2019 Toyota Corolla Review and Comparison in Albuquerque, NM

How the Toyota Corolla Continues to Be One of the Most Popular Models in America

Toyota models are some of the most durable and dependable that you will find, and the 2019 Toyota Corolla does everything in its power to live up to that standard. Whether you realize it or not, you probably see a Toyota Corolla whenever you go on any major road or highway, actually, you probably see one even if you are just driving around the block. There are still Toyota Corolla models from decades ago driving around thanks to drivers who know the importance of routine maintenance, making the Toyota Corolla a model that can have hundreds of thousands of miles on them.

The 2019 Corolla is available in several trim levels, including L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, and XSE, and the newly available 2019 Corolla hatchback is available in the SE and XSE trims.

A Closer Look at the All-New 2019 Corolla Hatchback

As a model that is immensely popular, it is surprising to see it take this long for the newest generation of Corolla to come out with a hatchback. The Toyota lineup had another hatchback in its lineup - the Corolla iM - but it was kind of an afterthought of Scion merging into Toyota and didn't end up being so popular. The Corolla iM will stop production and the 2019 Corolla Hatchback will pick up where it left off, but in a much more stylish and exciting way.

A Partial Redesign for 2019

While the Toyota Corolla didn't get the same aggressive and bold facelift that other Toyota models have, it has taken a handful of those traits and blended them with its current design. The standard Bi-LED headlights kind of set the tone for the rest of the model, having curves along the edges with a sharp angle towards the grille. It holds onto the styling that the Corolla has made popular through generations of drivers without feeling out of place.

The biggest change to this model is the addition of the hatchback, which takes design cues from top vehicles of that body style like the Subaru WRX and VW Golf GTI. This model moves more towards the newer, more elegant styling that drivers have come to love.

2019 Toyota Corolla Engine and Transmission Options

Most trims of the 2019 Corolla Sedan come standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to enjoy a ride through your town or down a highway, but some drivers might be looking for something a little different. The Corolla LE Eco is tuned for optimal efficiency, but coincidentally comes with more power. The Eco trim comes with 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. No matter which trim that you choose you can equip a manual transmission or CVT, with the CVT coming standard on most trims.

With a sportier look, the Corolla hatchback also offers a sportier engine. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder will bring 168 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque for those of you looking for a more exciting ride.

The Importance of Standard Safety

We already mentioned that Toyota models are among the most dependable, and one part of that is knowing that you will always be able to stay confident behind the wheel. There are many manufacturers that boast about all of their available safety features, but Toyota took it one step further by having some of the most desired driver assistance features as standard in most of their newest models.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla and Hatchback both come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) Package which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - the 2019 Corolla Sedan hasn't been tested - but the Corolla Hatchback shows that Toyota is committed to the safety of drivers and does everything it can to offer top-tier options for their lineup.

Toyota Entune Offering the Features Drivers Have Been Looking For

If you have driven a recent vehicle from another manufacturer you have probably seen Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in action, but Toyota has been reluctant to add it: until now. The 2019 Toyota Corolla sees Apple CarPlay finally compatible with the Entune system. Connecting your iPhone to the infotainment system will allow it to mimic the look and functionality of your phone so that you don't need to spend time navigating the menus to find exactly what you need.

You can't connect your Android phone as Android Auto is still left out of the system, but the seven-inch touchscreen display offers Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App and Scout GPS Link for step-by-step directions.

How Does It Live Up to the Corolla Legacy?

The 2019 Corolla does everything that it needs to in terms of being a sedan that is dependable and affordable. It isn't the most luxurious, powerful, or spacious model for you to choose from, but the Corolla Sedan and Hatchback are some of the most practical vehicles that you will find. We are sure that you will be able to drive yours for years to come, maybe passing it on to another generation of driver so that they will be able to carry on the story of your Toyota Corolla.

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