Toyota Corolla 2009

Toyota Corolla 2009: Toyota's upgraded Corolla is a little bit like the healthy-fare section of a dining establishment menu: On paper, its high qualities need to draw a lot of left-brained customers, but like the overcooked tilapia you're constantly stuck forking via, its overall charm is missing out on something. If compact cars attracted only on prudent perceptiveness, this Corolla might have risen to the top-- and, without a doubt, with climbing gas rates, it still might. Considered that today's ideal small vehicles take care of to pique both sides of the mind, however, Toyota's most current entry underwhelms.

The Corolla is available in Requirement, LE and also XLE trim degrees; most consist of a transmission. Visit this site to see a contrast with the 2008 model. A sportier variation is used in S or XRS trims, while the revamped Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Ambiance work as hatchback descendants. I drove a Corolla XLE.

Toyota Corolla 2009

Just how it Relocations

Most trim levels, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I've generally found to be the norm amongst compact autos, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, offering the engine an anxious feeling around town. Highway velocity is less energised, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic ends up being something of a responsibility, especially if you're lugging travelers. Prompting the transmission to kick below 4th to third takes a concerted prod on the gas, and speeding up from 30 to 50 miles per hour sometimes calls for second gear-- and a fair bit of engine noise-- to get up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the fleet the week before the Corolla, has a five-speed automated, as well as its drivetrain really feels extremely more approximately the job of high-speed death.

A 2.4-liter four-cylinder powers the Corolla XRS. Here's how the two engines contrast:

Though I really did not drive the Corolla XRS, I've driven that engine in the new Matrix, and also it's a remarkably flexible powertrain. Its gas mileage penalty is significant, though: In the Corolla it returns 22/29 mpg (city/highway) with a stick or 22/30 with an automatic, as compared to 27/35 mpg with the 1.8-liter engine as well as either transmission. The gas mileage numbers for the base engine are especially excellent:

Antilock brakes are basic, though all trims yet the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test cars and truck appeared a little bit mushy, particularly as compared to the braking reaction from four-wheel-disc automobiles like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, as well as he located in one instance that ABS started too soon as well as caused a distressing lateral lurch as the car came to a stop.

Suspension hardware includes an independent front and also semi-independent, torsion beam rear-- again, inferior to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Certain Matrixes have an independent back suspension, however also the Corolla XRS sticks to the torsion beam of light; a Toyota spokesman said that's due to the fact that the Matrix is an inherently sportier automobile.) Freeway trip top quality serves, with minimal wind and road sound, but or else the Corolla conveys a sloppy driving experience. Strike a growth joint while rounding an offramp, and also the wheels vibrate laterally considerably. The guiding wheel has a comfy on-center feeling, but it transforms with a numb, remote feeling, and hard edges evoke plenty of body roll.

The Civic and Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem more accurate in all three regards. The Corolla XRS may confirm sharper, as well-- it has a quicker steering ratio and also a suspension-stiffening strut-tower support, so if you're looking for far better handling, it's possibly worth looking into. Note that the XRS has a frustrating 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The last number is competitive with the Civic and Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and also Lancer (32.8 ).

Just how it Looks

The Corolla's latest expression, which Toyota states it created with the help of style workshops in Italy, seems a lot more hostile than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular fronts lights and an indentation in the grille for Toyota's logo make it similar to the bigger Camry, while the tail remembers the outgoing Corolla's. It's an orderly look that takes couple of threats, and also I doubt it will find many fans or critics.

Wheels variety from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S as well as XRS add haze lights, bumper expansions as well as a back looter, elevating the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You could choose whether that's a good thing.

The Within

For the most part, the Corolla's cabin appears affably neat-- the two-tone dashboard in my examination auto had consistent, otherwise outstanding, high quality, and also whatever from the facility controls to the gauges appeared tailored for simple functionality. The directional signal as well as window buttons run with specifically fitted movements, as well as though many plastics are tough to the touch, total fit and also coating is decent. Storage locations abound, with two stacked glove compartments, an adequate center console or even little pockets flanking the facility controls.

I'm not exactly sure plain tidiness suffices, nonetheless. The Civic's cabin elevates control precision to another world-- the Corolla's A/C dials really feel clumsy in comparison-- and also the Elantra flaunts soft-touch materials as well as upscale services. The Lancer and also Focus choose broke with indoor styling. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla appears typical-- dumbed-down, even-- and that may not be a location Toyota can afford to be.

Front-seat clearance is adequate, though my test automobile had no moonroof, which would eliminate concerning an inch of overhead area. The cloth seats were the topic of much argument at I discovered the furniture comfy as well as perfectly groomed, but editors Mike Hanley and David Thomas believed it was dated and also low-grade. The driver's seat changes won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is basic, yet the seat has actually restricted back activity for taller vehicle drivers.

Possibly that's a good thing; if the front seats traveled any type of further back, rear legroom would certainly come to be untenable. As it stands, legroom and headroom in back are simply ample for grownups. Congratulations to Toyota for keeping the flooring between the back seats hump-free, which implies a 5th passenger may in fact have the ability to endure a brief trip in the center seat there.

Trunk quantity totals 12.3 cubic feet, which is at the reduced end of this section. Below's just how indoor volume compares:


The 2009 Corolla gained the highest score, Good, in frontal crash tests from the Insurance policy Institute for Freeway Safety. IIHS has actually not yet evaluated the auto for side-impacts. The Corolla's 6 standard airbags include side-impact air bags for the front seats and also side curtain airbags for both rows. Active front head restrictions as well as antilock brakes are likewise basic; a variety of competitors make ABDOMINAL optional.

Grip control as well as a digital stability system run as a $250 package on all trims yet the XRS, where they're standard. The alternative is well worth the cost, given that many rivals reserve security control for greater trim degrees or do not provide it in all. The outgoing Corolla charged $650 for the feature. Toyota states it's mounted on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it could take some searching to find one with it.

Features & Prices

Without the location cost, the Corolla starts at $15,250. Common attributes consist of a/c, power mirrors and a CD stereo with a complementary jack. Note that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Successor, Toyota's brother or sister nameplate, offers.

The Corolla LE adds power windows as well as locks, while the XLE gets phony wood trim, backlit evaluates and also keyless access-- a $245 alternative on the LE that truly ought to be conventional. Both the LE and XLE consist of an automatic transmission. The S as well as XRS sport numerous outside attachments, together with sportier seats as well as a leather-trimmed wheel with audio controls. Both models change to hand-operated door locks and also home windows, however-- specifically unsatisfactory for the XRS, which costs greater than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, heated natural leather seats, a moonroof as well as a navigation system are optional.

Tons an XRS to the handle, and also the sticker comes up just reluctant of $25,000. All told, the Corolla doesn't boast quite as much worth for the cash as some of its competitors do. Check out just how a comfortably geared up model compares:

Corolla on the market

Gas gas mileage and also safety and security qualifications lend the Corolla plenty of book allure, and also if the auto's 40-year background is any kind of indication, the most recent variation needs to show as trusted as the dawn. Barring any kind of high quality snafus-- a significant unknown, thinking about the current Camry V-6's performance history-- these variables could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.

As a small automobile that appeals all fronts, nevertheless, the Corolla disappoints. It's the type of option born out of your inner sense of duty-- a strong choice, possibly, for moms and dads purchasing their teen motorist. The problem for Toyota is that a great deal of rivals have managed to package book perceptiveness with compelling styling and fun-to-drive charm. Judged versus these opponents, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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