2009 Toyota Corolla Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Toyota Corolla - Road Test Specs

2009 Toyota Corolla Sedan

(1.8L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleXLE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)
Base MSRP$17,650
Options on test vehicleUpgraded stereo ($200 ? includes in-dash six-CD changer with MP3/WMA playback, six speakers and satellite pre-wiring); Carpeted floor mats ($199)
As-tested MSRP$18,609


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeinline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,798cc (110 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum alloy block and head
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0:1
Redline (rpm)6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)132 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)128 @ 4,400
Transmission type4-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I:2.847; II:1.552; III:1.000; IV:0.700; R:2.343


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearTorsion beam
Steering typeElectric power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.4:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle RS-A
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP195/65R15
Tire size, rearP195/65R15
Wheel size6.0 X 16
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDrum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.4
0-60 mph (sec.)10.1
0-75 mph (sec.)15.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.4 @ 79.4
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.8
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)62.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.81
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.8
@ Full throttle (dB)74.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.7

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsGears feel tall and seem to take an eternity.
Braking ratingAverage
Braking commentsZero ABS flutter but shows signs of progressive fading -- each stop longer than previous. Some brake-induced suspension jacking and wind-up. Little bite from 60-30.
Handling ratingPoor
Handling commentsTo say the steering feel is vague would be to credit it any feel, of which it has none. In the slalom, the slow, vague steering and an aptness to rotate made the Corolla a challenge in the slalom.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)74.6
Wind (mph, direction)1.1 @ 243.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 City / 35 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,811
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,778
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)60.8/39.2
Length (in.)178.7
Width (in.)69.3
Height (in.)57.7
Wheelbase (in.)102.4
Track, front (in.)60.2
Track, rear (in.)60.4
Turning circle (ft.)35.6
Legroom, front (in.)41.7
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)38.8
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.6
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)12.3


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years / 60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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