Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. Toyota Prius

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, Automotive Editor - June 4, 2019

In the past, if you needed a fuel-efficient hybrid from Toyota, the Prius was the gold standard. Now, there’s another option in the Japanese automaker’s lineup: the Corolla Hybrid. While having two hybrids that are similarly sized, similarly priced, and similarly fuel efficient to one another may make choosing between the two difficult, there are some clear differences that might have you leaning toward one option. Continue reading to see which one we think is the better buy.

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What the Prius Gets Right

The Prius remains the king of fuel economy for Toyota. When configured in the Eco trim, the Prius is rated to get up to 56 miles per gallon combined by the EPA. The Corolla Hybrid is slightly behind with a combined rating of 52 mpg. Plus, the Prius has a trick up its sleeve that the Corolla Hybrid can’t match: available all-wheel drive.

The Prius is also the more spacious vehicle of the two. On the inside, the Prius has more front and rear head room, rear shoulder room, and front and rear hip room than the Corolla Hybrid. Overall passenger volume in the Prius measures in at 93.1 cubic feet, while the Corolla Hybrid has 88.6 cubic feet. Cargo volume is also up in the Prius, as the model can hold 27.4 cubic feet of cargo. The Corolla Hybrid falls well short of that figure at 11.4 cubic feet of space.

For drivers in urban areas, the Prius’ smaller size might make it easier to park. The Corolla Hybrid measures in at 182.5 inches long, while the Prius is 2.5 inches shorter in length.

What the Corolla Hybrid Gets Right

When it comes to immediate cost savings, the Corolla Hybrid has an advantage over the Prius. Prices for the Corolla Hybrid start at $23,880 including destination, while the Prius costs $24,700 to start. Even with the Prius’ fuel economy ratings, it will take some time to recuperate the extra $820 over the Corolla Hybrid.

While the Prius has a polarizing design both on the outside and inside, the Corolla Hybrid is more of a conventional vehicle. From the outside, it’s tough to tell that the vehicle is a hybrid, sharing a lot of the same design as the regular Corolla sedan. With the Prius, well it’s easy to tell that it’s a Prius from a mile away, which could turn some buyers off.

If Fuel Economy is a Priority

If saving money at the pump is what you’re looking to do, the Toyota Prius is the better choice. Its styling may not be to everyone’s tastes, but the Prius is one of the more fuel-efficient hybrids on the road.

Our Verdict: Toyota Corolla Hybrid

With its normal design, excellent fuel economy numbers, and affordable price tag, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is the option we recommend. It might not have the same fuel economy figures as the Prius, but it gets awfully close and it’s cheaper. Plus, it looks better and is much more enjoyable to drive.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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