2010 toyota Corolla Xrs

2010 toyota Corolla Xrs: Next to the larger Camry, the Corolla is the most vital vehicle in Toyota's schedule, but its redesign in 2015 left most of us right here at Cars.com flat. The exterior is beyond traditional, the inside does not compare well to competitors from Honda and Mazda, as well as its base engine is anemic.

Enter the extra powerful XRS trim level. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive fave of mine. Some of that happiness is really felt right here, however with a $18,860 starting rate-- my test auto's sticker floated near $23,000, which really did not include navigating-- it doesn't come close to the experience of driving a performance-oriented design like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, as well as it barely manages to hold its very own versus its rivals' non-performance base versions.

The examination cars and truck was a 2009, but the 2010-- already on sale-- features no substantial modifications. Most pricing is also unmodified.

2010 toyota Corolla Xrs


The largest upgrade to this much more pricey trim features the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is changed with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, as well as the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission rather than the base design's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed manual is typical for both engines. The new engine equates to a a lot more delightful driving experience compared with the remainder of the Corolla lineup, but that resembles stating a Big Mac is a lot more impressive than a 59-cent burger. It should be.

What buyers must consider is just how the XRS stacks up against the competition. I would certainly rate it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of delights, and behind the revamped 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of well-rounded performance. I would certainly also claim the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller 148-hp engine, is on the same level with the XRS. Even a base Civic and its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly fare well versus the pricier XRS.

The XRS' stopping is also much improved over the common Corolla, yet once again, that's since the standard is so insufficient.

Gas mileage certainly takes a hit due to the updated power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared with an incredibly frugal 26/35 mpg for the base design with the manual transmission. The Civic Si obtains 21/29 mpg yet has virtually 40 hp greater than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its appearance. The rather uninteresting look of the typical Corolla is tarted up here with more aggressive body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers change standard 15-inch wheels-- and a back looter. My red examination automobile did certainly look sharp, and a little much less like the economic situation box it is compared to does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Package. The seats themselves were fairly comfy, covered in rather high-quality black natural leather. However that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's huge frustrations is its bland, somewhat roughshod inside. While Toyota has actually constantly been one of the leaders in terms of interior quality no matter the segment, the Corolla's plastics look affordable, as well as the controls are unpleasant. Basically, absolutely nothing amazed.

The XRS doesn't obtain a transformed interior, although my test vehicle's all-black interior concealed a few of the imperfections I discovered in various other Corollas. High quality isn't really on the same level with the Civic, as well as the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior design, with its stroking lines and innovative places for displays as well as controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is likewise tight. Even though rear legroom and also clearance numbers are close to the competition, hip area in back is dramatically less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have a trouble putting an exchangeable child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old child's feet were hanging in between the pail seats, rather close to the front occupants.

At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is more than adequate; it's larger than the Honda's and also Mazda's.


Toyota provides a number of a la carte options, which theoretically lets you pick the ones you desire. Most dealerships, though, only order cars that have the plans with the most popular choices. My examination vehicle's heated natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Bundle was $635 and the automatic transmission was $1,190, bringing the overall with destination charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS in the marketplace
With its substantial cost, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the competitive portable section. I would contrast it very closely with Nissan's SE-R, but also that auto features a lot more dealing with expertise.

Nonetheless, the XRS was never ever developed to be the best performance compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. Because it succeeds, yet when you think about all the fun-to-drive compacts with exceptional insides that can be had for the same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla swiftly ends up being a second thought.

None of this appears to have hindered cars and truck customers, however. The Corolla remains the most prominent small vehicle in the nation and is regularly among the best-selling cars of any type of kind.

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