2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE - Roadblazing.com DHS Budget Compact Hatchback Review Link

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(Contributing Editor: Susan Frissell)

 

As Cute as an Urban Ute can be, they command a price premium of 20-25%, weigh about 30% more, and consumer 20% more fuel compared to their donor compact cars. Except for drivers who regularly jump curbs, a nearly as versatile, lighter and appreciably more fuel efficient compact hatchback is a superior value.

 

Yet American drivers hesitate to warm up to mildly warm compact hatchbacks in the way that their across the oceans counterparts have. But that hasn't deterred Japanese car maker Toyota from foisting a 3rd generation re-badged Avensis liftback on the U.S..  Now built on modular TNGA bones, the new 2019 Toyota Corolla HB offers something it's predecessor waned on and small SUV's only dream about. A genuine "Fun to Drive" factor.

 

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback highlights:

- Starting price, including destination, is $19,990 (including destination fees). The tested top trim XSE model prices at $25,010.

- Trades some of predecessor Toyota Corolla IM's sharp angles for assertive curvature notably aft of the C-pillars and benefits from a raked & cinched "Kammback." Check out the aggressive dark lattice mid to lower front fascia grille, widening as it descends. A variable color TFT twin analog dial gauges set is stunning, reducing eye strain. Controls benefit from enhanced refinement, comprehensive yet without congestion.  An 8"-inch improved resolution dashtop pod LCD touch infotainment display is endowed with simplicity of menus and impressive voice controls. Decently bolstered front buckets fend off fatigue, though an increase in wheelbase somehow resulted in less rear leg room than of old. Contrasting soft materials have been implemented generously as have tasteful metallic bezels.

- 31 extra horsepower from the new 2.0L twin-cam gas I-4 is always welcome. But a CVT with a legitimate planetary 1st gear converts far more initial power into off-the-line momentum, even if  the power band is fairly high on the tachometer. Steering, though light in heft, rewards see-sawing jabs. And the fully independent chassis, quad-link in the rear, deflects most tendencies to pitch in those hard esses, while dispatching fair amounts of roughness. Four wheel disc binders also feel more reactive. A switch to Yokohama Avid GTs delivers considerable dry grip. Despite the power increase combined fuel economy of 34 MPG is not shabby at all.

- Abetting the impressive list of standard kit is as comprehensive a driver assist set expected in luxury cars with pricey option packages: Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes adds Lane Keep steering assist with trace control and low speed pedestrian and cyclist avoidance braking. Full adaptive cruise control, with autohold is aboard as well as automatic high beam LED headlamps.

All making the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback plenty of versatile car for less money and striking a more daring pose in Blue Flame than a comparably equipped compact SUV.

 

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