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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: First Look

  • Great sedan, great fuel consumption.
  • No compromise on passenger or luggage space.
  • On sale spring 2019.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is a double whammy. An all-new generation of the Corolla compact sedan recently debuted and did something not many generations of Corolla have managed to achieve — it got rave reviews. Praise has been so lavish that critics think it might even save sedans in general from being obliterated by crossovers. Now, for the first time in the U.S., there’s a hybrid version, which was recently unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show .

What’s Under The Hood?

Unsurprisingly, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid uses a drivetrain from the current Prius and Toyota reckons it will average around 50 mpg in combined driving. The result is an exceptionally fuel-efficient car in sedan form that drives really well but doesn’t come with odd styling. Sure, some people like to advertise the fact that they’re driving a hybrid, but a lot of others will be happy for a trunk and lively chassis.

What’s In The Trunk?

Toyota has worked on battery technology to make it smaller. The Corolla Hybrid’s battery sits under the rear seat and doesn’t encroach upon luggage space. This allows the rear seats to split and fold for more cargo-carrying versatility. Having that weight closer to the ground also means a lower center of gravity, bringing benefits in handling. Admittedly, the whole hybrid system only makes a total of 121 horsepower, but that should please most potential buyers.

When Is It Available And How Much Will It Cost?

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid goes on sale next spring. There’s no word yet on pricing regarding this model or the broader new 12th-generation Corolla range. The outgoing 2019 Corolla starts at about $21,000, but the new Hybrid will obviously come in at a higher price than that.

What equipment does it have?

The 2020 Corolla Hybrid comes with 15-in alloy wheels, an 8-in infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi, forward-collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beams. The new Corolla sedan has been lauded for its refinement and poise, now the hybrid version brings fuel efficiency and low emissions into the mix.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top Gear magazine for several years.

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