2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE: Review

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On the Road
In keeping with its exterior looks, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE is fun to drive — the 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine provides enough power for drivers to forget that it really is a practical, efficient ride. Sure, the 6-speed manual transmission would add to the fun, but the Dynamic Shift CVT does a decent job for a CVT. The fixed first gear improves the driving experience, making it feel more direct at launch. It mimics a step-gear transmission with upshifts unless under full acceleration, and includes 10 preset ratios for manual shifting. That said it’s still a CVT, and although it’s efficient it detracts from the sporty nature of the car during spirited driving.

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