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2018 Toyota Corolla

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$11,257 — $25,687 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
30-34 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2018 Toyota Corolla exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Toyota Corolla
  • Many active safety features standard
  • Touchscreen multimedia system standard
  • Backup camera standard
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Smartphone app connectivity available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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, accel...

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.

Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com's advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

 

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
264 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Voice Command problem

by Alekheine from Lake City, Fl on February 2, 2019

CVT transmission is quieter than my previous car nissan sentra, I like everything but the voice command. Its hard to use it, most of the time it cant recognize my voice or command unlike my 2 previous ... Read full review

(5.0)

The best car I have ever had. Love the features.

by CherylRice from Rice, texas on February 2, 2019

Since I wasn't expecting a new car I love the color and the auto pilot features! My car is very reliable and great on gas! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Toyota Corolla currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Toyota Corolla L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corolla received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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