2010 toyota Corolla S

2010 Toyota Corolla S: Beside the larger Camry, the Corolla is one of the most important automobile in Toyota's lineup, but its redesign in 2014 left a lot of us right here at Cars.com flat. The outside is past traditional, the inside doesn't compare well to rivals from Honda and Mazda, and its base engine is anemic.

Go into the much more effective XRS trim level. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive fave of mine. A few of that joy is felt right here, however with a $18,860 starting rate-- my test automobile's sticker label hovered near $23,000, which didn't include navigating-- it does not resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented version like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and also it hardly handles to hold its own versus its competitors' non-performance base designs.

The examination vehicle was a 2009, yet the 2010-- already on sale-- includes no considerable adjustments. A lot of pricing is also the same.

2010 Toyota Corolla S


The largest upgrade to this more expensive trim includes the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is replaced with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, as well as the bigger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed automatic transmission rather than the base model's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed guidebook is typical for both engines. The brand-new engine equates to a much more pleasurable driving experience compared to the rest of the Corolla schedule, yet that resembles saying a Big Mac is much more impressive than a 59-cent hamburger. It must be.

What consumers ought to consider is how the XRS compares to the competition. I would certainly rank it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in regards to thrills, and also behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to well-rounded performance. I would certainly also claim the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, gets on par with the XRS. Also a base Civic and its trademark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly prosper against the costlier XRS.

The XRS' braking is also much enhanced over the conventional Corolla, however once more, that's because the standard is so inadequate.

Gas mileage undoubtedly takes a hit as a result of the upgraded power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an extremely thrifty 26/35 mpg for the base design with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg yet has virtually 40 hp more than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The rather monotonous look of the typical Corolla is tarted up here with more aggressive body moldings, larger wheels-- 17-inchers replace basic 15-inch wheels-- as well as a back looter. My red examination vehicle did indeed festinate, and a little less like the economic climate box it is compared to does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Bundle. The seats themselves were quite comfortable, wrapped in rather top quality black leather. However that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's huge disappointments is its dull, somewhat roughshod inside. While Toyota has actually always been one of the leaders in regards to indoor high quality despite the segment, the Corolla's plastics feel and look economical, and the controls are uncomfortable. Basically, absolutely nothing pleased.

The XRS does not get an altered inside, although my test automobile's all-black indoor hid some of the imperfections I saw in various other Corollas. High quality isn't on the same level with the Civic, as well as the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior decoration, with its swooping lines as well as innovative locations for displays as well as controls.

The Corolla's backseat is additionally tight. Despite the fact that rear legroom and headroom numbers are close to the competitors, hip room in back is considerably less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I didn't have an issue placing a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old son's feet were hanging in between the bucket seats, quite near the front occupants.

At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is greater than adequate; it's larger than the Honda's as well as Mazda's.


Toyota offers a number of a la carte options, which theoretically lets you decide on the ones you want. Most dealers, though, just order autos that have the packages with the most prominent options. My test auto's heated natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Bundle was $635 and also the transmission was $1,190, bringing the overall with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS in the marketplace
With its significant price tag, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the affordable portable segment. I would certainly contrast it closely with Nissan's SE-R, however also that auto showcases extra taking care of prowess.

Nonetheless, the XRS was never ever created to be the best efficiency compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. Because it does well, but when you think of all the fun-to-drive compacts with exceptional interiors that can be had for the exact same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla promptly ends up being an afterthought.

None of this appears to have deterred cars and truck purchasers, however. The Corolla continues to be one of the most prominent compact vehicle in the country as well as is constantly one of the very popular lorries of any kind of kind.

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