I recently purchased a new 2011 Toyota Corolla Sport, giving me the true, firsthand knowledge of its workings (up to the 29 short miles I've driven thus far), so I thought it would serve you well to hear, from a customer and not a sales person, how the vehicle is. I always explain how the new Camry or FJ Cruiser runs, how powerful the Tundra feels, or how smooth the Yaris handles, but you know, and I know you know, that I work for a company bearing the Toyota name. Maybe now that I've put the investment into a vehicle just like any of you have or will it might lend some extra credibility to the situation.
So please enjoy a new version of the virtual, blog-based test drive: driving perceptions from an actual owner's point of view.
The first thing that sticks out in my mind is the stunning beauty of looking at my new car. A black Corolla Sport with a black interior, it looks so elegant and crisp yet it bleeds a sporty vibe that few sedans can match. Having been given the keys moments after the final spot of wax was buffed off, my smile glistened back at me in the deep black, shiny paint, and as I ran my fingers along her length there was nary a speck of debris left behind. Kudos to the vehicle detailing team, and thanks!
Now many of you would probably notice the booming sound system, the feel of the throttle and horsepower as you kick the pedal for the first time, but not me. What I can't get over is the handling, and more specifically the steering itself. As Tom Young explained, and though I hate to admit it unbeknownst to me, there is a huge difference between power steering and electronic power steering. Power steering is what has been around for years, and as you know it allows you to steer with far less required force than a vehicle without it. In the pre-power steering days, you were literally turning the wheel to turn the tires courtesy of some admittedly genius mechanics and pulley-like devices, and while there wasn't a whole lot of difference when you were turning at speeds of, for example, 25 miles per hour, when you attempted to parallel park or maneuver the vehicle at a very low speed the steering had a tank-like feel to it.
As I said, in today's world we are getting to the point where electronic power steering is a norm, and thankfully my new car has it. With electronic power steering, as the name implies the steering is literally electric. This means when you don't touch the wheel, the sensor is not telling the wheels to move, period. When you slightly touch the steering wheel the opposite is true, and this allows for an incredibly smooth, pleasant trip.
I'll be 100% honest in telling you that at first I was marginally disappointed that there was no manual transmission for me to buy, but that soon melted away. I really do like five-speed, but I've already come to grips worth the automatic and embraced it. Like with the steering, it makes my trip so smooth and effortless, allowing me to snap my iPhone into the auxiliary jack, crank some tunes on the great, crisp stereo (which isn't even JBL and still sounds amazing), sit back and relax.
Key comfort features are also an added bonus, such as a frigid air conditioner, sun-like heat, three-way adjustable seats, and steering wheel mounted audio controls. There is also a huge amount of storage, in fact even after being around Corolla's for so long I'm still astonished. In the trunk, which opens at the push of the button on the key fob and pops right open - no manual work for me - I could easily fit six tires inside and my hockey bag. This sounds like a weird example of space, but I did just that the other day. The space doesn't end there either, as the 2011 Corolla Sport has a large glove box, what I call an anti-glove box that is just like the glove box but mirrored, a center console that is deeper than it should be, cup holders, coin holders, and more.
Perhaps the best part of all? I still have a full tank of gasoline, courtesy of the pre-purchase fill up by Handy Toyota. I've driven 45 miles and the needle is still pegged at full. From all my blogging in the past I've mentioned several times over that a new car needs to stay under 4,000 RPM and less than 60 miles per hour for the first 1,500 miles, and to save gas you simply need to accelerate smoothly and brake evenly. Another tip I've been using is shifting to neutral at stop lights or at any prolonged stop. Believe it or not, when you have your brakes applied for a long time and the transmission is still in drive, the car still wants to lurch forward. It sounds obvious, but we rarely think of it, or at least I never did. Though it won't likely damage your transmission, it can over the 200,000 miles Toyota cars are known for. Using these tips, the ones I've preached about for so long, really work well folks, and if you want me to send you said tips just click here and send me an email requesting as much.
Anyway, I could go on to great length, but I just wanted to give you some impressions about my new 2011 Toyota Corolla Sport that we don't often talk about. It's a great, fun little car, and I think you should really consider the roomy new Corolla when you're thinking about a new Toyota. We also have several used Corolla sedans here at Handy Toyota now! Click here to view our used Corolla sedans now, or for any new and used information just click here to email a sales consultant today.