Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
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.
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.
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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