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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE Review – Getting Closer

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2019 Toyota Corolla

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE

2.zero-liter 4-cylinder (168 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm; 151 lb-ft @ four,800 rpm)

Constantly-variable automated, entrance-wheel drive

30 metropolis / 38 freeway / 38 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

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

Base Worth: $22,990 (U.S) / $27,980 (Canada)

As Examined: $25,418 (U.S.) / $30,599 (Canada)

Costs embrace $920 vacation spot cost in the USA and $1,745 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be instantly in contrast.

Y’all are in all probability gonna flay me for what I’m about to write down. I do know, as a result of certainly one of our contributors took it on the chin (no pun meant) earlier this yr after writing up the 2020 Corolla sedan.

That’s okay. I can take it. You guys on the market fling arrows at us typically and we’re cool with it. It’s a part of the job. Nonetheless, I’m ducking (metaphorically talking, have you learnt how arduous is to sort whereas ducking? Hurts your neck, man).

Right here goes – I’ve by no means cared a lot for any Toyota baring the Corolla badge. At the least, not any Corolla produced since, say, the early ‘90s or so.

I swear this isn’t suburban snobbery. My first car was a barely-operating Bronco II and I adopted that with an in any other case-practical Fox physique that had all types of rust points. So I wasn’t sneering at Toyotas whereas driving in a Lexus LS or something like that.

I simply by no means favored the car. I lengthy felt that Toyota determined that because it was an reasonably priced financial system car that bought like scorching desserts, the model simply didn’t care (the identical accusation was, in fact, aimed toward Camry many occasions through the years, however I all the time felt that Toyota put extra love into its midsizer — or sure generations, no less than).

Each time I’ve pushed a Corolla (which was many, in my former life as a entrance-of-home service grunt at a Toyota retailer, along with those I’ve examined on this profession), I discovered the seating place awkward, the steering out to lunch, and the interior slightly too nicely-matched to the price. One might at the very least forgive the Camry it’s beige popularity, as that car tended to coddle, and sure generations have been even kind of partaking to drive. However the Corolla simply wasn’t for me.

2019 Toyota Corolla

Sure, true, these automobiles have been all sedans. Sure, true, the Corolla hatch isn’t based mostly on the outgoing sedan and even the Corolla iM. Nonetheless, regardless that my rational mind knew this Corolla was all-new and shared nothing with these automobiles however a reputation, the moniker triggered unkind reminiscences.

Toyota has made strides in recent times, particularly within the enjoyable-to-drive division. I’ve already written favorably of the present Camry, and I’ve good ideas concerning the new Avalon. It’s virtually as if placing a car fanatic within the huge chair has helped.

Enter the Corolla hatchback, which, as famous, is separate from the earlier sedan mannequin and the previous Corolla iM (nee Scion iM) it replaces. Confused but?

No? Cool, let’s maintain rolling. The Corolla hatch bowed final yr and shares its platform with the brand new-for-2020 Corolla sedan, nevertheless it’s marketed because the sporty one of many household.

I’m a sucker for compact sporty automobiles, so the Corolla hatch intrigued me. Has the model lastly found out driving dynamics? Would I lastly take pleasure in a car with the Corolla label slapped on?

2019 Toyota Corolla

In a phrase: Kind of (sure, that was two phrases). Toyota dialed up a car that’s sporty sufficient, however to not the extent of, say, a VW Golf (non-GTI model). It feels just like the model obtained 9-tenths of the best way there in terms of steering really feel – there’s simply one thing concerning the electric energy-assisted rack-and-pinion unit that makes the texture only a tad too mild and synthetic. It’s not as dialed in because the Golf or the outgoing Mazda three (I’ve but to get my mitts on the brand new one, however Corey’s had a flip or two).

The two.zero-liter 4-cylinder (168 horsepower, 151 lb-ft of torque) supplies sufficient acceleration, and I discovered the experience to lean in the direction of sport with out being overly punishing, though some stiffness ruffled my feathers on cracked pavement.

I’d have most popular the six-velocity guide to the obtainable constantly-variable automated (with 10 “step” speeds), as CVTs don’t precisely scream “enjoyable,” however this unit was properly-behaved sufficient that I felt no have to rage-tweet #savethemanuals at Toyota.

Toyota styling could be a bit, um, questionable, nowadays, and the Corolla provides me combined emotions. I just like the comparatively clear design, however I’m unsure the place I’m at with the massive entrance fascia and the evil grin shaped by the headlamps. Out again, I’m additional confused by taillamps that reach into the liftgate and the bulbous rear fascia.

Inside, the story is identical – a clear-wanting sprint with easy strains and minimal buttons is marred by the by now all-too-acquainted slapped-on infotainment display. No less than the straightforward gauge cluster, dominated by a sweeping speedo, appears cool.

2019 Toyota Corolla

Sport isn’t the one purpose to purchase a small hatchback, in fact. For a lot of, it’s not even an element. Utility, content material, and fuel financial system play an enormous position within the buy determination.

My test car value $25,418 after choices and the $920 vacation spot payment – with a base price of $22,990. Normal features included 18-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning with steering help, radar cruise management, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, twin-zone local weather management, Bluetooth, two USB ports (one is cost solely), satellite tv for pc radio, Apple CarPlay, heated leather-based entrance seats, tilt/telescope steering wheel, and keyless entry and beginning.

Choices included adaptive LED headlights, a coin holder/ashtray cup, physique-aspect molding, carpeted flooring mats, door edge guard, rear window spoiler, and a pill holder.

Gasoline financial system is listed at 30 mpg metropolis/38 mpg freeway/33 mpg mixed.

2019 Toyota Corolla

Toyota has upped its hatchback recreation by rather a lot, however when it comes to driving dynamics, there’s nonetheless a methods to go earlier than catching the Golf or the Mazda three. But the price is true, the fuel financial system is commendable, and the styling is, if not fairly, at the least head-turning.

The Corolla hatch is probably the primary Corolla I’ve had any affinity for. A tweak right here or there, and the model will transfer from “shut sufficient” to “nearly proper.”

[Images © 2019 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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