Cars for Teens: 2015 Toyota Corolla S Premium

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Cars for Teens is a regular series that helps parents decide which vehicle is best for their teenage drivers. Frederick J. Goodall is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and provides unbiased reviews of each vehicle.

2015 Toyota Corolla S Premium 

When I was in college, my friend had a used 1991 Toyota Corolla. That car took us on countless adventures through the streets of D.C. and on several road trips up and down the Eastern seaboard. By the time we graduated, my friend had put tens of thousands of miles on that car. When he finally sold it a few years after graduation, the odometer had surpassed the 200,000 mile mark. His next car was a 1998 Toyota Corolla (which he just recently donated to charity). I asked him why he bought another Corolla when he could have bought any other car. He replied, “My dad bought me that Corolla because he wanted me to have safe, reliable transportation while in school, and that car didn’t disappoint. I never had one bit of trouble out of that car. I figured that I couldn’t go wrong if I bought another one.”

This is the kind of brand loyalty that Toyota earns. Despite some recent recall issues, Toyota has a reputation of building cars that last. That is why I often recommend the Toyota Corolla to parents who are seeking cars for their teenagers.

I spent a week testing the 2015 Toyota Corolla S Premium, the top-of-the line trim level, and I found it to be a solid contender in the compact sedan segment.

The Corolla’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, while not as peppy as some of the other cars in this class, is efficient and gets 31 mpg combined (27 city/36 highway) EPA-estimated fuel economy with the four-speed automatic. With the available 6-speed manual transmission, you will see a slight boost in fuel economy.

Parents will appreciate the safety features which include stability and traction control, antilock brakes, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, a passenger seat cushion airbag, and a rearview camera. All of these features are standard on the 2015 Toyota Corolla S Premium (the base model Corolla doesn’t have all features). In government crash testing, the Corolla earned the top overall rating of five stars, including five stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts.
What I liked most about the 2015 Toyota Corolla S Premium was the interior. It was surprisingly roomy especially the backseat. The upgraded seats in the S Premium were comfortable and provided adequate support.
2015 toyota corolla s premium interior
Teens will enjoy the the 6.1-inch touchscreen interface, which is bright, clear, and easy-to-navigate. The available Entune App Suite integrates smartphone-connected services from Bing, Facebook, Yelp and Pandora, among others, as well as real-time traffic data and sports and stock information. There are also ample USB and charging ports through the car to keep their devices charged.
As far as looks are concerned, the Corolla is pretty bland. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. While the car’s looks may be a turn-off for some teenagers, many parents prefer their teens to drive a car that isn’t too flashy and doesn’t draw a lot of attention. They simply want their kids to get from point A to point B safely. And that’s where the Corolla excels.


Seats: 5 (however, it only seats four comfortably)

Engine: 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque

Top Speed: 111 mph

Fuel Economy: 27/36 mpg

Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded

Crash Test Rating: Five Star

Warranty: 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi.

MSRP: $22,955 as tested

The 2015 Toyota Corolla S Premium is an affordable, reliable car that should take your teen from high school to college and beyond.

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at