2019 Corolla Hatchback Comparison Review

Flagbearer of the New Corolla.


Faster than Before.


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Incredible Fuel Economy.


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Above and Beyond Safety.


Following the departure of the Scion brand, Toyota’s small hatchback car had a tricky transition to make. After living as the Scion iM for only a single year, it was renamed the Corolla iM. It managed two model years before another change was set to occur. For the 2019 model year, the iM nomenclature has been dropped. Now, the compact hatchback in the Toyota lineup is simply named the Corolla Hatchback, and it is not only bringing Toyota hatchbacks into the future, but it is also bringing the Corolla into the future.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback officially kicked off the Corolla’s twelfth generation. While the 2019 Corolla Sedan came out before the hatchback, it was not yet developed on TNGA. TNGA stands for Toyota New Global Architecture, and it provides for a better base than any the Corolla has experienced. It is flexible enough to be used for anything from a small sedan to an SUV. TNGA is the future of Toyota’s development, and it has finally arrived for the Corolla.

With the TNGA platform in hand, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback is sleeker and more powerful than ever. Because of its new chassis and powertrain, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback makes 31 more horsepower than before, going from 137 hp in the 2018 Corolla iM to 168 hp in the 2019 Corolla Hatchback. This increase in horsepower not only gives it an advantage over the outgoing hatchback, but it also gives it a solid edge over the previous generation sedan. According to Edmunds, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback had an impressive 0-60 time. “A 7.8-second 0-60 mph time shows the Corolla is packing heat this time around too — the outgoing Corolla sedan took a lethargic 10 seconds to make the same run.”

Other base hatchbacks in the class struggle to meet 168 hp. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT is close with 162 hp while the 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback falls slightly further at 152 hp. The Volkswagen Golf runs at the bottom of the pack with only 147 hp. While some of these offer more horsepower for more money, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback brings you power from the get-go.

Not only does the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback have solid standard horsepower, but it also comes with great standard tech. For the first time ever, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback enjoys Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity. Both of these features come standard on both trims of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback. Other competitors, such as the Honda Civic Hatchback, make you pay extra for features like these.

While you enjoy these features, you will save money. Why? Because the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has incredible fuel economy. With the standard manual transmission, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback earns 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. If you opt for the automatic transmission, those numbers jump to 32 and 42 respectively. The only vehicle in the class that can match that is the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback with its 31/40 mpg split on its automatic transmission.

When you look at the rest of the pack, it isn’t pretty. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is the next highest with its automatic transmission earning a 29/37 split. From there, the 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback earns a 25/35 split with a manual and a 25/36 split with an automatic. The 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback actually does better with an automatic at a 28/36 split. Its manual falls behind, though, at 24/31. Bringing up the back is the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT. With a base split of 23/31 on a manual and 24/32 on an automatic, it earns the worst overall fuel economy award by a solid margin.

Because of this excellent fuel economy, it is no wonder that the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has Excellent ratings for projected five year costs. IntelliChoice and MotorTrend measure how much they expect a vehicle to cost over a five year period, and after five years, they expect the 2019 Corolla Hatchback to have a base cost of ownership of $28,576. Out of all of its competitors, the only hatchback that beats that number is the base 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback with an Excellent rating at $28,525. Even at its best, it can only eke out a $51 margin of victory.

The next closest number belongs to the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback. With a five year cost of $30,309, the Civic Hatchback also earns an Excellent rating. No one else in the class has an Excellent rating, though. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf does manage an Above Average rating, but it ends up with a five year cost of $31,904. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT pulls up the back again with a Below Average rating and a five year cost of $33,264. Unfortunately, the 2019 Mazda3, hatchback or sedan, has not been given ratings as of the writing of this review.

If all of that were not enough, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has one last trick up its sleeve. Keep your eyes on the IIHS (Institute for Highway Safety) website, and you may have noticed a little something on their Top Safety Picks list. That’s right. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback has earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS when equipped with the standard headlights on the XSE trim using an automatic transmission. With Good scores (the highest possible) in every crashworthiness test, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback stands out. Add to that a Superior rating in front crash prevention tests, and you have a truly impressive vehicle.

The IIHS is not the only safety group doling out high praise. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback rated five stars for safety. Additionally, the NHTSA recommends four safety technologies be included in vehicles. These are Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. All four are not only available on the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, but they are all standard. As for the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback, it has all but Dynamic Brake Support. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT and the 2019 Subaru Impreza Hatchback both offer all four technologies, but they are all extra. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf has optional Lane Departure Warning, but it offers nothing else. The Mazda3 Hatchback does not offer any of these technologies.

In the end, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is a great choice. Do you want more power than the Corolla has previously enjoyed? Check. Do you want new technology? Check. Do you want savings? Check. Do you want safety? Checked and checked again. So, what are you waiting for? If you would like to purchase a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

Edmunds 2019 Corolla Hatchback Review: https://www.edmunds.com/toyota/corolla-hatchback/

MotorTrend 2019 Corolla Buyers Guide: https://www.motortrend.com/cars/toyota/corolla/2019/

IIHS 2019 Corolla Hatchback Safety Ratings: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/toyota/corolla-4-door-hatchback/2019

NHTSA 2019 Corolla Hatchback Safety Ratings: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2019/TOYOTA/COROLLA/5%252520HB/FWD