On paper, the new GR Corolla is about as appealing as a modern hot hatch can get. It may not be as powerful as the Lancia Delta Integrale Evo 2, but it does come with a guarantee. What if you can’t find one without a hefty price tag?
We went out to a few dealers, and one boldly boasted about their ability to get a unit for just $10,000 more than sticker. So, for that type of money, we’re thinking what may be a lot better buy. If you had $45,000-$50,000 burning a hole in your pocket, what would you buy instead of the GR Corolla?
The new Toyota Supra is available for that price, and it’s accessible everywhere, presumably without a markup — but you never know these days. Of course, the new Nissan Z is expected to start at less than $45,000 and be more powerful than the two Toyotas indicated above.
There’s no reason to keep with brand-new automobiles, either. It’s not difficult to find a low-mileage example of America’s final crazy hot hatch, the Ford Focus RS, within our price range. You get all of the utility, all of the power, and none of the headache of dealing with a dealer.
Perhaps a sedan, such as a used Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, would be the way to go, since it is a driver’s vehicle that will set your hair on fire and has room for your belongings in the back seat or trunk. Of course, maintenance costs would be more than for a Corolla.
You may even opt for a Lancia Delta HF 8V if you really want to go old school. It won’t be as quick or as quirky as the Evo or Evo 2, but it will have the same style and will undoubtedly stir heads for decades after 2022. The GR Corolla’s look, on the other hand, we’re not so convinced about.
At the end of the day, none of us should be dealing with dealers that refuse to follow their brand’s pricing guidelines. So, until Toyota holds dealers accountable, let this be a record of everything we’re going to buy instead of a new GR Corolla.
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