Toyota Corolla S 2009

Toyota Corolla S 2009: Toyota's redesigned Corolla is a bit like the healthy-fare part of a restaurant menu: On paper, its top qualities ought to draw plenty of left-brained buyers, however like the overcooked tilapia you're always stuck forking through, its total charm is missing out on something. If portable cars attracted only on sensible sensibilities, this Corolla might have risen to the top-- and, indeed, with rising gas prices, it still might. Given that today's best little cars and trucks handle to ignite both sides of the mind, nevertheless, Toyota's latest access underwhelms.

The Corolla can be found in Criterion, LE and XLE trim degrees; most include an automatic transmission. Visit this site to see a contrast with the 2008 version. A sportier variation is used in S or XRS trims, while the redesigned Toyota Matrix and also Pontiac Ambiance serve as hatchback spin-offs. I drove a Corolla XLE.

Toyota Corolla S 2009

Just how it Moves

A lot of trim degrees, consisting of the one I drove, have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder. As I have actually usually found to be the standard amongst small cars and trucks, the Corolla's accelerator reacts with a light touch, providing the engine an eager feeling around town. Freeway velocity is less energetic, where the Corolla's four-speed automatic becomes something of an obligation, particularly if you're lugging passengers. Prompting the transmission to kick down from 4th to 3rd takes a concerted prod on the gas, and increasing from 30 to 50 mph occasionally requires 2nd equipment-- and also quite a bit of engine noise-- to obtain up to speed. The Honda Civic, which we had in the fleet the week prior to the Corolla, has a five-speed automatic, and also its drivetrain really feels decidedly a lot more as much as the task of high-speed passing.

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

Though I didn't drive the Corolla XRS, I've driven that engine in the new Matrix, and it's an extremely flexible powertrain. Its gas 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 and either transmission. The mileage numbers for the base engine are specifically outstanding:

Anti-skid brakes are common, though all trims but the XRS have low-tech drum brakes in back. The pedal in my test automobile appeared a little bit mushy, especially compared with the stopping reaction from four-wheel-disc cars like the Hyundai Elantra or uplevel Civics. Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder took the Corolla out in the rainfall, as well as he discovered in one instance that ABS begun too soon as well as caused an unsettling lateral stumble as the auto came to a stop.

Suspension equipment includes an independent front as well as semi-independent, torsion beam of light back-- once again, inferior to competitors with four-wheel-independent suspensions. (Certain Matrixes have an independent back suspension, however even the Corolla XRS sticks with the torsion beam of light; a Toyota spokesman stated that's since the Matrix is an inherently sportier automobile.) Highway trip top quality is acceptable, with restricted wind as well as roadway noise, yet otherwise the Corolla conveys a careless driving experience. Strike an expansion joint while rounding an offramp, and also the wheels shimmy sideways dramatically. The steering wheel has a comfortable on-center feel, yet it transforms with a numb, far-off feel, and hard edges elicit a lot of body roll.

The Civic as well as Lancer, which both have four-wheel-independent suspensions, seem extra precise in all three pertains to. The Corolla XRS might confirm sharper, as well-- it has a quicker steering proportion and also 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 a disappointing 36.3-foot turning circle, while other trims make it in 35.6 feet. The latter figure is competitive with the Civic and Sentra, though it sheds to the Elantra (33.9 feet) and also Lancer (32.8 ).

How it Looks

The Corolla's latest expression, which Toyota claims it developed with the help of design workshops in Italy, seems much more aggressive than that of the Japanese-market Corolla. Triangular headlights and also an impression 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 organized look that takes couple of threats, and also I doubt it will locate numerous followers or critics.

Tires array from 15 to 17 inches in size. The Corolla S and also XRS include haze lights, bumper expansions as well as a rear looter, raising the styling mercury to somewhere around that of the body-kitted Camry SE. You can choose whether that's a good thing.

The Within

Essentially, the Corolla's cabin seems affably tidy-- the two-tone dashboard in my examination car had constant, otherwise outstanding, high quality, as well as every little thing from the facility regulates to the evaluates appeared tailored for uncomplicated use. The directional signal and also home window switches run with specifically fitted activities, and though a lot of plastics are hard to the touch, general fit and coating is respectable. Storage space locations are plentiful, with 2 stacked handwear cover compartments, an enough center console as well as small pockets flanking the center controls.

I'm unsure mere cleanliness cuts it, however. The Civic's cabin raises control accuracy to one more realm-- the Corolla's AIR CONDITIONING dials really feel awkward in comparison-- and the Elantra boasts soft-touch materials as well as upscale amenities. The Lancer and Focus go with broke with interior designing. Caught in the crossfire, the Corolla seems unremarkable-- dumbed-down, even-- which might not be an area Toyota can pay for to be.

Front-seat headroom suffices, though my examination auto had no moonroof, which would remove about an inch of overhanging room. The cloth seats were the subject of much debate at I found the furniture comfortable as well as nicely brushed, however editors Mike Hanley as well as David Thomas believed it was dated and also low-grade. The driver's seat changes won little favor-- a height-adjustment jack is conventional, but the seat has restricted back activity for taller motorists.

Possibly that's a good idea; if the pole positions traveled any type of farther back, back legroom would become untenable. As it stands, legroom and also clearance in back are just adequate for adults. Kudos to Toyota for keeping the flooring between the back seats hump-free, which implies a fifth traveler might actually have the ability to endure a brief trip in the center seat there.

Trunk volume amounts to 12.3 cubic feet, which goes to the reduced end of this sector. Below's how interior quantity compares:


The 2009 Corolla earned the greatest rating, Great, in frontal crash examinations from the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety And Security. IIHS has not yet reviewed the cars and truck for side-impacts. The Corolla's six basic airbags include side-impact airbags for the front seats and also side drape airbags for both rows. Energetic front head restraints and anti-skid brakes are likewise standard; a number of rivals make ABS optional.

Grip control as well as a digital stability system run as a $250 package on all trims however the XRS, where they're conventional. The alternative is well worth the cost, given that lots of competitors book security control for greater trim degrees or don't use it in any way. The outbound Corolla billed $650 for the function. Toyota claims it's set up on simply 14 percent of all '09 Corollas, however, so it might take some searching to discover one with it.

Attributes & Prices

Without the location charge, the Corolla begins at $15,250. Common functions consist of air conditioning, power mirrors as well as a CD stereo with a complementary jack. Keep in mind that there's no iPod-specific hookup like Scion, Toyota's sibling nameplate, supplies.

The Corolla LE includes power windows as well as locks, while the XLE gets fake wood trim, backlit determines as well as keyless entry-- a $245 option on the LE that truly should certainly be basic. Both the LE and also XLE include an automatic transmission. The S and also XRS sport different outside attachments, together with sportier seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls. Both versions go back to manual door locks and also windows, however-- particularly frustrating for the XRS, which costs greater than the better-equipped XLE. Power accessories, heated leather seats, a moonroof and also a navigation system are optional.

Lots an XRS to the handle, as well as the sticker label shows up just timid of $25,000. All informed, the Corolla doesn't flaunt quite as much value for the cash as a few of its competitors do. Check out exactly how a pleasantly equipped design contrasts:

Corolla in the marketplace

Gas mileage as well as safety credentials lend the Corolla plenty of textbook charm, and also if the automobile's 40-year background is any indication, the most recent version should verify as reliable as the dawn. Barring any high quality snafus-- a significant unidentified, taking into consideration the most up to date Camry V-6's track record-- these variables could be sufficient to drive the Corolla's success.

As a portable cars and truck that appeals all fronts, however, the Corolla lets down. It's the sort of choice born out of your inner sense of duty-- a strong pick, maybe, for parents looking for their teen chauffeur. The trouble for Toyota is that a great deal of competitors have handled to package textbook perceptiveness with engaging designing as well as fun-to-drive allure. Evaluated against these opponents, the Corolla comes off as an also-ran.

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