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Toyota brings back the fun in driving with Corolla Hatchback XSE

Hatchbacks have made a big return over the last couple years and Toyota really makes a mark with the 2019 Corolla Hatchback XSE.

The Corolla Hatchback feature’s a 2.0-Liter Dynamic Force 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-valve D-4S Dual Injection with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i); 168 hp @ 6600 rpm; 155 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm. 

The interior on our model had a 7-in. TFT Multi-Information Display with customizable settings, odometer outside temperature, fuel economy and trip information, current/average fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, trip distance with timer, TPMS, scheduled maintenance, compass, and warning messages. 

A 4.2-in. Multi-Information Display with odometer outside temperature, fuel economy and trip information, current/average fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, trip distance with timer, TPMS, scheduled maintenance, compass, and warning messages. Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging with charge indicator light, two USB 2.0 charging ports and more. 

We took the vehicle on a drive up the coast to Santa Barbara to test the sporty hatchback and what a fun drive. The car is smooth but yet gives the sporty fun we expect from a hatchback on the freeway. Started the drive on the Eco mode which was the first time using this feature in a toyota. I was think as it would be like other and take the fun out of the drive but it does not. You still have some great speed and control with every turn. Now the sport mode takes it to another level as it stiffens the cars suspensions and gives a little more pop when you press on the gas. 

This is when we get to the amazing part and most important to some fuel economy. Gas prices have been going up and down over the last five years hitting and passing over $4 per gallon which have hurt the pocket book of many drivers. That is what makes this car so awesome. This has a 13.2 gallon tank and took us $36 to fill up. The official stats are 30 MPG on the city and 38 MPG on the highway with 436 miles on a full tank. When we drove the vehicle we did not run the car to completely empty but we got close. We were able to get 396 miles during our test run from Walnut to Santa Barbara and back. The trip left the car with a quarter of a tank left. It proved to me that tis car is not only fun and sporty but will not hit you hard on the pocket book weekly depending on your driving of course. 

When you start walking around the outside of the vehicle the design in comparison to some of the other hatchbacks on market harkens back to the early 90’s 5 -door style with a new modern racing flair that will attract the young and the young at heart. Inside the vehicle the JBL Premium audio system that is optional add-on at $1600 was well worth the additional price. The total cost of the vehicle we drove totaled at $27,823. 

This is a car made to be driven and with all the add-ons you will have little to think about than to sit down and enjoy. The price is competitive with other vehicles with the same engine type and performance. 

Overall, this is not you grandparents Corolla. This is a vehicle that you will have fun with but can enjoy driving for years to come. We give the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSR an initial A- rating.

Car Rating: Performance – A, Design – A, Fuel Economy – A, Audio System – A

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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