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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Review – Hope

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback front quarter

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

2.zero-liter inline-4, twin overhead cam (168 hp @ 6,600 rpm, 151 lb-ft @ four,800 rpm)

Constantly-variable transmission, entrance-wheel drive

32 metropolis / forty two freeway / 36 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

7.5 metropolis / 5.eight freeway / 6.7 mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)

37.eight (noticed mileage, MPG)

Base Worth: $22,010 US / $25,356 CAD

As Examined: $22,415 / $25,356 CAD

Costs embrace $930 vacation spot cost in america and $1,776 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.

Let’s face it. Most Toyotas are boring. Positive, lovers get tossed the occasional bone – the 86 and the upcoming (controversial) Supra – however in any other case, the lineup doesn’t excite.

I consider that there are gearheads deep inside the bowels of Toyota R&D, nevertheless. Those that recall the times when a number of correct efficiency automobiles shared rather a lot with the ever present Camry.

Right here is proof. No, this 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback isn’t a hardcore sportscar. It might definitely do with extra energy. However that Toyota introduced out a brand new car – with an optionally available guide transmission, no much less! – in a local weather the place the crossover dominates speaks volumes about the way forward for driving enthusiasm at one of many world’s largest producers. There’s hope for drivers.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback profile

It’s been some time since I’ve pushed any Toyota with such a willingness to show. Steering, whereas mild, was direct and fast. The experience was agency however nice on the freeway, however I headed for some twisties to correctly take pleasure in a nicely-dealing with hatch – one thing I didn’t anticipate from a contemporary Corolla.  Truly, I’m reminded of the C-HR, which shares Toyota’s TNGA structure with this Corolla Hatchback. Whereas I didn’t love the C-HR, I used to be unusually enthralled with the dealing with of that low-driving, crossoverish factor.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback front

This Corolla dispenses with any CUV pretense. It’s fairly low, but has loads of room within the interior for myself and my household. The cargo area is a bit cramped because of the quick rake of the rear glass, however with folding rear seats there’s loads of flexibility for weirdly-formed stuff.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback rear

The youngsters had loads of room behind me – as soon as I pushed the drivers’ seat up a notch or two from my most popular seating place. I used to be nonetheless snug, however my knees have been nearer to the sprint than I’d want, particularly on an extended drive.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback front seat2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback rear seat

I’ll grant that the interior of the Corolla Hatchback is relatively spartan, particularly when trimmed in black like my tester. All the things is laid out merely, with a broad flat dashboard unadorned with frippery past a row of straightforward white stitching and a single line of matte silver trim. It’s a bit dour, definitely, however all the controls are intuitive. Nothing distracts from driving.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback dashboard

Even Toyota’s Entune touchscreen appears to have improved – whereas the menus are comparatively unchanged from others I’ve sampled, the controls appear a bit snappier to reply.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback center stack

Whereas I’d have liked to drive the elective six-velocity guide transmission, the CVT fitted to my tester was surprisingly good. Maybe that’s right down to the precise gear used for the primary ratio within the ‘field, relatively than counting on the standard belt to launch the car. Both method, I by no means famous any droning of the engine both whereas cruising or accelerating.

The 168-horsepower engine would have been a world-beater a few many years in the past in a car of this size. It’s nonetheless a lot for many drivers, however I’d like to see a efficiency (Gazoo?) model down the street.

For these previous-faculty Toyota lovers who recall the vaunted AE86 era of the Corolla – that is the SR5 trim. I’d wish to see a GTS.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback gauges

A few weeks in the past, the B&B ripped into the primary drive (and first driver) of the brand new Corolla sedan, when he shared his lengthy-held disdain for Corollas and their drivers.

I bit my tongue. I’ve utterly totally different reminiscences of the Corolla, from two sides.

First – my mom, who in 1990 determined that the ’86 Sentra she ended up with within the divorce was getting too previous. Maybe she was in search of a extra symbolic break from my dad, however she steered away from the Nissan sellers he’d haunted for a pair many years, and tween Chris was quickly inspecting a stripped Carolina Blue Corolla. She signed the observe and drove off pleased with her new freedom. Each 4 to 6 years, she’d commerce for a brand new Corolla, every time selecting one thing with a bit extra flash – ultimately shifting to an automated transmission somewhat after the flip of the century when her getting old knees uninterested in fixed clutch work.

In 2014, I ready spreadsheets of specs and costs, and scheduled drives of almost every little thing within the class. She drove away in yet one more Corolla. Familiarity and unimaginable reliability have been her automotive rock.

One other perspective comes from a pair years working as an element-time service author at a sequence tire and service retailer. I discovered shortly to scan the entry drive to the parking zone. If a Corolla approached, it was often time to make oneself scarce – as a result of the proprietor wasn’t going to spend any cash. You’d get perhaps a buck’s fee on an oil change; for those who have been fortunate, perhaps one other fifty cents for an air filter. Nope. No sense spending half an hour making an attempt to promote no matter worthwhile service company was pushing that month – Corolla house owners appeared to be comfortable doing the naked minimal to maintain their steeds rolling.

I point out this as a result of, for 50 years, that’s precisely what the Corolla has been – a rock that tens of millions of drivers come to depend upon for cheap, problem-free transportation. Positive, some car reviewer may reveal his privilege scorning the car and its proprietor. I’d fairly revel within the dignity of proudly owning one’s personal car, regardless of how spartan.

Certainly, for a lot of of these years, beneath the staid veneer lay a car with monumental potential for enjoyable. Tuners, customizers, and even racers have made generations of the Corolla into a correct scorching rod. With this latest Corolla Hatchback, that potential returns.

May I recommend the two.5-liter, 203 hp 4 from the Camry, Toyota? Construct us a correct Corolla Hatch GTS?

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback rear quarter

[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn]

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