Cement gray paint with gray fabric seating for 5, heated front buckets, 60.5” bed length with twin storage bins on each side – one is a cooler, 16” dark gray aluminum wheels and 265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler mud and snow tires, Android/ Apple integration and sliding rear glass, 8” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera, navigation and Toyota 6 speaker XM/AM/FM stereo, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, 3.5 liter V-6 with 278 horsepower – Six speed automatic transmission, 2 speed transfer case, limited slip differential and four wheel drive – zero to 60 in 10 seconds and top speed of 112 mph, $41,193.00 list price – built in San Antonio, Texas, fuel economy (22 mpg highway, 18 mpg city, 20 mpg combined) 21.1 gallon tank with 464 mi.range
Cement gray metallic paint with black fabric interior for five, weighs 4,400 lbs. and is 190.2“ long, 46.3 cubic ft. of cargo space and 9” of ground clearance, 17” ten spoke dark gray alloy wheels with P265/70R17 mud and snow radial tires, Yakima Load Warrior cargo basket, leather wrapped steering wheel, 8” multimedia display with Sirius satellite radio, 8 speaker stereo, power rear glass, radar cruise control, Apple Carplay/Android Auto setup and backup camera with navigation, 4.0 liter V-6 with 270 horsepower and five speed automatic transmission and four wheel drive, 40 quart removable cooler with tie down straps as well as sliding rear cargo tray that holds 440 pounds, fuel economy is 19 on the highway, 16 in town and 17 mpg overall rating, fuel tank holds 23 gallons and 4Runner can go 437miles on a full tank, list price is $42,778.00 and car is built in Tahara, Aichi, Japan
Electric Storm blue metallic paint with black Softex seating for 5 – heated front buckets, weighs 3,220 lbs. and is 180” long – 27.4 cubic ft. cargo room in rear – 50.7 with seats flopped down, 15” – Aluminum wheels, two tone hub caps and 195/65R15 Dunlop radials, pushbutton/remote start, rain sensing wipers and leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charger, color head up display, and Android / Apple integration, 7” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera and 7 speaker XM/AM/FM stereo, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, 1.8 liter hybrid four with 96 horsepower – CVT automatic transmission and all wheel drive, $31,629.00.00 list price – built in Toyota, Aichi, Japan, fuel economy (47 mpg highway, 51 mpg city, 49 mpg combined) 10.6 gallon tank with 498 mi.range
Turbulence gray metallic paint with black alcantara leather interior for two, weighs 3,181 lbs. and is 172.5“ long, 10.2 cubic ft. trunk, 18” ten spoke alloy wheels with P255/40zr18 (F) and 275/40zr18 (R) Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires, leather wrapped wheel, 8.8” multimedia display with Sirius satellite radio/JBL stereo with 12 speakers, radar cruise control, Apple Carplay/Android Auto setup and backup camera and navigation, zero to 60 in 5 seconds, top speed 155 mph, 2.0 liter turbo four with 255 horsepower and eight speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, rear-wheel drive, fuel economy is 32 on the highway, fuel tank holds 13.7 gallons of premium fuel and car can go 438 miles on a full tank, list price is $47,815 and car is built in Graz, Austria
Coastal Gray metallic paint with black SofTex seating for 5, heated and ventilated front buckets, weighs 3,913 lbs. and is 186.6” long, 28.8 cubic ft. cargo room, 19” chrome finish ten spoke aluminum wheels and 225/50R19 Bridgestone radials, pushbutton/remote start, navigation, dual power seats, leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, panoramic “star gaze”moon roof, wireless phone charger, head up display, Android / Apple integration, 12.3” multimedia infotainment screen, backup camera, 9 speaker JBL XM/AM/FM premium sound system, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, 2.5 liter hybrid four with 219 horsepower, CVT automatic transmission and all wheel drive, $43,100.00.00 list price, built in Toyota, Aichi, Japan, fuel economy (37 mpg highway, 40 mpg city, 39 mpg combined), 14.5 gallon tank with 536 mi.range
Blue Streak metallic paint with Midnight black metallic painted top and black five passenger leather upholstered interior – heated front buckets, 192.7” long, 111.2” wheelbase, 3,395# weight, 10 “touchscreen infotainment with head up display, 15.1 cubic ft. cargo capacity trunk, navigation system, radar cruise control and moon roof, JBL premium stereo with 9 speakers, gas mileage ratings are 34-hwy./25-city/28-combined, range is 537 miles with 15.8 gallon tank, floor mounted gear shift, eight speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, lane change alert, blind spot monitor and cross traffic alert, 17” black five spoke wheels with 235/40R19 all-season radials, 205 horsepower 4 cylinder 2.5 liter engine, $39,635.00 M.S.R.P., built in Georgetown, Kentucky
Supersonic red metallic paint with black roof and five passenger black Softex upholstered interior, heated and cooled front buckets – rear seats heated only, full panoramic moon roof with power tilt and slide feature, head up display in windshield and navigation in touchscreen, electric tailgate that can be foot operated, JBL stereo with 11 speakers, 42 miles of range on electric power, (I am getting 37.5 mpg on gas power), range is 550 miles, console mounted gear shift, continuously variable automatic transmission, 19” gray finish five spoke wheels with 235/55R19 Yokohama Avid GT all season radial tires, 302 horsepower 4 cylinder engine with plug-in hybrid system, 3.3 kw on board charger, $49,461 M.S.R.P., built in Obu, Aichi, Japan
George Gray and Matt Arguello – Pirate Radio review:196″ length – BluePrint blue paint – All-wheel drive – 2.5 liter four with 205 horsepower – Eight speed automatic – JBL 14 speaker stereo – Cognac leather interior with seating for five (four heated seats) – 16 cubic ft. trunk – 14.4 gallon tank provides 490 miles of range with 34 MPG highway rating Moon roof – Head up display – $44,728.00 MSRP – built in Georgetown, KY
The Toyota Corolla XSE that I was recently able to test came in a pleasing Blueprint blue metallic paint scheme and featured black SofTex seating surfaces. The Toyota Corolla, one of the best-selling nameplates of all time, has moved over 45 million cars onto driveways around the world (well, mostly driveways), and the car is in its twelfth generation configuration, having been around since 1966.
The 2021 front wheel drive Corolla sits on a 103.9” wheelbase, is 70.5” wide, 57.1” high, and weighs 3,060 lbs. The way that Greeley and Ft. Collins have grown, it seems you are always poking around looking for parking space, so with a car that’s 172 inches long, it is not too difficult with Toyota’s Corolla.
Acceleration, handling, visibility and guidance were all acceptable for the Corolla. The power was supplied by a 2 liter, 4 cylinder engine, putting out 168 horsepower through a continuously variable (CVT) transmission. Silver and gray ten-spoke alloy wheels were fitted with P225/40R18 all-season radials on the car.
The 5 passenger interior of the Corolla was comfortable and the seating was supportive and looked good. The car had a backup camera, 8″ touchscreen, cruise control, power windows/locks/mirrors, tilt/telescope steering column, and keyless entry. M.S.R.P for my test Corolla came in at $29,289.00, including freight. The biggest item added to its $25,725.00 base price was a premium audio/navigation package ($1,715.00) consisting of a JBL stereo and dynamic navigation.
The Corolla did a super job for me during the test in Northern Colorado. The slick styling caught a lot of eyes, the car kept pace at the stoplights, and with the 38 mpg highway mileage rating, I spent a nominal amount of money on gas. I’d say it is a good value.