2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Pricing Announced; Big MPG Gains Await Those Who Hate Shifting

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
2019 toyota corolla hatchback pricing announced big mpg gains await those who hate

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.)

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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  • Remusrm Remusrm on Jun 04, 2018

    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!

  • DownUnder2014 DownUnder2014 on Jun 06, 2018

    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)!

  • SCE to AUX Base Price: $99,795 US / $115,133 CANAs Tested: $100,370 US / $115,133 CANBoth versions can't cost the same in CAN $.
  • SCE to AUX @Matt Posky: This may surprise you, but I agree with your criticisms is this story.This vehicle has the look and weight of the Telluride, but without the right chops. A vehicle like this is intended to be a great highway cruiser loaded up with all the stuff one takes on a trip - not a 0-60 racer.My former Sedona (RIP, sniff) had a great blend of space, power, and towing capacity. It was lovely for countless road trips, but it was a ponderous commuter.The EV9 won't make a great road trip car due to its short range, and it is too hulking to make sense as a commuter. They should have fitted a 150 - 200 kWh battery so it could at least go some distance, and that might justify the bulk.No way I'd go in for ~$60k for this vehicle.
  • Jeff S I like the looks of this car and in today's dollars it might not be that bad a buy but my issues with this Genesis would be Hyundai's reliability in recent years has been below average and getting a car like this serviced at a Hyundai dealership. I do like the rear reclining rear seats and the massage settings. Beautiful car but I would take the safer option of a preowned Lexus which gives you better reliability and lower maintenance costs than the South Koreans and the Germans. Genesis is definitely a luxury car with the extras that are standard but it is still a Hyundai. These will depreciate a lot as do the German cars which once they get old a Pandora's box of issues crop up and they become expensive to maintain. Good write up.
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  • Akear My Fusion is nearing the 200,000 miles mark. However, I do not want to replace it with an unreliable Escape, which could blow its engine by 60,000 miles. Ford has gone down hill since Fields was forced out. Both Hackett and Farley have made Ford the nation's recall king. What happened..................