When I think of Corolla, I think of dependability, reliability, steadfastness - a vehicle you could drive well over 200,000 miles and it still drive like a champ. See, I've owned a couple of Corollas in my day. My first car was a 1985 Corolla, handed down by my mother who bought it new. Growing up, my older brother owned a slammed 1979 Corolla with crushed-velvet interior. Hey, low riders were the thing in 1990! I remember feeling so cool carrying his pull-out stereo around after we parked it. Oh, the good ole' days! I also owned a 1996 Corolla with all the bells & whistles that I just adored. So as you can imagine the Corolla was already a household name. And when I was invited to take part in Southeast Toyota's #ToyotaTop10 Campaign, I thought I knew this car before they even delivered it. Boy, I was wrong.
The Corolla has grown up over the years. See, this isn't my mom's cute little car from 1985, this is the 2017 Toyota Corolla; the 50th anniversary of the Toyota Corolla. That's right, this car has been a household name for 50 years and running.
My Black Sand Pearl Corolla XSE was delivered on a Friday afternoon - plenty of time to get familiar with it before the campaign officially kicked off. Southeast Toyota staff was awesome, I signed the necessary waivers and reminded me the car was mine for the next 10 days. Doing my first initial walk-around as it sat in my driveway, it was love at first sight. The aggressive styling would be perfectly suitable on a stealth fighter jet, especially with that redesigned edgy front fascia and fog lights. I just new this car was going to turn a lot of heads.
And turn heads it did. In fact, it turned my head on many occasions - "Look back at it" was a common theme every time after parking this thing.
After admiring every minute detail on the exterior, and snapping a few pics of course, it was time to climb inside the cockpit and give this thing a test drive. Mine was delivered with 32 miles on it, and been hardly broken in. I gave the push button ignition a press and the car came to life. The 7-in. high-resolution touch-screen display provided a perfect view behind me as I backed out of my driveway; an option I am truly missing since transitioning back to my daily driver. The 1.8L 4-Cylinder 132hp engine was surprisingly capable, especially in the optional Sport Mode. This car was just plain fun inside and out.
If I had one word to describe this car, it's "FUN"! And after driving it for a week, it was an easy reminder as to why the Corolla has the reputation it does. Toyota has been perfecting it for 50 years and it shows - this is one solid ride!