When my wife and I took our 2009 Corolla S (Barcelona Red) for a test drive, I noticed the steering was, well... "wonky". It seemed "unforgiving", compared to the 2002 Ford Focus we traded for it. I've since likened it to the Gemini astronauts, who had to learn to "walk" in space. Rather than fight it, they learned that walking in space was not the same as walking on earth, and the same is true for steering my Corolla.
My wife drove it first, then wanted a new 2009 Ford Focus -- so I took the keys to the Corolla. I have to say, it's the best car I've owned. And while I've read numerous posts about the electric steering -- and the lack of favor for it -- I can concede it needs some sort of "resistance" built into it. But on the whole, I've learned to hone my reflexes so that the steering is a non-issue.
If anyone out there is having a bit of a problem with their Corolla's electric steering, may I offer some advice: I drive with one hand on the wheel, and one finger from my other hand on the wheel, too. One hand seems to regulate the other; each seems to know where the other is, offering resistance or assistance when needed. It's how I've always driven, anyway, and seems to help with the Corolla.