|Popularity contest winner in America|
|Nice clear display on this touch screen.|
What I missed on this vehicle, which I think is essential safety equipment, is blind spot detection. Otherwise it's got pretty much all you could want--no wait, no heated steering wheel.
Need a smaller Toyota? Several people asked me what I was driving when I took the Corolla for a weekend. "A Toyota Corolla," I said. That's a Toyota? It surprised several people. Toyota has major skin in the compact sedan game. The Corolla's been around for 40 years. Amazing. But the competitors like the Ford Focus, the Kia Forte, Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra have bettered their game and are coming after the Corolla, so, yes, in addition to being trustworthy and dependable, Toyota has to ramp up its styling. There's a lot of good choices in this class. Still I was impressed by the reaction I got. Since its introduction to the U.S. in 1968, Corolla has become the world’s all-time best-selling passenger car, with over 30 million sold in more than 140 countries.
|Mine was blue. Red is always snazzier.|
The 2013 Toyota Corollas are powered by a 1.8-L, inline, four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. Fuel economy (EPA) is 26 city/34 highway and 29 combined with the automatic and 27/34/30 with the manual. With gas prices seemingly going down those are good numbers. Some of the competitors, though, are at 40.
|Pretty straightforward instrument panel. Easy access.|
I felt at one with the Corolla. You've had that feeling in a car haven't you? That you were buddies? I had a classmate in college that had a Nash Rambler and she was a soprano and had long black hair and her idea of heaven was to travel to singing gigs in her Nash Rambler and sleep in the car to save money. She called it her "buddy." Nash called them buddies. Anyway, I don't want to sleep in the Corolla or travel to singing gigs in it but I did sort of think it as a buddy. The cost of my vehicle with options and delivery: $21,729.