2010 toyota Corolla

2010 Toyota Corolla: Beside the larger Camry, the Corolla is one of the most essential automobile in Toyota's lineup, but its redesign in 2014 left a lot of us below at Cars.com level. The outside is past conventional, the interior does not contrast well to opponents from Honda and also Mazda, and its base engine is anemic.

Get in the much more powerful XRS trim degree. The last generation of the XRS was a fun-to-drive favorite of mine. Several of that joy is felt here, however with a $18,860 beginning cost-- my test car's sticker label hovered near $23,000, which really did not include navigation-- it doesn't resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented version like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and also it barely takes care of to hold its very own versus its rivals' non-performance base designs.

The test vehicle was a 2009, but the 2010-- currently for sale-- includes no considerable modifications. The majority of pricing is additionally unchanged.

2010 Toyota Corolla


The most significant upgrade to this extra pricey 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, and the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission as opposed to the base version's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed manual is common for both engines. The new engine translates to a a lot more pleasurable driving experience compared to the rest of the Corolla schedule, yet that resembles claiming a Big Mac is extra excellent than a 59-cent hamburger. It should be.

What consumers must take into consideration is exactly how the XRS stacks up against the competitors. I 'd rank it far behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of delights, as well as behind the redesigned 167-hp Mazda3 s in terms of all-around efficiency. I would certainly additionally say the base Mazda3 sedan, with its smaller 148-hp engine, gets on the same level with the XRS. Also a base Civic as well as its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would fare well versus the pricier XRS.

The XRS' braking is likewise much improved over the common Corolla, however again, that's since the baseline is so insufficient.

Mileage undoubtedly takes a hit because of the upgraded power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared with an extremely frugal 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si obtains 21/29 mpg but has almost 40 hp greater than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The somewhat dull appearance of the standard Corolla is tarted up below with even more hostile body moldings, larger wheels-- 17-inchers replace basic 15-inch wheels-- and a rear looter. My red test automobile did without a doubt look sharp, as well as a little less like the economic climate box it is than does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Leather Package. The seats themselves were quite comfortable, wrapped in rather top quality black leather. But that's where the highlights end. Among the Corolla's large frustrations is its dull, somewhat roughshod inside. While Toyota has constantly been among the leaders in regards to indoor quality no matter the sector, the Corolla's plastics look cheap, and also the controls are awkward. Basically, nothing amazed.

The XRS does not get a modified inside, although my test automobile's all-black indoor concealed a few of the problems I observed in various other Corollas. Top quality isn't really on the same level with the Civic, and also the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in terms of interior decoration, with its diving lines and innovative places for screens and controls.

The Corolla's backseat is likewise tight. Despite the fact that rear legroom and headroom numbers are close to the competition, hip area in back is considerably less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I didn't have a trouble positioning an exchangeable child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old kid's feet were hanging between the pail seats, rather close to the front owners.

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


Toyota offers a number of a la carte options, which in theory lets you decide on the ones you desire. A lot of dealers, however, only order vehicles that have the bundles with one of the most popular choices. My examination automobile's heated 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 out there
With its substantial price, it's clear that the XRS falls well behind in the competitive portable segment. I would contrast it carefully with Nissan's SE-R, but also that car showcases much more managing prowess.

However, the XRS was never developed to be the very best performance compact; it's just a step up from the base Corolla. In that it succeeds, yet when you consider all the fun-to-drive compacts with exceptional insides that can be had for the same loan-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla swiftly ends up being an afterthought.

None of this seems to have prevented car purchasers, however. The Corolla remains the most prominent small auto in the nation and is regularly one of the very popular vehicles of any type of kind.

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