Considering that I'm in my car all day, I must say that the Corolla is a very practical everyday car but boring nonetheless. I don't really get excited when I'm in it and I don't look at it beautifully like I did my previous car. Maybe it's because I upgraded from a 1996 Civic, but this Corolla had so much potential to be a fun everyday vehicle. Hopefully the next generation will be better.
Gas mileage, type s body is an improvement, tight manual, very reliable, reasonable price.
Lower the car (my Civic handled turns better), replace the factory tires (I slid down a damp hill through a red light), tighter suspension, two door, 6 speed type s.