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author photo by Josh Sadlier November 2014

The Toyota Corolla has never been known for its engaging personality, but the latest model is trying to change that. The 2015 Toyota Corolla features distinctive styling and appealing new features. While there are certainly some rivals that are more exciting, the Corolla blends the latest features with tried-and-true dependability like few others can. Here are five reasons to get reacquainted with Toyota's top-selling compact.

Fabulous Fuel Economy

The base Corolla, with the 4-speed automatic transmission, essentially uses the Corolla powertrain from 10 years ago, so we'd skip over that model if possible. What you want is the new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which gives you up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway in the efficiency-oriented Eco trim. Even the non-Eco Corolla returns a satisfying 38 mpg with the CVT. Toyota also built simulated shifts into the CVT's programming, so instead of holding a constant, annoying RPM during acceleration, it shifts up and down to keep things interesting.

Cool Cabin

After decades of so-so design, the latest Corolla has a dashboard that actually looks great, from the 3-spoke steering wheel and asymmetrical shifter surround, to the 6.1-inch touchscreen that's standard on the LE and up. The materials aren't bad, either; they're certainly class-competitive. Overall, the Corolla is pretty nice inside.

Enormous Back Seat

The Corolla's wheelbase is about 4 inches longer than its predecessor's, and that means unprecedented legroom for rear passengers. With all its space, we could be looking at a Camry's back seat. If you often have passengers in your back seat, the Corolla is arguably the most accommodating small car on the market. It might make you question whether the larger Camry is really necessary.

Satisfying Drive

We're not calling the 2015 Corolla sporty, exactly, but it's definitely the most fun-to-drive Corolla in a long time. The sporty steering wheel feels good in your hands, and it's pretty responsive, too. Don't judge the Corolla until you drive it; it's more rewarding than you might think. Driving enthusiasts used to chuckle at the Corolla, but it's a pretty nimble little car these days.

Excellent Resale Value

The Corolla's reliability is legendary, and that explains why folks can't get enough of it -- even when it's used. If you take good care of your Corolla, it will hold its value for a long time after its rivals have been put out to pasture. There are flashier small sedans out there, but the smart money is on the Toyota. For many shoppers, that's all that matters, and the other perks are just icing on the cake.

AutoTrader Says

With all its improvements, the 2015 Toyota Corolla is a strong contender among compact sedans. Stop by your Toyota dealer and see if the Corolla's newfound personality is right for you.

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