By on April 5, 2012

Having suffered behind the wheel of a few rented Corollas during my travels with the 24 Hours of LeMons Circus, I’m here to tell you that the current generation of Corolla— the version you get in rental fleets, at any rate— is one of the least fun motor vehicles you can buy. I am convinced that the suits at Toyota have ordered their top engineers to devise a Fun Prevention Control Module™ for the Corolla, a little box under the dash that does everything from preventing you from finding a good song on the radio to ensuring that you will never, ever be able to pull off even a half-assed e-brake turn in a muddy racetrack paddock. With the FPCM™ in full effect, you’ll drive your Corolla for hundreds of thousands of trouble- and fun-free miles, all the while fantasizing about setting the thing on fire and giving some crackhead $119 for a much more fun ’95 Mercury Mystique rolling on three space-saver spares. So, it came as a shock when I spotted this Corolla-hustling ad on a Saigon Toyota dealership during my recent trip to Vietnam. (Read More…)

Recent Comments

  • slavuta: Yep. And also, a car with a new engine is a car that can go longer. On the other side, it sucks that someone...
  • 30-mile fetch: What sold you on it over the CR-V, RAV4, and Escape?
  • PrincipalDan: I don’t hate on Ford for switching to boosted 6s in their trucks (and I would fully consider...
  • srh: It’s a tough call. Presumably Hyundai isn’t giving out free engines just for funsies, but on the...
  • DC Bruce: Look at the shape of the torque curve and you’ll understand why people prefer the smaller, boosted...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff