In some ways, I’m a typical “millennial.” I don’t believe everyone needs a car, especially if you live in the city. I also do believe cars are often beyond the affordability of those who do want them. Together, those two beliefs often make it seem as though I’ve decidedly chosen a side when it comes to the car debate.

And yet I haven’t.

I’m an explorer at heart. That coupled with the fact that my family lives outside the city in fairly inaccessible areas means that I do need a car. Majority of the time, I get by easily enough on my bike or my own two feet. Otherwise, I avoid some of my favorite spots because I hate taking public transit.


dsc_0788So when I got to drive the 2017 Toyota Corolla XSE for a week, I made huge list of where I wanted to go: Scarborough (where I grew up) was at the top of my list. I visited The Bluffs, the Nike Employee Store, my favorite Korean restaurant and even made my way to a Canadian Tire to buy a much-needed microwave.



Of course, I couldn’t stop there. The adventurer in me jumped at the chance to camp in Algonquin Park for the first time as well (read about that experience here). In the meantime, this is what I found stood out about the 2017 Toyota model:

Good On Gas

I use a car for more extensive purposes — which means I go through a tank of gas more than the average person. Yet I was able to drive over three hours outside of the city without having to fill up. When I did, it barely cost more than $40 at the time. Amen to that.

Standard Toyota Safety Sense

I don’t drive a lot so sometimes I’m rusty at certain skills. This feature includes everything from parallel parking to keeping a safe distance from other cars. All 2017 Toyota models now come with Safety Sense, a feature you can experience in a fun way at Towards Tomorrow by Toyota pop-ups (more on that below). I especially appreciated this built-in feature when using cruise control to Algonquin Park because it automatically slowed the car down when someone was breaking ahead of me.

Smooth Ride

Although this might be obvious for a new vehicle, I appreciated how intuitive and smooth the ride was. From the app-like control panel to the drive itself, the 2017 Toyota Corolla XSE functions as sleekly as it looks.


Photo by Brent Kore

Those looking to check out some of Toyota’s 2017 line-up of vehicles perfectly suited for active, urban millennials like me but aren’t quite ready to visit a dealership can enjoy Towards Tomorrow by Toyota brand galleries set up in shopping malls across Canada in select Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia shopping centres between Nov. 1, 2016 and Jan. 30, 2017. The actual cars aren’t the only drawn either. I personally had all of the fun playing with the virtual reality stations found in each gallery and learning about the vehicles in unique and interactive ways. I’m pretty sure you will too.


Photo by Brent Kore