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Eric's Autos: 2019 Toyota Corolla

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Only two cars rival the success of the Toyota Corolla. They do not exceed it.

They're the Model T Ford and the Volkswagen Beetle -- the original Beetle (the one made from the mid-1930s through the early 2000s ... Hecho en Mexico ), which is on a continuous production run of 70-something years.

Toyota has sold twice as many Corollas -- 46 million of them -- over the past 50 years. Impressive.

What It Is

The Corolla is the world's perennially best-selling entry-level compact-sized sedan, which is now available as a sporty hatchback, too, with a new larger and much stronger engine, for those who want some pep to go with the Corolla's legendary practicality. That includes a stupendous 41.4 inches of back-seat legroom.

Prices start at $19,500 for the base L trim sedan, which comes standard with an updated 1.8-liter engine that was last year's only available engine, paired with a continuously variable (CVT) automatic transmission.

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A top-of-the-line XSE with the same engine but paired with the CVT automatic, heated leather seats, an upgraded (8 inch vs. 7 inch) tablet-style LCD touch screen and an 18-inch wheel/tire package lists for $25,450.

The hatchback Corolla, which comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine/manual transmission combo, starts at $19,990 for the SE trim.

A top-of-the-line XSE with the 2.0-liter engine and CVT costs $24,090.

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