By on May 25, 2018

Image: Steph Willems/TTAC

With a new body, platform, wheelbase, engine, and continuously variable transmission, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (formerly the Corolla iM) is a very different beast than its predecessor. This was made abundantly clear during our recent test drive. Gone is the weird seating position, the spartan interior, and the so-so ride.

Just as important, the iM’s lackluster power figures give way to decent specs for a car of its class. It seems Toyota actually listened to owner complaints, boosting the vehicle’s output by 31 horsepower and 25 lb-ft while adding a physical launch gear to the new CVT, all in the hopes of wringing a little fun out of the compact liftback.

Here’s what getting into a Corolla Hatch costs:

For a base SE, which shares the higher trim’s Dynamic-Force 2.0-liter four-cylinder, pricing starts at $19,990, plus $920 for handling and delivery. That brings the base model to $20,910, or $1,165 more than a “base” 2018 Corolla iM. (The single-trim iM comes in two flavors: stick or CVT).

For that price, buyers land a six-speed manual transmission and a healthy list of standard goodies. Included in all trims is an 8-inch touchscreen and Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 — a full suite of driver assist features that includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, as well as dynamic radar cruise control. (Stick shift models don’t see a full-speed version of that perk.)

Image: Steph Willems/TTAC

Moving up to an SE with CVT adds another $2,100 to the sticker, but you’ll be rewarded at the pumps. Featuring a broader ratio range and 10 simulated shift points, the CVT ups the estimated fuel economy to 32 mpg city, 42 highway, and 36 combined. The previous CVT-equipped iM managed 28/36/31. Sticking with the three-pedal layout sees fuel economy grow 1 mpg in the city and combined cycles and 2 mpg on the highway, compared to the six-speed iM. Estimated MPGs are 26/37/31.

If larger wheels and appearance upgrades are a must, the six-speed XSE retails for $24,910 after delivery, or $25,010 for the CVT variant. While the EPA hasn’t verified the fuel economy figures just yet, Toyota predicts a fairly significant MPG loss for the top-trim CVT model. The automaker pegs the XSE CVT at 30 city/38 highway/33 combined. (Figures for the XSE manual aren’t available.)

There’s still ways to fling more cash in Toyota’s direction, should you choose. Each trim carries a tech package. For SE models, blind spot monitoring, an upgraded Entune 3.0 audio system with app suite, and Toyota Connected Services fetches $1,400. For the XSE, $1,600 brings the same connected services, an eight-speaker, 800-Watt audio system, wireless phone charging, and navigation.


The 2019 Corolla Hatchback rolls into dealers this summer.

[Images: Steph Willems/TTAC]

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45 Comments on “2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Pricing Announced; Big MPG Gains Await Those Who Hate Shifting...”

  • avatar

    36 MPG combined, that is awesome. $20k for a vehicle is a great price. If insurance and taxes are not too expensive this is a great proposition all things considered. Although used this will be even better.

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    “If larger wheels and appearance upgrades are a must, the six-speed XSE retails for $24,910 after delivery, or $25,010 for the CVT variant”

    I was looking at one of these in January and I may be mistaken but I seem to recall the whole gimmick was no trims just one decently loaded car for I believe (inc alloys) for 22/auto I think inc dest. I’m trying to determine if this is essentially still the case except they came up with some more gingerbread in an XSE.

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    I don’t like those orange things in the front lamp

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    So getting the CVT costs $2100 in the SE but only $100 in the XSE? Something about this seems off, unless Toyota is trying to penalize drivers who want both clutch pedals and more features (not out of the realm of possibility, I suppose).

    It seems that much of the information in this article could be conveyed more clearly and succinctly by a chart, rather than this convoluted regurgitation of a press release. (No offense intended, Steph; I typically like your writing.)

    • 0 avatar

      There are lots of errors in the article.

      The SE is 19,990 w/ stick, 21090 w/ CVT ($1100 for CVT)

      The XSE is 22,990 w/ stick, 24,090 w/ CVT ($1100 for CVT)

      That makes the XSE a neat $3k over the SE regardless of transmission.


      • 0 avatar

        Ok, that makes a lot more sense. Thanks for the clarification.

      • 0 avatar

        Civic Hatch EX CVT is $24,145 including destination. And including sunroof which is not available on any trim of Corolla Hatch.
        Civic Hatch Sport 6 speed manual $22,645.

        My prediction is Civic Hatch will outsell the Corolla Hatch.

        • 0 avatar

          “My prediction is Civic Hatch will outsell the Corolla Hatch.”

          You’ll never know, because neither company will break out sales by body style.

          The Civic will handle better, go faster and have more rear seat room; the Corolla offers better infotainment and the peace of mind of a NA engine (which still matters to some people). I prefer the looks and colors of the Corolla but the Civic is certainly the better car.

          • 0 avatar
            Peter Gazis


            Toyota’s Entune infotainment system is absolute sh’t. Makes everything sound like AM radio.

        • 0 avatar

          The Civic has those ghastly black honeycomb fake vents front AND rear that make it painful to look at. The Corolla is a much nicer design.

  • avatar

    Had a 2018 Camry last 8 days in DTW.
    Toyota makes some great cars- probably the best in a $ for $ area. My observations….

    Real aggressive lane departure steering wheel inputs.
    Tiny lane departure idiot light on dash.
    (exactly the opposite in my new Forester)

    eco button so small you barely see it. (previous poster on a toyota story said is was flashing all the time- annoying).

    Ride / handling / steering very good.

    engine was louder than I expected.
    peppy car with the std 4 pot.

    I would expect the corolla to be a very good car.

  • avatar

    This will be a big hit at rental companies across the nation.

  • avatar

    A hot-hatch version of this might get my attention.

    • 0 avatar

      Same here, but Toyota doesn’t seem interested in that at the moment. They’d rather you buy a GTI or a new Veloster I guess.

      • 0 avatar

        I think they’ll get into the hot hatch game once the Supra arrives and the 86 is discontinued so they’ll need a new affordable sporty car

      • 0 avatar

        Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did get into the hot-hatch game, now that Ford’s leaving that space.

        • 0 avatar

          Yeah, Ford’s leaving, Hyundai just showed up, so why not?

          They only make ~$260 billion dollars a year, would it kill them to pull a 2.0L turbo off the shelf for the Corolla even if they don’t sell 300K of them?

          • 0 avatar
            Peter Gazis


            “Why Not”
            Toyota’s very limited engineering resources would be much better spent on replacing their outdated under performing gas guzzling Trucks & SUV.

    • 0 avatar

      GRMN Yaris is hot hatch. Not available in North America unfortunately.

  • avatar

    I can’t wait to see one of these coming down the road with “TAZ” teeth or maybe shark teeth painted on the fenders like a fighter jet.

  • avatar

    Diggin’ the blue, must be back stock from Ford’s Maverick line.

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    I wanted to buy the previous version of this but it was ridiculously slow and the clutch was really weird, it grabbed almost all the way at the top.

    Everything else was fine, it was quiet, it handled pretty good.

    This new one seems like it partially fixes the slowness, but I’m curious how the shift and clutch feel are on the new one.

    Now Toyota needs to go to the parts department and get one of those 2.0L turbo engines and put that in here. Toyota GTI please.

    Focus/Fiesta ST are gone, Akio wants Toyota to be cool and fun, so just do it. It’s way easier than making a RWD sports car from the ground up (FRS/BRZ?) and they’ll sell more of them.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    Kudos to Toyota for offering the manual in more than the base model. I hope the US market enthusiasts take advantage of this option. If the keyboard cowboys who are always whining about the lack of three pedal cars don’t put their money where their thumbs are, manuals will go away forever.

    • 0 avatar

      The problems is, I am the only one committed to manuals but I can’t buy a car every year

      • 0 avatar

        Agreed. I like this Corolla and want to help “the cause” by buying a manual. It’s the only transmission I’ll buy.

        But I’m content with my Chevy Sonic (5sp. manual) but I just paid it off and it only has 7k miles. There’s no need to get into debt yet again when my current car is still so new. But if anything happened to the Chevy, this would be near the top of my list

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    You know, I surprise myself to say this, but it actually looks and specs out pretty well. Is it decently quiet on old asphalt at 65mph?

    • 0 avatar
      Vlad Poddoubtchenko

      You know what? I think so, too. The styling isn’t screaming “LOOK AT ME, I’M DIFFERENT AND HIP AND HAVE KINKS!” like so many overstyled Toyota and Lexus products of the last 4 years or so.The design is smooth and cohesive, and I actually think I would drive one of these. It would be a sensible replacement for my ’91 Civic, and I wouldn’t feel ripped off getting a manual.

  • avatar

    I was looking to get a leftover 17 or 18 IM and got quotes for around 15-16k. Great car in manual, but the mpg was horrid. Some say they get over 30, but driving it i barely got 29. When this new model is on its way out, will be looking to pic up one, since buying new years models might have issues to be worked out. Looking forward to getting one!

  • avatar

    Having driven the previous generation (2013, pre-facelift) as a learner car, I wonder how the new Corolla will be.

    The specifications seem okay, and the styling, it isn’t too boring, but it is not completely out there either! I do expect the car to be exactly what the previous Corollas have done, to be an excellent appliance that lasts for a while!

    At least here in Australia, when it comes out, I would expect it to be a very popular rental/learner car (as with previous generations)!

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