2011 Corolla New Car Test Drive
The Toyota Corolla is the textbook compact sedan, the standard by which others are judged. Corolla is the longest continuous nameplate from a Japanese manufacturer, and more than 30 million Corollas have been sold to date in more than 140 countries. The Corolla is inexpensive to buy and operate yet it doesn't feel like a cheap car. Completely redesigned for the 2009 model year, the Corolla carries over with more safety equipment standard for 2010.
The Corolla is easy to drive, with straightforward controls, minimal distractions, and a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment. It's a hop-in-and-go kind of car, easy to master. And it's comfortable. It feels like a small version of a Camry, more like a small car than an econobox, the big car made small.
The Corolla rates 26/35 mpg City/Highway by the EPA. (There is no hybrid version, that role being served by the Prius.) Corollas have historically proven to be reliable cars and are less expensive to insure.
The 2010 Corolla comes in five distinct models to cover a wide range of buyer needs. The base model has wind-up windows and manual door locks, and hardly anyone buys it. Upgrading to the Corolla LE adds power windows and locks, while the XLE comes with wood-grain trim. The Corolla XRS features a bigger engine, bigger brakes and performance tires for sportier driving dynamics. Leather trim is available on high-level models.
For 2010, Corolla comes standard with Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control. Electronic stability control systems helps reduce spin-outs and accidents.
The 2010 Toyota Corolla ($15,350) comes standard with fabric upholstery, air conditioning, CD/WMA/MP3/XM radio, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, six-way manual driver seat, 60/40 split folding rear seat, outside temperature gauge, power mirrors, and engine immobilizer. Corolla comes with a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic transmission ($16,150). Corolla LE ($16,750) comes standard with the automatic and adds power windows, door locks, and color-matched outside mirrors. Corolla, XLE and S models come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine.
Corolla S ($16,420) has color-matched spoilers, fog lamps, black headlight housings, leather-trimmed steering wheel, and sport front seats.
Corolla XLE ($17,650) upgrades with 16-inch steel wheels and covers, wood-grain trim, Optitron instruments, variable intermittent wipers, sliding lid center console, keyless entry, seatback pockets, premium audio. The XLE comes standard with the automatic transmission.
Corolla XRS ($18,860) features a more powerful 2.4-liter dohc four-cylinder engine with either five-speed manual or five-speed automatic ($20,050). The XRS also has 17-inch tires on alloy wheels, trunk spoiler, rear disc brakes, strut tower brace, Optitron gauges, cruise, leather shifter and steering wheel, and chrome interior accents.
Safety features that come standard on all Corolla models include six airbags: dual frontal, front side-impact (for torso protection), and side-curtain airbags (for head protection). Antilock Brakes (ABS) are standard, as is Toyota's Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control.