The Corolla has long been a mainstay of Toyota's line of small economy sedans; but the XRS version like we drove significantly upgrades the car's image and drivability for those desiring more performance from their daily driver.
From the integral fog lights, to the color-keyed rocker panel side moldings and rear spoiler, the XRS aims to set itself apart from the rest of its stable mates.
Our test XRS came with 17-inch alloy wheels equipped with wide, low profile 45-series tires to further highlight its performance aspirations.
The base engine for the Corolla is a 1.8-liter inline-4 that puts out 132 horsepower and 128 pound feet of torque. The XRS comes with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 158 horsepower and 162 pound feet of torque. Power for the Corolla is sent to the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual, or 4- or 5-speed automatic transmission, depending on trim selection.
Fuel economy for the Corolla ranges from 22 miles per gallon city, up to 35 miles per gallon highway, depending on powertrain choice.
Seating is provided for five and the split rear seats fold to allow access to the trunk and its 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space.
While our test XRS came with the standard AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 player setup, a number of up-rated systems are available including a JBL 6-disc in dash CD changer with Blue tooth communications, a 440-watt eight-speaker audio system and touch screen DVD based navigation system.
Standard safety equipment on the Corolla includes 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, vehicle stability control, side impact door beams, and a full complement of front and side impact airbags.
Initial base MSRP for the 2010 Toyota Corolla is $15,350. A fully loaded XRS model can cost as much as $27,000. The Corolla is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
With fuel-efficient engines and sporty styling in a compact car, the 2010 Corolla continues its successful roll as the mainstay small sedan in Toyota's vehicle lineup.