Owning a car in this day and age is expensive, so it only makes sense that automakers are focusing more and more on perfecting the hybrid driving experience. To that end, Toyota recently revealed the new 2020 Corolla Hybrid, a sedan that’s on par with the other top hybrids in its class – including the long reigning Toyota Prius! The new Corolla Hybrid has more to love than just the fact that it’s amazingly frugal, and we here at Westbury Toyota are more than happy to fill you in on all the other impressive details this car has to offer.
Obviously, the new Corolla Hybrid’s fuel economy is big news, so we’ll tackle that first. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this sedan’s EPA fuel economy comes in at 52 miles per gallon (mpg) highway driving, 53 mpg when driving in the city, and 52 mpg combined. This puts it very close to the EPA fuel economy figures for the Toyota Prius, and it turns out there’s a very good reason for that: Both cars boast the Atkinson 1.8 liter (L) inline-four with two electric motors, accompanied with a nickel-hydride battery and Toyota’s e-CVT (electronically controlled continuously variable transmission). One of the motors is used to power the drivetrain, while both motors alternate between charging the car’s battery pack. This newest hybrid also has Hyper-Prime Nickel technology, which improves the battery’s performance without an increase in the weight or size of the battery.
The piano black interior, enhanced with silver trim and contrast stitching, gives the interior of the Corolla Hybrid a touch of sophistication. The center console sees a reduction in switches and buttons. The 7.0-inch Multi-Information Display (MID) comes standard in the hybrid and provides drivers with important information, including the hybrid system indicator, a tachometer, a speedometer, a real-time battery charge indicator, as well as something new - an ECO accelerator guidance system, which (as Jonathan Lopez of Top Gear describes) gives you a visual indication of what optimized throttle application is required in order to maintain maximum fuel efficiency.
In addition, there are some other things you can expect to see in the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, including:
You’ll also have access to voice recognition for hands-free control, Bluetooth support, USB 2.0 support, and an extra auxiliary jack.
Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 is a standard feature for the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, which is basically a bundle of several different safety systems implemented in order to keep both drivers and passengers safe. Included in these are Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Automatic High Beams, a backup camera, Full Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and a Pre-Collision System. Safety Sense 2.0 accompanies other standard safety features such as the brake assist and smart stop technology, eight airbags, and electronic vehicle stability control.
It will be interesting (to say the least!) to see two Toyota vehicles vying for the spot of top hybrid this year, but we feel confident when we say that that’s where it’s headed. Numbers don’t lie, and you can plainly see that the EPA mileage estimates for the Toyota Corolla Hybrid offer an affordable driving experience that you’re not going to find anywhere else (except maybe with the Prius!). If this newest sedan is something you’re definitely interested in learning more about, don’t hesitate to pay us at Westbury Toyota a visit!