From Toyota press: Toyota has enhanced the safety and value of the Corolla for 2010 by making Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC) standard on all models. The addition of these two features allow all Corolla models to come standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System™, which also includes an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
The tenth-generation Corolla was introduced for the 2009 model year, 40 years after the first Corolla arrived in the United States. Since 1966, more than 30 million Corollas have been sold worldwide.
Corolla has long been synonymous with Toyota quality, style and value, earning a distinction as one of the most trusted cars in America. The 2010 Corolla offers more safety features, comfort and performance while still returning up to an EPA estimated 35 MPG in highway driving.
The 2010 Corolla is offered with a choice of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, a 1.8-liter that was new for 2009 and a 2.4-liter that was re-engineered for the new-generation Corolla. The 2010 Corolla is available in five grades, Corolla, LE, SLE, S, and XRS. The Corolla LE, S and XLE are equipped with the 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 132 hp at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to help optimize performance and fuel economy. Internal components are optimized to reduce friction, while valve-train components are downsized to provide a compact valve layout.
A five-speed manual transmission comes standard with the 1.8-liter engine; a four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) also is available. Its torque converter uses flex lockup for enhanced fuel efficiency. Uphill/downhill shift control selects the proper gear for conditions and helps provide moderate engine braking during downhill driving.
The Corolla XRS exclusively features the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 158 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. A balance shaft suppresses vibration, and oil jets help piston cooling. The exhaust system is engineered for reduced backpressure and improved performance.
The 2.4-liter engine transmits power through the five-speed manual transmission and is available with a five-speed automatic. Like the four-speed automatic paired with the 1.8-liter engine, the five-speed uses a torque converter with flex lockup for increased fuel efficiency, as well as uphill/downhill shift control. The five-speed automatic can be manually shifted by moving the shift lever to the left from its “D” position into the “S” position, then pushing forward for upshifts and back for downshifts. An indicator inside the combination gauge shows the gear selected.