I'll tell you one thing my friend, you've been really spoiled by that Miata.Guys... it's finally happening to me. I think I'm forgetting why I should be excited about this car. When I first put myself on the list, I thought: "This car is the dream. It's just everything I've ever wanted." But now... I'm not so sure. Here's what I'm fixating on:
1. I like (love?) the driving feel of older Corollas (1983 - 2005 era) but I've driven a 2022 Corolla sedan and friends, let me say, it is not interesting at all. What if the GRC turns out to handle just like a Corolla? It's not like we can drive it before we sign the cheque...
2. Tail-happiness... is it a myth? In the summer I daily a Miata. It's not quick but it is a blast to slide around. I've seen lots online that suggests that the GRY doesn't have good drift dynamics and especially not in "sport" mode. That scares me... I have believed that the GR-four system was a the saviour of the front to rear AWD systems. But if putting 70% to the rear does nothing to make it "rear-wheel-drive-esque" then WHY am I committing to this 1.5 toasters clutch pack that most people are expecting to blow the heck up every 60 thousand k or so? Can't I just buy an old Matrix and get just as far? Or one of the billions of AWD crossovers out there?
3. Premium... I don't like spending money on gas. Nuff said.
4. What about the shifter!? What if it is more F-150 than CTR? Most manual transmissions I could live without. But I would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER (etc) NEVER want to swap my Miata transmission for an auto. Just no. But how do I know this car is nice to shift? People don't seem to get excited about the GRY gearbox. Why am I assuming that it's going to be a good (or great) gearbox? Am I a sheep?
5. Visibility. I can't get in a XSE and look around. Why? The dealers around here have like 3 cars on their lots and they are all SUVs. It's important to me that I don't feel like I'm driving a tank from out of a gunslit. There is no way to know what the driver's "awareness" of the corners of the vehicle is going to be. It could be like my 87' golf or it could be like a cargo van. Who knows?
I guess I just want it to be fun to drive but people keep saying "It's a corolla, I don't know why we are surprised to see that it's 80% understeer and 20% body roll. If you want fun get an 86."
So... tell me that it's going to be ok. Tell me these Toyota engineers understand what I (we) want and can deliver it.
I drove one about a month ago and that shifter is Magic and I like its tail happy nature.
I'm not sure if the gr Corolla will do it for you or be as fun as your Miata, only time will tell.
Now you've given me second thoughts.