By James Bergeron

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2010 Toyota Corolla

Day 1:

2010 Toyota Corolla
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This week I’m behind the wheel of the 2010 Toyota Corolla. According to some commercials I have been hearing on the radio, it’s all-new; this isn’t totally true, as it was all-new for 2009 and the 2010 model is a carry-forward with a few new features. These include the vehicle stability control system that was previously standard only on the XRS that is now also standard on the S and LE models, and can be added to the base CE model. Also added are two new packages that add leather and/or a sunroof, and a navigation package is available in selected trims.

My tester is an XRS model, which comes standard with quite a few features, including a more powerful, 2.4-litre engine instead of the 1.8-litre engine standard in the other trims.

2010 Toyota Corolla
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To my surprise, this loaded Corolla is only $22,350, which includes: moonroof, power windows and mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed shift knob and body-hugging front sport seats. For $1,735 you can add heated leather seats — fairly good value to be had here.

Available with an optional five-speed automatic transmission for $1,560, my tester is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission.

With the bigger engine that produces 158hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, coupled to a manual transmission, you would almost think Toyota was attempting to build a vehicle for the driving enthusiast here! The new Corolla does look sporty, with its rear spoiler and XRS badges and sill plates.

2010 Toyota Corolla XRS
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $22,350

For more information on Toyota and the Corolla visit Toyota Canada

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