i'd advise everyone here to test out the 7-speed using an iM or the current corolla S, sounds like it will be a fun automatic:
The Corolla S CVTi-S offers a Sport-mode that helps deliver a more dynamic driving experience with software tuning that alters shift points, creating transmission behavior during acceleration that enhances the sporty character of the S-grade. Sport mode is not a track focused mode, but rather a transmission setting that, along with unique electric power steering programming, helps create a sportier driving sensation during normal road and highway driving. The new CVTi-S’ 7-speed sport sequential shiftmatic mode can be actuated through steering wheel mounted paddle shifters or the shift gate. A plus or minus symbol in the gate allows drivers to make fast, sequential, stepped shifts to help enhance the driving experience. The Corolla S console shifter also offers a manual shift gate (M position) that allows drivers to make brisk upshifts or downshifts using the shift lever. The shift step will automatically be engaged if the engine revolutions become high enough or down shifted if they become low enough. The M modeactivity is displayed in the display of the Corolla S combination meter. The Corolla’s Sport mode was developed and evaluated on roads within the key global markets to help ensure a more energetic drive across a broad range of conditions. The base model Corolla CE is offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed manual is also available in the Corolla S.