2019 Toyota Corolla

Interior


MSRP
$18,700
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2019 Toyota Corolla Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2019 Toyota Corolla earns a gold star for its hearty catalog of standard features, which includes an impressive amount of advanced safety features. For its debut year, the Corolla hatchback launches with an attractive and well-built interior, but it has a comparatively small back seat and cargo hold. The Corolla sedan carries forward with uninspiring materials, though it has more room for passengers.

  • "No one expects a vehicle in this price range (affordable, we might call it) to treat its guests to a cockpit boasting the highest-end materials. But, don't mistake affordable with cheap. Well-constructed, the [Hatchback’s] cabin is uncluttered and surprisingly comfy. The front seats … are nicely bolstered, providing plenty of support." -- Autotrader
  • "In terms of both design and materials, the Corolla Hatchback's interior is a notable step up from the Corolla iM and the current Corolla sedan." -- Consumer Guide
  • The Corolla [sedan] lacks in quality feel, especially when compared to Honda, Mazda and Subaru. Hard plastic abounds in most areas, which unfortunately cheapens an otherwise attractive interior design. The seats, infotainment, climate controls and steering wheel look of quality; everything else does not." -- Edmunds

Seating

Both Corolla body styles have five seats, but interior dimensions are notably different between the two. The sedan is significantly more spacious, and both rows offer a generous amount of room for the class. The front seats in the hatchback are similarly roomy and comfortable, but the rear seat has far less room to stretch out. Legroom decreases from the sedan's 41.4 inches to 29.9 inches in the hatchback, which is one of the smallest measurements in the class.

The Corolla comes standard with cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a four-way adjustable front passenger seat, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. Seating upgrades include partial and full leatherette seats (sedan only), genuine leather seats (hatchback only), an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

For child safety seats, the Corolla has two sets of lower anchors – one for each outboard seat – and three tether anchors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the sedan's LATCH hardware the second-highest rating of Acceptable, noting that the tether anchors are easy to locate, but that the lower anchors are too deeply recessed in the seat cushions.

  • "Front-seat head- and legroom are good for a compact [sedan]. Rear-seat headroom isn't as good but it's hardly crowded, and most second-row passengers ought to find leg space to their liking." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Despite the sedan's coupe-like roofline, there's plenty of interior space, front and rear, as well as lots of room for cargo. The front seats are supportive yet comfortable over long distances, and drivers will appreciate the 2019 Corolla's outward visibility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • While the accommodations up front are swank for the class, the rear compartment is less generous. Unlike the outgoing Corolla sedan, which has extraordinary rear legroom for a compact, the hatch is more intimate, along the lines of the Golf. If keeping the Uber customers happy is what matters, you may want to get the current sedan or hold out for the new one (which has yet to debut as of this writing)." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The Corolla sedan comes standard with the Entune Audio system that features a 6.1-inch touch screen, six speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, voice recognition, and Siri Eyes Free. A remarkable amount of safety features are also standard. These include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control, and a rearview camera. Upgrades such as automatic climate control, a moonroof, a proximity key, push-button start, the Entune Audio Plus interface, a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, and navigation are available.

The Corolla hatchback features the Entune 3.0 infotainment system. In addition to an enhanced interface, it comes with an 8-inch touch-screen display, six speakers, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and Bluetooth. Automatic climate control and a rearview camera are also standard in the hatchback. Available upgrades include an eight-speaker JBL sound system, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, satellite radio, and blind spot monitoring.

Toyota's newest suite of safety features is standard on all hatchback models. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 includes a pre-collision system (with daytime bicycle detection and low-light pedestrian and vehicle detection), full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and road edge detection, automatic high beams, road sign assist that can note up to three signs, and lane tracing assist that keeps the car centered in the lane.

The Entune interface is more complicated to learn and use than many others. Hatchback models come with the latest Entune 3.0, and though this system is better than the sedan's, problems such as slow response times are still present. One of the best attributes of the hatchback’s updated Entune interface is that it comes with Apple CarPlay. This brings a straightforward, familiar menu to the touch screen and makes for quick pairing with your iPhone.

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  •  +"Everything is within plain view, and there are plenty of real buttons for the infotainment system and climate control." -- CNET
  • "The [sedan’s] cabin layout is clear and familiar and doesn't try to be fancy so it's pretty easy to use and figure out. The touchscreen is responsive, but it's easy to inadvertently brush a finger against a control you weren't meaning to, which can be frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • Although the layout is straightforward, the system isn't responsive enough regardless of whether you use the touchscreen, physical buttons, or voice commands … Although it's the newest version of Toyota's infotainment software, Entune 3.0 is still clunky, its graphics are too similar to those of the previous version, and it's not as smooth, intuitive, or quick to respond as rival systems from Chevrolet, Hyundai/Kia, Volkswagen, and Honda." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The Corolla sedan's 13-cubic-foot trunk is on the small side for a compact four-door. Hatchback models offer a lot more space – 17.8 cubic feet in the back, and 23.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded – but are still relatively undersized in comparison to similar rivals. As a plus, the hatchback's cargo floor is level, thanks to rear seats that fold flat.

  • "[The Hatchback’s] Cargo loads onto a flat but somewhat high floor that leaves space at the rear corners for fairly deep bins to stash incidentals. With all seats up the load space will acceptably serve the grocery-getting or luggage-toting needs of one or two people. However the 60/40-split rear seats fold absolutely flush with the cargo floor, opening up a large, handy area." -- Consumer Guide
  • Compact sedans aren't sought after for their outstanding utility, but some do a better job of maximizing the space they have. The Corolla isn't one of those cars. While we like the wide trunk opening and split-fold seats, the level change from the trunk prevented us from loading some longer items." -- Edmunds
  • "Even with the rear seats folded, the 2019 Corolla hatchback doesn't have much cargo capacity, meaning the car's styling comes at the cost of practicality. The Hyundai Elantra GT, Kia Forte5, and Subaru Impreza offer more usable space with the rear seats up or down thanks to their squared-off openings and the lack of intrusions into the cargo area." -- Motor Trend
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