2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow 

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July 28, 2020  at 1:32 PM

The 2021 Corolla Hatchback is tempting in looks and sportier and practical than before. Toyota’s popular compact corolla is a 5-seater design that aims to offer more space and comes packed with a powerful engine as well. The hatchback is not only stylish but also offers a good amount of standard features across the lineup. With fresh vibrant colors, the 2021 Toyota Corolla offers a wide range of options to ist prospective buyers. Let’s see what are the distinctive features of the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

The Toyota Corolla has been one of the best selling cars in the global market and the US as well. Toyota’s popular Corolla is now offering tempting color options in red and black contrast that makes the hot hatch a better pick among competitors. The 2021 Toyota Corolla hatchback heralds in a new breed of vehicles with affluent cargo space arguably unbeatable in its class, overshadowing all previous shortcomings and defects.

The 2021 Corolla Hatchback kicks in this year with a Special edition and a racy Supersonic red paint finish. Powering that hatchback is the same 2-liter inline 4 engine that is expected to deliver more power and torque than the outgoing model. Adding the award-winning active safety features of Toyota and a sleek infotainment display, you look at a top contender for the hatchback of the year in the Corolla Hatchback.

What’s new with the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

  • Rear cross-traffic alert has been added with blind-spot monitor
  • Spare-tire removed for more cargo space 
  • Limited Special Edition model introduced 
  • All models get two rear-seat airbags for better safety

What’s the expected price and release date of the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

The 2021 Corolla hatchback is expected to carry an attractive price tag in the range of around $20,000 to $28,000. Reportedly, Toyota recently teased some fresh pictures of the upcoming Corolla hatchback in Supersonic red paint scheme which appears to be the limited edition model. The new 2021 Corolla hatchback is slated to release by 2020 fall. 

Will there be any changes to the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback's powertrain?

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will continue with its old dog, which is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. This engine has that special something, with its Dynamic Force system. This intelligent mechanism works out the best of its power and fuel efficiency. Its high compression ratio constitutes a better thermal efficiency. In simple words, this hatchback is built to punch above your weight in heavy-traffic city roads as well as highways, keeping your fuel and pollution levels in check.

If rumors are true, Toyota is considering hyping up the Corolla Hatchback with its critically acclaimed and championship-winning GR Yaris engine. This engine is a 1.6 liter, 3-cylinder turbo engine which churns out about 257 hp. The Corolla for the 1st time in its history will grace the racetrack with this fun-to-drive and exciting engine. The transmission is a slick 10-speed continuously variable type, which scales every narrow city road. For more conservative motorists who like to run the engine their way, you always have the option of a 6-speed manual transmission. As for the drivetrain, every Corolla hatchback will sport a front-wheel drivetrain, which is an absolute must to move quickly through the compact city roads.

Models

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback

Base MSRP

$20484-$24349

$21,750

$23,195

$25,100

Engine

2.0 L I-4

1.5L Intercooled Turbo I-4

1.4L Intercooled Turbo I-4

2.5L I-4

Transmission

6-speed manual w/OD/10-speed automatic CVT w/OD

CVT/6-speed manual

6-speed manual w/OD/8-speed automatic w/OD

6-speed automatic w/OD

Horsepower

168 hp @ 6600 rpm

174 hp@6000 rpm

147 hp@5000 rpm

186 hp@6000 rpm

Torque

151 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

162 lb-ft@1700 rpm

184 lb-ft@1400 rpm

186 lb-ft@4000 rpm

0-60 MPH

8.2 sec

7.1

7.6

6.9

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

15.3

15.9

N/A

*2020 Figures used for reference

Currently, the Mazda 3 leads the way with its sporty engine that clocks in 186 horsepower and torque. The Corolla can emerge the leader with its rumored turbo engine that punches out around 257 hp if it comes out through.

What’s the expected MPG for the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback?

The Toyota Corolla does marvel in saving fuel and some hard-earned cash of its riders. The MPG numbers of 2021 might be close to that of 2020, as there are no changes in the engine configuration. If the GR Yaris-inspired Corolla happens, it will probably sacrifice its fuel efficiency for performance. Excluding that, we expect all other trims of the Corolla hatchbacks to succeed well with an impressive MPG range of 32/41/35, which renders to even longer mileage. Say goodbye to long queues on those tacky fuel stations.

Models

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Mazda3 Hatchback

MPG (city)

32*

31

28

24

MPG (highway)

41*

40

36

32

MPG (combined)

35*

34

31

27

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

13.2*

12.4

13.2

12.7

Range (city/highway) (miles)

422.4/541.2/462

384.4/496/421.6

369.6/475.2/409.2

304.8/406.4/342.9

*2020 Figures used for reference

The Corolla is already a commander in its class with its excellent fuel economy, spanning a range of 462 miles and a stellar 541.2 miles on those hard stretches of cross-country highways. Only the Honda Civic Hatchback gives a stiff competition to its exquisite MPG numbers.

What to expect from the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatch’s interior?

The interior features creature comforts of its own, which lend the cabin a personal feel. Single-zone automatic control is standard, with dual-zone the privilege for the pricier trims. Both play their roles in maintaining the optimum temperature in your cabin, keeping dust out of your reach. A unique leather-wrapped gear shift knob and CVT paddle shifters behind the steering wheel ought to please the driver.

The interiors feel airy and roomy enough to relax. They place the circular air vents at strategic spots to regulate the airflow in your cabin. Seats are likewise made of prime quality material, with heating and power adjustment equipped on the premium trims. The rear seats also feature a tablet holder for convenience.

Models

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Mazda3 Hatchback

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.4/54/42*

39.3/57/42.3

38.4/55.9/41.2

38/55.7/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38/54.4/29.9*

37.4/55/36

38.1/53.9/35.6

37.2/55.7/35.1

Cargo Capacity (Cubic Feet)

23.8

22.6

17.4

20.1

*2020 Figures used for reference

The legroom in the rear department of the Corolla Hatchback feels cramped, with its opponents opting for more spacious rear seats. They could resolve this issue with reclining rear seats which might offer some respite. The Corolla redeems itself with its excellent cargo space, with 6 more cubic feet of space purchasable.

The expansion in the cargo storage has to be the most distinguishing aspect of the Corolla Hatchback 2021. This is implemented in the hatchback with the Enhanced Cargo space option. This cool privilege is available on every trim free of cost. The selection of this option lowers the cargo floor, increasing the cargo space from 17.8 to 23.8 cubic feet. To free up space, the standard spare tire option is replaced by a tire repair kit. Most of the customers won’t mind this change, as long as they enjoy the versatility of the extra space.

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Infotainment System and Connectivity

The interiors are completed by the addition of a reliable infotainment system. This 8-inch touchscreen display sits upon the top of the dashboard, lending it a more modern avatar. The infotainment supports smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, empowering you to place calls, listen to music, and even use voice recognition.

Your Corolla is your jukebox, with the JBL 8 speaker sound system. Its Clarifi feature enriches the sound quality, turning your car into a lively party house. The rearview camera works in unison with the infotainment screen, warning you of any impending danger from behind. It also comes handy while parking. Toyota’s inbuilt Navigation ensures you a traffic-free road to test your car’s moves.

Finally, there is Toyota’s own Safety Sense P suite, which comes preloaded with several active safety features. Other mentionable convenience features include WiFi hotspot, USB port, Bluetooth, and wireless charging.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Corolla Hatchback?

Toyota seeks to redefine the 2021 Corolla Hatchback looks with its Special edition alongside the regular model. The hatchback turns up the heat with its finely chiseled curves and three-dimensional visuals. The headlights have a macho stance to its looks, with J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlights that illuminate the dark roads at night. Other visual upgrades include a unique aerodynamic upgrade that includes front and rear lower chin spoilers and a gloss-black appearance for the rear spoiler and side skirts.

The Corolla hatchback special edition model will be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, with its flashy Supersonic red paint sure to catch attention on the streets. A performance model is too on the cards, namely the Toyota GAZOO Racing (GR) Edition. This hatchback and the Special Edition will incorporate some exclusive visual cues like exterior badging along with 18-inch gloss black finished aluminum alloy wheels. The exterior colors make a statement too, with new selections including Magnetic Gray Metallic and Wind Chill Pearl finish.

Model

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback (Expected)

2020 Honda Civic Hatchback

2020 Volkswagen Golf

2020 Mazda3 Hatchback

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3060*

2901

2963

3255

Length (in.)

172*

177.9

167.6

175.6

Width (in.)

70.5*

70.8

70.8

70.7

Height (in.)

57.1*

56.5

58.2

56.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.1*

NA

5.4

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

103.9*

106.3

103.8

107.3

Track Width (in.) F/R

60.3/60.8*

60.9/61.5

61/59.8

61.7/62.2

*2020 Figures used for reference

The Corolla Hatchback is compact, with smaller exterior dimensions compared to its rivals. Even with a smaller wheelbase, the Corolla posts competitive cargo volume figures which highlight its spaciousness. The Special Edition gives the hatchback a unique identity, which might garner mixed responses from the crowd.

Will the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback be worth all the hype?

The 2021 Corolla Hatchback is one of the most-awaited and exciting hatchbacks on the market right now. The Corolla hopes to acquire a racing identity with its performance GR model. The most versatile and best-selling hatchback in the world will conquer new heights with its 2021 lineup. The Special Edition will be rolled out in limited numbers, 1500 presumably. As Toyota quotes, it is for those who don’t like to blend in the crowd. It is unquestionably worth all the hype and is value-for-money with its imposing engine, fuel economy, style, and more reasons to awe upon. Get your hands on one to make a powerful style statement.

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