Odometer at pick-up: 1,744 km
Odometer Current: 2,837 km (1,092 by Autos.ca)
Fuel Consumption: 7.2 L/100 km
Costs: $96.12 (Fuel only)
It’s been a fairly quick start out of the gate for the little Corolla, on which we’ve put over 1,000 km within the first two weeks, reaffirming how easy it is to live with.
As we’ll be reporting on this long-term car every other week, I’ll aim to keep it short, first diving into the basic setup.
As I mentioned in the Arrival article, the seats are spectacular for a compact runabout. The seat bottoms are long enough with a touch of bolster at the sides to keep you settled, while the seatbacks are nicely contoured with good lumbar support and slightly more pronounced torso bolsters that gently hug you in place to keep you well positioned in the comfort area.
While the driver seat is power adjustable fore-aft, recline, height and seat-bottom angle for an excellent seat position, I feel let down by the limited adjustability of the steering wheel. It has decent tilt, it telescopes only a short amount and not far enough for my tastes, so that I either have to crowd the pedals or have my arms extended too far to reach the wheel easily. Oh, and the material: while the Softex synthetic leather isn’t bad, the sides are upholstered in an entirely creepy rubber material, so keep your hands where you can see them.
Catch up with our first report: Long-Term Test Arrival: 2015 Toyota Corolla S
Getting in is also easy thanks to a roof that is largely unaffected by the swoopy styling. Headroom front is exemplary, though rear headroom isn’t quite large adult friendly as my head brushed the roof, which is on par with the spacious Volkswagen Jetta but short of the Honda Civic and Mazda3 (though it certainly doesn’t feel less spacious than the 3). Front and rear legroom dominate, with 2,126 mm combined, compared to segment competitors like the Jetta at 2,013, Mazda at 1,982 and the bestselling Civic at 1,985.