The biggest competitor to the 2020 Toyota Corolla is the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid. I drove the hybrid that is $25,233 out-the-door and got 55 mpg. Sure you could get the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid XSE for a starting MSRP of $25,450 with the fuel economy 31 city/ 38 highway / 34 combined. For a commuter watching the price of gasoline while raising a family those extra 24 miles per gallon can add up.
Fit for a Hybrid
The hybrid powertrain and battery were a natural fit for the new Corolla because of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. There’s no compromise in cabin roominess, for example, when choosing the Corolla Hybrid versus a gas model.
The new hybrid system combines a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT) transaxle - combined system output of 121 horsepower yields decidedly responsive performance.
The nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery pack employs a newly developed
technology called Hyper-Prime Nickel™ to boost battery performance in a smaller and lighter package. The battery’s smaller size and flatter shape allows packaging under the rear seat, rather than taking up trunk space and also allowing a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback to expand cargo capacity.
The battery location also contributes to the vehicle’s lower center of gravity, a boon to agility. The engine, working in concert with the electric motor (MG2), assures responsive performance and achieves exemplary energy efficiency while using both electric motors (MG1 and MG2) for hybrid battery charging.
• All-New Dynamic Design
• New-Generation Hybrid Synergy Drive
• First-Ever Corolla Hybrid in the U.S.
• 50+ MPG Combined Fuel Economy (Projected)
• TNGA Platform for Outstanding Agility and Comfort
• Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
• Standard Entune 3.0 Audio with Wi-Fi Connect, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay compatibility
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient model, to ever wear the model name that debuted more than a half-century ago. The design isn’t the only thing that lights up the Corolla Hybrid. This high-efficiency
hybrid adapts the latest Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive from the new-generation Prius, already proven as an MPG winner. Only Toyota offers such a distinct choice of hybrids in this vehicle segment, thus catering to customers who have different tastes in design but the same desire for maximum fuel efficiency.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid, like its gas-powered siblings, delivers a highly-satisfying driving experience, along with the brand’s latest advances in comfort and multimedia technology. As on the 2020 Corolla gas models, the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety systems comes standard.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid is yet more evidence of Toyota’s indisputable global
hybrid leadership, which began more than 20 years ago.
Driving the Corolla Hybrid
The Corolla Hybrid’s linear acceleration response may take some by surprise. When pulling away, the battery provides a subtle power boost to put less strain on the engine and eliminate the “rubber band” effect experienced with some hybrids.
A preload differential adds to the confident acceleration feel. During low loads and low differential rotation, differential-limited torque is distributed to the left and right wheels, yielding excellent handling stability. At mid-range and high engine loads, the preload differential functions as an open differential.
Corolla Hybrid has EV mode, which allows the vehicle to be operated as a pure electric vehicle for short distances, depending upon certain conditions, such as battery charge level. This mode is useful for operating the car in parking lots or indoor parking garages, for example. The Vehicle Proximity Notification feature alerts pedestrians of the vehicle’s presence when running in battery mode.
• Blizzard Pearl
• Super White
• Classic Silver Metallic
• Black Sand Pearl
• (New) Celestite
• Barcelona Red Metallic
• (New) Blue Print
MSRP: From $22,950
MPG: 53 city / 52 highway
Fuel tank capacity: 13.2 gal
Horsepower: 121 hp
Dimensions: 182″ L x 70″ W x 57″ H
Engine: 1.8 L 4-cylinder
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid comes with front-wheel drive.
2020 Toyota Corolla pricing and miles per gallon (MPG)(City/Highway/Combined)
2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid L $19,500 30 / 38 / 33
2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid LE $19,950 30 / 38 / 33
2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid XLE $23,950 29 / 37 / 32
2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid SE 6-speed manual $22,650 29 / 36 / 32
2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid SE CVT $21,950 31 / 40 / 34
2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid XSE $25,450 31 / 38 / 34