With its sharply styled Corolla Hatchback, Toyota has created a car for budget-minded driving enthusiasts who appreciate excellent fuel economy. It stands out for its simple controls and standard advanced safety features at a competitive price, going against cars such as the Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda3, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf.
We were pleased with the Corolla Hatchback's tied-down handling. It's fun and predictable through turns, and its steering is precise. It enthusiastically took corners at our test track. The car's ride is stiff, however, with short and quick ride motions that make it feel nervous at times--although it's on a par with most of its peers. The ride is even stiffer in with the 18-inch tires that come on the XSE trim.