So, after months of putting it off, you are finally ready to buy your teenage son or daughter their first car. Although mine is not a teenager yet, I imagine the thought of your child driving on these unpredictable roads could be quite nerve-wracking. Luckily, the features of the 2017 Toyota Corolla will put your mind at ease.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with a bunch of mumbo jumbo like how many inches wide the side mirrors are, or what size air filter it uses. Many times while looking online for practical knowledge about how a vehicle might fit YOUR needs, you’ll be bombarded with useless information that only brings up more questions. Let me give you some clarity.
1. Extremely Reliable
- Toyota Corollas have been on the market for 50 years now. If Toyota has proved anything in the last 50 years it is that they are extremely reliable. I have had people trade in their Corolla with 300k miles on it and say, “You know, I don’t really need a new car, but I’d like one,” or “The only work I’ve had to do on that thing is change the oil and tires.” People who have owned a Toyota tend to stick with Toyota because these vehicles are made to last. If you buy a Corolla for your son or daughter, you are not buying something that will just get them through high school. You are buying a car that will be reliable through college, their first job, their first few years of marriage, etc. Provide them with a vehicle that will last.
2. Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection
- Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection is an amazing feature that proves we are living in the freakin’ future. This feature was created to make the roads safer by detecting (under the right conditions) pedestrians and other vehicles. When the camera behind the rearview mirror detects a hazard, this feature does three things: the vehicle brakes automatically (if the driver fails to do so), assists the driver in braking even harder than they already had, and holds the brake 3 seconds after the vehicle comes to a complete stop. This feature does not by any means promise that it prevents collisions 100 percent of the time. There are many factors that will affect the Pre-Collision system – heavy rain, fog, ice, or speed of vehicle. Pre-Collision was not created to replace the driver, but to assist the driver. Nonetheless, this feature makes a safer vehicle and will ultimately make you feel more confident putting your son or daughter in the driver’s seat.
3. Lane Departure Alert
- Lets face it – when teenagers first start driving, they’re a little squirrelly. Couple inexperience with the overwhelming desire to check that new Snapchat notification or switch to their favorite song on Spotify, and we have worried parents. Though we do our best to teach our kids responsibility behind the wheel, things happen. Lane Departure is perfect for those squirrelly teenagers that get a little distracted sometimes. A camera behind the rearview mirror detects the color of the lines on the side of the road. If the line on the driver’s side is white, the vehicle can cross over. If the line is yellow, a loud beep signals the driver to straighten out. If the driver does not, the vehicle will automatically turn the wheel just enough to bring it back into the correct lane.
4. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
- When traveling at speeds above 25 mph, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control gives the driver the option of setting a desired speed. If another vehicle moves in front of the Toyota, or a vehicle directly ahead slows down, the Toyota will also slow down to compensate. When traffic resumes, your vehicle will also resume to the previous set speed. This is an excellent safety feature as well as a nice convenience.
5. Traction Control
- When slippery road conditions are detected, Traction Control will reduce engine power and apply brakes to the slipping wheel to regain grip. This helps maintain control during hard acceleration or deceleration on a slippery surface. Traction Control is hugely beneficial, especially here in Decatur, Illinois where winters are harsh and ice storms are plenty.
6. Great Gas Mileage
- The 2017 Corolla gets 35 mpg on the highway, 28 mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on average. If your child is sixteen years old now, in two years they’ll be off to college, heading into the workforce, or attending a trade school. Money can get pretty tight in this season of life, and having a vehicle with good gas mileage helps save cash. Like I said before, a 2017 Toyota Corolla will not only provide a nice, safe means of transportation for your child now – its’ features will benefit your child for many years to come.
You might say, “Well, the Honda (or Volvo, Chevrolet, Subaru, Ford, etc.) I’ve been looking at has some of the same features. What makes the Toyota any better?”
Great question. Here’s why:
ALL of the safety features I explained in this article are…
Yes, even the base models of all new 2017 vehicles!
Other vehicle manufacturers charge up $2,500 extra for these features. Toyota does not, because the features I explained are not considered “extra” – they are considered standard.
There are 5.7 million car accidents per year in the United States, and Toyota has placed a high priority on lowering that number. Toyota does not only reserve these necessary features for those who can afford the fancier vehicles, because Toyota believes that safety is not a luxury, but a necessity that EVERYONE deserves.
I hope this article has helped guide you in your search for the perfect vehicle.
If you have any questions and would like to test drive a few of our amazing vehicles, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’d love to help you out!