Prius-rivaling fuel efficiency will now be one of the reasons why consumers might buy a Toyota Corolla. The EPA recently released the fuel economy estimates for the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, and the hybrid variant tops the lineup at 53/52 mpg (4.4/4.5 L/100 km) city/highway. Powered by the same hybrid system in the Prius, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid couples an Atkinson cycle 1.8-liter I-4 with two electric motors, an e-CVT, and a nickel-metal-hydride battery.

For those who prefer a more traditional powertrain, fret not because the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan’s s two four-cylinder engine options also yield solid fuel economy figures. The least efficient variants are the SE and XSE models with the six-speed manual and the XLE grade, which are rated at 29/36 mpg (8.1/6.5 L/100 km) and 29/37 mpg (8.1/6.4L/100 km), respectively. Lower trims, which are equipped with the smaller 1.8-liter unit are rated at 29/39 mpg (8.1/6 L/100 km) with the manual or 30/38 mpg (7.8/6.2 L/100 km) with the optional CVT. Opting for the more powerful 169-hp 2.0-liter mill actually gets you better mileage than the smaller engine at 31/38 mpg (7.6/6.2 L/100 km) for the XSE and 31/40 mpg (7.6/5.9 L/100 km) in other models.

With the new 2.0-liter I-4, the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan will be one of the most efficient compact sedans available when it goes on sale. The only non-hybrid vehicles that offer better fuel economy are the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze TD, and the Toyota Corolla hatchback in SE trim with the CVT. The Toyota Corolla Hybrid is nearly at the top of its class, beating the Kia Niro, matching the Honda Insight, but slightly trailing the Prius and Hyundai Ioniq.

Source: EPA

Source: MotorTrend

February 13, 2019