BIG MAN RIDES: 2012 Toyota Corolla (the big mans says ouch!)

To answer the obvious question…

If your a big man, why would you drive or rent a small car?   Well one, I like small cars, two I’m cheap.

The Toyota Corolla in its present form has been around since 2006 and looks it.   The compact and sub-compact segment is  one of the hottest with nearly a dozen new models introduced in the last couple of years, but don’t cry for the Corolla, its is the best selling car in the world, there are more Corolla’s on the road than Volkswagens Beetles.

The Corolla ,in my opinion is the most important car in  Toyota‘s line.  The car is bulletproof, there are faster cars, cars that handle better but  few are as consistently reliable as the Corolla.    The natural progression is to trade up to the Camry or one of Toyota’s SUV‘s or Trucks.

My Corolla was the mid level LE.  While the control looked dated they were functional and you didn’t need to look for a manual to turn on the radio.    The fit and finish in my Corolla was un-Toyota like with gaps along the dash.  Like the controls, the transmission was dated an old skol 4-speed.

 Big Man vs the Corolla

Six feet four inches tall and over 300 pounds meets America’s Sweetcar.   The initial meeting wasn’t pretty.  My rear end and my head had issues with the Toyota.   After a couple minutes  backing  in was the best way to enter the car.  Inside width wasn’t a problem for the big man, however there wasn’t enough leg room, after adjusting the seat the space was tolerable.

Everything about the car was old skol.   The 132 horsepower 1.8 liter for cylinder was more that adequate for Seattle’s short on ramps.   The old skol four speed transmission was  very good without any abrupt downshifts.  Ford should dump their clunky 6 speed automatic in the Focus and drop this honey in.    The ride was quiet and a bit  on the soft side.  The electric power steering was ok, handing was sound..    In the rain, I found the disc/drum brakes grabby. The 12.i cubic inch truck was well finished.

Radio controls are straight forward with good size buttons…   Sound was fair, missing was Bluetooth.   Six airbags surround the car.  Corolla has a four star crash rating.    Mileage figure for the Corolla 27 city and 34 highway.

The 2012 Toyota Corolla is a very dated car. An all new model will be dealers showrooms by later summer early fall.  If your a big and tall man, the Corolla may not be the car for you.   I pulled over several times due to leg cramps. However, if your a normal size man or women with a couple of young children, you can’t go wrong with this car.  Its soild resale value and its reputation for dependability alone, should make it on to your list of consideration.

Corolla’s start about 16,ooo, the tested car was 17,565.  With an all new model due out soon, discounts are available.

2012 Toyota Corolla best Corolla ever?

Despite its age, the Corolla is till a very competitive car. While most cars have six speed transmissions, the Corolla’s does a good job and in my two day drive, I averaged 27 mpg which is outstanding.

To stay competitive in the car wars, The Japanese and German automakers has recently discontented (cheapened) their new models. The 2011 Honda Civic was one of Consumer Reports highest rated small cars  the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta was also well-regarded.  Both cars were redesigned for 2012 and both cars are now some of the lowest rated small cars tested by the magazine.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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