2019 toyota corolla hatchback gnarly price tag

Toyota’s Corolla is the best selling vehicle of all time, so it must be good. Right? 2019 toyota corolla hatchback gnarly price tag

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2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback

Actually no, it is popular around the world because it is cheap and dependable. But beyond that, the Corolla has defined bland in the automotive lexicon.

However the arrival of the 2019 Corolla hatchback may change the way we enthusiasts think about the humble Toyota runabout.

For a start, Toyota is introducing a hatchback to the US market, a vehicle type many American consumers – foolishly- regard with disdain. Most savvy economy car buyers around the globe think the hatchback is the single best vehicle design available. Hence the runaway success of the VW Golf, which is second only to the Corolla in the worldwide sales charts.

One might also give Toyota kudos for bringing out any kind of car, given that some rival major automakers – most notably Ford – are dumping car models in favor of much more profitable trucks.

2019 toyota corolla hatchback gnarly price tag

So what’s to like about the new Corolla model, beyond its hatchback style? Firstly it is easy on the eye, with crisp, modern, even slightly aggressive lines and a well integrated grille. The latter element is significant because in an effort to be more hip, Toyota designers have been going off the rails with overwrought grille designs (eg, the new Avalon).

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2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback

The 2019 Corolla hatch also sports a fetching interior design with bright, unusually upscale materials for a car in this class. The rear seat is not as roomy as the Corolla sedan, but the functionality of the hatchback in terms of cargo capacity is ample compensation.

Riding on 18-inch wheels, the Corolla has a sporty demeanor. Unfortunately its powertrain, a 2.0-liter 168-hp four-cylinder, doesn’t live up to the visual promise. It’s not exactly slow, with an estimated 0-60mph time in the eight second range, but nor is it nearly as exciting a performer as it could be. However, strap a turbocharger to the motor, add all-wheel-drive and a crisp, manual or dual clutch transmission, and this Corolla could turn into a hot hatch to rival the best. Which is what I strongly suspect Toyota has in mind.

2019 toyota corolla hatchback gnarly price tag
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