For 2009, Toyota has taken its venerable Corolla economy car, dropped in a hotter engine, added a sport tuned suspension, larger wheels and tires, and some aggressive bodywork; transforming the vehicular "appliance" into an economy sports sedan. And they made it difficult not to like.
Oddly enough, I'd read a brief review some weeks ago in one of the glossy car magazines, that wasn't overly impressed with the XRS, so I was prepared to be critical. But as is usually the case with the buff magazines, their writers seem to feel that if a car doesn't measure up to a BMW 3-Series, it isn't worthy of praise. And make no mistake; the Corolla XRS won't be mistaken for a 3-Series. However, at less than half the price of the German luxury car, it isn't meant to compete. But when compared to other cars in its category and price range, Like the Nissan Sentra 2.0SL, or Hyundai Elantra, it fares quite well, thank you.
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