2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Gets Prius-Rivaling Fuel Economy
Prius-rivaling fuel efficiency will now be one of the reasons why consumers might buy a Toyota Corolla. The EPA recently released the fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, and the hybrid variant tops the lineup at 53/52 mpg city/highway. Powered by the same hybrid system in the Prius, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid couples an Atkinson cycle 1.8-liter I-4 with two electric motors, an e-CVT, and a nickel-metal-hydride battery.
For those who prefer a more traditional powertrain, fret not because the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan’s s two four-cylinder engine options also yield solid fuel economy figures. The least efficient variants are the SE and XSE models with the six-speed manual and the XLE grade, which are rated at 29/36 mpg and 29/37 mpg, respectively. Lower trims, which are equipped with the smaller 1.8-liter unit are rated at 29/39 mpg with the manual or 30/38 mpg with the optional CVT. Opting for the more powerful 169-hp 2.0-liter mill actually gets you better mileage than the smaller engine at 31/38 mpg for the XSE and 31/40 mpg in other models.
With the new 2.0-liter I-4, the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will be one of the most efficient compact sedans available when it goes on sale. The only non-hybrid vehicles that offer better fuel economy are the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze TD, and the Toyota Corolla hatchback in SE trim with the CVT. The Toyota Corolla Hybrid is nearly at the top of its class, beating the Kia Niro, matching the Honda Insight, but slightly trailing the Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.