Toyota Corolla - Dependable

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The 2010 Toyota Corolla is a comfortable and fuel efficient option for those who want dependability, comfort and value. Although it doesn't have the versatility, style or power of the top scoring cars in the class, it's a quick that most will say you can't go wrong with. The 2010 Corolla is a front wheel drive sedan available in five trims. Redesigned for the 2009 model year, it added a 2.4-liter engine option and standard anti lock brakes.

The Corolla otherwise carries over virtually unchanged for the 2010 model year, but adds standard stability control for all trims. On a side note, the Corolla was also part of the massive Toyota accelerator pedal recall for 2009 and 2010. Part of the 2009 redesign of the Corolla included improvements to the powertrain and chassis, but the vehicle is not as sporty as the high scoring Honda Civic, nor is it as nimble. The Corolla's base engine is a 1.8-liter four cylinder that makes 132 horsepower that's good enough for those drivers more concerned with gas mileage than power.

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The top of the line XRS has a 2.4-liter four cylinder that makes 148 horsepower. The EPA rates the 2010 Corolla as achieving 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the four speed automatic transmission, and 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the five speed manual. The exterior redesign that's won praise is the Corolla's subtle modifications made to the sedan's grille, headlights and bumper, but otherwise, the car's basic shape is retained. Inside, the 2010 Corolla has a no frills interior, but the seating is comfortable, and there are easy to use features.

The front seats are soft yet supportive. Space is limited in the second row, but there is enough room for kids and average height adults.

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