When you think of Toyota, you probably think of dependability without many perks because Toyota isn’t necessarily known for manufacturing sporty vehicles. If you ask anyone that enjoys cars, they’re likely to tell you it’s a boring vehicle to drive. There’s nothing exciting about a Toyota, particularly a Toyota Corolla. These vehicles are built to be affordable, fuel efficient, and to last a long time.
Well, make way for the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. Toyota’s campaign “Greater Than” is set to prove this new vehicle is reliable but fun to drive too. Let’s check it out below.
ABOUT THE 2019 TOYOTA COROLLA HATCHBACK
This car boasts a sleeker exterior that catches your eye while packing some of the newest technological advances into a comfortable interior. It combines style, technology, and dynamic performance with a lot of additional improvements.
It includes the following technology features:
Standard Etune 3.0 Audio with 8-inch Touchscreen, Wi-Fi Connect, Amazon Alexa, and CarPlay Compatibility
First North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Lane Tracking Assist
Road Sign Assist
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise control (automatic)
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (manual)
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
All-New TNGA Platform with a 2.0-liter, Four-Cylinder Engine
Six-Speed Intelligent Manual Transmission or Dynamic-Shift CVT
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback features 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, which is higher than the traditional Corolla. However, don’t expect it to win any races in the near future. It’ll definitely help you speed up on the interstate more quickly but you won’t win a race any time soon.
The automatic and manual options both work smoothly overall. The automatic rev-matching system can be turned off. In the six-speed manual, the clutch requires a more delicate foot. In test runs, it reached 60 mph in 7.5 seconds, while the CVT-equipped automatic reached 60 mpg in 8.5 seconds.
Test-drives with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) deems it to be a bit quirky and delayed especially if you’re not used to this type of transmission. A CVT transmission operates on a belt and pulley system instead of a gearbox. If you’ve never driven a CVT-equipped vehicle, then drive it before you buy it because it is quite different from driving a traditional automatic.
It does very well with high mileage per gallon. The fuel economy for a CVT is at 30/38-mpg city/highway in the XSE and 32/42-mpg in the base SE. If you choose the six-speed manual, it drops the fuel economy to 28/37 mpg.
It’s more nimble, thanks to the improved body rigidity that responds well to steering movements. It houses an independent suspension that allows it to move through a corner with ease, keeping it firmly on the ground. It also features a better chassis to absorb bumps or potholes you might encounter while driving around town.
IS THE 2019 TOYOTA COROLLA HATCHBACK FOR YOU?
If you’re an auto enthusiast, this vehicle may fall short of your expectations. However, if you’re an avid Toyota fan looking for a bit of pep in your average drive while not sacrificing fuel efficiency or dependability, then this is the car for you.