Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE – A Wonderful Driving Experience


I recently had the pleasure of driving the Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE, and it was truly a wonderful experience. I explored the Washington DC metropolitan area, cruising along I-495, I-270, and I-70, and finally reaching Pittsburgh, where our tech startup is based. As a company focused on STEAM education through gaming, it was important for me to have a reliable and enjoyable ride, and this hot hatch delivered exceptionally well.

Under the hood, the Corolla Hatchback XSE boasts a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the model I drove featured impressive 18-inch alloy wheels. With 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, the performance of the Corolla Hatchback exceeded my expectations.

The handling was cool and responsive, making the driving experience enjoyable. Additionally, the interior showcased high-quality materials, and the striking blue color added a touch of style.

The integration of technology in the Corolla Hatchback XSE was impressive. It offers features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, and heated seats. I particularly enjoyed the JBL 8-speaker sound system, which allowed me to fully immerse myself in the music we recently released, “Dah-Varsity: Origins of Superhero Rap.” This music project was created in collaboration with the Carnegie Mellon music department, and I look forward to exploring new music in future test drives.

In terms of functionality, the Corolla Hatchback XSE offers adequate cargo space in the trunk, allowing me to carry my luggage with ease. The vehicle is also equipped with a range of safety technologies, including lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring. The XSE package adds a stylish black roof rack and black accents, enhancing the overall appearance of the vehicle.

Fuel efficiency is another strong point of the Corolla Hatchback XSE, with an EPA-rated 38 miles per gallon on the highway. If you’re in search of a compact hatchback that combines style, decent fuel economy, advanced technology, and practical space, the Corolla Hatchback XSE should definitely be on your list.

In conclusion, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE offers a wonderful driving experience with its impressive performance, stylish design, advanced technology, and practicality. Whether you’re commuting in the city or embarking on a road trip, this compact hatchback checks all the boxes.

The base price of the Corolla Hatchback XSE is $26,430, and with a few additional options, the total price of the model I drove came to $28,603. For more information, visit Toyota’s official website at