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With the discontinuation of the sporty XRS model, the 2011 Toyota Corolla is all bread-and-butter—and very little butter at that.
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at highway speeds the steering wheel has a dead range of a few degrees from the center position that allows the car to wander too much, requiring frequent corrections, which can be fatiguing over time.

While small-car tossable, its handling doesn't prompt you to seek out twisty roads or get it loose sliding around on- and off-ramps.
Motor Trend

We yearned for anything resembling feel from the shifter, the steering, or the chassis.
Car and Driver

sprightly 1.8-liter engine

In most respects, the 2011 Toyota Corolla has adequate performance, but not much more. And with the discontinuation of the sporty XRS model, you won't find driving excitement here.

Across the lineup, there are three trim levels: base, LE, and S. The LE model is offered only with a four-speed automatic transmission, while base and S models can be had with either an automatic or a five-speed manual. All Corollas come with a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. Compared to most other models in this class (like the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, or Honda Civic), the Corolla feels slightly down on power—especially at highway speeds. The four-speed automatic isn't too bad, although its gears feel widely spaced, but the five-speed manual is pleasant to use.

Although our editors hadn't yet driven the 2011 Corolla at the time we published this update, we have found former—and virtually identical, mechanically—models to be too softly sprung and lacking a handling and ride sophistication that many rivals now have. The power steering—a newer electric system—is dull and overly light, and the Corolla resists quick changes in motions; it's not at all tuned for enthusiastic or responsive handling.


With the discontinuation of the sporty XRS model, the 2011 Toyota Corolla is all bread-and-butter—and very little butter at that.

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