Toyota Corolla SE
|Rating: 5 / 10|
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|The interior: It's small. I'm only 5'7" and this car feels really small. The hatch area is very shallow and tight. The back seats are tight. Theres no way it can fit an infant seat and someone in the front passenger seat, and there's definitely no way to fit a 60 lb dog in the hatch. If you don't need the space, obviously none of this is a concern.|
The materials are nice enough. The black on black is pretty sleek and minimalistic. The infotainment system sort of pops out of the dash at a nice height for the driver's eyes.
The tech: Bluetooth, backup cam, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control. It's got all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a 2020 model year car.
Driving: It's definitely a car. It's got the right number of pedals, and the correct gear shifter. The e-brake is one of those stupid buttons that I wish were never invented. The clutch pedal is so light, you'll wonder if it's even doing anything once you've pushed it in with the slightest pressure from your pinky toe. Shifting is smooth and very light as well. At 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque up high in the rev range, it feels underpowered But after driving the Focus ST, most cars would.
The value: At around $21k new, with fuel economy in the 30s, it's a great value. Plus the fact that it's a Toyota means you know it's going to last forever.
I think this car would be perfect for someone just learning manual, someone with bad knees that doesn't want to give up the third pedal, or for someone that just needs a reliable daily and doesn't need a lot of space.
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