2009 toyota Corolla Xrs

2009 Toyota Corolla Xrs: Toyota's redesigned Corolla is a little bit like the healthy-fare portion of a dining establishment menu: On paper, its high qualities ought to attract lots of left-brained customers, yet like the overcooked tilapia you're always stuck forking with, its total charm is missing something. If small sedans attracted just on prudent sensibilities, this Corolla can have risen to the top-- and, certainly, with climbing gas rates, it still might. Considered that today's ideal tiny cars and trucks take care of to pique both sides of the mind, nonetheless, Toyota's newest entry underwhelms.

The Corolla can be found in Criterion, LE and also XLE trim degrees; most consist of a transmission. Go here to see a contrast with the 2008 model. A sportier variation is used in S or XRS trims, while the redesigned Toyota Matrix as well as Pontiac Vibe work as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.

2009 Toyota Corolla Xrs

How it Relocations

Most trim levels, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually generally discovered to be the norm among portable autos, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, offering the engine an excited sensation around community. Highway velocity is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automated comes to be something of an obligation, especially if you're carrying passengers. Motivating the transmission to kick below 4th to 3rd takes a concerted prod on the gas, as well as increasing from 30 to 50 mph occasionally calls for second equipment-- and also a fair bit of engine sound-- to get up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the Cars.com fleet the week before the Corolla, has a five-speed automated, as well as its drivetrain really feels decidedly much more as much as the job of high-speed passing away.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's how the two engines contrast:

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

Anti-skid brakes are common, though all trims however the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test cars and truck appeared a little bit mushy, particularly as 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 rain, and he found in one instance that ABS kicked in prematurely and also led to a disturbing side stumble as the cars and truck pulled up.

Suspension equipment includes an independent front and semi-independent, torsion beam of light back-- once more, substandard to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Particular Matrixes have an independent back suspension, yet also the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion light beam; a Toyota spokesperson stated that's due to the fact that the Matrix is a naturally sportier cars and truck.) Freeway ride high quality is acceptable, with limited wind and roadway noise, yet or else the Corolla conveys a sloppy driving experience. Hit a growth joint while rounding an offramp, and also the wheels shimmy laterally significantly. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, yet it turns with a numb, far-off feel, and also difficult corners generate plenty of body roll.

The Civic and Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem much more accurate in all three concerns. The Corolla XRS might prove sharper, too-- it has a quicker guiding ratio and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're trying to find much better handling, it's most likely worth looking into. Keep in mind that the XRS has a disappointing 36.3-foot transforming circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last number is affordable with the Civic and Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) as well as Lancer (32.8 ).

How it Looks

The Corolla's most current expression, which Toyota claims it established with the help of layout workshops in Italy, appears a lot more aggressive compared to that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights as well as an impression in the grille for Toyota's logo make it much like the bigger Camry, while the tail remembers the outbound Corolla's. It's an orderly look that takes few risks, and I question it will certainly locate many fans or detractors.

Wheels range from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S and also XRS add haze lights, bumper extensions and also a back spoiler, raising the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could decide whether that's an advantage.

The Within

For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably neat-- the two-tone dashboard in my examination automobile had regular, if not outstanding, top quality, as well as everything from the center regulates to the gauges appeared customized for simple use. The turn indicator and home window switches operate with exactly fitted movements, as well as though most plastics are hard to the touch, overall fit and coating is commendable. Storage space areas are plentiful, with two stacked handwear cover areas, an adequate facility console as well as tiny pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm not exactly sure simple tidiness suffices, nevertheless. The Civic's cabin raises control accuracy to an additional world-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials really feel awkward in contrast-- and the Elantra flaunts soft-touch products as well as upscale amenities. The Lancer and also Emphasis opt for braked with indoor styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears average-- dumbed-down, also-- which might not be a place Toyota could afford to be.

Front-seat headroom is adequate, though my test vehicle had no moonroof, which would eliminate concerning an inch of overhanging area. The cloth seats were the topic of much argument at Cars.com: I found the upholstery comfy as well as well groomed, yet editors Mike Hanley and David Thomas assumed it was dated and also low-grade. The motorist's seat changes won little support-- a height-adjustment jack is basic, yet the seat has actually restricted back motion for taller chauffeurs.

Maybe that's an advantage; if the pole positions took a trip any farther back, rear legroom would certainly come to be untenable. As it stands, legroom and also clearance in back are simply ample for grownups. Congratulations to Toyota for maintaining the flooring in between the rear seats hump-free, which implies a fifth passenger may in fact have the ability to endure a short trip in the center seat there.

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


The 2009 Corolla made the greatest rating, Excellent, in frontal crash tests from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Safety. IIHS has actually not yet assessed the car for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 standard air bags consist of side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side curtain airbags for both rows. Active front head restrictions and anti-skid brakes are likewise basic; a number of rivals make ABS optional.

Grip control and also a digital security system run as a $250 plan on all trims yet the XRS, where they're standard. The alternative is well worth the rate, given that many rivals reserve security control for higher trim levels or do not provide it whatsoever. The outgoing Corolla billed $650 for the attribute. Toyota states it's mounted on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it may take some searching to locate one with it.

Attributes & Rates

Without the location fee, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Standard features consist of cooling, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with a supporting jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific connection like Scion, Toyota's sibling nameplate, offers.

The Corolla LE includes power home windows and also locks, while the XLE obtains fake wood trim, backlit determines and keyless entry-- a $245 alternative on the LE that actually should certainly be standard. Both the LE as well as XLE include an automatic transmission. The S and XRS sporting activity various exterior attachments, along with sportier seats and also a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both designs revert to hands-on door locks and also windows, though-- especially frustrating for the XRS, which costs more than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, heated leather seats, a moonroof as well as a navigating system are optional.

Lots an XRS to the handle, as well as the sticker label shows up simply timid of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla does not boast quite as much worth for the cash as a few of its competitors do. Look into just how a conveniently geared up version compares:

Corolla in the Market

Gas mileage as well as safety qualifications lend the Corolla a lot of book appeal, as well as if the auto's 40-year history is any sign, the most recent variation needs to confirm as reliable as the dawn. Disallowing any high quality snafus-- a substantial unknown, thinking about the most up to date Camry V-6's performance history-- these factors could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.

As a small automobile that hits on all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla lets down. It's the sort of option born out of your inner sense of responsibility-- a solid choice, perhaps, for moms and dads buying their teen chauffeur. The trouble for Toyota is that a lot of competitors have actually managed to package textbook perceptiveness with engaging designing and also fun-to-drive allure. Judged versus these rivals, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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