The Corolla is Toyota most popular model, even the best-selling in the world – and it continues to find a place in the American market that has changed rapidly from sedans to SUVs and crossover SUVs. To continue to survive, Toyota introduced the Corolla Hatchback for 2019, but its all-new, completely different, and will be reviewed separately. But the 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan came completely unchanged. It still has a lot to offer, including an attractive design, a comfortable and roomy interior and lots of features for the money, especially when it comes to the standard Toyota Safety Sense suite including an impressive list of standard features such as adaptive cruise control and pre-collision warning.
The 2018 Toyota Corolla sedan is sold in six trim levels. L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XSE and XLE. Even the base L trim comes standard with the Safety Sense-P suite, which includes automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and assists, pre-collision warning and pedestrian detection. Beyond that, the Corolla L offers LED headlights, cruise control, air conditioning, a rearview camera with path projection, 6-way-adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-telescope steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls on the spokes. There’s a 6.1-inch touchscreen display audio system with Toyota’s Entune multimedia, Siri Eyes Free and a USB port. Unfortunately, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren’t available at all.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla offers two versions of the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. The one used in nearly all models produces 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The LE Eco has a 140 hp and 126 lb-ft version of the same engine, which is tuned for better fuel economy. Power sent to the front wheel through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) on all models, though the SE can be optioned with a six-speed manual. In track testing, the 2019 Toyota Corolla SE with CVT went from 0 to 60 mph in 9.5 seconds, which is quite slow for the class. The manual SE did it better in 8.5 sec. Fuel economy is good, especially with the Eco returns up to 40 mpg on the highway, but these days that’s just average for the class.
1.8-liter four-cylinder with CVT or 6-speed manual (SE)
132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 27/35 mpg (manual) and 28/35 mpg (CVT)
1.8-liter four-cylinder with CVT (LE Eco)
140 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
126 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 29/38 mpg
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base L model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting from $19,620 (include $920 destination fee). You’re far better off in at least an LE trim, which begins at $20,055. The LE Eco model starts at $20,455, while the SE starting at $21,565 with a CVT and $22,785 with the manual transmission. The XLE priced from $23,055 and the top-of-the-line Corolla XSE retails for $23,800.