Road Test – 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Hatchback (6MT)

When we last met the Toyota Corolla hatchback, it was a welcome blast of fresh air into Toyota showrooms. The sedan had valiantly held steadfast in the compact segment for over 20 years, and is still the undisputed sales benchmark for a segment that is currently under siege by compact CUVs. But while the CVT equipped car held its own in our original review, we wanted to experience what it would be like to row through the gears ourselves, and whether it could help inject more fun into the hatchback’s game plan. To find out, we gave the Toyota an …

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Road Test Review – 2017 Toyota Corolla XSE – By Carl Malek

When we last met the Toyota Corolla back in 2016, we loved its compact size, improved styling, as well as its high value for the money ratio. However, we pulled no punches when it came to its lackluster performance hardware, especially its fussy manual gearbox. With the arrival of the 2017 Corolla, Toyota promises new things for its venerable compact offering. But can the Corolla’s suite of updates help it stand up to a growing wave of compact competition? Or will it still get left in the dust once again? The exterior styling of our XSE grade tester certainly makes a …

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