What the critics say
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
A new Prius killer, from $22,950
“It’s tough right now for a car like the Prius.” The new Corolla Hybrid instantly erases any reason for buying that gas-sipping icon, and “stands atop its grave.” It’s no longer necessary to choose such a weird-looking Toyota just to achieve 50-plus miles per gallon. The hybrid Corolla averages 52 mpg, costs slightly less than the 18-year-old Prius, and looks and feels, mostly, like a normal car. It’s so sensibly efficient, “it makes other cars feel deficient.”
Car and Driver
The new gas-powered Corollas are also significantly improved, but there’s “little downside to choosing the hybrid.” Thanks to clever battery placement, it has the same amount of trunk space as the regular Corolla sedan. And though the hybrid costs $3,000 more than the gas-powered base model, few buyers would choose that car’s weak engine.
“If anything,” the hybrid “has a bit more zip off the line.” Sure, it’s slow on highway entrance ramps, but the same pokey feeling hasn’t kept Priuses from selling. “In terms of driving comfort, safety, and even style,” the Corolla Hybrid will “surprise and delight.” You can still buy a Prius, sure. But the Corolla “will give you the same performance without danger of getting stuck in a Whole Foods parking lot talking about climate change.” ■