What Changed for 2009:
- All-new, 10th-generation version of Toyota's compact sedan
- New interior and exterior designs
- Two new and fuel-efficient engines
- Navigation system available
- Electric power steering
The Corolla is Toyota's compact sedan, and the best-selling vehicle in the history of the motorcar, according to the company. Toyota launched the Corolla in 1966 and brought it to North America two years later. Since its introduction, more than 30 million Corollas have been purchased by customers around the world, making it even more popular than the venerable Volkswagen Beetle, which had replaced the Ford Model T as the best-selling car of all time. For 2009, Toyota launches the Corolla into its 10th generation as an all-new model with a new body structure, new exterior and interior designs, and two new engines. As usual, the Corolla rolls on as Toyota's compact and fuel-efficient 4-door sedan. In addition, the Corolla provides the basis for the Toyota Matrix, a 5-door hatchback or crossover utility vehicle with a cargo area instead of a separate trunk.
All 2009 Corolla models come with a new body designed in collaboration with styling studios based in Turin, Italy. The result is a Corolla with a sportier flair and a more steeply raked windshield that not only enhances the car's profile but its aerodynamic efficiency. Toyota says a \"sweep cut\" design cue creates character lines that sweep across the hood and also carry back from the front bumper to create flared front fenders. Yet another character line moves rearward at the door-handle level and another sweeps down the C-pillar (on either side of the rear window) and along the top edge of the rear fender.In addition to being more dynamic, the design creates more interior space-not only for five people but for as many as four sets of golf clubs stored in the trunk. The new Corolla is six-tenths of an inch longer than the previous model, but nearly 2.5 inches wider and one inch lower.
Inside the new body, the 2009 Corolla provides the same passenger room as before, but it looks larger because of enhanced storage systems and new front seats, plus a nearly flat rear floor, thanks to changes in the car's exhaust system. Storage includes 20-ounce bottle holders in the rear doors. The 2009 Corolla also features a new more efficient air conditioning system.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla is available in five colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Capri Sea Metallic and Blue Streak Metallic. Three interior color schemes are available; Ash, Dark Charcoal and Bisque, the later paired with Ash Brown trim. All 2009 Toyota Corollas are covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty with a 5-year/50,000-mile warranty on the powertrain.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla is available in five trim levels-Standard, LE, XLE, S and XRS. Standard equipment includes a 132-hp, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine, anti-lock braking (ABS), 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system that can be equipped with an optional satellite radio system, air conditioning, six air bags, intermittent windshield wipers, a pair of 12-volt power outlets, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, tilt and telescoping steering column, 60/40-split folding rear seat, and 15-inch wheels. The LE version adds power windows and locks and body-colored exterior mirrors.
The XLE builds on all of that with 16-inch wheels, variable intermittent wipers, remote keyless entry, Optitron gauges, a center console with sliding armrest, woodgrain trim and storage pockets on the back of the front seats. Compared to the standard version, the S (as in sporty) model gets 16-inch wheels, body-color front and rear lower spoilers, fog lamps, sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with finger-tip audio controls, chrome exhaust tip and 6-speaker audio system.
The XRS starts with the S package and adds a 158-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, rear deck spoiler, 17-inch wheels, suspension strut tower brace, rear disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Control technology, leather-trimmed shift lever, cruise control and special chrome interior trim. Corolla XRS and XLE models come with a multi-information display that shows fuel mileage, outside temperature, time of day and other information. The XRS and XLE also get Optitron gauges illuminated by bright white light with red needles. The S and XRS versions of the 2009 Corolla both feature a body kit-front spoiler, rocker moldings, rear spoilers-to manage airflow and reduce wind noise.
Optional features include cruise control, an audio system with a 6-disc CD changer with MP3 and WMA playback capability, satellite radio and an All Weather Guard package with heavy-duty heater with rear-seat heating ducts and heated exterior mirrors. The LE can be equipped with 16-inch wheels and remote keyless entry. Offered on the XLE are a power moonroof, stability control, JBL upgraded audio, satellite radio and navigation system. The S offers a rear deck spoiler, Power (windows and remote locking) and Sport (several options grouped together) packages and leather-trimmed seats. The XRS can be equipped with JBL audio, navigation (a first for the Corolla), satellite radio with real-time XM NavTraffic and leather-trimmed seating.
Base, LE, S and XLE versions of the 2009 Toyota Corolla are powered by a new 1.8-liter engine that pumps out 132 hp. The engine can be connected to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine features Dual VVT-I (variable valve timing with intelligence) technology that adjusts the opening and closing of the valves that let fuel and air and exhaust gases into and out of the combustion chambers, thus enhancing the engine's power delivery and fuel efficiency. The engine also features low-friction components. Low-friction technologies also are used in the automatic transmission, which also features technology to enhance shifts when the car is traveling uphill or downhill. The engine is rated at 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway, regardless of transmission. The engine also has ULEV-II (ultra-low-emission vehicle) certification.
The XRS draws its power from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 158 hp through either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Again, the transmission features low-friction and hill-responsive shifting. The transmission can be shifted manually by moving the selector column from the \"D\" to the \"S\" position and then pushing it forward for a higher gear or pulling it backward for a lower gear. The 2.4-liter engine also incorporates VVT-I valve timing adjustment, low-friction parts and was designed for quiet and low-emission operation. It has ULEV-II certification and is rated at 22 mpg city/29 mpg highway with a manual transmission and at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway with an automatic transmission.
The 2009 Toyota Corolla's new body was engineered to protect occupants in a collision, both through structural integrity and the dispersal of collision energy as well as through the installation of front, side and side-curtain air bags. Further, front seats feature \"active\" headrests designed to minimize whiplash forces should the Corolla be struck from behind. ABS technology and tire-pressure monitors are standard equipment with computer-controlled Vehicle Stability Control available as an option.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates the 2009 Toyota Corolla at 4 stars (out of 5) for frontal crash protection of the driver and front-seat passenger and at 5 stars for protecting the driver and 4 stars for protecting the rear-seat passenger in a side impact. The Corolla also is r