affably clean-- the two-tone dashboard in my examination automobile had constant, if not impressive, quality, as well as every little thing from the center regulates to the assesses seemed tailored for uncomplicated functionality. The turn indicator and home window switches operate with precisely fitted activities, and also though a lot of plastics are hard to the touch, overall fit as well as surface is reputable. Storage space locations are plentiful, with two stacked handwear cover areas, a sufficient center console as well as small pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm not sure plain cleanliness cuts it, however. The Civic's cabin boosts control precision to an additional world-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials really feel clumsy in contrast-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products as well as high end services. The Lancer as well as Emphasis choose braked with indoor styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears average-- dumbed-down, also-- which could not be a place Toyota can pay for to be.

Front-seat headroom is adequate, though my examination automobile had no moonroof, which would certainly eliminate concerning an inch of above space. The cloth seats were the subject of much debate at Cars.com: I located the upholstery comfortable and also well brushed, yet editors Mike Hanley as well as David Thomas believed it was dated as well as low-grade. The driver's seat changes won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is common, however the seat has actually restricted back movement for taller motorists.

Probably that's a good idea; if the front seats traveled any type of farther back, back legroom would come to be illogical. As it stands, legroom and also headroom in back are just sufficient for adults. Congratulations to Toyota for maintaining the floor in between the rear seats hump-free, which indicates a fifth guest may really have the ability to endure a brief trip in the facility seat there.

Trunk quantity totals 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the reduced end of this segment. Below's exactly how interior volume contrasts:


The 2009 Corolla earned the greatest rating, Good, in frontal crash tests from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Safety. IIHS has not yet examined the automobile for side-impacts. The Corolla's six standard airbags include side-impact airbags for the pole positions and also side curtain air bags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and anti-skid brakes are also standard; a variety of competitors make ABS optional.

Grip control and a digital stability system run as a $250 package on all trims however the XRS, where they're standard. The choice is well worth the price, considered that lots of competitors reserve stability control for greater trim degrees or don't use it in any way. The outward bound Corolla charged $650 for the function. Toyota says it's installed on just 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it could take some looking to locate one with it.

Attributes & Pricing

Without the destination cost, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Standard attributes include a/c, power mirrors and a CD stereo with a supporting jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific connection like Successor, Toyota's brother or sister nameplate, supplies.

The Corolla LE includes power windows and also locks, while the XLE gets phony wood trim, backlit evaluates and also keyless access-- a $245 alternative on the LE that really should certainly be conventional. Both the LE as well as XLE include a transmission. The S and XRS sporting activity numerous exterior attachments, together with sportier seats and also a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both versions go back to hands-on door locks and home windows, however-- especially disappointing for the XRS, which sets you back greater than the better-equipped XLE. Power devices, warmed leather seats, a moonroof and a navigation system are optional.

Tons an XRS to the hilt, as well as the sticker label comes up simply timid of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't flaunt quite as much value for the money as some of its competitors do. Look into how a pleasantly furnished model contrasts:

Corolla in the Market

Gas mileage and also safety and security credentials offer the Corolla a lot of textbook charm, as well as if the cars and truck's 40-year history is any kind of sign, the current version must prove as trustworthy as the sunup. Barring any type of high quality snafus-- a considerable unidentified, considering the latest Camry V-6's track record-- these variables could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.

As a small automobile that hits on all fronts, nonetheless, the Corolla dissatisfies. It's the type of option born out of your inner sense of duty-- a strong choice, probably, for moms and dads shopping for their teen chauffeur. The trouble for Toyota is that a lot of rivals have handled to package book perceptiveness with compelling designing and fun-to-drive allure. Judged against these rivals, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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