What’s up with the 2019 Toyota Corolla, Tire Suggestions and Favorite Pre-WWII Car? [Ask Nathan]

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    • What’s up with the 2019 Toyota Corolla?
    • What tire do you recommend?
    • What’s your favorite pre-WWII car?

This first question comes from a viewer who wants to know about the upcoming 2019 Toyota Corolla.

Q:Hi Roman, Nathan, Andre and Tommy!

I liked your combined coverage of the Honda Civic. Honestly can say from the base model to the Type R, you guys covered it all. So I was wondering if you guys knew about the only car that truly challenges the Civic, the Toyota Corolla. I know they have a new one coming out soon and that it’s supposed to be much better. But how is it better? Is it more frugal or faster?

I’m not much of a Corolla fan but my brother’s 2011 has been trouble free for over 100,000 miles. I like what I saw with the new Toyota Camry too. if they can do that for a boring Camry, I hope they can do that with the Corolla!


A: Hi Smyth!

There’s have been several sightings of the 2019 Toyota Corolla testing in camouflage all over the planet. Between the rumors, educated guesses and a tad bit of logic, it sounds like the 2019 Toyota Corolla will be all-new. The same structural base the new Toyota Camry, Prius and Toyota CH-R use, Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), looks like it will be used on the 2019 Toyota Corolla too.

If that’s the case, it’s a rigid platform that works with all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles, hybrids and larger sedans.

While there’s no word on power, there are a few intriguing possibilities. Toyota has a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine offered overseas and there’s the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder which puts out up to 206 hp in the new Camry. There’s also an eight-speed automatic transmission that might usurp the current, boring continuously variable transmission (CVT) – once again, it’s in the new Camry.

We got the short end of the stick when we got the mellowest version of the Toyota CH-R… hopefully that won’t happen with the new 2019 Toyota Corolla.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground on this one.


This next question comes from a dedicated fan who wants some tire info for his Ford Freestyle.

Q:I have a question I have a 2006 ford freestyle awd 3.0 v6.

This is the family hauler and we took it to flagstaff Az from buckeye Az last year for Christmas. We also go out to the desert a lot and it does great in both. The tires are starting to wear down. What all terrain tires or off road tires would you suggest? Money isn’t the issue, I just need tires that will last and do great in snow and desert.

Please help


A:Hi Brandon!

We have limited experience with testing tires. Still, we have our favorites. For your vehicle, which has the same tires size of many crossovers, I like the Goodyear Eagle Ultra GRP and the Pirelli Scorpion. Both have outstanding grip and are good in all conditions.

Hope that helps!


The last question comes from a viewer who wants to know what my favorite pre-WWII car is.

Q:Quick question Mr. Nathan!

What is your favorite pre World War 2 car?


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A: Howdy Mr. Goose!

It’s definitely the 1937 Cord 812. The Cord represented forward thinking to the point that, I consider it to be, the world’s first super-car.

It had a supercharged V8, front-wheel drive, pop-up headlights and one of the most beautiful shapes out there. It was lovely either as a convertible or sedan and it was one of the fist cars that could cruise over 100 mph. It was SO ahead of its time!

Did you know that it had a thumb-shift transmission?

Yep, it’s a timeless classic and I got to ride in one when I was in grade school.

Thanks for the question!


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