Although second from the bottom of the Toyota model lineup, the 2009 Toyota Corolla inherits tech that goes all the way up to Toyota's high-end Lexus brand. The optional navigation system on the Corolla uses a similar interface to that in the Lexus GS 460. And the Corolla also gets electric power steering, as does the Lexus. Unfortunately, the Corolla doesn't get the standard iPod integration found in the less-expensive Scion xD.
The body styling on the Corolla is unassuming, refusing to stand out like the Scion does. But as a small, four-door sedan, it offers usable cabin space and a reasonably sized trunk. The Corolla comes in four trims: base, LE, XLE, and XRS. Our car was the XLE, and as such, it came with a sprightly 1.8-liter engine. Either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission can be had as standard equipment on the Corolla XLE.