The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Hybrid, which achieves a very impressive 53/52/52 city/highway/combined mpg (4.5lt/100km combined).
In fact, the new Corolla Hybrid manages almost the same fuel economy figures as the Toyota Prius, which shares the same powertrain and achieves 54/50/52 city/highway/combined, although it has to be noted that Eco versions get an even better 56mpg (4.2lt/100km) combined .
The Corolla’s hybrid powertrain features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit that runs on the Atkinson cycle along with a pair of electric motors and a nickel-metal-hydride battery and has a total output of 121hp.
The powertrain is paired to an improved CVT transmission and there’s a new 'preload’ differential that helps in reducing the unpleasant 'rubber-band’ effect during acceleration.
The rest of the Corolla range consists of the base 139hp 1.8-liter model, which achieves 29/39/33 mpg (7.1lt/100km combined) with the six-speed manual and 30/38/33 mpg (7.1lt/100km combined) with the CVT transmission, and the 169hp 2.0-liter version, which scores 29/36/32 mpg (7.3lt/100km combined) with the manual and 31/40/34 mpg (6.9lt/100km combined) with the automatic gearbox.
So it’s not only the hybrid Corolla Sedan that deserves your attention but the 2.0-liter model as well, as it offers one of the better fuel economy ratings in the market (for a non-hybrid), which is even better than the less powerful 1.8-liter version.