2010 toyota Corolla Sport

2010 Toyota Corolla Sport: Beside the larger Camry, the Corolla is the most crucial vehicle in Toyota's schedule, but its redesign in 2015 left the majority of us below at Cars.com flat. The exterior is beyond conventional, the inside doesn't compare well to competitors from Honda and also Mazda, and its base engine is anemic.

Enter the more effective XRS trim level. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mine. Several of that happiness is felt right here, yet with a $18,860 starting cost-- my examination auto's sticker label floated 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 against its competitors' non-performance base models.

The examination auto was a 2009, but the 2010-- already on sale-- includes no significant changes. The majority of prices is likewise unchanged.

2010 Toyota Corolla Sport


The largest upgrade to this a lot more pricey trim has the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is changed with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed automatic transmission rather than the base design's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed guidebook is common for both engines. The brand-new engine translates to a far more satisfying driving experience compared to the rest of the Corolla schedule, yet that resembles claiming a Big Mac is more impressive compared to a 59-cent hamburger. It needs to be.

What customers must take into consideration is just how the XRS compares to the competitors. I would certainly rate it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of delights, and behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to all-around performance. I would certainly additionally claim the base Mazda3 car, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, is on the same level with the XRS. Also a base Civic and its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would fare well versus the pricier XRS.

The XRS' braking is also much boosted over the standard Corolla, however again, that's since the standard is so poor.

Gas mileage certainly takes a hit because of the upgraded power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an incredibly penny-wise 26/35 mpg for the base design with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg but has nearly 40 hp greater than the XRS.


A highlight of the XRS trim is its appearance. The somewhat dull appearance of the conventional Corolla is tarted up right here with even more aggressive body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers change standard 15-inch wheels-- as well as a rear spoiler. My red test auto did certainly look sharp, and also 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 Plan. The seats themselves were fairly comfortable, wrapped in rather top quality black leather. But that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's big dissatisfactions is its bland, somewhat roughshod interior. While Toyota has actually always been just one of the leaders in terms of indoor quality no matter the segment, the Corolla's plastics look cheap, and the controls are uncomfortable. In short, absolutely nothing pleased.

The XRS doesn't obtain a transformed interior, although my examination cars and truck's all-black interior hid several of the defects I observed in various other Corollas. High quality isn't really on par with the Civic, and the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior decoration, with its jumping lines and cutting-edge locations for displays and controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is also limited. Although back legroom and also clearance numbers are close to the competition, hip area in back is substantially less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I didn't have a trouble positioning a convertible child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old child's feet were dangling in between the pail seats, pretty near the front residents.

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


Toyota supplies a number of a la carte alternatives, which in theory lets you decide on the ones you desire. The majority of dealerships, though, just order automobiles that have the plans with one of the most popular alternatives. My examination vehicle's warmed natural leather seats were $1,490, a Power Plan was $635 and also the automatic transmission was $1,190, bringing the total amount with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS out there
With its significant cost, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the affordable portable section. I would contrast it carefully with Nissan's SE-R, but even that car showcases extra handling expertise.

However, the XRS was never developed to be the very best efficiency compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. In that it does well, yet when you think about all the fun-to-drive compacts with premium interiors that can be had for the very same money-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla quickly ends up being an afterthought.

None of this seems to have actually hindered auto buyers, however. The Corolla stays one of the most popular portable automobile in the country and also is regularly one of the best-selling lorries of any type of kind.

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