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Toyota Corolla Sedan

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KBB Editor's Overview

By KBB.com Editorial Staff

The Corolla has long been one of Toyota's most popular models -- indeed, one of the world's best-sellers -- and it has continued to find a place in an American market that has rapidly shifted from sedans to SUVs and crossover SUVs. To help maintain momentum, Toyota is introducing a 2-door Corolla Hatchback for 2019, but that car is all-new, completely different, and reviewed separately. But the 4-door Corolla goes into the new model-year entirely unchanged. It still has plenty to win over buyers, including an attractive design, a comfortable and reasonably roomy interior and lots of features for the money, particularly when it comes to the standard Toyota Safety Sense package including an impressive list of standard features such as pre-collision warning and adaptive cruise control. 

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You'll Like This Car If...

Toyota’s Corolla built its reputation by offering great value for the money, solid fuel economy and industry-leading quality. It retains these attributes for 2019 while also adding a great package of safety features.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Corolla hasn't kept up with the competition when it comes to infotainment technology, lacking both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And it is no match for the driving dynamics of competitors like the Honda Civic or Volkswagen Golf.

What's New for 2019

The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan is, in industry parlance, a "carryover." The sedan goes entirely unchanged.

Driving It

Driving Impressions

While there's plenty to like about the Toyota Corolla, it is not the car for folks who want aggressive driving dynamics. It offers what often is called a "boulevard ride." For those who aren't looking to take corners hard, however, that's a definite plus. The Corolla offers a smooth ride that is comfortable over long drives. It doesn't wallow, however, and the current model has much more responsive steering than earlier versions of the sedan. The base engine, a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter inline-4, has reasonable power, but the upgraded LE Eco takes that up to 140 horsepower. Acceleration is on the low end of the compact spectrum, especially compared to the likes of the latest Civic or Mazda3. Meanwhile, cabin noise is relatively low, except when you're pushing the pedal to the floor.

Favorite Features

STANDARD TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE-P
No other compact car offers the standard safety equipment found in the 2019 Toyota Corolla. The Safety Sense-P suite includes pre-collision warning and pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. Better still, the system is standard on every trim level.

INTERIOR DESIGN
For an entry-level compact, Toyota’s 2019 Corolla sedan offers a rather pleasing interior. An elegant dash design is bolstered by extensive use of soft-touch materials and quality plastics throughout the roomy and comfortable cabin.

Vehicle Details

Interior

Toyota took some hits for interior design in years past and it's taken that to heart. The latest-generation Corolla may not set a benchmark but it has adopted an attractive design featuring quality plastics and soft-touch materials. Despite the sedan's coupe-like roofline, there's plenty of interior space, front and rear, as well as lots of room for cargo. The front seats are supportive yet comfortable over long distances, and drivers will appreciate the 2019 Corolla's outward visibility.

Exterior

The latest version of the Toyota Corolla has adopted a much more handsome exterior shape, moving away from its bland, utilitarian roots. The 2019 sedan offers two visual variants, with the L/LE/XLE/LE Eco models opting for a more conservative look than the sporty SE/XSE packages, with their vertical front vents, LED fog lights and all-red taillights. 

Notable Standard Equipment

We've already mentioned the array of active-safety systems now standard on even the base 2019 Toyota Corolla L. Beyond that the Corolla L offers LED headlights, a rearview camera with path projection, air conditioning, cruise control, and a tilt-telescope steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls on the spokes. There's a USB port for phone recharging and audio integration, and a 6.1-inch touch-screen display audio system includes Toyota's Entune multimedia bundle and Siri Eyes Free. However, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available at all. The 6-way-adjustable driver's seat and the rest of the interior are upholstered in comfortable cloth.

Notable Optional Equipment

New Corolla LE models get automatic climate control, a multi-information display (MID) between the gauges, and nicer interior trim. The XLE and XSE get faux-leather seating surfaces and an 8-way-power driver's seat, nicer instrumentation with a color MID, and push-button start and keyless entry. If you want a "sporty" Corolla, the SE can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. SE models are generally equipped a little better than LE models, offering a color MID among other things. XLE, XSE and SE manual Corollas get a standard 7-inch infotainment system, which can be upgraded with an integrated navigation system.

Under the Hood

There are two versions of the same 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine for Toyota’s 2019 Corolla. The one used in nearly all models offers 132 horsepower, routing it through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), or in the case of the SE, an available 6-speed manual transmission. The Corolla LE Eco offers a 140-horsepower version of the same engine, but it's no hot-rod, instead being tuned for better fuel economy. Fuel economy is good, especially with the Eco getting up to 40 mpg on the highway, but these days that's par for the course instead of class-leading. Some 2019 models may show slightly lower fuel-economy numbers due to changes in EPA testing.

1.8-liter inline-4 (L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE)
132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/35 mpg (SE 6-speed manual), 28/36 mpg (CVT, 16-inch wheels), 28/35 mpg (CVT, 17-inch wheels)

1.8-liter inline-4 (LE Eco)
140 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
126 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/40 mpg (15-inch wheels), 29/38 mpg (16-inch wheels)

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Pricing Notes

The 2019 Toyota Corolla L base model has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,600. On the other end of the scale is the Corolla XSE, which starts at around the $24,000 mark. That's a pretty good bargain on both ends; on the low end, the Civic LX with the Honda Sensing package comes closest. On the high side, a loaded Corolla is notably less than many competitors, although those cars often come with considerably more power. Check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their new Corolla. As for resale value, the Corolla outpaces virtually everything but the Civic, where the two run neck-and-neck.

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