2018 Toyota Corolla

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2018 Toyota Corolla
2018 Toyota Corolla

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Responsive CVT
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Roomy backseat
  • Touchscreen graphics quality
  • Estimated gas mileage

The bad:

  • Ride quality
  • Steering feel
  • Droning sounds from CVT
  • Modest power at highway speeds
  • Some low-grade plastic interior trim
  • No Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Many active safety features standard
  • Touchscreen multimedia system standard
  • Backup camera standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Smartphone app connectivity available

2018 Toyota Corolla review: Our expert's take

By Brian Wong

The reason that we can say that the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is “all-new” is because it really doesn’t share anything in common with the Corolla sedan that’s currently on sale here in the U.S. The Corolla Hatchback is based on the European version of the car, which Toyota calls the Auris. It rides on a brand-new platform — Toyota’s global architecture — and it’s an improvement in pretty much every single way over the current Corolla sedan.

Related: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback First Drive: the Changes It Needed

Under the hood of the Corolla Hatchback is a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower. That’s a 31-hp improvement over the outgoing Corolla iM. That car felt a bit sluggish, but this car doesn’t. The bigger changes to the powertrain — for me — actually come with the transmissions.

There will be two available transmissions on the hatchback: a continuously variable transmission or a six-speed manual. Both get changes that make them a bit more drivable and a bit easier to live with. Starting with the CVT: It is a CVT, but at the bottom of it is what we call a “fixed gear.” Essentially what it has is a 1st gear that behaves like 1st gear in a traditional automatic transmission, which gives it better off-the-line acceleration. One of the big complaints about CVTs is that they have a rubber-band feel that makes them really bad from a stop. In the Corolla Hatchback, acceleration from a stop feels much more linear and the car feels much more responsive.

The bigger change comes with the six-speed manual transmission. The Corolla iM also offered a six-speed manual, but it wasn’t a good one. The clutch action was sloppy, the throws were long and the gates weren’t very good. It was so bad that it actually made me prefer the automatic version. In the hatchback, it’s been cleaned up; the clutch action is more linear and the gates are more well-defined. It’s an easier manual to drive.

It also comes with two features that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a Toyota manual. The first is downshift rev-matching. When you shift down, the engine will rev up to match the new gear, which smooths out downshifts. The second feature is an anti-stall feature; if the car detects a potential stall in 1st gear, it will increase the revs automatically to prevent one from occurring.

For the rest of my thoughts on the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, check out the video above.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

2.9

Worst dealership in Rochester

The vehicle is fine, the dealership are thieves. Misqouted milage, inserted bogus Carfax, paid way too much based on these facts, and tried to have me pay for damages they said they'd take care of on my trade INS.

4.9

Very Comfortable Drives excellently

Meets what we are in need of. For normal commute. Retired not much traveling. Car is Very comfortable and easy to drive. Great looking car

5.0

Best car ever

We love the car according to my mechanic he recommended this car to my wife and I. We very happy that he did that. The car is mechanically sound dependable. It’s great on gas. The car drives great.

See all 333 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Toyota
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
7 years/less than 85,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12, 000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
160- or 174-point inspections
Roadside assistance
Yes
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