2010 toyota Corolla

2010 toyota Corolla: Alongside the larger Camry, the Corolla is the most essential car in Toyota's schedule, however its redesign in 2014 left the majority of us right here at Cars.com level. The outside is past traditional, the interior doesn't contrast well to competitors from Honda and Mazda, and its base engine is anemic.

Enter the much more effective 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 beginning cost-- my examination automobile's sticker floated near $23,000, and that didn't consist of navigating-- it does not resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented design like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, and it hardly takes care of to hold its own versus its rivals' non-performance base designs.

The test car was a 2009, yet the 2010-- already for sale-- showcases no significant modifications. Many prices is likewise unchanged.

2010 toyota Corolla


The largest upgrade to this a lot more pricey trim features the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is replaced 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well as the larger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed transmission rather than the base design's somewhat-outdated four-speed.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 guidebook is standard for both engines. The brand-new engine translates to a a lot more enjoyable driving experience compared to the remainder of the Corolla schedule, but that's like stating a Huge Mac is more outstanding than a 59-cent hamburger. It should be.

What buyers should take into consideration is how the XRS compares to the competition. I would certainly rate it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of thrills, as well as behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to well-rounded performance. I 'd also say the base Mazda3 car, with its smaller 148-hp engine, gets on the same level with the XRS. Even a base Civic as well as its trademark high-revving, 140-hp engine would prosper versus the more expensive XRS.

The XRS' braking is also much enhanced over the common Corolla, yet once more, that's since the standard is so insufficient.

Mileage clearly takes a hit because of the upgraded power. The XRS gets 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to a very economical 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg but has virtually 40 hp greater than the XRS.


An emphasize of the XRS trim is its look. The rather boring look of the standard Corolla is tarted up right here with more hostile body moldings, larger wheels-- 17-inchers change standard 15-inch wheels-- as well as a back spoiler. My red test cars and truck did without a doubt festinate, and also a little much less like the economy box it is than does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Leather Bundle. The seats themselves were fairly comfy, wrapped in fairly premium black natural leather. However that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's big disappointments is its bland, rather roughshod inside. While Toyota has actually constantly been among the leaders in regards to indoor quality no matter the segment, the Corolla's plastics look inexpensive, as well as the controls are unpleasant. In short, nothing amazed.

The XRS does not get a transformed inside, although my examination auto's all-black indoor hid some of the flaws I noticed in other Corollas. Top quality isn't really on par with the Civic, and also the new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior design, with its swooping lines and also cutting-edge locations for display screens and controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is additionally limited. Even though rear legroom as well as headroom numbers are close to the competitors, hip area in back is dramatically less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have a problem 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, quite near the front occupants.

At 12.3 cubic feet, the trunk is more than sufficient; it's larger than the Honda's as well as Mazda's.


Toyota uses a number of a la carte options, which in theory allows you pick the ones you desire. Most dealers, however, just order automobiles that have the plans with the most popular options. My examination auto's heated leather seats were $1,490, a Power Plan was $635 as well as the transmission was $1,190, bringing the total with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS out there
With its substantial cost, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the competitive portable segment. I would certainly compare it carefully with Nissan's SE-R, yet even that car includes more dealing with prowess.

Nevertheless, the XRS was never ever designed to be the best efficiency compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. In that it succeeds, however when you consider all the fun-to-drive compacts with premium insides that can be had for the very same cash-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla swiftly ends up being an afterthought.

None of this appears to have deterred cars and truck purchasers, though. The Corolla remains the most preferred compact automobile in the country and also is continually among the best-selling automobiles of any type of type.