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3.1 (Good)
MPG
28 City / 36 Highway

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2019 Toyota Corolla OVERVIEW

The 2019 Toyota Corolla sedan is a budget compact, available for just over $19,000. It comes in six trim levels, one of which offers a choice between automatic and manual transmissions.

What's New for 2019

An all-new Corolla sedan is due later this year, but for now, Toyota’s veteran compact is available with a single gas engine and a limited choice of optional extras.

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Choosing Your Toyota Corolla

The 2019 Corolla is a four-door sedan, powered by a 1.8-liter gas engine outputting 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco model generates 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque, using Toyota’s Valvematic technology to adjust engine airflow and reduce fuel consumption at higher speeds.

Every Corolla is fitted with a version of Toyota’s familiar continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard, though the SE can be acquired with a six-speed manual transmission for a $1,220 premium. This knocks one mile per gallon off the EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon city and 36 mpg highway recorded by most Corolla sedans.

L

The entry-level Corolla L is priced from $19,620 (all prices include the $920 destination charge). It features the same smart stop technology and eight airbags as every Corolla. This is the only model riding on 15-inch steel wheels, and the only one lacking a rear center armrest. Even so, L trim does provide bi-LED headlights, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. There are no packages or options available on this model.

LE

A modest $435 premium secures the Corolla LE trim, with a number of improved specifications over the base model. These include heated outside mirrors, 16-inch wheels, higher quality fabric, and remote keyless entry. Collectively, these make the LE’s $20,055 starting price seem quite modest. LE Corollas can be augmented with a Premium Package ($1,215), which adds a seven-inch touchscreen display and HD radio, alongside six speakers and voice recognition. For $1,665, the Premium Package is further enhanced by a moonroof.

LE Eco

Almost mirroring the LE's specifications, the LE Eco model starts at $20,455 thanks to improved fuel efficiency at speed. The Corolla LE Eco returns an EPA-rated 30 mpg city, 40 highway, and 34 combined. The LE Eco rides on 15-inch wheels and gets a rear spoiler, and both the Premium Package and moonroof are unavailable.

SE

Starting at $21,565 with a CVT and $22,785 with the six-speed manual transmission, the SE has a few specification differences depending on the choice of gearbox. The more expensive manual lacks its sibling’s steering wheel paddle shifters, though it gains push-button start, a roof-mounted antenna, an upgraded audio system, and a moonroof. Both SE models ride on 17-inch alloy wheels with black accents, distinguished externally by a chrome-tipped exhaust and a gloss black mesh front grille. However, the manual model already incorporates the Premium Package features that are only optional on the correspondingly cheaper CVT model. The SE Premium Package costs $1,535 and includes the moonroof.

XLE

Priced from $23,055, the Corolla XLE looks very similar to the manual SE. Key XLE upgrades include 16-inch alloy wheels with dark accents, the moonroof, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a smart key system, and push button start. The only option is the Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and Entune App Suite package ($525).

XSE

The top-of-the-line Corolla XSE, which retails for $23,800, gets upgraded seat fabric, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and the 4.2-inch color information display found on the SE. The same audio system upgrade with navigation found on the XLE is again available for $525.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is as dependable and a no-nonsense economy car as ever. Pricier Corollas fail to justify their premium over the LE trim, which represents a good value compared to the poorly-equipped L model. Anyone doing significant amounts of highway driving should consider an LE Eco to capitalize on the fuel savings offered by its Valvematic engine.

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