Hi all. Back in 1988, I purchased my very first brand new car when I got a great deal on a past model year (1987) Chevrolet Nova—i.e. a rebadged Corolla. It was a golden brown with a light tan interior and generated (IIRC) a whopping 76HP. Great little car, but I got impatient with it after a couple years (too little power, and no air conditioning). But several times I crossed 50MPG (Imperial) in highway driving ... I've long had a little bit of a "thing" for fuel economy (i.e. most of my life I've calculated my mileage every fillup).
About 10 days ago I came full circle: I got a great deal on what may well be my last brand new car, a 2016 Toyota Corolla. And yes, it's brown (although not a golden brown) with essentially light tan interior (although Toyota dubs it "ivory"). As with the Nova, I'm curious to see if I can beat the EPA estimates without mods; things look promising so far. I've only got about 600 miles on it so far and filled up once (will need to fill up very shortly again). Lots of city driving, as I work in downtown Nashville. I'll post my first official result shortly.
Just used SMS to add my first Fuelly fill-up. 32.1 MPG (U.S. gallons). Car computer estimated 33.1, so not too far off.
benlovesgoddess—for some reason, people knock the Corolla interior materials, but I don't know why. I think mine is excellent, and both my wife and I love the black and light tan colour as well as the overall interior aesthetics. The exterior of course is pretty conservative, but that's okay.
Gee... I thought I had answered you first? Something must have gone wrong?
I'm the regular Corolla owner. Bought it two years old. Was a lease vehicle. Got a good deal on it. If you look at my fuelly page. You can see how I've learned and gotten better at mileage. Ive set it up so anyone can learn from my mistakes. Right now around 40mpg. Average will take a while to come up. Two big things helped me. Non ethanol fuel. 22% better mileage. Using kinetic energy...coasting every chance I get.
I love my car. Whenever I see someone else with one. I honk and give them a thumbs up. They laugh. I laugh. Nobody buys a Corolla for their ego. They're a sensible car to buy.
Thanks, 14. You're definitely right about the ego thing. My primary motivation was the Corolla reliability and good value. (I basically got my 2016 LE for KBB used book value, i.e. the dealer gave me the drive-off-the-lot depreciation. Plus got $800 trade-in for a wornout car that I could not have sold for that price privately.)
Given how urban a lot of my driving is, I don't expect to get ridiculously high numbers, but if I can eventually get in the high 30s, I'll be pretty happy.
I've been trying to flash headlights or wave at Gen 4 owners - but i've only seen 4 others since March - they havent noticed! When i had a Mk1 Mini, we always flashed each other.
The Rover 75 i called The Jag, much to the wifes annoyance i used to wave at every real bemused Jaguar we passed! She started it though, as originally every time we saw an X type Jag, Rover 75 or S type Jag she'd shout out "theres a twin!".
I am hoping to have finally decoded the secret to the Prius pulse and glide method for best economy...