Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

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The current electrically assisted power steering is a significant improvement over past systems and communicates a decent amount of road feel back to the driver.

We found the Corolla to be a rather pleasant daily driver, be it running about town or taking a longer drive on a busy highway. We liked the firm ride, which belied its less-than-sporty origins.

Finally, we appreciated the long list of driver-assistance and safety equipment, including forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection that works in the daytime as well as at night, daytime cyclist detection (!), and an excellent lane-departure warning system with steering assist that gently nudges the car back into the lane. Other driver-assistance features include an excellent adaptive radar cruise control and automatic high beams. Oddly, a blind-spot warning system is optional.

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BOTTOM LINE

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback combines a sporty look, an interior with high aspirations, and decent fuel economy for its class. With a price around $20,000, it’s an excellent value as well.

THE DETAILS

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE
Base price/price-as-tested $20,140/$21,290
Drivetrain Front engine, front-wheel drive
Engine 2.0-liter inline four
Horsepower/Torque 168 / 151
Transmission CVT
Curb weight (lbs) 3,100
Wheelbase (inches) 103.9
Length x width x height (inches) 169.9 x 69.9 x 57.1
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 8.7
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 32/42

 

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