The Corrola XRS, The Most Expensive Corolla in the market
The XRS is the most expensive Corolla. It starts at $19,420 with a stick shift and $20,610 with an automatic transmission. The XRS comes with a big, 2.4-liter, 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine that’s the same as the base engine in the Toyota Camry, as well as a five-speed automatic or manual transmission, bucket seats, a small rear spoiler, and some extra cladding along its flanks. Even so, the XRS isn’t particularly sporty. And the tradeoff for the bigger engine is that the XRS only gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway (in 207 miles of lead-footed mixed driving).
The Corolla XRS is the most expensive corolla line but also comes with the most features. It comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear deck spoiler and front sport-strut tower braces. It also has a little more power under the hood with a 2.4 L four-cylinder engine. Fuel efficiency is a bit lower at 22 and 30 mpg but still reasonable. It is available with either a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The Corolla XRS also has a metallic-style interior trim and a leather-trimmed steering wheel with radio controls built-in.
The real news with this most expensive corolla is its hopped-up engine. The 1.8-liter with 170 horsepower begs to be revved high and driven hard. A stiffened suspension system on the XRS model adds handling prowess to this performance package. The only transmission available is a six-speed manual, with gearing that jerks passengers around if shifted less than judiciously. It’s very close ratio and you’ll shift frequently.
The drivetrain is front-wheel drive, which doesn’t help performance driving. All tried to locate the source of the vibrations. No one did. The engine just shakes this compact body to pieces. Without these high revs, you might as well save thousands and forego the XRS model, the most expensive corolla.