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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Contributing Editor - November 30, 2018

Model Preview

The most popular model name in the world is the Toyota Corolla. This year, Toyota expanded the Corolla line by adding a hatchback. Beginning next year, an updated sedan follows. That sedan will be joined by a first-ever Corolla Hybrid, a model roughly the size of the Toyota Prius.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid shares the same powertrain as the Prius, bringing with it the promise of a fuel economy rating exceeding 50 mpg. The hybrid system comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine along with a pair of electric motors, which serve as generators. The system works with a continuously variable transmission, sending power to the front wheels.

Toyota says the combined system output yields 121 horsepower. Electricity is stored in a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack, which derives energy from the engine, the electric motors and by means of regenerative braking.

Hearty acceleration under full throttle supplies the Corolla Hybrid will ample pulling away power. Here, the battery combines with the engine to deliver optimum performance. The Corolla Hybrid features a preload differential, which adds confidence to acceleration. With torque evenly distributed between the left and right wheels, handling stability benefits significantly.


The Corolla Hybrid has an EV mode, which allows this sedan to operate exclusively as an electric vehicle for short distances, depending on various conditions, including battery load level. The hybrid sedan has three other drive modes: normal, eco and sport. The first mode achieves the best blend of efficiency and performance. The second mode places an emphasis on efficiency and is ideal for light to moderate acceleration input. For those times when maximum performance is desired, the Sport mode is the third choice.

Distinctive Corolla Hybrid features include 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels set within low-rolling-resistance tires, a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steer assist, lane tracking assist, road sign assist, and automatic high beams. Other standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility, Wi-Fi Connect, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Stay tuned for a full review.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid arrives in spring 2019. Trim levels are pending, although we believe it will match the Camry Hybrid with LE, SE, and XLE trims.

As for the hybrid’s cost, that information is also pending. Likely, the Corolla Hybrid will be priced somewhere between the subcompact Prius c ($21,530) and the standard Prius model ($23,475).

Besides the Toyota Prius, the Corolla Hybrid will compete with the Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Niro, and the Honda Insight.

Learn about the current Corolla on sale now »

Pictured: 2020 Corolla Hybrid

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