2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia


This is the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE. This model I tested was a pre-production car, but I notice nothing I could complain about. As you read through you be hard pressed not to be impressed with this full featured car. Great job and although I’m luke-warm for Toyota, generally, I have to give credit where credit is due.

General Information:

It is assembled in- Japan; Classification is- Standard SUV; Vehicles from Toyota- 4Runner, 86, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry, C-HR, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Corolla Hatchback, Corolla iM, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Land Cruiser, Mirai, Prius, Prius C, Prius Prime, Prius v Wagon, RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma Access Cab, Tacoma Double Cab, Tundra CrewMax, Tundra Double Cab, Yaris.

Handling & Performance:

If you ever wanted to know what a CVT (continuously variable transmission) is, it is also known as a shiftless transmission, single-speed transmission, stepless transmission, pulley transmission, but it is still an automatic transmission and one that can change seamlessly through a continuous range of effective gear ratios.


Typical Toyota. Simple clean lines.

Fit and Finish:

Well done.


Unbelievable what you can get for the money.

Conveniences and comfort:

Wow, read carefully the Standard Equipment and be blown away by Corolla pulling out all the stops on technology. I love it. Remember when these features were only available on super luxury class cars. Well that is history and for the money you have to be impressed.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you are in the market for a car and this is in your budget range, you have to look at it seriously.

Recognized Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Toyota Corolla 22,000 36 5 4 Japan Japan
Mazda 3 26,000 30 5 4 Japan Mexico
Subaru Outback 27,000 28 5 4 Japan USA

Good News:

Bargain pricing, great fuel economy, all the bells and whistles in an economy car. I’m impressed.

Bad News:

I can’t complain.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 4-cylinder 168 horsepower engine, CVT Transmission, front wheel drive, 16” alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, power mirrors with turn signals, climate control, backup camera, 60/40 split fold down rear seat, tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel with system controls and paddle shifters, smart key with push button start and keyless entry, power windows, Entune audio with App suite, 6-speakers, 8: touch screen, CD player, Aux port, USB media Port, 2-USB charge ports, voice recognition, Blue tooth, Siri Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay, Alexa, Sirius XM, Safety Connect, Wi-Fi Connect by Verizon, Safety Sense includes pre-collision and Pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, auto high beams, full speed dynamic cruise control, road sign assist, lane tracing assist, stability & traction controls, 4-wheel ABS brake system with Brake force distribution, Brake assist and smart Stop technology, seven airbags and Blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert.

Gas Stats:

32 City and 42 Highway MPG

$3.29 / Gal of gas avg. December 16, 2018

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MSRP $22,010.

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