2009 toyota Corolla

2009 Toyota Corolla: Toyota's redesigned Corolla is a bit like the healthy-fare portion of a restaurant menu: Theoretically, its qualities ought to attract lots of left-brained buyers, however like the overcooked tilapia you're always stuck forking through, its overall appeal is missing out on something. If small cars attracted only on sensible perceptiveness, this Corolla might have risen to the top-- and, indeed, with rising gas prices, it still might. Given that today's best little automobiles take care of to pique both sides of the brain, nonetheless, Toyota's latest access underwhelms.

The Corolla is available in Requirement, LE as well as XLE trim levels; most consist of an automatic transmission. Visit this site to see a comparison with the 2008 model. A sportier version is provided in S or XRS trims, while the upgraded Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Ambiance serve as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.


2009 Toyota Corolla


Just how it Moves

Many trim degrees, including the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually generally discovered to be the standard among compact cars and trucks, the Corolla's accelerator responds with a light touch, offering the engine an eager sensation around town. Freeway velocity is much less energetic, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic comes to be something of a liability, particularly if you're carrying passengers. Prompting the transmission to kick below 4th to 3rd takes a concerted prod on the gas, and also speeding up from 30 to 50 mph occasionally requires second equipment-- as well as quite a bit of engine noise-- 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, as well as its drivetrain really feels decidedly much more as much as the job of high-speed death.

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

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

Antilock brakes are basic, though all trims yet the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test vehicle appeared a bit mushy, especially as compared to the braking feedback from four-wheel-disc autos 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 instance that ABS kicked in prematurely and resulted in a disturbing side lurch as the automobile came to a stop.

Suspension hardware consists of an independent front as well as semi-independent, torsion light beam back-- once more, substandard to rivals with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Specific Matrixes have an independent rear suspension, however also the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion beam; a Toyota spokesperson stated that's since the Matrix is a naturally sportier automobile.) Freeway flight high quality is acceptable, with limited wind as well as road sound, however otherwise the Corolla imparts a careless driving experience. Hit a growth joint while rounding an offramp, as well as the wheels vibrate laterally considerably. The steering wheel has a comfortable on-center feeling, but it turns with a numb, distant feel, and tough corners generate lots of body roll.

The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem a lot more accurate in all three regards. The Corolla XRS might verify sharper, as well-- it has a quicker steering ratio and a suspension-stiffening strut-tower brace, so if you're seeking better handling, it's probably worth having a look at. Note that the XRS has an unsatisfactory 36.3-foot turning circle, while various other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last figure is competitive with the Civic as well as Sentra, though it loses to the Elantra (33.9 feet) as well as Lancer (32.8 ).

Exactly how it Looks

The Corolla's newest expression, which Toyota states it established with the help of design workshops in Italy, seems 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 outgoing Corolla's. It's an orderly appearance that takes couple of threats, and I question it will certainly locate lots of fans or critics.

Wheels variety from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S and also XRS include fog lights, bumper expansions and also a back looter, raising the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could determine whether that's an advantage.

The Inside

For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably clean-- the two-tone dashboard in my test car had consistent, if not outstanding, top quality, and also every little thing from the center regulates to the gauges seemed tailored for straightforward usability. The directional signal as well as window switches operate with precisely fitted motions, and though most plastics are difficult to the touch, overall fit as well as coating is reputable. Storage areas are plentiful, with two piled handwear cover areas, an enough facility console or even little pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm not exactly sure plain cleanliness cuts it, nonetheless. The Civic's cabin boosts control precision to an additional realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONER dials feel clumsy in contrast-- and the Elantra boasts soft-touch materials as well as high end services. The Lancer and Emphasis choose braked with interior designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla seems typical-- dumbed-down, even-- and that could not be an area Toyota could manage to be.

Front-seat headroom suffices, though my examination automobile had no moonroof, which would certainly remove regarding an inch of overhead area. The cloth seats were the subject of much discussion at Cars.com: I located the furniture comfy as well as well groomed, however editors Mike Hanley and David Thomas assumed it was dated as well as low-grade. The vehicle driver's seat changes won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is standard, yet the seat has actually restricted back activity for taller chauffeurs.

Perhaps that's a good thing; if the front seats took a trip any type of farther back, back legroom would end up being illogical. As it stands, legroom and also headroom in back are simply adequate for grownups. Kudos to Toyota for maintaining the flooring in between the rear seats hump-free, which means a fifth traveler might in fact be able to endure a short journey in the facility seat there.

Trunk volume totals 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the low end of this sector. Below's exactly how indoor volume contrasts:

Safety and security

The 2009 Corolla made the highest score, Good, in frontal collision examinations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Security. IIHS has not yet evaluated the car for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 standard air bags include side-impact air bags for the pole positions and side curtain air bags for both rows. Energetic front head restrictions and anti-skid brakes are additionally conventional; a number of competitors make ABS optional.

Traction control and also a digital stability system run as a $250 bundle on all trims but the XRS, where they're conventional. The option is well worth the rate, considered that many rivals book security control for greater trim degrees or don't offer it whatsoever. The outward bound Corolla billed $650 for the feature. Toyota says it's installed on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, though, so it might take some searching to discover one with it.

Features & Pricing

Without the location charge, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Standard functions consist of cooling, power mirrors and also a CD stereo with a complementary jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific connection like Successor, Toyota's sibling nameplate, provides.

The Corolla LE includes power windows as well as locks, while the XLE gets phony wood trim, backlit determines and also keyless access-- a $245 choice on the LE that truly should certainly be standard. Both the LE as well as XLE consist of a transmission. The S and also XRS sport numerous outside attachments, along with sportier seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both versions go back to hands-on door locks as well as home windows, however-- especially unsatisfactory for the XRS, which costs more than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, heated leather seats, a moonroof and a navigation system are optional.

Load an XRS to the handle, and the sticker label shows up simply shy of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla doesn't boast rather as much value for the money as several of its rivals do. Take a look at exactly how a pleasantly equipped design contrasts:

Corolla in the marketplace

Gas mileage and also safety credentials lend the Corolla lots of book appeal, and if the car's 40-year background is any type of sign, the latest variation must prove as reliable as the sunup. Disallowing any kind of quality snafus-- a significant unidentified, considering the current Camry V-6's track record-- these elements could be enough to drive the Corolla's success.

As a small vehicle that appeals all fronts, nonetheless, the Corolla lets down. It's the type of option substantiated of your inner sense of duty-- a solid pick, possibly, for moms and dads buying their teen motorist. The issue for Toyota is that a lot of competitors have actually handled to package book sensibilities with compelling designing as well as fun-to-drive allure. Judged against these opponents, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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