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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Big news for compact-car shoppers comes in the redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, a car Toyota unveiled just a couple weeks ago that adds a hybrid variant at this week’s 2018 L.A. Auto Show.

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Honda Insight, Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius; possibly the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf

Looks like: The 2020 Corolla with some blue accents on its badging, because blue means “hybrid”

Drivetrain: 121 total system horsepower from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors; continuously variable automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Spring 2019

Fresh off revealing the heavily redesigned 2020 Corolla sedan, Toyota is offering up a hybrid version of the compact car, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, debuting at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid will be the first-ever hybrid Corolla … in the U.S.; Japan has had one available since 2013. (They also get station wagon versions of the compact.)

Related: More 2018 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

The Corolla Hybrid will be available without trim-level distinctions, unlike other hybrids from the brand. Toyota expects it to go on sale in the spring of 2019.

Exterior

There’s not a whole lot different from the new non-hybrid 2020 Corolla. The hybrid will have the same front and rear look as lower trim levels of the new Corolla, going without the extra grille openings on either side of its gaping maw. Badging will get a blue accent to it, but other than that and some unique 15-inch wheels, it might take reading “Hybrid” along the rear to tell the two apart.

Interior

The inside remains much the same, as well, although Corolla Hybrid models will come stan...

Competes with: Honda Insight, Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius; possibly the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf

Looks like: The 2020 Corolla with some blue accents on its badging, because blue means “hybrid”

Drivetrain: 121 total system horsepower from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors; continuously variable automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Spring 2019

Fresh off revealing the heavily redesigned 2020 Corolla sedan, Toyota is offering up a hybrid version of the compact car, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, debuting at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid will be the first-ever hybrid Corolla … in the U.S.; Japan has had one available since 2013. (They also get station wagon versions of the compact.)

Related: More 2018 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

The Corolla Hybrid will be available without trim-level distinctions, unlike other hybrids from the brand. Toyota expects it to go on sale in the spring of 2019.

Exterior

There’s not a whole lot different from the new non-hybrid 2020 Corolla. The hybrid will have the same front and rear look as lower trim levels of the new Corolla, going without the extra grille openings on either side of its gaping maw. Badging will get a blue accent to it, but other than that and some unique 15-inch wheels, it might take reading “Hybrid” along the rear to tell the two apart.

Interior

The inside remains much the same, as well, although Corolla Hybrid models will come standard with the 7-inch configurable gauge display that is optional in the non-hybrid. That screen will display a speedometer and battery charge status, and can be configured to also display things like a tachometer or accelerator guidance system to indicate suggested pedal operation for maximum fuel efficiency. Toyota’s Entune 3.0 multimedia system with Apple CarPlay — but not Android Auto — and Amazon Alexa compatibility is standard.

Under the Hood

The Corolla Hybrid is powered by a combination of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors. Total system output is 121 horsepower. The battery pack is made out of nickel-metal hydride and uses a new, trademarked technology called Hyper-Prime Nickel to reduce battery pack size and weight, boosting performance. The reduced dimensions enabled Toyota to put the battery pack under the rear seat instead of under the trunk; this improves cargo space and utility, and also gives the Corolla Hybrid a lower center of gravity.

Toyota projects a combined fuel economy rating of at least 50 mpg, which would certainly be impressive if the EPA confirms it in testing. In attempting to reach that goal, Toyota has optimized fuel efficiency wherever possible. The gas engine uses the Atkinson cycle and takes steps to warm up the engine as quickly as possible upon startup. An efficient air-conditioning system and electric-powered cabin heater also reduce fuel usage.

Related: 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Snags Hatch Looks, Leaves Powertrains

Safety

Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite of advanced safety features will be standard on the Corolla Hybrid just as it will be on the gas-only 2020 Corolla. This includes forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control that works down to a full stop, lane departure warning and lane-centering steering, automatic high beams and road sign assist.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

All the benifits of a Prius, but with style.

by formerpriusCowner from Des Moines on August 6, 2019

I traded in my 2013 Prius C. Same fuel efficiency, more legroom and seemingly all the bells and whistles, except for the map. There is however an app, I have not figured out how to work it yet, but my ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car if you don’t like the Prius looks

by M. Northman from Oxford, AL on July 26, 2019

We drive a gas model 2020 Corolla that was at the dealership. We were very impressed by the way it handled, the great ride, features and price. Then the salesperson told us about the hybrid. We ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corolla Hybrid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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