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2010 Toyota Corolla

Toyota has announced that their 2010 Corollas will start arriving at dealerships in late February.

According to this press release, VSC and TC are now standard on the 2010. Also, the MSRP will be the same for 2010 as for 2009.

What do you think this will do to the 2009 prices? Will dealers just extend the current cash rebate & low rate financing, or will the discounts get even steeper?
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  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    Is the addition of VSC the only improvement over the 2009? I hope it's not true! Toyota is not blind. Didn't they read all the complaints and suggested improvements here on edmunds?

    If they did not read it yet, let me male a short list of suggested improvements from various sites:

    - Move the clock to the radio area (add date/day of week if possible);
    - Improve steering feel;
    - Illuminated controls for power windows, door locks & mirrors;
    - 8 way power driver’s seat w/lumbar support;
    - Armrest position needs improvement, as per many;
    - Radio backlighting should be blue to match other controls (XLE);
    - Make the LCD bigger and higher resolution so it contains more info at a time (see Elantra). Every cheap gadget these days have high-res LCD’s with a wealth of information! and get rid of the pixelated fonts;
    - Fog lamps on XLE;
    - Heated outside mirrors standard on the XLE (Elantra offer them standard on all models);
    - No intrusive hinges on trunk;
    - Offer heat elements for the front wipers like on the Sienna;
    - Make Bluetooth available on all models, not just on the navigation models - after all we all use cell phones these days (see Nissan Versa) - Import all contacts & photo ID automatically, & they should appear even when in Drive.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,666
    Moving the clock is the only BIG issue, IMHO, but they won't do that until MAYBE the 2011, when they normally make bigger changes. 2010 is only the second year of the 10th generation Corolla, and Toyota normally does not make any larger changes until the third year. I've seen all the other complaints that you listed above on Carspace and other forums, but the big one is the clock.

    I think making VSC standard is the only thing that is really important to most, and Toyota knows it. The rest is pretty nit-picky, especially for cars in this size/price range.

    Besides, in this economy, no automaker is going to make any big changes in the second year. Also, the Corolla's sales for last year were VERY strong, so Toyota won't change much.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,631
    How much are you willing to pay for a Corolla with features that you listed? Because I think you are looking pretty far north of $20k, before adding things like leather and nav. Some of these changes wouldn't cost much, but some like 8-way power seat would. FYI, few economy cars have power seats. I can only think of a couple that offer them--the Jetta (only on higher trims) and I think the 2010 Mazda3s will offer it.

    Personally I applaud Toyota for making VSC and TC standard on every Corolla for 2010, ahead of the Federal mandate for ESC, without raising the price. I'd like to see other changes too, including higher-quality materials in the interior, but standard VSC is arguably the best change Toyota could have made as it improves the safety of the car significantly.
  • Maybe the 2nd generation of the power steering will get a tweak. The day of only using one hand are gone with the 2009 Corolla. It's just a different animal.
  • 2009 S type are starting under $15k now so there is a good chunk of change less now if you want to avoid the VSC and TC and save a couple thousand.
  • USA2007USA2007 Posts: 10
    I saw a few folks are now pleased and can drive like normal again by removing the Electric power steering relay and putting in a switch in extra unused spot near driver.. It would not veer a :blush: nd you can drive it as if it was intended to be.

    I drove on with it's "disconnected" and it was awesome! I could even steer it just fine in the city.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Glad to hear that you are now satisfied with your sterring. However, by disabling the EPS I would strongly dissagree with your statement that you are "now driving it as Toyota intended it to be". They would have never introduced EPS if that's "how they intended it to be".
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Bluetooth comes with the JBL stereo. You can't even get factory bluetooth with nav.
    Adding clock to the radio or somewhere else with a dedicated display needs to be done. Some of the things you listed like 8 way power seats are not going to happen, but the clock is a simple fix they should not ignore. It is outrageous where it is now.
    The location of the clock did play in a role in my decision to not buy the 2009 Corolla.

    I looked in my area on the Toyota site today and they aren't even making XLEs for California right now. You can't build one with the online configurator.
    Bluetooth is now a lame dealer/port add-on "BLU Logic" instead of factory integrated.
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Wow! How can you possibly say the days of driving the Corolla with one hand are over? If you need two hands to drive this car there must be something wrong with your good hand. I can drive my XLE with one finger at 60mph. on the highway and still control it just fine, let alone one hand.
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  • outbackj1outbackj1 Posts: 11
    Anyone out there know if a cargo net can be installed in the new Corolla? I do not
    see any clips in the trunk to hold one. I have one someone gave me and would like to put it in.
    Thanks for any input!
  • coffeemlkcoffeemlk Posts: 20
    I am very close to buying a 2010 Corolla "S". I've been reading a lot of complaints about the 2009 EPS problems. Are the 2010's any better? Thanks
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Go for it, the new Corollas are wonderful. I suggest the JBL stereo upgrade, it's a mile ahead of the standard sound sysytem. Complaints, you,ve gotta be kidding! The 2009 EPS sterring has been a wonfderful new innovation on the 2009 Corollas. I just love it on my 2009 XLE. Haven't drove a 2010 yet but they're gonna have a long way to go to beat the steering on the 2009 ! The ease of this steering is just so relaxing to drive. Hope they didn't change it for the worse.
  • coffeemlkcoffeemlk Posts: 20
    Drove home with the new "S" today. The EPS is sensitive and I don't notice any correcting I had to do until I was up around 80mph, and I shouldn't be driving that fast anyway. If no one had mentioned the EPS concerns, I probably wouldn't have even given it a second thought. Thanks for your posts.
  • zekeman1zekeman1 Posts: 422
    Yes - the clips come with the net and have to be installed. If you don't have clips, I don't know whether the parts counter sells them separately or not.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    hi folks,went on a test drive yesterday in a 2010 corolla S 5sp manual.the car ran decently enough in the city but that's where it ended.after reading the reviews for the 09 corolla and reading about problems with the corolla being blown all over the highway by the slightest gust of wind i decided to see if the 2010 model does the same thing and if it was corrected from the 2009 model.sure enough,the same thing happened with my 2010 corolla test drive.you need 2 hands on the steering wheel at all times or else the car will wander all over the road almost like a shopping cart.i found this to be extremly annoying enough to not consider purchasing the corolla.infact,i found this to be dangerous.
  • dvd0060dvd0060 Posts: 8
    I have a question:
    The standard corolla LE has 15 in tires that are S rated, if I move to to T rated or H rated,but keep the exact same size tire, do you think that would effect my MP G's
  • dvd0060dvd0060 Posts: 8
    I just had a 09 Corolla for 10 days and drive all over Norther Cali. I never noticed that problem ever.
  • I live in Florida and I'm interested in buying a 2010 Toyota Corolla LE with cruise control and remote access entry. I have been quoted a price of $18,300 (OTD). No trade is involved. Is this a good deal or should I keep looking?
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Why not go to Edmund.com look up a new 2010 Corolla LE and price it out for yourself with you zip code and options you want. This way you could find out what the dealer is paying for this car and what other people in your area are also paying to get this car.
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