It’s tough out there for compact sedans like the Toyota Corolla. Gas remains cheap, which has been a boon to SUV and pickup truck sales. (“Good for them!” the Corolla Hybrid says, begrudgingly.) So, as shoppers flock to bigger vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, smaller cars are left fighting for scraps.
However, one could argue that gas prices won’t stay low forever – crude oil is a finite resource, after all – and the cyclical drop-surge nature of the marketplace potentially puts truck and SUV owners’ pockets at risk.
Enter: The first-ever 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, a 53-mph play off of its Prius cousin, the vehicle that had coincidentally monopolized the U.S. hybrid-car segment when gas prices hovered around $4.00. Now it’s the new Corolla’s time to shine – even if gas prices don’t soar.
A Corolla with Prius Genes
Benefitting from Toyota’s TNGA platform, the Corolla Hybrid has an elegant sloped hood, 15-inch wheels, and drives with a low center of gravity and zero fuss, much like you’d expect from a Corolla sedan.
Inside, the Hybrid looks essentially the same as its gas-powered sibling, albeit with a few Hybrid badges and exclusive features. The addition of an EV Mode button is one notable upgrade; drivers can utilize it to switch to all-electric (low-speed) when meandering through stop-and-go traffic or teaching teens to drive around a parking lot. Via the touchscreen, drivers can view a detailed breakdown of energy flow between the battery, motor, and engine, in addition to standard MPGs.
“It should pull buyers from everything else in the gas range, without question.” – Jalopnik.com
That same TNGA platform allows the Corolla to share components universal to Toyota, as well – including a fuel-sipping hybrid system cut from the Toyota Prius. The gas-electric powertrain duo consists of a 1.8-liter inline-four that makes 121 hp and 105 lb.-ft. of torque and a 53kW electric motor that produces 71 horsepower and 105 lb.-ft. of torque.
Unique to the Corolla Hybrid, however, is its battery pack. Unlike the Prius’s Mi-Ion, this Corolla chugs along with a 600V nickel-metal hydride battery, cleverly packaged under the rear seats to ensure the Hybrid has the same interior dimensions as the Corolla sedan.
To what does all this translate? The Ni-MH battery enables Toyota to price the Hybrid Corolla below the Prius, making it the most affordable Toyota hybrid car available (the Prius c has been discontinued). And EPA estimates put the Corolla Hybrid in line with the most fuel-efficient cars in America; with the Corolla Hybrid, you can expect to get up to 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on highways.
To Hybrid or not to Hybrid?
If you’re a cynic who believes gas prices are bound to climb, a fuel-efficient hybrid car seems like the most responsible purchase. If you’re an optimist who believes gas prices will remain steady, a fuel-efficient hybrid car seems like the most responsible purchase. We’ll go out on a limb and say you’re one of the two, which means the Corolla Hybrid should be on your “must check out” list.
Saving money is always the name of the game, and with the Corolla Hybrid’s surprisingly low $22,950 MSRP, as well as our various Toyota lease specials, you’ll be #winning when you purchase one at our Sedalia Toyota dealership. Browse our inventory of hybrid cars for sale today, and be sure to call our sales team at 660-826-5400 to schedule a test drive. McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia is located at 3110 West Broadway – stop in and say hi!
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