The 2010 Toyota Corolla
is a compact economy sedan that is available in five trim levels: Base, S, LE, XLE, and XRS. The XLE comes with a 1.8-liter four cylinder, 132 horsepower engine and a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The XRS is powered by a 2.4-liter four cylinder, 158 horsepower engine and a five-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Considered a stable, competent car since it entered the market in the late 1960s, the Toyota Corolla provides a comfortable ride and is equipped with high quality safety features that earn it top safety ratings. The Corolla boasts good fuel economy with EPA ratings in the 26 mpg city / 34 mpg highway range.
New for 2010
Since the Corolla received a major upgrade in the 2009 model year, the 2010 Toyota Corolla is basically a carryover, except for the addition of standard stability control.
Engines: 1.8L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic
Body Styles: Sedan
Trims: Base Sedan, S Sedan, LE Sedan, XLE Sedan, XRS Sedan
On the Outside
The Toyota Corolla was restyled for 2009 model year but it doesn't look significantly different. The XRS trim provides a body kit, sport-tuned suspension, and 17-inch wheels.
From the Inside
Standard options on the Toyota Corolla include a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, four-speaker audio system, two 12-volt power ports, and two cup holders. Both the back seat and the trunk are spacious for a car of this class. While cruise control is standard on the XRS, it is optional for the rest of the trims.
The Toyota Corolla XRS's 2.4-liter engine gets it from zero to 60 mph in a respectable 7.8 seconds, and it's also gets good gas mileage. However, the XRS has sport-tuned suspension, which creates a rougher ride than the other trims. What's more, there is also some amount of body roll, and the stability/traction controls are a little restrictive.
Standard on the Toyota Corolla are dual front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags, stability control, traction control, and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist.
Base, S, LE, XLE: 26 mpg city/34-35 mpg highway
XRS: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway
- Spacious interior
- Good value
- Roomy trunk
- Numb steering
- Good gas mileage
- Nondescript style
Economy car with good gas mileage and reputation
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