Agree! I enjoy driving a ‘21 XSE HB with 6-speed as my daily driver. I was hoping to replace it with another in a few years. It’s likely that I will hold onto mine for quite a while. Perhaps I will consider a GR Corolla as a fun car one day?
IMO not really, when I see no point in getting a "boring" ICEV (not V8, not sportscar), when the HEV is better in every way. I don't like manual handbrakes on cars with automatics.