Purpose-Built For A More Efficient Drive
- 1.8-Litre, 97HP, VVT-I Petrol Engine
- 71HP Electric Motor
- Electrically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
In the automotive world the Toyota Corolla is probably one of the most well recognized name plates here in the states in fact in the Corollas 50-plus year history. The one trim that Toyota has failed to offer over the years has been a dedicated hybrid version as you can see this all-new Corolla is an all new car for 2020 running on the TNGA architecture.Its ubiquity, its boring driving dynamics, and, more recently, its oddball design, have not made it a driver’s darling. It has sleek styling on the outside and on the inside and for the first time ever toyota is offering a full-on dedicated hybrid version that gets over 21 Km/Lit .
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid takes the sharp, new redesign of the conventional Corolla and adds the highly efficient powertrain from the Prius. The result is an attractive compact sedan with phenomenal mileage. That combination has been rather elusive until just recently, with Honda’s introduction of the Insight and the Accord Hybrid.
Grill is overtaking the front fascia especially with the fake grill inlets you’ve got these standard LED headlights they’re actually a full LED headlight where you’ll have LED low and high beams you’ll have an LED turn signal as well no fog lights on the hybrid. This car looks really aggressive or you think or if you think Toyota is trying a little bit too hard with the design now it gets especially strange looking from the side profile because remember this is only available in the base le trim and you get these 15 inch wheels. If you’re looking for a sunroof it’s not available on the Corolla. Rear tail lights mostly just incandescent or the reverse light that turns ting on the brake lights and then of course no exhaust tip there’s just kind of one that hides underneath the rear bumper. There is a nice hybrid badge here now the one thing that Toyota has really been improving with their hybrids is the cargo capacity.
This is the one that a lot of people who are looking for an inexpensive commuter car are probably gonna really be interested in starting underneath the hood this is the most important change. Instead of the 2-liter engine you’ve got a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder that runs on the atkinson cycle this powertrain is practically identical to the current generation. Combined output is 168 horsepower and 305 Nm of torque. It’s paired with Toyota’s latest you know Hybrid Synergy Drive it’s front-wheel drive only it all goes out through a ECVT transmission.In terms of drive modes, there are three (Eco, Power, EV) with each altering how high the CVT gearbox holds the revs when accelerating. Speaking of the gearbox, unlike most other cars that come with an automatic transmission, there’s P for Parking, R for Reverse, N for Neutral, D for Drive, and B for Braking. Essentially when driving in “B”, the regenerative braking is a lot stronger and allows the car to charge the battery quicker. The Corolla does get very excellent fuel efficiency and that’s what really all you care about with hybrid buyers it’s rated at 53 in the city 52 on the highway.The electrified hybrid system was evolved to deliver a fresh level of driving pleasure. It seamlessly combines the engine and electric motor to leverage their respective strengths. Enjoy smooth, powerful driving performance with a lighter footprint.
In two simple words, “not much”. You get a sunroof, push button starter, automatic climate control system, Bluetooth connectivity, 7-inch infotainment screen, wireless charger, rear camera, and that’s about all.
Next level safety is standard in the Corolla Hybrid. Designed with front and rear crumple zones that help absorb impact energy in a collision. Also equipped with a special body structure to help reduce injury to pedestrians. Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond in time. Warns if you are drifting out of your lane and corrects the steering if you don’t respond in time. Activates high beams automatically on dark roads and deactivates them when the system detects an oncoming vehicle.
This car makes a strong case as a fuel-sipping appliance for a penny-pinching commuter. Consider it, then, the ultimate Corolla, if not the best showcase for the latest Corolla’s aspirations beyond bland reliability.