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2010 Toyota Corolla Review

By Umberto Fulginiti - 06 Dec 2011


2010 Toyota Corolla Review

Your intention is to buy a car that encompasses all the important attributes a modern vehicle should possess. You want to be safe while driving. You don’t want your car to break down. You’d rather not spend time at the gas pump. You want your instruments to be useful, easy to use, and entertaining. Ultimately, comfort is atop your list of desires. Look no further than the 2010 Toyota Corolla. First introduced in 1966, the Corolla has always been synonymous with dependability; it’s no wonder why in 1997 it became the best-selling nameplate in the world. With its reliability, along with impressive fuel economy and quiet ride, the Toyota Corolla’s popularity has grown to such an extent that one car gets sold every 40 seconds around the world. The 2010 Toyota Corolla comes in 5 trim levels: the Base, LE, S, XLE, and XRS. Though the base model comes well equipped, most options become available as you step up in trim levels.

Underneath the hood of the base, LE, S, and XLE models, you will find a 1.8L 4 cylinder motor that produces 132hp and achieves an impressive 35 mpg on the highway. Complimenting this engine, you will find either a 5 speed standard or 4 speed automatic transmission. Even at the base level, the Corolla comes well equipped with Stability Control, Traction Control, and ABS. Having driven the 1.8L model on the freeway, I was quite impressed with its ability to pull out and pass. Though very useful on the freeway, I feel the Corolla excels as an everyday commuter car. It’s relatively small in stature, easy to park, and has great visibility. Stepping up to the XRS model, a 2.4L 4 cylinder DOHC engine becomes available. Comparable to the changes in the body, the 2.4L definitely gives you more of a sporty, peppy feel behind the pedal. The Corolla is also available as an AWD.

Walking around the exterior of the vehicle, you may feel that the Corolla is playing it safe, so to speak. However I feel that the straightforward, simple styling truly compliments Toyota’s reliability. The base model, as well as the 3 ascending levels above it, comes standard with 15’’ steel wheels with wheel covers. However, Toyota offers optional TRD sport wheels in a few different styles. These wheels, along with an optional rear spoiler, give the Corolla a sportier appearance than stock. Moving up to the XRS, you will discover a far more daring, chiseled, and athletic appearance. With its low air intake and added body trim, the Corolla XRS looks wider, lower, and more performance oriented.

When you open the door and move inside the vehicle, you will find an interior that is tailored for straightforward, clear usability. The instruments are very tidy and ergonomically designed. Furthermore, the ride is very quiet. In terms of safety, the Corolla comes standard with front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints. Outward visibility is excellent, and if you decide to look up skyward while driving, the S model upwards are available with a sunroof. As with most vehicles, the further you ascend in trim levels the more options become available. These options include AC, power locks and mirrors, Satellite Radio, Bluetooth, and Navigation, and cruise control. Once you arrive at the XLE, you will find standard electroluminescent gauges, keyless entry, intermittent wipers, and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Though audio equipment can be upgraded in all models, the XRS comes complete with a JBL Audio system with speed sensitive volume control. Along with a complete leather interior, the XRS finds the common ground between comfort, sportiness, and Toyota-brand dependability.

Having driven the 2010 Toyota Corolla on several occasions, I can advise that this car is absolutely ideal for any student, city dweller, or commuter. Combining aspects such as comfortable seats, a variety of safety features, great visibility, and great fuel mileage, the Corolla is one of the vehicles that in my opinion will help to restore our carbon saturated planet all while still getting us where we need to go.

If the 2010 Toyota Corolla sounds like the vehicle for you, you can expect to pay anywhere from $13,500 to $17,500 depending on overall condition, mileage, and trim level.