Toyota Announces 2019 Corolla Hatchback Pricing and MPG: Surprise, the Manual is Thirstier than the CVT [News]

Back in April, Nathan had the chance to drive the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback in San Diego, California. He very much enjoyed both the manual and CVT versions of the car, citing sporty handling and good looks as some of the major plus points. However, he left San Diego still without two important pieces of information about the Corolla Hatchback: pricing and fuel economy. Fortunately, Toyota has just released Corolla Hatchback pricing and MPG figures, so our depth of knowledge is finally complete.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. [Photo: Toyota]

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Pricing

The base SE starts at just $19,990 and comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, powering the front wheels. For this price, you get some cool features like an 8-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise, and auto emergency braking. Jump to the CVT and you’ll spend another $2,100, raising the price to $22,090. Should you find yourself wanting some additional features, you can spend $1,400 for blind spot monitoring, a different infotainment system and Toyota’s connected-car services.

The XSE gives the Corolla Hatch some nice looking appearance upgrades including a bigger spoiler and bigger alloy rims. It starts at $22,990 with a six-speed manual. The CVT costs, on the XSE, $1,100 for a total of $24,090. There is a $1,600 technology package available on the XSE that nets you connected-car services, wireless phone charging, navigation and an 800-watt speaker setup.

Fuel Economy

As you would expect these days, the CVT is a bit better on fuel than the manual. The CVT equipped in the SE gets 26 city, 37 highway, for 32 combined. The CVT is significantly better, at 32 mpg city, 42 highway, and 36 combined.

While the extra bits on the XSE look better, they also detract from MPG. The XSE CVT gets 30 city, 38 highway, for 33 combined, a slight decrease. Toyota hasn’t released MPG for the manual, but it would be fine to guess that it will be a similar decrease compared to the SE.

It doesn’t matter what trim or transmission you buy, the Corolla Hatch will be powered by the same 2.0L naturally aspirated four-cylinder that makes 168 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Also regardless of transmission, that power will be sent to the front wheels.

The Corolla Hatch is set to go on sale later in the summer. Be sure that we will get our hands on one for some high-elevation testing as soon as we can.

In the meantime, you can watch the video below featuring  the top ten things you need to know about the 2019 Corolla Hatchback: