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Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2023 has AWD option, saving gas


Toyota just gave shoppers more reasons to consider the Corolla Hybrid sedan Prius hatchback—Although greater value and performance comes at a cost of a few miles per gallon.

Fuel economy for the Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2023 combined drops to 47 mpg. The current version is 52 mpg combined (53 mpg city, 52 highway).

That’s due to some serious powertrain changes under the hood. The Corolla Hybrid for 2023 features a more powerful version of the familiar two-motor, planetary-gear hybrid system, with a 1.8-liter Atkinson four-cylinder engine and a new drive-motor design that increases power output. output to 134 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque – up 13 hp and 9 lb-ft from 2022. Toyota says the engine delivers high performance throughout and it heats up faster thanks to the system. exhaust heat recirculation system.

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

Toyota has yet to release figures for the 2023 Prius, but the Prius Eco gets 56 mpg combined and the rest of the front-wheel drive Prius lineup gets 52 mpg combined. In AWD guise, the Prius gets 49 mpg combined.

The Prius AWD-e was added in 2019 and very small and light approach by adding a rear motor to the rear wheel helped preserve most of its efficiency. The same strategy applies to AWD versions of the Corolla. Toyota says the rear engine provides extra drivetrain for the system — revised specs haven’t been announced — plus valuable additional traction. Toyota says that the addition also aids handling.

Toyota has slashed the price for the base 2023 Corolla Hybrid LE from $1,250 — to $23,895 — while the rest of the lineup has seen a substantial price increase, in some cases, by more than $2,000.

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

The Hybrid is also now offered in more trim levels: LE, LE AWD, SE, SE AWD and the “premium-focused” XLE. SE versions get sportier drive tuning, red accents instead of blue, and a Smart Key system. The alloy wheel design is new this year, the color scheme has been improved and all Corolla hybrids get a new LED headlight design.

The refresh also includes an active safety upgrade, with Toyota’s latest Safety Sense 3.0 feature set and dynamic radar cruise control available. There’s also updated 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus two new rear-seat USB-C ports, for a total of four. . XLE models add wireless device charging and JBL audio.

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

Toyota says the lithium-ion battery in the Corolla Hybrids is located under the rear seats, which lowers the center of gravity and leaves room for the 60/40 split rear seats to fold forward. The hybrid battery is warranted for 10 years or 150,000 miles and is transferable.

Later this year, a new Hybrid SE Infrared Edition will also join the expanded 2023 Corolla Hybrid family, adding the SE model’s non-hybrid sport suspension, firmer ride feel, red accents and graphite alloy wheels.

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE infrared version

Toyota has also introduced a Corolla Cross Hybridalthough the Corolla Cross is a taller, significantly heavier vehicle, it achieves 37 mpg.

At 2,850 lb, the Hybrid is much lighter than typical EVs, as are most other compact sedans – and now, lighter than the Prius. With all these changes, it is possible that the Corolla Hybrid has become a more efficient and better-driving car. The current, What kind of technology? Will that leave the Prius?

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