If it seems like Corollas are everywhere, that’s because they are. The Drive reports that last month, Toyota sold its 50 millionth Corolla, along with a great history of the iconic model.
50 million! That’s more than the population of Spain. It’s more than double the number of VW Beetles ever made. I’m talking the original, air-cooled, rear-engine Beetles, not the modern Golf with a round body.
I haven’t gotten my hands on one yet, but Jalopnik has, and they’re impressed. The new version of the Toyobaru twins has cured the complaints people had about the original (full disclosure: I had a 2014 model and LOVED it). The new 2.4-liter boxer engine cures the dreaded torque dip of the old 2.0. The interior doesn’t feel like you’re in a Yaris. The gauge cluster and infotainment work much better than in my old car. And, if you choose the correct option package, the standard Michelin Primacy HP “Prius tires” get an upgrade to the Pilot Sport 4S, The old Pilot Super Sports transformed my BRZ from a drift machine into a grippy track car, so it’s great that they now offer this setup from the factory.
I still want to get my hands on one for myself. Toyota or Subaru, call me.