Hatchback purists will prize the new Toyota Corolla for its unwavering determination to be a true, low-riding hatchback. It’s not flashy, super-charged or over-the-top in any way. It is a good-looking, fuel-efficient hatch that will be a great car for small families and commuters. It isn’t as roomy as other hatchbacks in its class, though. If you need a big, roomy hatchback, you will probably want to look at the competition. Although if you're looking for a reliable day to day car, the Corolla hatchback's got your back. Here are the answers to questions you might have about the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback.
Is the Corolla Hatchback a new model?
The 2019 Hatchback is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. It has a sportier look and gets better mileage than the iM. It also has the large, low grille that’s become a Toyota staple. The back end is better looking, too, with a more rounded shape and pronounced spoiler. A new, flashy Blue Flame paint color replaces the old Electric Storm Blue and Spring Green Metallic that made the old iM more noticeable.
Is Toyota offering multiple trims for the new Corolla Hatchback?
Unlike the iM, which only had one trim, the new 2019 Hatchback will be available in two trims. They are the SE and XSE.
Will the new Corolla Hatchback have the same engine as the old Toyota iM?
Toyota has not yet joined the turbocharged-engine revolution, but they are putting a new engine in the 2019 Corolla Hatchback. It will come with a naturally-aspirated 2.0-L inline-four engine that Toyota has dubbed Dynamic Force. The twin-cam 16-valve engine makes 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The SE trim is available with either a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission with rev-matching capability or the Dynamic-Shift Continuously Variable Transmission. Rev-matching is a great feature that provides smoother transitions while downshifting and upshifting. The XSE trim is only available with the manual transmission. The 2019 Hatchback has driving modes, too. You can switch between Normal, Eco and Sport modes.
How fuel efficient will the 2019 Corolla Hatchback be?
The new Hatchback will more fuel efficient than the iM. When equipped with the CVT transmission, the Hatchback SE will get 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. That’s very efficient for a gas-powered hatchback. Corolla Hatchbacks with a manual transmission will get 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
Will the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback be budget friendly?
The new Hatchback will be budget friendly. Starting MSRP for the base model with a manual transmission is $19,990. The CVT bumps the starting price to $21,099. The Hatchback XSE trim starts out at $22,990. That’s about the same price as the 2018 Honda Civic and much less expensive than the 2018 Volkswagen GTI.
Does the 2019 Corolla Hatchback have lots of room in the back?
Unfortunately, it is not as roomy as many other compact hatchbacks. It only has 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the back behind the rear seats. The outgoing iM had 21 cubic feet. Toyota hasn’t released the total amount of cubic feet of cargo space with the back seat folded down. The 2018 Honda Civic hatchback has 25.7 cubic feet of space behind the back seats and 46.2 cubic feet with the back seat folded down. The 2018 Ford Focus has 23.8 cubic feet behind the back seat and 44.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Will the new Corolla Hatchback be a four-passenger car?
The new Hatchback is actually a five-passenger car. It is roomy enough for full-size adults in the front seat. Children and small adults will be comfortable in the rear seat. The back seat has a 60/40 split. ISOFIX lower anchors for child seats are situated in the outer, back seat positions.SE trims have cloth seats, but the XSE trim has a combination of leather and cloth upholstery. The front seats are also heated in the XSE, and the driver’s seat has eight-way power adjustability.
What type of infotainment features will be standard in the 2019 Corolla Hatchback?
The new Hatchback will be equipped with Toyota’s Entune 3.0 Audio with App Suite, a six-speaker stereo, AM/FM radio and an 8-inch touchscreen. This system is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, and Scout GPS Link. It also includes an auxiliary port, USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Entune 3.0 Toyota Connected Services Safety Connect is also included as well as Wi-Fi Connect through Verizon. The XSE trim also comes with HD Radio, a CD player, a USB media port and two USB charge ports.
Will the new Toyota Hatchback come with the latest active-assist safety technology?
Toyota’s Star Safety System is standard on both trim levels. It includes Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Smart Stop Technology, Traction Control, Brake Assist and a four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System. Hill Start Assist Control is also standard on all trims. A Blind Spot Monitor is standard on the XSE and optional on the SE with CVT. The Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system is also standard on both trims. It includes Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with low-light capabilities, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection as well as Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.