I currently have a 2007 Toyota RAV4 Limited and wanted an alternate vehicle in order to minimize the number of miles on the RAV, and also to commute with better MPG. I picked up the 2008 Corolla in the LE edition, with faux wood trim, multi-CD changer, rearview mirror interior lights et al. I have rented this vehicle on extended prior occasions. The 2008 automatic gets BETTER MPG than the 2010 auto, has a more logically-planned interior with more storage points, and seats with better lateral support. The interior is quiet, the ride comfortable, view excellent out all windows (as opposed to the 2010 Corolla with its high waist). For a "commuter appliance" you pretty much can't do better.
MPG; interior layout; quiet inside; fit and finish; good acceleration; excellent turning radius; very spacious trunk; supportive seats; excellent paint (car is burnt red); easily read gauges, dials, HVAC controls, radio controls; good headlight coverage at night.
Would very much like to have a foglight option on the LE, instead of having to step up to the S version. Also, would much prefer DRL (daytime running light) disable switch. Would like ABS & ESP standard on all models, period.