2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid test drive, on the road with the New Toyota Corolla Hybrid.
After 60 years in the U.S. market, Toyota continues to impress when it comes to value. And its redesigned 2020 Corolla is a prime example.
The Toyota Corolla LE hybrid is an absolute home run for a car meant to be a solid single. The tested hybrid is inexpensive, and hyper-efficient to operate. I got an amazing 55 mpg, even better than the EPA estimates of 53 mpg city and 52 highway.
The battery for the latest Corolla Hybrid uses a new process called Hyper-Prime Nickle that increases power capacity and is also now small enough to fit under the back seat with the bonus of no intrusion into the cargo area and allowing the 60/40 split/fold back seat to fold flat for increased storage.
During my afternoon of mostly highway driving, I averaged 4.5L/100 km just as Toyota stated.
On the centre console there is a Mode switch, which allows the driver to select Normal, Eco and Sport with the first for everyday driving, Sport for improved response and Eco for the most efficient engine/motor operation.
There is also another switch marked EV for electric only operation, which gives the Hybrid a range of just two km which is good for limited travel around town.
Acceleration is not neck-snapping, but adequate for most needs and one soon learns how to use the regenerative braking to supplement the battery.
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For 2020 Toyota decided to surprise us all and bring a hybrid Corolla to America. Instead of dropping one of their more powerful hybrid systems under the hood, say from a Lexus UX or RAV4, Toyota decided to go in a different direction and snag the same 1.8L hybrid system the Prius uses.