2019 Toyota Corolla Review for Peoria, AZ

What's New in the 2019 Toyota Corolla? Just about everything

We can say with a pretty high level of certainty that you have at least seen a Toyota Corolla before, maybe even on your commute to work today. It is one of the most popular vehicles that you will find with total sales since 1966 topping 44,000,000. There are still models out there from every decade it has been in production because of some owners who know the value of a model that is among the most dependable. It doesn't need to be the most thrilling or the most upscale, it just needs to be the most reliable and drivers will continue to flock to it for years to come.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is available in several trims to help you find the one that will match your personal taste, including the Corolla L, LE, Le Eco, XLE, SE, and XSE. For the first time in a long time, you will be able to get the Toyota Corolla as a hatchback in the SE and XSE trims.

Why an all-New Five-Door?

There are many models that have shown that five-door vehicles are among the most popular - the Subaru WRX, Ford Focus, VW Golf GTI - and Toyota knew that choosing the Corolla for this body style would bring its reliability to many more customers.

The history of the Corolla Hatchback is an interesting one; in the 1980's the Corolla had a hatchback - the AE86 Levin - but that was eventually taken out of production. Then, when Scion merged back into Toyota the Corolla iM was some blend of a Scion and Toyota, but that lasted for an even shorter time than the original hatchback. Now, the Corolla iM is out of the lineup and the Corolla hatch is in, and from the looks of it, it's here to stay.

Updated Exterior for the 2019 Toyota Corolla

While other new Toyota models saw huge updates that were more daring and going in a new direction, maybe we should be saying the Corolla exterior was revised as it doesn't yet follow that direction. The newest Corolla is more of a mature model, going for sophistication and elegance rather than daring and exciting. It takes just enough to look like some of the newest models without losing the quirks that older generations have.

The most obvious update comes in the form of the Corolla Hatchback. Since this is the first year that the Corolla Hatchback has been out we can't expect it to stand up to the established hatchbacks mentioned earlier, but it looks exciting enough to draw in some new customers. The new design offers 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, which only increases with the 60/40 split-fold rear seats.

Available Engines for Exciting Performance

The 2019 Corolla Sedan comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine that makes 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The only difference comes in the Corolla LE Eco trim that, while being tuned to get better efficiency, actually makes more power than other trims with final numbers getting up to 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. You can drive with either a manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) that is an automatic that comes standard on most trims.

The Corolla Hatchback has a peppier engine with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 168 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota's Move Towards Standard Safety

Toyota has started to include their Toyota Safety Sense (TSS-P) Package onto many of their newest vehicles, which is why you will find it to be standard on every 2019 Corolla Sedan and Hatchback. Every manufacturer has started moving towards adding their driver assistance features as standard, but this package includes some that other brands don't, and Toyota is adding them sooner than many of their competitors are.

TSS-P Includes:

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

There are many organizations that are noting Toyota's dedication to driver safety, one of which is the team at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) that does the crash tests. The 2019 Corolla has earned the Top Safety Pick designation for performing among the top tier of vehicles in all of the IIHS tests.

Popular Updates to the Infotainment System

While Toyota might be inching ahead in safety, it is still a little behind on the Infotainment, but the 2019 Corolla is a huge step forward for their Entune system. This is the first Corolla that will include Apple CarPlay compatibility, making it easy for iPhone users to get to all of their media and apps. It has yet to include Android Auto though.

If you are one of the many users who cannot connect to Apple CarPlay, you will still be able to use the Entune Audio Plus system that has the Connected Navigation App with a seven-inch touchscreen that shows you your directions.

Does it Carry on the Mentality of the Corollas that Came Before it?

Definitely, and we can confidently say the 2019 Corolla will carry it on for well over 100,000 miles if it is cared for. It makes updates where they were wanted, offers a new body style that has proven to be a crowd favorite, and still manages to hold onto the dependability that it has for decades. If you have never driven a Toyota Corolla, there is no better time than now to get in the driver seat.

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