I started my week off with a bang by flying to Pittsburgh for a day-long meeting. (Sorry I didn’t give notice to any P’burgh folk, but I'm sitting in te airport waiting for my flight home as I type this.) Normally I end up with whatever compact or mid-size American metal Avis feels like giving me, but I got a little treat in the form of an ’06 Corolla. It was an auto and I’m sure it wasn’t set up anywhere near properly for FE, but it was still a nice change. (The alternative was a Vue…gee, tough decicsion!) Overall I have to say I like it. The trans is smooth, the little engine emits a pleasant little hum, and the ride was comfortable. It’s not a car you would call exciting, but I’m not exactly writing for a performance-oriented audience here. The final drive ratio could be better, but could be a lot worse: it turned ~2200RPM at 60mph. One nice touch for FE drivers was the a very smooth throttle linkage (maybe it’s drive by wire…I don’t know) which makes those fine adjustments much easier than with my relatively touchy Accord. I only wish I had brought my ScanGauge to help me out! I also find it interesting that the 55mph mark right smack at the top of the speedo rather than somewhere buried to the side like in every other car made these days. Overall I only have one problem with this car: I don’t fit! Toyota must not have anticipated the long-legged 6’1-6’2 crowd when they designed this thing because it really needs a longer set of rails on the driver’s seat. Another inch would have done it for me, although that might have put the steering wheel too far away without telescoping. (How does a Corolla compare to a Prius for seat adjustment? I hope Toyota didn’t make this mistake in all the small-ish cars, did they? I'll be very, very sad if they did.) I don't know how accurate this is, but my FE calculated to 43.5mpg over 73mi. That could be totally bogus because I have no idea how full that tank was when I got it. One would think it would have been less than full (making my real FE better than that), but who knows?