After a complete redesign in 2009, the 2010 Toyota Corolla adds standard stability control and maintains a fuel-efficient and smooth ride. The Corolla has become synonymous with dependability and the 2010 Corolla continues in that tradition.
This Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 132 hp and 128 pound-feet of torque and is equipped with a four-speed automatic which squeezes out 27 mpg city. There is a 10.1-second 0-60-mph time for the automatic, which is about average for this class of engine.
The 1.8-liter engine delivers sufficient acceleration and very good fuel economy. The softly sprung ride is perfect for commuting, and wind and road noise are nicely quelled, even at highway speeds.
The cabin is pleasant and features a telescoping steering wheel, which helps longer-legged drivers find a comfortable position. In back, the Corolla offers plenty of space for children and enough for adults as well. The control layout is intuitive, as you'd expect in a modern compact sedan. A double glovebox increases storage up front. The trunk measures an average 12.3 cubic feet, but boasts a usefully wide opening.
Corollas come standard with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power mirrors and an MP3/WMA-capable CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack.
This Corolla comes standard with antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. In government crash testing, the Corolla earned four out of five stars for its protection of occupants in frontal collisions. Side impact testing resulted in a perfect five stars for front occupants and four stars for rear passengers. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Corolla scored a top rating of "Good" for its performance in frontal-offset and side impact collisions.