The verdict: Toyota is expanding its hybrid lineup — and its new model looks nothing like the automaker’s popular Prius. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid looks like a regular sedan but gets gas mileage similar to the Prius. Its backseat has room for two car seats, and although legroom was decent, we had a problem with this model’s fixed head restraints. We tested an LE, the hybrid version’s sole trim level.
Does it fit three car seats? No
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid.
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- Latch: The two sets of lower sets are exposed under flip-off plastic covers. They’re easy to find and use. The three top tether anchors sit on the rear shelf; they’re also clearly marked for easy connection.
- Infant seat: The infant seat installed easily. We had to move the front passenger seat forward a bit to accommodate it; our 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had OK legroom, but taller passengers will not be comfortable.
- Forward-facing convertible: The sedan’s fixed head restraint makes it tough to situate the forward-facing convertible flush against the seatback, which it should be for proper installation. We routed our car seat’s double top tether strap around the head restraint. If your car seat has a single strap, check the owner’s manual for proper connection information.
- Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, this seat was easy to install and legroom was OK.
- Booster: Again, the fixed head restraint pushed the booster off of the seatback a little, though it, too, should be flush. The sedan’s stable seat belt buckles should make them easier for kids to grasp and use independently.
About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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