2020 Corolla Hybrid Comparison Review

Brand New for 2020 Model.


A Boost in Fuel Efficiency.


Even Better Fuel Efficiency than Expected.


Incredible Driving Range.


Standard Safety.


2 Year/25,000 Mile Maintenance Warranty.


It appears you can teach an old dog new tricks. Although the Toyota Corolla is a fifty-year-old model, it continues to improve. Recently, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback was redesigned, and now it is the sedan’s time to shine. With a new exterior and welcome interior additions, the 2020 Toyota Corolla certainly stands out, but the biggest addition for the 2020 Corolla sedan is the addition of a hybrid option.

Hybrid engines use a combination of electric power and traditional combustion engines to cut down on fuel emissions. This provides better fuel economy and is helpful for the planet as a whole. In the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, Toyota has introduced an affordable hybrid that rubs shoulders with some of the most efficient traditional vehicles on the road.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid achieves an incredible 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. For reference, the base 2019 Honda Civic runs at a 32/42 city/highway split. Other compact cars do much worse. The base 2019 Nissan Sentra hits a 29/37 split, the base 2019 Chevy Cruze gets 28/38, and the Mazda3 at its most fuel efficient gets 27/36. None of these vehicles comes within twenty mpg of the 2020 Corolla Hybrid’s city fuel efficiency.

How does it compare to other hybrids, though? The 2019 Toyota Prius, the vehicle that first popularized hybrid vehicles, gets a 54/50 split for a combined fuel economy of 52 mpg. That is the same combined number as the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. Looking outward, the 2019 Kia Niro earns a 51/46 split and a 49 combined number. The 2019 Honda Insight manages a 52 combined mpg rating like the 2020 Corolla Hybrid, but its numbers are a bit more varied. The 2019 Insight runs at 55 mpg in the city but only 49 mpg on the highway. At least, those are the estimated numbers.

In a real world test, Car and Driver tested both a 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid and a 2019 Honda Insight to see what their effective fuel economies are. While the Honda Insight underperformed, the Corolla Hybrid reached beyond its projected ratings. The 2019 Honda Insight only managed 47 mpg, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid managed 56 mpg. Most impressively, this test was done at 75 miles per hour, a speed you would expect the fuel efficiency to dip at. For a fun fact, the Honda Civic in the same test earned a 41 mpg rating, only six mpg less than the hybrid Insight.

With its incredible fuel economy, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid manages an incredible driving range. Between fill-ups, you can drive an EPA estimated 686 miles. That beats out not only the 2019 Kia Niro and the 2019 Honda Insight but also the 2019 Hyundai Ioniq. The full range on a 2019 Hyundai Ioniq is 654 miles while the 2019 Kia Niro can go 583 miles. The 2019 Honda Insight brings up the rear with only 551 miles. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid will keep you on the road and out of gas stations far longer than its competitors.

Not only does the 2020 Corolla Hybrid get incredible fuel economy, but it also comes with great standard safety features. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommends that vehicles should come standard with four safety features. These are Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. All four of these come standard on the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

The 2019 Honda Insight does have standard Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning, but it does not have Crash Imminent Braking or Dynamic Brake Support. The 2019 Hyundai Ioniq and the 2019 Kia Niro do offer all four technologies, but none of them come standard. You have to pay a premium for these safety technologies. The non-hybrid compact cars do worse. The 2019 Chevy Cruze offers all of the technologies except Dynamic Brake Support, but you have to pay extra. The 2019 Nissan Sentra only offers Forward Collision Warning as an option, and it does not offer any of the other technologies. The 2019 Mazda3 does not offer any of these technologies.

Outside of the NHTSA, the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) has ranked the 2020 Toyota Corolla as Good in all of its crashworthiness tests. On the IIHS crashworthiness scale, Good is the best ranking you can get. Additionally, the 2020 Corolla earned a Superior rating in its front crash prevention test. This means the 2020 Corolla avoided a crash in both a 15 mph test and a 25 mph test.

While ratings are important, it is also crucial that you keep your vehicle in proper running order. Toyota understands this, and that is why Toyota offers a standard 2 year/25,000 mile maintenance warranty. Essentially, whenever you need to bring in your vehicle for an oil change or check-up, Toyota will pay it if it is within the first two years of purchase or within its original 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. While Chevrolet will pay for the first maintenance on a 2019 Chevy Cruze, it does not pay anything after that as far as maintenance is concerned. Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Mazda will not pay for any maintenance. This means that if you want to get free maintenance for two years, only Toyota will suit your needs as far as a hybrid is concerned.

The Corolla is the highest selling nameplate in history. It has been going for a solid fifty years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With its new hybrid addition, it continues to innovate and expand its options. If you are interested in purchasing a 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, you can visit us at 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 482-3730. We hope to see you soon.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

Car and Driver 2020 Toyota Corolla vs. 2019 Honda Insight Comparison: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparison-test/a28316198/2019-honda-insight-vs-2020-toyota-corolla-hybrid/

EPA Toyota Corolla Hybrid Fuel Economy Comparison: https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=41214&id=40786&id=40535&id=40351

NHTSA 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Safety Ratings: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2020/TOYOTA/COROLLA%252520HYBRID/4%252520DR/FWD#safety-ratings-frontal

IIHS 2020 Toyota Corolla Safety Ratings: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/toyota/corolla-4-door-sedan/2020