Toyota-lovers, 2019 is going to be a good year for you thanks to a solid lineup that includes a wide range of vehicles, both traditional and hybrids. Although the full lineup of Toyota vehicles this year is pretty impressive, in particular, there are some Toyota cars that deserve a closer look. If you haven’t seen what these beauties have to offer, then you are definitely missing out, and it’s time to give them a good going over.
While there are quite a few 2019 Toyota cars to choose from, we’re going to take a look at five that I find particularly interesting and appealing. There’s something for everyone here, which is why I feel it offers a really good representation of what Toyota has going on this year. Of course, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can always check out the full lineup, and you’ll see more than just these five cars. But with that in mind, let’s take a look at what these have to offer and see if you’re just as impressed as I am.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
The Toyota Corolla is a classic among Toyota cars, which has been cruising around for decades and while a standard version is still available, the Hatchback is what really got my attention. The 2019 Corolla Hatchback has a sleek overall design and a compact body with a front grille and lower lip that is immediately eye-catching. It gets an estimated gas mileage of 30mpg in the city and 38mpg on the highway, and there are two different trim levels for it available from Toyota.
Even though this is a four-door hatchback, its overall design is clearly inspired by sportier cars, and it features a low center of gravity and responsive suspension, with a 6-speed manual transmission. But the hatchback feature is what first caught my attention. With a smaller car like this, cargo is usually one of the last things a manufacturer thinks of – but with the hatchback, it is easier to get things in and out of the back of this Corolla and take advantage of the space available. That makes it pretty unique, even among other Toyota cars with similar features.
The 2019 Toyota Prius c
For years, the Prius has been the major name in hybrid Toyota cars, and 2019 is no exception, with the Prius c leading the pack. This is far from the only impressive hybrid car in Toyota’s lineup, but the features it offers at a great price tag definitely make it worth a look. It is one of the most efficient hybrids you will find, with an estimated gas mileage of 48mpg in the city and 43mpg on the highway. It includes an electric motor and you can switch it into “EV” mode to drive for up to a mile at a time on electric power.
One of the things that really blew me away about the 2019 Toyota Prius c is the impressive array of safety features packed into it. That includes 9 airbags, which is a ton for such a small vehicle, and the Toyota Safety Sense package. This includes a pre-collision system that features pedestrian detection, which can help prevent accidents and avoid collisions with pedestrians, as well as automatic high beams that can help with road illumination. There is also a lane departure alert system, which warns the driver about drifting between lanes when traveling at high speeds.
The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid
As I said, the Prius c is far from the only Toyota car with a hybrid design that is built to impress, and with that in mind, I find the Camry Hybrid to be particularly noteworthy. The Camry has been around for nearly 40 years, and this 2019 hybrid version keeps everything that has been great about the Camry for years and adds far greater fuel efficiency than you could find otherwise. How good is the fuel efficiency? We’re talking about an estimated 51mpg in the city and 53mpg on the highway for a four-door sedan with plenty of luxury options.
The exterior of the Camry Hybrid is gorgeous, with a somewhat understated but sleek design that pulls your eyes along its length. Sometimes a company will try so hard to make the exterior of a car stand out that you end up with something bizarre or garish, but the subtlety of the Camry Hybrid’s elegance is particularly impressive. The interior is equally striking with customizable interior lighting and a hybrid energy monitor that lets you keep track of how power is being used by the vehicle. Of course, the Camry Hybrid like many other Toyota cars includes the Safety Sense package, which features dynamic radar cruise control.
The 2019 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
While the Prius c and the Camry Hybrid are great Toyota cars, if you really want the ultimate level of luxury packed into a hybrid design, then look no further than the Avalon Hybrid. This car immediately demands to be noticed thanks to a front grille and lower lip that create a striking and unforgettable first impression. As your eyes then sweep over the rest of its elegant and curving design, you can’t help but be impressed with the skills of the engineers that created this thing. Seriously, this is a sedan that just looks gorgeous.
The hybrid engine gets you an estimated 43mpg in the city and 44mpg on the highway, so you not only look good in the Avalon Hybrid, but you can feel good about it too. The interior of the Avalon is a pure expression of sophistication and elegance, with ambient lighting that is designed to feel warm and welcoming. The interior is designed with noise suppression to ensure a quieter ride, and some models include leather-trim and real wood throughout the interior. And, of course, there are a number of safety features including a pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and dynamic radar cruise control.
The 2019 Toyota 86
But what, you may be wondering, about folks who aren’t interested in hybrids and hatchbacks, drivers who just want power and domination over the road without sacrificing luxury details? Well good news, because that’s what the Toyota 86 is all about. It only offers 21mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway because this is no hybrid, this is a two-door coupe for drivers who want to take control and feel the road open up beneath you.
It all comes down to the engine: a 2.0L 4-cylinder beast that puts out 205hp and 156 lb.-ft. of torque, with a direct ignition system that provides great overall performance and power. Of course, that comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and sport-tuned independent MacPherson strut suspension to keep you glued to the road and perfectly in control. But don’t worry; the Toyota 86 doesn’t get all this by giving up luxury and safety.
Interior features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, available dual-zone climate control, and a 4-inch information display for the driver. This is in addition to a 7-inch touchscreen display with an 8-speaker sound system and voice recognition. And the Toyota 86 includes stability and traction control, six airbags, and brake assist with smart stop technology to help you stay safe even when you’re letting loose.
The lineup of 2019 Toyota cars is truly a thing of beauty throughout, and I can’t wait to see what they have cooking for model year 2020!