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Review: Every car should be a little like the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid

Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

A day driving the 2020 Toyota Corolla hybrid raises two questions:

1. Why on earth did it take Toyota more than 20 years to get around to making a hybrid version of its signature car?

2. Why, in 2019, does any automaker bother building a car that's not a hybrid?

The Corolla hybrid checks just about every box: fuel economy, value and -- with a couple of disappointing but unsurprising omissions -- safety features.

It's not remotely sporty, despite the generous torque that comes with electric power, but come on, it's a Corolla. Don't ask for miracles, although some would say the 57.2 mpg I got in mixed driving on highways and surface streets qualifies as one.

The Corolla hybrid is in dealerships now.

 

2020 TOYOTA COROLLA HYBRID

Front-wheel-drive, five-passenger compact sedan

Price as tested: $23,537,(excluding destination charge)

Rating: 3 out of 4 stars

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