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