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2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review: The Continuing Relevance of the Car

Auto123 reviews the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition.

It’s not news: the automobile as we knew it in the last century is dying. Not that SUVs will be obliterating sedans, wagons and coupes from the face of the earth anytime soon, but it’s crystal clear that the trend toward vehicles offering higher ground clearance, which have been dominating sales figures for a few years now, is not going to fade away.

But what does this have to do with the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE Upgrade (in Special Edition garb)? At first glance, none, but in reality, my latest test drive of the smallest car Toyota sells in Canada (since the departure of the Yaris) reassures me on one aspect at least: the industry simply cannot abandon the traditional car, not completely at least!

OK fine, it’s true that a Volkswagen Golf GTI or Toyota GR Supra might be a more compelling choice if one wants to make the case for the car, but I prefer to take advantage of this test drive of a mainstream car, one the average person knows well, if not for having owned one at least by name and reputation.

Here's why I believe the traditional car still deserves its place in the automotive landscape, even one dominated by SUVs.

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