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When does the 2023 Toyota Corolla Hatchback come out?
Toyota hasn’t yet set an official 2023 Corolla Hatchback release date. However, based on the release schedule of other models and average timing, we’d guess that the new hatchback will go on sale in late fall or winter in 2022 or early 2023. This sets the compact five-door to be released slightly after the 2023 Camry sedan.
Two grades will be available for the new lineup: the 2023 Corolla SE Hatchback and XSE Hatchback. These two trim levels will mirror features and accessories found in the sedan variants of the same name.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the Corolla hatchback and sedan share a streamlined dashboard and soft-touch materials. Most models have passive entry and push-button start. Others can also be upgraded with ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, and heated front seats. Those who regularly have back-seat passengers should consider the sedan over the hatchback since it has considerably more legroom behind the front seats. The Corolla hatchback has 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat, but we only fit two carry-on bags back there. However, the new no-cost Enhanced Cargo Space option expands that area by 6 cubic feet (23 total) by replacing the spare tire with a tire-repair kit. While the sedan only has 13 cubes of trunk volume, we squeezed eight bags inside. Both body styles had inferior interior cubby storage compared with some more capacious rivals. Thankfully, there’s a convenient tray at the front of their center console and a useful bin below the armrest.
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Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Corolla uses a 169-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that sends power to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). An optional six-speed manual is available for SE, and Apex SE models. While all hatchbacks share that same powertrain, the sedan also offers a hybrid powertrain. Our tests of the Corolla SE hatchback and the Corolla XSE sedan proved that even the strongest engine doesn’t deliver adequate acceleration. The Toyota twins were quite prudent around town and steady on the highway, however. Unfortunately, hard acceleration produced coarse engine sounds that diminished their refinement. Both the Corolla sedan and the hatchback have a pleasant ride quality that adequately isolates all but the worst bumps. Their controlled body motions also provide better agility than previous iterations. The Corolla SE and XSE further separate themselves with a stiffer sport-tuned suspension and the latter’s larger 18-inch wheels (everything else rides on either 15- or 16-inch rims). Still, compared with athletic and engaging rivals, such as the Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf, the Corolla’s progressive steering is satisfactory but not exemplary. While neither Corolla body style had impressive results in our 70-mph-to-zero braking test—requiring between 174 and 183 feet—their brake pedals were dependable and natural-feeling.
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Corolla Hatchback Problems and Reliability
There have been no recalls commissioned for the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hatchback or its 2021 predecessor. The 2020 Corolla hatch was subject to two recalls, once for back-up lights that could fail and the other for a non-permanent text on the load capacity label; there are no other reliability issues noted.
Toyota covers the Corolla Hatchback with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty in the US, and provides two years or 25,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.
2023 Toyota Corolla Hatchback specs, changes, and updates
The biggest changes to the Corolla lineup came in the new 2023 Corolla Hybrid, but the hatchback got a few nice additions for the new model year. There are two new Corolla hatchback colors for 2023, Inferno and Blue Crush Metallic. Previously, only the four-door sedan offered Blue Crush.
Other than some minor changes to the front end and updated lighting, the 2023 Corolla Hatchback carries over mostly unchanged. All models come standard with a 168-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a Dynamic-Shift CVT, and front-wheel drive. Toyota has quietly killed the manual transmission once available on the Corolla.
Corolla Hatchback Exterior
All three of the Corolla Hatchback models are outfitted with LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights, and feature automatic high beams, but only the XSE features integrated LED fog lights. A dark gray upper grille surround, color-keyed rear spoiler, and 16-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels characterize the SE. The SE Nightshade Edition is outfitted with blacked-out exterior accents including a black lower grille, side mirrors, handles, badging, and spoiler, and is equipped with 18-inch black alloy wheels. The top-spec XSE gets chrome exterior accents and 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels.
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