Originally Posted by SuperchargedMR2
I've only had to get to 3rd gear on the very steepest of hills. On most grades I can be in 4th & it will hold a speed of around 60 mph without issue. In the rolling hills it will hold speeds of 70-75 mph without problems. Maybe my Borla exhaust & Takeda intake help at the higher speeds.
I was just reading about a 72 Mercedes with a V8 & 230 HP that did 0-60 in 9.5 seconds, my Corolla is faster then that.
I think too many people get consumed with not enough power. The Corolla has enough power for most any driving situation. If it takes a little longer to get up a very steep grade it won't kill any of us.
I took my wife, daughter, and a load of crap from Ohio to Myrtle Beach last Summer. There are a lot of hills through West Virginia and Kentucky. I had the car in 5th gear doing 70-75 without a problem. If I had to slow to 60, it dropped below 3k RPM and kind of killed it for a bit.
I got 37 mpg there and back. For the SMALL inconvenience, I was a happy camper. My bro-in-law had a Chevy truck and followed. He used 3x the gas I did.