2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review & Comparison Corona, CA

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Showcasing the Advanced History of the Toyota Brand

The Toyota Corolla sedan enjoys a reputation of recognition and popularity among compact cars, with well over 40 million Corolla sedans sold from 1966-2016, surpassing the record held by the Volkswagen Beetle. The name "corolla," comes from Latin and means "small crown," reflecting the grandeur and prestige of this compact sedan, with a touch of modesty and humility.

Currently in its 12th generation, the Toyota brand recently introduced a new look to the Corolla recently in the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, which first debuted as a concept at the Geneva Motor show in March 2018 then fully debuted at the New York International Auto Show later that month. This sporty new compact hatchback exemplifies all the accolades that make the Toyota brand so popular and, indeed, builds upon the performance and style of its older brother, the Corolla sedan. People often choose hatchback models for their flexibility, comfortable drive, and affordability, but the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback expands more on what an affordable car should include.

Exquisitely Designed for Performance and Style

A growing segment of drivers look to compact and midsize hatchback cars for versatility and interior comfort similar to that of an SUV, but with the smooth performance and commuter-friendly efficiency of a sedan. The Toyota Corolla Hatchback matches this description pretty well, but its style transcends the ordinary with sleekness similar to its sedan predecessor, and a rear spoiler for added aerodynamic flair. No matter which trim of this compact car you choose, its exterior design remains unchanged, with much more leg room than other compact cars allow and a window configuration that enables for optimal visibility on the streets and backing out of the driveway.

The Corolla Hatchback comes available in two trims: SE and XSE. While these two options include their own nuances, you may enjoy each with a different transmission depending on your skill set. Both trims feature continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), for those who wish to keep it simple while both also come available with six-speed manual transmission, should your particular set of skills include driving stick.

Next up, choose a color that best reflects your personality or style. The Corolla Hatchback comes available in seven vibrant colors: Blizzard Pearl, Smoked Paprika Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic, Galactic Aqua Mica, Oxide Bronze, Classic Silver Metallic, and Blue Flame.

A Driver and Passenger-Friendly Interior!

After you take a sweep around the outside of this new compact hatchback, open up the front door and have a seat within this quiet and comfortable interior, with seating for up to five passengers. The Corolla Hatchback contains about 85 total cubic feet of passenger space within its interior along with 17.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. The trunk space of this compact model surpasses even many sedans like it, making the Corolla Hatchback an outstanding choice for a trip to the country club, a hiking trip, or even a larger grocery run.

Your passengers will enjoy the comfort of the Corolla Hatchback and its available seating materials, with the base SE trim offering comfortable fabric sport seats and the XSE providing premium leather-trimmed sport seats with an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, a four-way power front passenger's seat, and heating controls for both.

Aside from providing comfortable seating options, the Toyota Corolla also offers a paradise for the tech-savvy driver on the go, with a wide range of helpful standard conveniences to help guide you on your journey with minimal distractions. The SE trim comes standard with a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) which shows you outside temperature, fuel economy, trip information, tire pressure, scheduled maintenance, a compass, and required warning lights, all within your line of sight on the dashboard and adjustable through steering-wheel mounted controls. The MID of the XSE trim offers customizable settings through a larger seven-inch dashboard readout, while both trims feature controls for Bluetooth® and other applications right on the dashboard, so you should never have to take your focus off of the road.

See How This Hatchback Handles the Open Road!

Let us talk about the road for a bit and how the Toyota Corolla Hatchback handles your next journey, great or small. While we can all sit inside a car admiring its beauty and convenience, the real test lies out on the open roads through the performance and driving style of your chosen car. The new Corolla Hatchback proves that fun and function can go hand inn hand with its standard 2.0-liter, 168 horsepower Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (DVVT-i) and Dual Injection, both of which maintain an adequate ratio of fuel to air intake, thus, preserving fuel economy and decreasing emissions. Through a combination of lightweight MacPherson strut/trailing-wishbone suspension, Active Cornering Assist (ACA), and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), the Corolla Hatchback provides responsive steering and handling capabilities, able to clear tight corners efficiently and quickly.

This engine configuration comes paired with your choice of transmissions, both of which feature technologies to enhance rapid responsiveness with gear changes, allowing you really enjoy the drive as if you sat behind the wheel of your own street-worthy race car. The Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) provides rev-matching capability, Light Pedal Effect Clutch (L-PEC), and Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF), while the Dynamic Shift Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT) offers Sport Mode and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to give you the feel of manually shifting gears without operating a clutch pedal.

A Wallet and Environmentally-Friendly Hatchback

The modest performance of this powertrain reminds us all of another outstanding benefit many drivers find in a compact or subcompact hatchback: fuel economy. The Corolla Hatchback might not belong to the hybrid class, but this sporty compact car still contributes a great deal of fuel economy, without creating excessive carbon emissions. Through the CVT trim levels, you will find the Corolla Hatchback has the ability to travel up to 32 miles per gallon in the city and 42 miles per gallon on the highway. While EPA estimates for the iMT trims may fall slightly short of these numbers, most drivers well versed in the art of the stick shift know the best ways of conserving fuel through manual transmission. Likewise, no matter which transmission you choose, you will find the Corolla Hatchback a more eco-conscious choice as it carries a classification of a level III Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV III) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA established this third level of emission standards to classify the cleaner vehicles which emitted considerably fewer hydrocarbons than their other non-hybrid predecessors.

Outstanding Ways for You to Enjoy Your Favorite Tunes!

Would you describe yourself as a "technophile," or lover of all things advanced, modern, and convenient? Then you may feel right at home in the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback, thanks to all of the advanced and convenient technologies it provides through its available trim levels. In fact, you will find that even the SE trim carries many fun-filled applications to it, versus the rivals of this hatchback, whose compact cars tend to include more basic equipment.

The Corolla Hatchback SE features the Entune™ 3.0 Audio System with an Application Suite full of user-friendly apps ways of connecting with your car, including compatibility with Siri® Eyes Free and Apple CarPlay™. The Entune™ system, even at the base trim level, features a Scout® GPS link with a three-year trial as well as Bluetooth® two gigabytes of available Verizon Wi-Fi, and two auxiliary charging/multimedia ports; all complementing the standard AM/FM radio dial and eight-inch touchscreen you will find on other cars like it. Both trims feature six speakers, which deliver a smooth sound throughout the hatchback, but the XSE trim offers the most advanced stereo system with available JBS Speakers and Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology, along with standard applications such as:

  • SiriusXM®™ Satellite Radio with three-month subscription to All-Access
  • Service Connect®, with three-year trial subscription
  • Remote Connect®, with six-month trial subscription
  • HD Radio™
  • Dynamic Point of Interest (POI) Search
  • Dynamic Voice Recognition

Keeping Safety and Security Alive Through Technology

The standard technologies of the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback go well above and beyond entertainment, which you should consider if purchasing this affordable hatchback as a graduation present for that outstanding college or high school graduate in your life. Along with its sedan predecessor, the Toyota Corolla earned the title of 2019 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) which rates vehicles for insurance companies based on their effectiveness with preventing accidents as well as mitigating the damage from collisions. In order to achieve this accolade, a vehicle must achieve high marks by IIHs in categories ranging from headlight strength, roof strength, front crash prevention, and the accessibility of their child safety seat anchors.

The Corolla Hatchback earns its credentials in crash damage mitigation through its durable exterior construction, which features front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones and side impact door beams, along with eight specially placed advanced airbags. All trims feature the Star Safety System™ an exclusive to the Toyota brand, which features Smart Stop Technology® (SST), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and Anti-Lock Braking System. When taking on nighttime driving, you will find that the standard LED reflector headlights and LED taillights provide thorough illumination of your surroundings with a less intense focus, easier on the eyes, unlike more conventional halogen headlights.

Around the mid-1990s, a growing segment of engineers and scientists developed some of the first collision avoidance systems that exist in vehicles today, through the growing realization that some extra technological features may prove a necessity in preventing crashes from occurring in the first place. These technologies underwent great refinement during the rest of the 1990s, well into the 2000s, with the first adaptive cruise control created through the Toyota brand and other polished collision avoidance systems making their debut throughout the 2010s to today.

Today, these advanced technologies exist on all new Toyota models through Toyota Safety Sense™. While you might think of yourself as a safe driver, your own awareness might not respond to an impending collision as quickly, thus, many features of the new Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0), a standard feature of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, come in handy. The applications of TSS 2.0 utilize specially-placed cameras and sensors to keep you alerted to impending obstructions and hazards which may remain unseen by your naked eye; including sudden cyclists, pedestrians, or even a hazardously parked car. These systems can even take control of certain vehicle functions, such as applying brakes, and send alerts to you through the MID or audio display screen. Standard TSS 2.0 apps include:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/ PD)
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/ SA)
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB)
  • Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)-standard on CVT models only
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)-available on SE CVT, standard on XSE

The TSS 2.0 application bundle carries over from the TSS™-P system, which comes standard on most other new Toyota models. However, only TSS 2.0 features the RSA and TSA applications as an added advancement.

Forward-Thinking Through Price and Warranty

You may think that such a diverse selection of technology and convenience might put this sporty hatchback out of your price range but think again. The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback begins at a modest starting price well under $25,000, making it affordable to students and daily commuters from all sorts of economic backgrounds. Through the financing opportunities you will find at your area Toyota dealership, you might find this hatchback a benefit to you in transportation and long-term affordability. Even if you select the highest XSE trims, with all of the fun bells and whistles, you will notice the total price increases just as modestly, so you can enjoy the technology you like without putting a sizeable dent in your wallet.

Likewise, the Toyota brand keeps your future in mind through the many warranties they provide for their new cars, including the Corolla Hatchback. The Basic Warranty provided through Toyota covers any defective or otherwise mismatched parts supplied through Toyota for a duration of 36 months or 36,000 miles, whichever milestone occurs first. The Powertrain Warranty covers engine, transmission/transaxle, and drive line components for a duration of 60 months or 60,000 miles, the same time frame as the standard Restraint Systems Warranty, aimed at correcting defects in seatbelts or airbag systems, should you require assistance in this area.

New to the Scene but Making an Impression!

People recognize the Toyota Corolla sedan for its unique and modest style, along with its efficient powertrain, comfortable driving, and ever-increasing technological conveniences. While the sedan enjoyed more moderate success in its 1966 debut, the Toyota brand aimed to keep challenging the advancements of their vehicles, leading to twelve generations-worth of new looks and upgrades to the new Corolla sedan and Corolla Hatchback models that exist today. While the Corolla Hatchback only recently debuted in the twelfth generation of the Toyota Corolla, it already boasts some proud accolades, including a place as a 2019 Top Safety Pick by IIHS and a full five-star Overall Prevention Rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Corolla Hatchback also carries a near-perfect 4.7 rating by consumers on Kelley Blue Book (KBB), out of a total five, with all customers rating the hatchback four or five stars.

Test Drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Today!

While its name might mean "small crown" in Latin, the Toyota Corolla shows us, through its new five-door hatchback model, that grandeur may not refer to size alone. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback provides fun and function in large quantities, with a smooth performance and a plethora of standard technology to enjoy for less than many of its contemporaries. Stop by your neighborhood Toyota dealership to take this sporty new compact car for a test drive and see for yourself!