Okay. I’m not going to lie. This car, unlike the 2014 Toyota Camry I drove last week, is a little…
Wait. Okay. I actually put this blog aside until the following morning. I don’t want to be too critical about the car. It’s a good car. But now I know what I want to say about it… It’s slow. My goodness is this car weak. It’s got a 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that sounds like it’s being overworked with the least bit of acceleration.
I’m sure this is no different from other cars in the Corolla’s class. But wow. For a guy who’s been driving high performance cars for a long, long time – this one is a bit difficult to deal with. I really need to go into “Zen Mode” and just drive like a grandma (or at least my impression of one). I’m not overtaking ‘anyone’ in this car. If I’m on the highway and I need to get over – I’m going to need to wait until everybody else passes before I can change lanes.
But I don’t want to give anyone the impression that this is a bad car. It’s actually roomy inside and pretty comfortable. I haven’t taken it on any long trips so I can’t discuss how the seating feels in such a situation – but I’m sure it’s no better than the 2014 Toyota Camry LE that I drove last week. It’s not quiet inside but that’s not what people expect when driving this car. It doesn’t handle very well – but it feels plenty safe on the road. It’s a good car – but that’s all it is. It’s a car. Basic transportation. And for the price – it’s not a bad deal.
Oh, I forgot to mention. I’m getting a little over 33 miles per gallon. That’s pretty awesome. It’s strange looking at the gas gauge and hardly ever seeing it move. This is a great car to drive if you’re looking for basic, reliable transportation in a pretty decent looking package. Yes, I think the new Corolla is pretty decent looking. And it’s not going to cost much to own – especially when it comes to gas.