Originally Posted by exl500
If you sat in the hatch, what were your impressions of the rear visibility? I'm in the camp that finds the car beautiful, but, I'm spoiled by the acres of glass in my current car.
I sat in the sedan (and, AFAIK, that's the only one you could sit in at the show). Visibility in the sedan seemed decent.
I can't imagine that the hatch WON'T feel claustrophobic. I think the side surfacing is great and that it looks very upscale (esp in Soul Crystal Red), but it pretty much looks exactly like it does it photos.
Toyota Corolla interior isn't half bad (don't think you could sit in one, so I could only peer in through the window), and Toyotas usually have good visibility. I test drove a Camry LE recently and was completely shocked at how improved it was in driving dynamics (the float, wallow, and uncertainty that the previous car had -- even in routine, moderate speed driving -- is essentially gone). Test drive was a decent length, but I should've taken up a curving freeway overpass, rather than heading straight ahead to exit.
The Camry's not a sporty car, but the car, IMHO, was clearly tuned for those who need a mid-size sedan but don't simply want an appliance. I also test drove a BMW 3-series wagon, and I swear that the Camry had more steering feedback (the 3-series has very little).
I imagine the smaller Corolla might be even better....
It's not a bad time to be a car fan when even a daily driver from the world's most boring car company is a pretty damn good drive....