2010 toyota Corolla Sport

2010 Toyota Corolla Sport: Beside the larger Camry, the Corolla is one of the most crucial cars and truck in Toyota's schedule, however its redesign in 2015 left a lot of us right here at Cars.com level. The outside is past conservative, the interior doesn't compare well to opponents from Honda as well as 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. Some of that delight is really felt right here, but with a $18,860 starting price-- my test car's sticker hovered near $23,000, and that really did not consist of navigating-- it does not resemble the experience of driving a performance-oriented version like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3 s, as well as it hardly handles to hold its own versus its rivals' non-performance base versions.

The test cars and truck was a 2009, however the 2010-- currently on sale-- includes no substantial modifications. Many prices is likewise unmodified.

2010 Toyota Corolla Sport


The greatest upgrade to this a lot more pricey trim features the engine. The base Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder is changed with a 158-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder, and the bigger engine can be teamed with a smoother five-speed automatic transmission as opposed to the base version's somewhat-outdated four-speed. A five-speed handbook is conventional for both engines. The brand-new engine means a much more delightful driving experience compared to the remainder of the Corolla lineup, yet that's like claiming a Large Mac is a lot more excellent than a 59-cent hamburger. It must be.

What buyers should take into consideration is just how the XRS stacks up against the competitors. I 'd rate it much behind the 197-hp Honda Civic Si in terms of delights, and behind the upgraded 167-hp Mazda3 s in regards to all-around performance. I 'd also claim the base Mazda3 car, with its smaller sized 148-hp engine, is on par with the XRS. Even a base Civic as well as its hallmark high-revving, 140-hp engine would certainly prosper against the pricier XRS.

The XRS' braking is additionally much boosted over the common Corolla, but once again, that's because the baseline is so poor.

Mileage certainly takes a hit as a result of the upgraded power. The XRS obtains 22/30 mpg city/highway, compared to an extremely frugal 26/35 mpg for the base version with the manual transmission. The Civic Si gets 21/29 mpg but has virtually 40 hp more than the XRS.


A highlight of the XRS trim is its appearance. The somewhat uninteresting appearance of the conventional Corolla is tarted up below with even more aggressive body moldings, bigger wheels-- 17-inchers replace basic 15-inch wheels-- and a back spoiler. My red test car did undoubtedly festinate, and also a little much less like the economy box it is than does the base Corolla.


My XRS tester had an optional Natural leather Plan. The seats themselves were rather comfortable, wrapped in relatively high-quality black leather. But that's where the highlights end. One of the Corolla's big disappointments is its boring, somewhat roughshod interior. While Toyota has always been just one of the leaders in regards to indoor top quality no matter the section, the Corolla's plastics look cheap, as well as the controls are awkward. In other words, nothing impressed.

The XRS does not get an altered inside, although my examination cars and truck's all-black interior concealed a few of the imperfections I saw in other Corollas. High quality isn't on the same level with the Civic, and also the brand-new Mazda3 has both beat in regards to interior decoration, with its stroking lines and innovative locations for displays and also controls.

The Corolla's rear seat is also limited. Even though rear legroom and also clearance numbers are close to the competitors, hip area in back is substantially less than in the Civic or Mazda3. I really did not have a problem placing an exchangeable child seat in the Civic or the last-generation Mazda3, yet in the Corolla my 15-month-old child's feet were hanging in between the container seats, pretty near to the front passengers.

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


Toyota uses a variety of a la carte alternatives, which theoretically allows you decide on the ones you desire. A lot of dealerships, however, only order vehicles that have the bundles with the most popular choices. My examination automobile's heated leather seats were $1,490, a Power Plan was $635 and the transmission was $1,190, bringing the total with location charge to $22,925.

Corolla XRS on the market
With its substantial price, it's clear that the XRS drops well behind in the affordable compact segment. I would compare it closely with Nissan's SE-R, but also that vehicle includes extra handling expertise.

Nevertheless, the XRS was never ever designed to be the most effective performance compact; it's simply a step up from the base Corolla. Because it does well, however when you consider all the fun-to-drive compacts with remarkable interiors that can be had for the exact same cash-- like a Civic, Subaru Impreza or Mazda3-- the Corolla promptly ends up being an afterthought.

None of this seems to have actually deterred vehicle customers, though. The Corolla stays one of the most preferred portable auto in the country and also is consistently among the very successful automobiles of any type of kind.