The most expensive Corolla in the market right now belongs to the Corolla XRS. It starts at $19,420 with a stick shift and $20,610 with an automatic transmission. This most expensive Corolla 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.
Toyota Corolla XRS
Even so, this most expensive Corolla 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). It is 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.
The fuel efficiency of this most expensive Corolla is a bit lower at 22 and 30 mpg but it’s 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.
Toyota Corolla XRS’ Engine
A stiffened suspension system on this most expensive Corolla in the world 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. The drive train is front-wheel drive, which doesn’t help performance driving.
All tried to locate the source of the vibrations. No one did. The engine of this most expensive Corolla just shakes this compact body to pieces. Without these high revs, you might as well save thousands and forego the Corolla XRS model, the most expensive Toyota Corolla.