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Pros: Toyota has applied significant improvements to the road handling characteristics of the 2015 Corolla. Soundproofing is improved and the interior has expanded, mostly in the rear. The familiar 4 cylinder engine is now mated to a CVT transmission for improved fuel economy. The electric rack and pinion steering system is fairly precise.

Cons: Although fairly precise, as mentioned, the steering system offers little feedback. Mechanically speaking, Toyota has not increased the engine output, as the 2015 Corolla accelerates quite noisily. We must point out that the outdated 4-speed transmission offered on the base model does nothing to quite the engine.

Toyota Corolla 2015
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2015 Toyota Corolla Price: The 2015 Corolla is available in seven versions, the CE 6M at $17,640, ($19,375 with A/C package), the CE 4A at $20,145, the S 6M at $21,110, the LE CVT at $21,470, the S CVT at $22,095, the LE ECO CVT at $22,220 and the LE ECO tech Group, at $26,945.

2015 Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy: Fuel economy ratings vary according to model and transmission type: CE 6M (8.3/6.2 city/highway); CE 4A (8.6/6.5); S 6M (8.3/6.2); S CVT (7.9/6.1); LE CVT (8.2/6.2); LE ECO CVT (7.7/5.6).

Improvements and Changes: There are no significant changes to the 2015 model other than a few colour and option package modifications.

2015 Toyota Corolla Powertrain: The only available engine option under the hood is the 1.8 litre DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 hp in the CE, S, and LE models, and 140 hp in the LE ECO model due to the presence of the VALVEMATIC valve timing system.

Cargo Capacity: The cargo capacity of the 2015 Toyota Corolla varies between 50 to 368 litres, with raised or lowered rear seatback.

Safety: The various safety features of the 2015 Toyota Corolla include ABS brakes, braking assistance, electronic brake force distribution, dymanic stability control, traction control, hill-assist as well as Smart-Stop assistance when descending hills.

Comparing the 2015 Toyota Corolla: Comparable vehicles in this compact vehicle segment include the Chevrolet Cruze, the Ford Focus, the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Elantra, the Kia Forte, the Mazda3, the Mitsubishi Lancer, the Nissan Sentra, the Subaru Impreza and the Volkswagen Jetta.