2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan

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2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Karan Rawat Automotive Journalist Updated on: December 2, 2019


For the first time in the United States and taking inspiration from years of improvisation with the Toyota Prius, it's baby brother Corolla Hybrid is finally here. Taking design cues from the redesigned Corolla and adds the highly efficient powertrain from the Prius. The primary focus is on a relaxing ride and high mpg rating than exhilarating performance. For just under $23,000, the Corolla Hybrid puts every dollar to functional use. The 2020 Corolla sedan is built on Toyota's New Global Architecture(TNGA) which is the most prominent transformation in its life. Filled with cutting edge technology and impressive driving dynamics this taut sedan compound its status as the "people's car."With its excellent economy and bargain pricing, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid has proven to be well worth the wait.

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Pros

Impressive fuel economy

Lots of standard safety features

Quality cabin material

Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa standard

Cons

No Android Auto

Languid Acceleration

Small trunk

What's New?

All new vehicle for 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23100

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

121 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

105 lbs.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.3/60.4

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.1 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2850 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.1 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

53/52/52 mpg

ev range

604.2 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

592.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited


Pictures

Exterior
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Interior
 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Rear Seats  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Front Seats  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Front Seats  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Center Console  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Front Seats

Styles

 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan in Barcelona Red Metallic color  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan in Black Sand Pearl color  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan in blizzard pearl color  2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan in Deep Blue Pearl color
Barcelona Red Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine

5.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Exterior

6.0

6.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan LE

LE

power
121hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
52 combined

$23,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT) Starting at $23,100 MSRP (53/52/52) 121hp @ 5200 rpm, 1.8 L, inline 4, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic TBD 5

Expert Review

6.2

Overall Rating


It is for the first time that Toyota has come up with the hybrid version of the Corolla Sedan in the United States. Sharing hybrid power option with the Prius, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid comes powered with an Atkinson cycle 1.8-Liter Inline-4 engine coupled with two electric motors, a nickel-metal-hydride battery, and an e-CVT. Similar to the Prius, the powertrain of Corolla delivers a power output of 121 horsepower along with front-wheel; drive configuration. According to Toyota, the new nickel-metal hydride battery enhances battery performance without taking much space under the rear seats or cargo. The battery lies fixed beneath the rear seats without compromising the space. Like every other hybrid or electric cars, the Corolla comes with an electronically controlled brake system, that maximizes fuel efficiency and rides quality.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Front View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Front View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Rear View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

5.0/10
Engine

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

6.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Features

8.0/10

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is only offered in only one trim which comes with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for a combined output of 121 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque. Power is transferred to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Trims

LE

MSRP

$22,985

Features

16-inch steel wheels

 

Variable intermittent wipers

 

Metallic cabin accents

 

7-inch touch-infotainment system with navigation

 

Sunroof is available

 

Automatic climate control

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Engine

5.0/10

The first-ever Corolla Hybrid utilises the same powertrain which took Toyota two decades to perfect.  It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-litre inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. The powertrain is fine for daily driving, though it struggles to get the car up to speed on the highway.

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Engine Bay

Transitions between gas and electric power are smooth, but the engine drones loudly under hard acceleration. Its lithium-ion battery packs 20 per cent more power than the Prius. 

Models

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

MSRP

$22,530

$22,830

$28,945

$24,420

Engine

1.8L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

1.5L Inline-4

Transmission

Continuously Variable Automatic

Continuously Variable Automatic

1-speed direct drive

1-speed direct drive

Horsepower

121 hp

151 hp

182 hp

 193 @ 1770 rpm

Torque( lb-ft)

105 

99 

129 

140 @ 5000 rpm

All the cars here have a higher combined output compared to the Corolla. The Sonata Hybrid puts out the highest amount of horsepower and is followed by  Honda Insight and Chevrolet Malibu. There is a significant difference in terms of pricing for all the cars and Corolla seems a viable option in terms of pricing and also provides a decent amount of power for day to day driving.

Acceleration

Extracting performance from a hybrid car feels wrong, even though there is a “sports” mode. Burying the pedal into the floor results in moderately slow but smooth progress. Starting from a standstill, 60 MPH comes up in 8.2 seconds, and quarter-mile comes up in 16.1. For gentler acceleration, the engine stays shut and the battery-powered motors do all the work.

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Rear View

The Corolla Hybrid is meant to churn out good fuel economy and not for a spirited driving experience.

Models

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

0-60 MPH

8.2

8 sec

8.5 sec

7.0

Quarter mile

16.2

16 sec

15.8

N/A

Engine

1.5L inline-4

1.5L inline-4

1.8L inline-4

1.5L inline-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

3.4

N/A

N/A

Talking performance in hybrids is quite moot, as they weren’t intended nor are, they designed for speed thrills. As, such, not a lot of them have been tested for performance figures. If you have the need for speed, you better go with an all gasoline motor.

Ride and Handling

Compared to its previous iterations the 2020 Toyota Corolla is a vast improvement,  courtesy of new TNGA(Toyota  New Global Architecture) platform plus the tried and tested components are derived from the Prius. Handling has also been improved which helps to make this car feel well sorted in corners and keeps things calm on rougher roads. Don't expect a lot of power form the Hybrid powertrain, but it is frugal. The Corolla is not the vehicle for people who do the aggressive driving. It offers what is known as an "avenue ride." It is smooth and serene over long distances. Although it allows a good amount of body roll,  the Corolla seems very predictable once the corner is set. The rear suspension setup is also swapped from a torsion beam to a more sophisticated multi-link system.

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Front View

The suspension has also been upgraded but it only makes the ride much stiffer, undulations enter the lodge with a clunk and more head-jarring experience. Handling has also been improved which helps to make this car feel well sorted in corners and keeps things calm on rougher roads. While the Corolla's ride-and-handling balance is more positive than before, it won't trouble sportier compacts such as the Mazda 3, Volkswagen Golf, or Honda Civic. 

Braking

 The brake system is also all Prius, with synthetic feedback and computers allotting the retardation duties between the motor-generators that recharge the batteries, and the friction brakes.

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Brakes

The brakes provide ample amount of response plus easy to modulate too. The pedal travel is small and it doesn’t have the squish that plagues some of the other Toyota models. Toyota also provides an auto-brake-hold feature.

Model

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

11.4

11.1

11.8

11

Brake Rear (in.)

10.6

10.2

11.3

10

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3263

3000

3366

3519

60-0 MPH (ft.)

119

121

N/A

N/A

Braking performance is similar in all the rivals and there is not much of a diffrence .

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The biggest selling point of the new Corolla hybrid is its fuel economy. According to EPA ratings, the Sedan gets 52 mpg combined, making it one of the most fuel-efficient hybrids so far. The rivals like Civic-based Honda Insight matches the Corolla EPA estimates in its lower trim levels. The standard version of Toyota Corolla returns EPA estimates in between 32 and 34 mpg. The tiny gas engine, efficient battery pack, powerful motors, all combine together to form the best tree hugger of recent times. It can squeeze 55 miles for a single gallon of fuel, provided you leave your lead boots at home. If mileage is your concern while buying a car,

Model

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

MPG (city)

54

55

49

42

MPG (highway)

48

49

43

42

MPG (combined)

52

52

46

42

Toyota Corolla hybrid follows right behind the Insight’s tail, stretching a gallon for 52 miles on an average, 51 in the city.  Chevy’s hybrid warriors are quite nice too, with Malibu hybrid pulling 46 miles to the gallon and the Hyundai  Sonata falls last in terms of combined mileage.

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Interior

The 2020 Corolla sedan definitely sees a major redesign over the 2018 Corolla, where the simplistic design has evolved into a high-end product from the Japanese manufacturer. Although, the cabin seem smaller because of the black theme as far as the eyes can see and the rear seat legroom has also been reduced. How comfortable is the driver seat depends on your body type, for shorter and thinner people it is a breeze otherwise taller individuals may have an issue. For the price you pay, the seating upholstery and surface materials are brimming with quality for such an affordable vehicle.

2020 Toyota Corolla Seating

The sport-oriented SE and XSE come with heavily bolstered seats which are not as comfort-oriented chairs seen in the L, LE, and XLE model. There is seating for three people in the rear but the legroom also drops from a Camry beating 41.6 inches to 35.2 inches. Whatsoever, the cabin feels spacious and there is nice airy feeling to it with great outward visibility. Also, the current model sits lower than 2017 and 2018 variant which will make entry into the cabin a bit of a task. Its inside is a great place to spend your time even of long distances.

Model

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Hyundai Elantra

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/56.9/42.3

39.1/58.5/41.5

38.8/56.2/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.0/37.4

36.9/55.0/37.4

37.5/57.1/38.1

37.3/55.0/35.7

The biggest car in the segment, the Honda Insight, has the best interior space amongst all cars here. The rest of the cars are smaller and consequently have lesser space too. The Malibu is the most expensive car here but fails to impress with its average accommodation levels.

Infotainment System

A tablet styled infotainment system sits atop dashboard with knobs for volume and tuning, additional infotainment controls are on the steering wheel. Now, it can finally match with the technological advancements of other rivals. Smartphone integration with Apple Car Play and Android Auto now comes standard. In the XSE, the integrated navigation works well, and turn-by-turn directions also appear in the gauge cluster. The base 7.0-inch touchscreen has Bluetooth connectivity and voice command. The upper trim model comes with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Infotainment System

More highlights of the infotainment features include:

  • HD Radio
  • Navigation
  • Wireless device charging,
  • Nine-speaker JBL premium stereo
  • Wi-fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port
  • Rear-view Camera

Cargo volume

Usually, hybrids have a battery pack extending into the trunk, thereby eating up a significant amount of storage space. The trunk has a fairly wide opening and a broad floor ahead of the rear wheel arches. A 13.0 cubic feet of volume is lower than the average but 60/40 folding rear seats significantly increase the cargo capacity. The trunk is practically shaped and it can carry 6 carry-on bags.

Model

Toyota Corolla

Honda Insight LX

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.0

15.1

13.0

10.6

The Sonata dissapoints heavily here, offering the least cargo space in here by far. Honda Insight has the most cargo space of all the cars here, which is primarily due to the size.

Interior Features

The Base-model Corollas have basic cabin layout with apt comfort or convenience features. A revised dashboard incorporates-

  • Circular outboard air vents
  • Different-size air vents located over an asymmetrical infotainment system.
  • Heated front seats and an eight-way-power-adjustable driver’s seat, are exclusive to the XLE and XSE.
  • The Corolla has upgraded automatic climate controls.
  • Smart key system
  • Power door lock
  • Keyless entry
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Seats
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Seats
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Gear Shifter
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Gear Shifter
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Dashboard
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Dashboard
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Infotainment Screen
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Infotainment Screen
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Seats
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Infotainment Screen

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Exterior

6.0/10

Corolla owners form 2019 cited that, looks are their most favourite aspect, so the design is very similar to the previous iteration. The 2020 Corolla is now very sporty with a sleeker design and attractive details. The trapezoidal grille looks neatly shaped between J-shaped bi-LED headlamps that encase profoundly into the front fenders. A beautiful character line rises to from the front fender and ends at the rear decklid where you will notice a narrow combination of LED taillights. From the side and back, the Corolla is very understated, not like the brash looking European sedans.

 

​​​​​​2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid sedan 3rd Quarter View

The dimensions are taut which makes it easy for you to manoeuvre in city traffic and tight parking spaces. The  SE and XSE trim arguably looks best, both of which include trim-specific LED accent lighting, smoked taillights, chrome exhaust tips, and tail spoiler. For colouring the exterior of the 2020 Corolla, you can choose between eight hues with varying availability based on trim choice.

Model

Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Honda Insight LX

Hyundai Sonata

Curb weight (lbs.)

2840

3366

3986

2767

Length(in)

183.1

194.2

191.8

179.9

Width(in)

69.9

73.0

72.9

70.9

Height(in)

57.3

57.9

58.0

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

5.9

N/A

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

111.4

112.2

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

63/63.2

62.6/62.5

62/62.3

60.0/61.8

Chevrolet Malibu sedan the biggest in terms of dimensions and it is followed by the Honda Insight which is few inches shorter. The Toyota Corolla takes the third spot while the Hyundai Sonata comes at last.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan 3rd Quarter View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Side View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Side View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan 3rd Quarter Rear View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Badge
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Badge
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Rear View
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Sedan Rear View

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Safety

You can conclude that Toyota is a safety superstar, it gets good ratings from various safety institutes. The Corolla comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety and driver assistance features which include :

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams
  • Blind-spot monitoring

 

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Competition

Toyota Corolla Hybrid Vs Honda Insight Hybrid

The Insight is our highest-rated hybrid vehicle. And despite the awkward design, the Insight offers more rear legroom and cargo space than the Corolla. It's also rated to return 48 mpg. But, at 10.6 gallons, the fuel tank is tiny when compared to the Corollas 15.9-gallon capacity, and its engine can sound a little rough when pushed hard. The Honda Insight is better to drive and also produces a lot more power the Corolla hybrid and in terms of overall performance, it takes the trophy while the Corolla is more easy to live with.

2020 Honda Insight Hybrid
2020 Honda Insight Hybrid

Toyota Corolla Hybrid Vs Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu is way ahead in terms of power when contrasted with the timid Toyota Corolla. The interior is quite similar to each other in these sedans, instead of fancy materials, they are functional and get the job done. From the outside, the Malibu is much more pleasing to look at, the Toyota Hybris takes inspiration from the conventional sedan and now comes with an aggressive look. If you talk about economy or ownership cost, the Corolla hybrid is true winner. With the current underpinnings and tried and tested technology the Corolla becomes an even better option.

2020 Chevrolet Malibu
2020 Chevrolet Malibu

 

2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is a brilliant purchase. It offers great safety features, has a past filled with anticipated reliability and customer loyalty. Luckily, there is now much enthusiasm in the Corolla, especially with respect to the engine. One of the world's best-sellers --it has continued to find a place in an American market that has rapidly shifted from sedans to SUVs and Crossover's. It's easy to overlook this drawback if you prioritize practicality over thrills. Still, it's worth taking a look at some competitors that are both sensible and sensational.