2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review – The Toyota Corolla has served as a punching bag for automotive enthusiasts for years. Its Ubiquity, its dull driving dynamics, and, more recently, its distinctive design, have not made it a driver Darling. That message has not made it to compact car buyers, however, as they continue to snap up the stuff out of breath. A 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review of the sedan model (a new Corolla hatchback debuted for 2019) left us hoping that the Corolla could continue to appeal to its core audience while exceeding its dull Station. The new hybrid version below cuts this optimism.
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review
This is the first time Americans have been sold a Corolla hybrid. Like the regular Corolla, it rides on Toyota’s new global architecture (TNGA platform), has a more sophisticated multilink rear suspension rather than a torsion beam, and looks sharper both inside and out than Corollas have gone. The hybrid gives few outward clues that it is, in fact, a hybrid, though under its Hood sits the same hybrid Powertrain Control Toyota uses in the ubiquitous Prius.
The 2020 Corolla hybrid is also cheaper than the Prius, starting at $ 23880 — a base 2019 Prius running $ 24700 — but is also available in meekly humble Le trim. That’s the equivalent of mid-level trim in the non-hybrid Seder’s lineup. It shares most of its engineering work with the non-hybrid Corolla, but it’s powered by the same 1.8-liter Atkinson-Cycle inline-four and pair of electric motors that motivate the Toyota Prius. There is also a 1.3-kWh battery hidden under the rear seats. The system as a whole produces 121 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. And it’s not like the Corolla hybrid LE is sparsely equipped. It comes standard with automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch touch-sensitive infotainment system and LED headlights and taillights. Our test car dangles on optional body side casting, floor mats, and mud guards, bringing the total to $ 24,467, still less than the cheapest Prius.
By the time we got our hands on a 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review test car, we had already spent time with other Corolla variants. The hybrid’s overall driving behavior matches that of its siblings: acceptable, with improved ride and handling compared to previous models, but still nothing you would consider taking out for a pleasure cruise. We noticed some reduced sharpness compared to the non-hybrid Corolla, thanks to the LE trim narrow, high-sidewall tires, too. (Also, Toyota hopes you’re cool with steel wheels with plastic hubcaps because it’s the only option for the Corolla hybrid.) The interior feels much bigger than you would expect in a car this small, and while the 11-cubic-foot suitcase doesn’t is the largest in this class, it is amply spacious for daily tasks, with a decent shaped opening.
Performance where it counts
Toyota has had plenty of time to train the Kinks of its hybrid powertrain, so the switch between battery and gas propulsion is smooth, and the Corolla can easily pull away from a stop light under electric power alone. Powertrain Control occasionally makes humming and swirling noises at Stop Light when the driver information shows claims that neither the engine nor the engine is running, but otherwise the Corolla hides its electrification well.
However, it is painfully slow. A 2.0-liter, 169-HP gas-only Corolla can get from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds and through a quarter mile in 16.3 seconds. The Corolla hybrid needs a glacial 10.7 and 18.0 seconds to reach the same marks. Our test car’s 195-foot stop distance from 70 mph is also pretty poor, and we noticed moderate fade after repeated hard stops. The Corolla is so reluctant to accelerate that after driving it for a few days you will forget that the Quick starter or left-lane passing was ever a viable option. Those looking for a minimize driving pleasure may want to consider the Corolla hybrid’s main rival, the Honda Insight, which we recently evaluated in a head-to-head comparison test with Toyota.
The Corolla may actually have its shortcomings, but the hybrid arguably achieves the only task it needs to: deliver exceptional fuel efficiency. Our example returned 46 mpg over two weeks with us in mixed city and highway use. While significantly below its EPA estimates — 52 mpg combined, 53 city, and 52 Highway — it’s still quite well given our staff aggressive driving styles. Even more impressive is the 56 mpg Corolla returned on our 75-mph Highway Fuel-Economy test, which works out to a highway spanning 700 miles. Believes that the Corolla hybrid costs only $ 3450 more than the comparable gas-only model, but is estimated at nearly 20 mpg higher on the combined fuel-economy scale (and beat that car’s efficiency of 16 mpg on our highway test), and this car makes a strong case as a fuel-sipping appliance for a penny-pinch commuter. Consider it, then, the ultimate Corolla, if not the best showcase for the latest Corolla ambitions beyond dull reliability.
Given the success of the Prius, I can’t really blame 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review for not stepping on its own toes and bringing the Corolla hybrid to the US before. But as the Prius has become more polarizing (Read: uglier) than ever, the Corolla hybrid is a compelling alternative to Toyota’s bread-and-butter fuel-sipper.
With its excellent economy and bargain pricing, the 2020 Corolla hybrid has proven to be worth the wait.
The standard Corolla can pass 40 miles per gallon on the highway without too much effort, but the Corolla hybrid looks at this figure and says, “hold my gasoline.” During my hybrid variant week, I saw a combined fuel economy of 53 mpg. While I don’t think I’d be able to top the EPA’s estimated 56 mpg combined from the Toyota Prius Eco, I feel confident that considering a Corolla hybrid in the home hatchback won’t feel like they’re missing out very frugal.
This fuel-sipping comes despite my usual fat-foot nature; It is not difficult to squeeze this economy out of the Corolla hybrid. While the car almost always starts from a stop under the power of its electric motor alone, it’s hard to keep it running on electrons without accelerating so slowly that the traffic behind me starts to become impatient. I think it’s best to lean a little harder on the accelerator when getting up to speed, using just a bit more of 121 net horsepower coming from the 1.8-liter i4 and electric motor. The continuously variable transmission emits some drone, acidic, but it is programmed for efficiency, and things like simulated gear changes only reduce its efficiency.
Just when it seems the auto industry has lost its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every Countryman, a simple car pops up. For over 50 years this car has been 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review.
Often spotted by enthusiasts like appliances, the no-frills commuter car gets the vast majority of consumers where they want to go the way they want to get there, safely and at a value. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Review does even better.
Exhibit A that the auto industry has gotten a little nuts on: the average transaction price for a new vehicle is more than $ 37,000, according to the Kelley Blue Book. Easy to blame car makers in this era with no accountability, but we are the ones paying the big prices for big vehicles loaded with things we don’t use that much. For just under $ 23,000, the Corolla hybrid puts every dollar for functional use.