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Road Test: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Toyota’s All-new Compact Hatchback

Toyota says the 2019 Corolla Hatchback is its “most technologically advanced small car” and proudly says “the Hatch is back!” So, what’s the large deal about this being hatchback? Properly, perpetually Toyota has shied away from the “H” phrase, calling its earlier five-door small automobiles a “liftback.” Keep in mind, the Scion iM and the Corolla iM, which the all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback replaces, might have been liftbacks to Toyota (as are most members of its in style Prius household), however a hatchback to the remainder of us. Good they’re now onboard as there’s nothing to be afraid of.

One Engine, Two Transmissions

The entrance wheel drive 2019 Corolla Hatchback has a 2.Zero-liter, four-cylinder engine placing out 168 horsepower and 151 pounds-feet of torque. All three of those are will increase over the 2018 Corolla. Operating on unleaded common, our check automotive had a 10-speed Dynamic-Shift CVT automated with paddle shifters, a Sport mode and an precise typical first gear. A six-speed guide transmission with rev matching, is normal, and will add a bit of pleasure. The EPA gasoline financial system scores at 30 metropolis/38 freeway/33 mixed, are all enhancements over final yr’s Corolla. Should you go for the SE trim degree, the gasoline estimates are a bit larger at 32/42/36, principally as a result of smaller tires than got here on the XSE mannequin being examined by Clear Fleet Report.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

One other entrant within the 40 MPG Membership

In 371 miles of 75-percent freeway/25-percent metropolis driving we averaged 33.four mpg. Nevertheless, in two 100-mile freeway runs, with the dynamic cruise management set at 65 mph, we achieved 40.1 mpg. So, settle again, crank-up the radio and let the 13.2 gallon gasoline tank take you greater than 500 miles down the street.

Driving Expertise: On the Road

The distinctive CVT, with the fastened first gear, permits for a extra responsive launch from cease earlier than the 10 preset ratios of the CVT take over.  Toyota was trying to remove two widespread CVT complaints: the rubber band really feel throughout “shifting” and the droning sound. After driving the Corolla exhausting, sluggish, quick and on-and-off the accelerator, I can report that Toyota’s engineers completed their objectives. Up to now, so good, however how is the efficiency? Zero-to-60 occasions proper round eight.5 seconds is a bit faster than the outgoing Corolla, however definitely not quick. The engine has a pleasant word to it when pushed exhausting, however on the freeway all you hear from the engine is…nothing.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla’s electrical power-assisted steering was not programmed to be too mild, truly offering good really feel and communication to the driving force. Turning the Corolla onerous into a decent nook leads to a little bit of manageable understeer, however the Yokohama Avid GT 225/40R tires, on 18-inch aluminum wheels, have been as much as the duty of retaining the Corolla planted. With this stated, the sport-tuned suspension helps enormously, however the Corolla appears extra sporty than it’s. To be truthful to Toyota, they don’t market the Corolla as a sports activities automotive, one thing they may depart to the fantastic 86.

Stopping was straight with no fading from the power-assisted entrance ventilated and rear strong disc brakes, assisted by the four-wheel anti-lock brake system, brake help, digital brake-force distribution, and Sensible Cease know-how.

Driving Expertise: Exterior

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Toyota’s huge on grills nowadays

Toyota is into huge grills today, and the all-new 2019 Corolla obtained a whopper of 1. For this automotive, it appears to work because the hawk-like LED headlights and the complete chrome trim stability the gaping grill properly. Toyota says the Corolla Hatchback has “flair extraordinaire” and “emotive lines, creases and surfaces.” What we see is a sharp-looking hatchback with some distinctive design cues. The most important of which is the excessive stance of the tail, with what needs to be the most important spoiler available on the market. The LED taillights and twin chrome exhaust ideas end off what is certain to be a well-liked design for Toyota.

Driving Expertise: Inside

Toyota clearly spent additional time on updating the inside, including mushy supplies and accent prime stitching. The straightforward, cleanly designed inside had each matte and excessive gloss surfaces, together with piano black accents. Our Corolla entrance seats have been leather-based trimmed in black with very trendy grey material inserts. The driving force seat was eight-way energy adjustable with lumbar. There was loads of room up entrance, however the rear seat is tight. Placing the three adults that Toyota says can sit again there may work for brief jaunts. In any other case, to maintain your passengers on pleasant phrases, restrict the rear occupancy to 2. The again seat actually shines when the 60/40 cut up, reclining and fold-flat seats are laid out, offering for good space for storing. It won’t be shocking if most Corolla Hatchback house owners maintain these rear seats within the down place.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

The inside’s properly upgraded this yr

The elective eight-speaker JBL Premium infotainment (info and leisure) system that got here with Toyota’s Entune and their App Suite was managed by way of the eight.Zero-inch, excessive decision touch-screen. Leisure was by means of SiriusXM/FM/CD/HDAM with MP3 playback functionality. There’s an auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity, music streaming by way of Bluetooth wi-fi know-how, Siri Eyes Free and Apple CarPlay. Clear Fleet Report was happy to see channel and quantity knobs in addition to bigger management wheels for the twin zone automated local weather system.

Security and Comfort

The 2019 Toyota Corolla got here with the Toyota Star Security Sense system that included seven air luggage, a tire strain monitoring system, pre-collision system, lane departure alert, traction management, ABS brakes and stability management. The 2019 Corolla Hatchback has not been crash-tested by the Nationwide Freeway Security Visitors Administration (NHTSA), however its sibling the Corolla sedan has earned 5 Stars, its highest score.

Pricing and Warranties

Base worth for the 2018 Toyota Corolla hatchback is $18,850 with the six-speed guide transmission whereas with the seven-speed CVTi-S automated transmission it’s $19,590. Our check XSE had elective gear totaling $1,823 for an MSRP of $21,413. All costs exclude the $895 freight and dealing with payment.

The 2019 Corolla comes with these warranties:

  • Powertrain  Six years/60,000 miles 
  • Primary             Three years/36,000 miles       
  • Corrosion     Perforation 5 years/Limitless miles
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

A brand new badge

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is available in 4 trim ranges, with base pricing of:

SE Guide             $19,990

SE CVT                   $21,090

XSE Guide           $22,990

XSE CVT                 $24,090

Observations: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE

When you have pushed any of the earlier era Corolla fashions because it was launched in 1966, you owe it to your self to take a check drive within the all-new 2019 Corolla. Old fashioned impressions of the Corolla have been that it was a reasonable econobox. Frills and pleasure needn’t apply. Quick ahead to 2019, and the match and end, particularly the inside, is a step-up from earlier variations, making a robust case for the Corolla to be thought-about as a prime worth within the compact automotive class.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

A compact contender with 5 doorways

Worth shouldn’t be the one factor to be involved with although. Efficiency, excessive gasoline financial system, a cushty experience, sharp styling and normal gear have to play an essential half within the buy consideration. Contemplating these, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback stands robust. Then for five-door aficionados, the hatchback is a should see.

When at your native Toyota supplier, take the Corolla Hatchback for a prolonged check drive. Discover some freeway onramps for exhausting acceleration, and tight corners to guage for your self if the Corolla Hatchback ticks off sufficient bins to be parked in your storage.

Ed. word: The Corolla additionally has a hybrid model coming that may supply even higher gasoline financial system, so it that’s you prime concern, you may need to examine when your supplier could have that in inventory (it’s a 2020 mannequin so it might be later this yr).

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No matter you purchase, Pleased Driving!

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