2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid gets AWD option, gas mileage dips

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Toyota has simply given consumers many extra causes to think about the Corolla Hybrid sedan over the Prius hatchback—though the higher worth and efficiency comes on the expense of some miles per gallon.

Gas financial system for the 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid drops to 47 mpg mixed. The present model stands at 52 mpg mixed (53 mpg metropolis, 52 freeway). 

It’s due to some severe powertrain modifications underneath the hood. The Corolla Hybrid for 2023 will get a extra highly effective model of the acquainted two-motor, planetary-gear-based hybrid system, with a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine and a brand new drive-motor design serving to increase energy to 134 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque—a achieve of 13 hp and 9 lb-ft versus 2022. Toyota says that the engine affords effectivity positive aspects all through, and it heats up faster with an exhaust warmth recirculation system. 

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Edition

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Version

Toyota hasn’t but launched figures for the 2023 Prius, however the Prius Eco achieves 56 mpg mixed and the remainder of the front-wheel-drive Prius lineup will get 52 mpg mixed. In AWD guise, the Prius will get 49 mpg mixed.

The Prius AWD-e was added for 2019, and a really small-and-light strategy in including a rear motor for the rear wheels helped protect most of its effectivity. The identical technique applies to AWD variations of the Corolla. Toyota says the rear motor supplies extra drive pressure for the system—revised spec not but launched—plus useful extra traction. Toyota says that the addition additionally aids dealing with. 

Toyota has given the bottom 2023 Corolla Hybrid LE grade a $1,250 worth discount—to $23,895—whereas the remainder of the lineup will get important worth will increase of, in some instances, greater than $2,000. 

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Edition

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Edition

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Version

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Edition

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Version

The Hybrid can be now supplied in additional variations: LE, LE AWD, SE, SE AWD, and “premium targeted” XLE. SE variations get sportier drive tuning, pink accents as a substitute of blue, and a Sensible Key system. Alloy wheel designs are new this 12 months, the palette of colours has been revamped, and all Corolla Hybrids get a brand new LED headlight design. 

The refresh contains an active-safety improve, too, with Toyota’s newest Security Sense 3.0 suite of options and obtainable dynamic radar cruise management. There’s additionally up to date 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with commonplace wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus two new rear-seat USB-C ports, for a complete of 4. XLE fashions add wi-fi machine charging and JBL audio.

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Edition

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Version

Toyota says that the lithium-ion battery in Corolla Hybrids is positioned underneath the rear seat, decreasing the middle of mass and leaving room for the 60/40-split seatbacks to fold ahead. The hybrid battery is roofed by guarantee for 10 years or 150,000 miles and is transferrable. 

Later within the 12 months a brand new Hybrid SE Infrared Version may also be a part of the broadened 2023 Corolla Hybrid household, including the non-hybrid SE model’s sport suspension, firmer steering really feel, pink accents, and Graphite-color alloy wheels. 

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Edition

2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE Infrared Version

Toyota has additionally launched a Corolla Cross Hybrid, though the Corolla Cross is a considerably taller, heavier automobile that achieves 37 mpg. 

At 2,850 lb, the Hybrid weighs far lower than typical EVs, in addition to most different compact sedans—and, now, lower than the Prius. With all these modifications, it’s possible that the Corolla Hybrid has develop into the extra environment friendly and better-driving automobile. Now, what sort of tech will that go away the Prius?

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