2009 Toyota Corolla XRS

The best thing about this car is its incredibly good high-beam headlights; they are every bit as good as a BMW's. I also note the very good stereo, the quick-acting heated seats, and the well-crafted cabin. The Corolla is roomy and comfortable, and it's a reasonably tied-down car and even offers more steering feel than we've seen in many Toyotas. It's a refined, comfortable, simple car that's easy to own and to drive. Anyone looking for excitement in their compact-car purchase, though, will want to check out the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3.

Joe DeMatio, Executive 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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