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2001 Toyota Celica

Trim: GT
by rvalen on 10-18-2012
A great sporty car from Toyota!
I owned a 2001 Toyota Celica GT for almost 10 years and I never had a single problem. The car is bullet proof. It must have been designed, engineered, and manufactured by Toyota during their heyday (though maybe they're still in it?) when their reliability was through the roof.

The GT model only had 140 horsepower and 120 torque to the front wheels, so it's not a sports car, but it is a "sporty" car. Performance was fine, if not great, but at least fuel economy was fantastic; the car could go weeks without a fill-up.

The hatchback design and rear-folding seats also means you can haul a tonne of stuff in there. Although only a 2-door coupé, the trunk space is huge once you put the seats down and I often brought home large items such as CRT TV boxes (from back in the day). Those things were huge but the mighty Celica always delivered.

Exterior styling was fine if not spectacular, but the interior design was very nice even if the materials were a little cheap. As an everyday driver, the 2001 Celica GT was just great. It also held up over long road trips (very comfortable), and the reliability was just outstanding with limited maintenance costs.

Overall a fantastic car.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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2010 Nissan 370Z

Trim: GT
by rvalen on 10-18-2012
An awesome bang for your buck sports car!
The Nissan 370Z is a fantastic sports car and the value for money goes really far as Nissan gives you a tonne of standard features (and only two optional packages), where other manufacturers nickel and dime you over heated power seats, push-button start, rear view mirror with Homelink, an awesome sound system (with subwoofer) and steering wheel-mounted controls, and the list goes on.

The performance is outstanding with 332 horsepower and 270 torque, all to the rear wheels (in a relatively light car) and the interior design and quality is light-years ahead of the outgoing 350Z, and is equal to some luxury models such as the Audi A5 or BMW 3 series, in my opinion. It's a really great interior with quality materials; excellent fit and finish.

The one downside is that the ride is quite harsh, with a stiff suspension and (with the Sports package) 19" wheels so there's limited rubber to absorb bumps on bad roads. The engine also doesn't hit its maximum torque until about 4200 RPM so you really have to give it the beans to feel the power. Unfortunately at that RPM level, the engine sounds like an angry wolverine so it's not at all smooth. (though keep the RPM under 3000 during daily commutes and you're just fine)

For the price, it's a heck of a sports car with outstanding performance, it looks great both inside and out, and the interior quality is fantastic. I use it as my daily driver, even during west coast winters, and I get by just fine. The Z legacy with Nissan is also an attractive feature as Z cars are well known and the 370 resembles the original 240 from 1970.

It's a man's man sports car and it doesn't apologize for being what it is! Who needs rear seats and a trunk!?
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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