2009 Toyota Corolla XRS

The Corolla XRS is a perfectly decent automobile, but it does absolutely nothing for me emotionally. It's a trite statement anymore, but this is the perfect appliance for people who simply want affordable, reliable, mundane transportation. The red paint and XRS trim help spice up the looks a bit, but not enough for me to want to drive a Corolla on a daily basis. The interior quality seems pretty good, although the materials aren't as appealing as what you'd find in a Honda Civic, among many others.

Still, for people who aspire to own a shiny new Toyota Prius or Lexus RX400h someday, the Corolla would be a splendid choice. However, those folks would probably argue that the best Corolla to buy wouldn't be this 2.4-liter four-cylinder-powered XRS but rather any of the other Corolla models, which come with a 1.8-liter four that boasts a 5-mpg-combined fuel-economy advantage versus the larger engine.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

I don't think someone who "aspires to own a shiny new Toyota Prius...someday" would spend $24,000 on a Corolla (the lower models of Prius cost LESS than this Corolla)
Whoa! Those pictures were taken less than a mile from where I work.

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