2019 Toyota Corolla Review

The Toyota Corolla is a series of compact cars manufactured by Japanese carmaker Toyota. Introduced in 1966, the Corolla was the world's best-selling car by 1974 and has been one of the best-selling vehicles ever since. The series has undergone multiple significant reimaginings. While the Corolla has traditionally been an excellent vehicle for cruising around town, it rarely sparks enjoyment to drivers.

Detailed Review

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback replaces the Corolla iM (previously the Scion iM), and with sharp new styling, a redesigned interior, and a newly developed manual transmission, this new Corolla may have the makings of something more than just another appliance.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (168 horsepower, 151 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels.

Toyota does offer two transmission options: a six-speed manual transmission as standard (as was the case with our tester) and an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT simulates ten gear ratios and even includes a launch gear to make the vehicle feel more sporty off the line.

Interior

Corolla’s interior can appeal to any driver. Its controls can be picked out quickly, and the easy outward visibility promotes driver confidence. But the fairly modest back seat takes the scoring down a little.

Front passengers have more than adequate room all around, but taller occupants will steal much of the legroom from rear-seat passengers. There’s considerable shoulder room in the rear, and the back of the front seats are chopped away to give for a bit of additional rear-seat knee room. Even so, taller passengers will still feel crowded.

Cargo Space

A nearly absurdly high cargo floor robs this hatchback of much of its utility. When the seats are folded down, the cargo space is compact and small, measuring just 17.8 cubic feet. 

The door pockets and cup holders can accommodate a small range of goods. In front of the shift lever is a shelf that appears to be for a smartphone, but it isn’t quite large enough. Additionally, the middle console bin is quite small and difficult to reach into.

Exterior

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback is fascinating, headed from the front by a large new grille and aggressively designed LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. 

The XSE trim level also has LED front fog lights and a chrome front grille surround, as opposed to the regular SE’s dark gray appearance. The Corolla SE comes standard with 16-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels, while the XSE adds 18-inch machine-finished alloys. 

Regardless of trim level, a chrome rear diffuser with slim dual chrome exhaust tips is standard.

Dimensions

The 2019 Corolla measures 172 inches long, 70.5 inches wide, and 57.1 inches tall. The wheelbase is 103.9 inches while the ground clearance is 5.1 inches.

Safety Features

Toyota Corolla’s Star Safety System features include; Four-wheel ABS, EBD, and brake assist both a driver knee airbag and a front passenger seat-cushion airbag. 

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