Good morning, everybody! Or is it already evening? Never mind. The important thing is, we’re all back together, and that means an interesting discussion in on the rise. Today, I want to talk to you about all the different brands that I had the privilege of driving, as well as some new models from the near future. I’m quite happy with what I got – a 2015 Camry, a 2015 Tacoma, and a Land Cruiser (yep, that 80K beast – also the 2015 edition) – but, you know, it’s never enough, right? Especially for a guy like me.
A Little Boy’s Dream
Actually, let me take you back in time a bit: When I was a little boy, I had a special bond with cars. I mean, I could instantly tell, if I wanted to drive a certain vehicle, or not. Well, yeah, I was a kid, and I would drive anything my parents let me drive, but, that’s not the point. Every kid around the block had his dream – to be a firefighter, a cop, a cosmonaut – you know, the usual boring stuff. Me, I was obsessed with cars. And I’m not just talking some cool Ferraris, or whatever. No, I was really charmed with the whole automobile industry.
I remember, that every time my uncles and aunts visited us (that was really often, by the way – we were and still remain to this day a very big and close family), they brought me all sorts of stuff car related: Coloring books, journals, gazettes (oh yeah, they were still around back then), Lego cars – you name it. So, by the age of 18, I had like a 100 special cars in my mind, that I wanted to drive, and also, I wanted to be a street racer. Why? You know why – ‘cause those guys are really cool! Don’t tell me you haven’t seen the Fast and Furious movies! I was obsessed with them! Must’ve watched every movie like a thousand times, and learned pretty much everyone’s lines by heart.
Had It All
Growing up, I was lucky enough to be in the driver’s seat of roughly 1000 cars (yeah, that’s right). Sedans, Mid-Size Trucks, SUVs, Hybrids, Sport Cars (they were my favorite back when I was a boy), I even had the pleasure of driving an ice-cream car once – I was 23 at the time. My Uncle Tom, he had one of those, and so, one day, when I was visiting, he told me to give it a try. That was really awesome – I even got to circle around the block and sell ice-cream to people! Yeah, ok, I know I was a grown man, but come on – would you miss an opportunity to do that? I don’t think so. You can deny it, but I know that deep down you want to be the driver of the ice-cream car! So, yeah, that special car I want to ride is the ice-cream car! There, I said it!
That Special Car
Alright, enough with that! So, as I said earlier, I had the opportunity of being in the cabins of all the famous brands ever since the new millennium took its rightful place. I drove Ferraris, Bugattis, Maybachs, Bentleys – all the luxury cars you can think of. I’m not saying I’m a big-time rich guy, or anything. No, nothing like that, it’s just that over the years I managed to become good friends with a lot of dealers, rental service managers, etc, so, whenever there’s a hot new ride in the US, I hop on it. I even get to try out some conceptual models, that are not out in the market yet (I don’t do that every day, of course, but still, I get a call from my buddies once or twice a year, telling me to swing by and take a brand new beauty for a spin).
If you wanna know about the cars that I actually owned in my life, then I’ll tell you this much: I owned BMWs, Fords, Mercedes cars, Audis, Chevys – you name it – and came to conclusion, that Toyota is THE brand for me. I’m not saying that they are light years ahead of the rest – not at all – but they just got that special something, that makes my heart tickle. Who knows, maybe I have Japanese blood rushing through my veins? Or maybe it’s ’cause I had a 1996 Tacoma when I was a kid?
No, not really. But hey, do you know a little something about horseracing? I do. And let me tell y’all – you won’t find a horse that can outrun all the others, and leave them a couple of meters behind. That NEVER happens. And you won’t find a horse lagging behind neither. They all run alongside each other, and the horse that wins, outruns all the others by just the tip of its nose. That’s how it is. And, in the automobile industry, Toyota does just that – it gets that №1 medal by being just a couple of seconds ahead of the other brands. So, hail Toyota!
The Game Plan
Ok, so, this time around, we’re gonna have a lot of fun. I’m gonna present to you my report on the subject of the cars that we should all drive one day; and you should share your thoughts with me, so that we can all come to a collective conclusion. That’s how it’s done, people, so, stop yawning and join in – it’s gonna be exciting, I’m telling you.
Up The Ladders
Alright, so, up top, let me just clarify a few things: first of all, we all like and respect Toyota, the wealthiest and the most influential automobile manufacturer in the world, the company, that can surprise, please, and bring a smile to our grimy American faces. Yep, that’s why we love it. Therefore, my emphasis today is gonna be on the Toyota brands. But, still, expect some foreign guests from the rivalry camp – they’ve got some game too, believe me.
2017 Toyota 4Runner
First of all, I’d like to shine a light on the 2017 Toyota 4Runner. Make sure to check out my review on this beast; this car has all the necessary tools and tricks to cast a spell on all of the SUV-lovers and shoot ahead of the competition. This is that classic, American-Japanese vehicle, that just grabs everybody’s attention with a 4-lit V-6 engine, capable of 270 Horsepower (or, you can cash in for a V8, and get even faster) – that’s pretty great for an SUV this size – 4-wheel drive, and a 5-speed transmission. There is no officially confirmed information about the launch date, but, if you ask me, I think it’s gonna be here sooner, than we think. The price tag, as always with Toyota, is gonna be fair – about 30-45K. The 4Runner will be Toyota’s big champ in the upcoming fight for the title of the best SUV in the market, so, take a closer look at it; but, be careful, my friends – you might just fall in love with it.
If you wanna go rogue, and check out the other fish in the sea, go ahead, I won’t tell on you – I’ll even help you out and provide my expert opinion on the matter. So, if you’re looking for alternatives to the 4Runner, google these guys: Land Rover Range Rover (probably, the most famous SUV of our time – a really big rival of the Toyota Land Cruiser; it costs about 100K, though), GMC Yukon (GMC’s big contestant in the market – lean, clean, and mean; 45-55K), Chevrolet Tahoe (great acceleration, fuel-economy, and a solid interior; 45-60K), Toyota Land Cruiser (an overall great SUV, with an advantage in price, compared to the Range Rover – 70-80K), and Nissan Murano (it’s more of a Mid-Size SUV, but still holds pretty good with the competition; the price is around 30-40K)
2017 Toyota Corolla
I’ve told you about this one at length, so, I’ll keep it short this time. You know that the Corolla was initially designed to be a car for the ladies, right? Well, that was the initial idea, but, with the 2017 edition, Toyota is going big. I mean, just a glimpse at it makes it clear, that the Corolla ain’t gonna be an ordinary middle-class car anymore.
Now, that didn’t stop it from selling HUGELY in the States, but, personally, I’d say that a big change was in order, and the Japanese picked up a perfect time to do that. I’m not claiming that the Corolla will change beyond recognition; no, it’s too good of a look to overdo, but, it’s definitely gonna transform into something more appealing, in the sports-car way, if I may say so myself. If you take your time, and go through the discussions on various automobile forums, you’ll see that a lot of guys are showing interest towards the new 2017 Corolla – that never rally was the case before. So, that’s a big step-up for Toyota’s best-seller. And that makes it a special car I wanna drive.
Technically, Corolla is a four-door sedan, so the competition is as follows: new editions of Toyota’s own Camry (yeah, I know :)), Prius (that cute little fella with exceptional fuel-economy system), and Avalon (an overall great car). Plus, Mercedes-Benz C-Class (35-60K in cash, a pretty respected brand in the industry), Honda Accord (told you about this one before – pretty solid in everything; a price tag of 20-30K), and Chevrolet Impala (25-40K, this is a large fella, with a great interior, and HP).
The Quick Run Up The Ladders
To keep it short, let’s run up my other favorite future cars ladder: Alright, I’d like to see the new Tacoma (Toyota got some great plans for its victorious Mid-Size-Truck, so, it’s gonna be a good one; plus, it’s my favorite car in the world, ’cause, as you know, by Dad bought me one back in the previous millennium), and the new RAV4, Highlander, and Yaris.
If you wanna know about my list of the luxury “Rogue Warriors”, then here it is: Ford Shelby GT350, Mercedes GT AMG, and the 2017 Lexus LF-LC. I’m not saying I’m gonna by all of them (probably none, if I’m being honest), but I still want to check them out, when they arrive on the market. Plus, I’m really excited about the 2018 Toyota Sports Car; I have no legit information about it whatsoever, but that still doesn’t mean I’m not crossing my fingers – because I am.
Alright, that’s it! That was my “That Special Car I Wanna Drive” series. So long, brothers and sisters, drive safe, and drive for your own enjoyment. And hey, keep your eyes open – who knows, maybe I’ll see you on the road one day!