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  • Trustworthy
  • Efficient
  • Superb reputation
  • Excellent resale value
  • Choice of engines: 1.8 or 2.4 (XRS)


  • Competitors have better style
  • Korean rivals are less expensive

What's New For 2009

  • Thoroughly revamped for 2009
  • Quieter and roomier
  • 1.8-liter engine is slightly more efficient

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Yes. Most 2009 Corollas are powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with 132 horsepower, but the sporty XRS model is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower. Both engines are available with a 5-speed manual transmission or an automatic, a 5-speed in the XRS and a 4-speed in all other Corollas. 

With the 1.8-liter engine, the 2009 Corolla is rated by the EPA at 27 mpg City/35 mpg Highway. With its 2.4-liter engine, the XRS model is rated at 22/30.

The standard tire size for a 2009 Toyota Corolla is P195/65R-15. The sporty Corolla model, the XRS, wears P215/45R-17 tires.

Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Expert Review

The original Toyota Corolla, a small rear-drive subcompact, arrived in the United States in the late 1960s; by the 1970s the second-generation version was the best-selling import in the country and new Corollas have followed every four or five years since. This stylish tenth-generation Corolla arrives for 2009 as slightly longer, lower and wider and with significant engineering improvements. The Corolla has grown over time, both in size and in features, with each generation being better than the one that went before, and the 2009 model certainly maintains that standard. But it's in a market segment with some very tough, excellent competition, from Japan, Korea and the United States, and smart buyers have lots of choices for their automotive dollars. As with many Toyota products, expected strengths of the Corolla should be long-term reliability, great fuel economy, a pleasant ownership experience and excellent resale value.

Driving the Used 2009 Toyota Corolla

We found the lesser Corolla models to be perfectly acceptable if not outstanding. Their performance is adequate with the five-speed manual, less so with the automatic. Their brakes are strong and fade-free, their ride is good and their handling better than previous Corollas but not up to some of the best of the competition. We would prefer more feel than is transmitted through the electric power steering, and a higher level of interior materials. The top-of-the-line XRS has much more in the way of sporty looks, handling dynamics and get-up-and-go performance. With larger tires and wheels, structural enhancements and more tightly-tuned steering, it gets around corners more smartly without much sacrifice in ride and will accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just less than nine seconds. It's sprightly, but not as quick as some of the higher-performing small cars, such as the Honda Civic Si or Chevrolet Cobalt SS.

Favorite Features

Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
This much-appreciated standard feature, rare in this class, helps drivers of all sizes find a comfortable position.

XRS Model
This better-looking, better-performing handling-oriented sport model is the highest-priced and least fuel-efficient Corolla but provides a substantial boost in driving enjoyment over the other four, including the semi-sporty S.

Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Interior

The inside objectives were perceived roominess and improved comfort. The added width provides more shoulder and hip room in front, and leg room is increased a half-inch in front and nearly an inch in back, though front head room is down a half-inch due to the lower roofline. Much emphasis was put on seat comfort for occupants of almost any height, and the steering column tilts and telescopes to optimize driver comfort. The instrument panel offers speedometer, tachometer, fuel and coolant-temperature gauges and an optional multi-information display that offers a clock, outside temperature, fuel economy, range, average speed and elapsed time.

Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Exterior

The Corolla exterior designers' objectives were a lower, wider, sportier look to compete with Honda's Civic and others in this increasingly popular class, plus increased interior room and improved aerodynamic smoothness for enhanced fuel efficiency and interior quietness. Those objectives were met with a lower roofline with sleeker windshield and rear glass and careful attention to detail, especially at the corners. A trio of character lines run along the door handles to the rear fenders, from the hood to the front pillars and from the front bumpers to the front fender flares, while a low front air intake adds visual width below the Toyota signature mesh grille.

Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Standard Features

The base Corolla comes with 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seat, power mirrors, AM/FM/CD (XM satellite-ready) radio, outside temperature gauge, a driver's-seat height adjuster and driver and passenger front, seat-mounted side and side-curtain airbags. The LE adds power windows, locks and color-keyed mirrors; the XLE 16-inch tires and wheels, variable intermittent wipers, a sliding center console with card holder, remote keyless entry and wood-grain trim; and the S has fog lamps, front and rear spoilers, sport seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. Only the XRS gets the 2.4-liter engine, rear disc brakes and standard cruise control.

Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Options

The base Corolla's option list offers just cruise control, stability control, a six-disc CD changer and an All-Weather Guard Package (heavy-duty heater, rear heating duct and heated outside mirrors), while the LE adds available remote keyless entry (RKE) and larger tires on 16-inch alloy wheels. XLE buyers can specify JBL audio and navigation, and the S offers an available Power Package (power windows, locks and remote keyless entry) and leather-trimmed seats and shifter. The well-equipped XRS is available with the All-Weather and Power Packages, JBL audio, navigation and leather. All Corollas except the base model are available with the optional moonroof.

Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Engine

Four of the five 2009 Corolla models offer only the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine; it's great for reliability and economy, but, as would be expected, only so-so for performance. Driving through a choice of either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission, it delivers an excellent 27 city, 35 highway and 30 combined EPA-rated miles per gallon. The larger, more powerful 2.4-liter four, with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic, is available in only the sportiest, top-of-the-line Corolla XRS.

1.8-liter in-line 4
132 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
128 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/35

2.4-liter four-cylinder
158 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
162 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/29 (manual), 22/30 (automatic)

How Much Does the Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Cost?

The 2009 Toyota Corolla starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $16,000, a few hundred dollars more than the 2008 it replaces, and Fair Purchase Prices should hold very close to MSRPs. That compares to about $14,500 for the base Chevrolet Cobalt LS Sedan, $15,500 for the Honda Civic DX Sedan and $16,500 for the Nissan Sentra. Automatic transmission models start $800 higher. Equipped with the automatic transmission, the LE model starts at about $17,000 MSRP, the XLE at slightly over $18,000, the S at slightly under $18,000 and the XRS at under $21,000. On the resale side, the Corolla should hold an above-average value after five years, similar to the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra but substantially better than the Chevrolet Cobalt. Be sure to check Fair Purchase Prices to see what buyers are actually paying in your area.

Which Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Model is Right for Me?

2009 Toyota Corolla

15-inch steel wheels

Tilt/telescope steering wheel

AM/FM stereo with CD

Power windows

Fabric-trimmed seats

2009 Toyota Corolla LE

Optional remote keyless entry

Day/night rearview mirror

Optional cruise control

Optional 16-inch alloy wheels

2009 Toyota Corolla S

16-inch steel wheels


Body-color spoilers and rocker panels

Blackout grille

Power door locks

2009 Toyota Corolla XRS

2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine

17-inch alloy wheels

Vehicle stability control

Optional leather seat trim

Optional moonroof

2009 Toyota Corolla XLE

Optitron gauges

Woodgrain interior trim with chrome accents

Keyless remote

Optional 16-inch alloy wheels

Optional cruise control

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Used 2009 Toyota Corolla Consumer Reviews


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2009 Toyota Corolla

"Great car for experienced drivers"

Gas miles, cheap maintenance, looks good
Blind spots, sways at higher speeds or when windy
I bought my 09 manual Corolla in 2012 with 40,000 miles and it now has 170000 plus miles on it. Two years ago was the first time I had to do any mechanical repairs on the car. The car ran without any problems for all of the years I've owned it. All I ever did was the recommended maintenance like oil, plugs, and filters. I've never had a car that held up to my aggressive driving without me breaking something; this car was the first. The only concerns I have with the car are the blind spots and the effect wind have on it. The way the car is built, it have many blind spots where I would never suggest this car to an inexperienced driver. Easy to get into an accident because it's hard to see cars next to you in several view points. The other problem is on windy days, doing speed on the highway, the car starts to sway. Kind of feel like it wants to lose control. Before I bought the car my friend who is a dealer told me about these two concerns. His inexperienced daughter didn't listen to him about the faults mentioned which caused her to crash the car twice for those very reasons. Overall a great car which is why I still cant rid of it.Read Less
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2010 Toyota Corolla

"Most dependable car I ever had!"

Turns on a dime
Change oil every 5000 miles you won't have any.
I have taken this car from Texas to the mountains of Colorado to the deserts of New Mexico many times, used for sale calls, never had a problem. I plan on driving it 300,000 miles or more. Most dependable car I have had in 50 years of driving.
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2013 Toyota Corolla

"best ever"

very much so
The car is unbelievable runs very well. Have had no major problems, only have to change oil every 10,000 miles. Just don't know what else to say it has performed very well. Did my research and found out it is the #1 selling car in the world.
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2010 Toyota Corolla

"outstanding vehicle"

Super vehicle minimum maintenance outstanding performance. Will definitely purchase again Toyota excellent
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2010 Toyota Corolla

"Toyota always"

175313 and still drives like I bought it yesterday!! Can't floor it. The thing with toyata cars you have to be gentle with the gas pedal give it time but once it catches speed boy a smooth ride
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2009 Toyota Corolla Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.


  • Cruise Control
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Remote Engine Start


  • AM/FM Radio
  • CD Changer
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • CD Player
  • Front DVD Entertainment System


  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks
  • Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Remote Control Liftgate/Trunk Release

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 27 mpg
  • EPA Class - Compact Cars
  • EPA Hwy - 35 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 30 mpg


  • Horsepower - 132 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.48 inches
  • Torque - 128 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 4400 rpm


  • Cup Holder
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • Compass
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel


  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Limited Use Spare
  • Number of Doors - 4 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Spare Tire Type - Limited Use
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 16"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - 17"
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P195/65R15
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum
  • Moon Roof/Sun Roof
  • Rear Spoiler


  • Alarm System


  • Basic Miles - 36000 miles
  • Basic Years - 3 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 60000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 5 years


  • Axle Ratio - 4.13
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Drum
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - FWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Power Steering
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.8 liter
  • Bore - 3.16 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 10.0
  • Fuel Induction - Electronic Fuel Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • # of Speeds - 4 speed
  • Overdrive - w/Overdrive
  • CID - 110 cubic inches
  • Recommended Fuel - Regular
  • Anti-Lock Brakes

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2745 pounds
  • EPA Passenger - 92.0 cubic feet
  • Fuel Capacity - 13.2 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.8 inches
  • Head Room: Rear - 37.2 inches
  • Height - 57.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 41.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Rear - 36.3 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 5
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 5.8 inches
  • Overall Length - 178.7 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 54.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Rear - 54.6 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 5 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - 1500 pounds
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 16.6 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 35.6 feet
  • Wheel Base - 102.4 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 69.3 inches
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2009 Toyota Corolla Safety

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2009 Toyota Corolla Safety Technology

Daytime Running Lights

These lights, which help the Corolla be seen in daylight, are standard on all 2009 Toyota Corollas.

Vehicle Stability Control

This system, which helps the driver maintain vehicle control when cornering grip is exceeded, is standard on the XRS. It’s optional on all other 2009 Corolla models. 

Front seatbelt pretensioners

Standard on all 2019 Corollas, these safety belts automatically tighten to restrain occupants better in certain frontal impacts.


2009 Toyota Corolla Rankings

132 HP
MPG Combined
30 MPG
Consumer Ratings
4.5 Rating
2009 Toyota Corolla
132 HP

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