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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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2009 Toyota Corolla Review

The 2009 Toyota Corolla ranks near the top of its class with a solidly-built cabin and good performance for commuting. However, some reviewers thought it lacked the style and zesty performance of class leaders.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable seating
  • More standard features than the competition
  • Well-constructed interior
  • Good safety ratings
  • Not as sporty as the competition

2009 Toyota Corolla Overview

There’s no doubt that the 2009 Toyota Corolla is one of the most practical commuter cars you can buy. Its cabin isn’t fancy, but reviewers said it’s well-made, with comfortable seats and good trunk space. The base Corolla has standard air conditioning and a stereo. Higher trims and packages add power windows and door locks, keyless entry, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, satellite radio, Bluetooth, MP3 playback capability and navigation. The Corolla also comes with anti-lock brakes, but electronic stability control was optional when it was new.

The base Corolla has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that reviewers called smooth and quiet, though they noted that the Corolla isn’t as engaging as its classmates. You can also get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the XRS model that makes 26 more horsepower than the base engine, but test drivers said it still paled in comparison with the 2009 Mazda3, 2009 Honda Civic and 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra, which received the 2009 U.S. News Best Compact Car for the Money award, is similar to the Corolla. It  boasts one of the most spacious cabins in the class, as well as class-competitive trunk space.

If you’re considering the Corolla, you’ve probably checked out the 2009 Honda Civic, which is another top-ranked car that also has excellent safety scores. Reviewers generally preferred the performance of the Civic, especially in the Civic Si model. The Civic has a quality interior, but fewer standard features than the Corolla, so you’ll have to select a higher trim to get air conditioning or a stereo. 

Compare the Corolla to the Elantra and Civic »

Best 2009 Compact Cars

  • #1

    2009 Scion xB

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    2009 Scion tC

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    2009 Toyota Corolla

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