Review: 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD Sedan


The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling automobile on the earth, promoting 1.12 million models in 2022 and properly over 50 million models since its introduction in 1966. These numbers make sense, as you’ll be able to see the compact measurement makes for simple parking, elements are comparatively low cost, upkeep is low, and, most significantly, it’s inexpensive. 


We had the chance to drive a 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD Sedan. This automobile comes as a part of the up to date lineup for 2023 which provides new trim strains. The LE base model begins at simply $21,700 and the Hybrid SE AWD we now have right here is priced at $30,388 together with supply, processing, and dealing with. 


Our Corolla Hybrid SE options the upper trim fascia that provides the Corolla a extra aggressive look that I typically want to the bottom model LE. Within the entrance you’ll discover the black mesh sport grille, highlighted blue Toyota Hybrid badge, and automated LED headlights with daytime working lights. This Corolla is provided with the game suspension that additionally options extra sport rocker trim and a color-keyed spoiler. The Corolla rides on 18-inch graphite alloy wheels with skinny tires which suggests low cost to interchange because the automobile will get pushed. The Corolla maintains its conservative styling, however the improve and wheel measurement and extra beauty choices supply a extra premium really feel for the affordably priced sedan. 


Inside is an easy however useful inside with favorable Toyota qualities. The inside options Sport Material trimmed seats with a stunning quantity of aspect bolstering, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, the sprint incorporates a mushy contact rubber materials that can maintain up higher with use than commonplace plastic (which is a plus), and there are a selection of plastics filling in the remainder of the inside. The know-how is primary, targeted on offering the necessities for a day by day driver, with a responsive middle 8-inch contact display screen providing Apple CarPlay and Wi-fi Android Auto, analog gauges with a digital multi-function show, heated power-adjustable mirrors, Toyota Security Sense 3.0, energy tilt/slide moonroof, and a ton of bodily buttons making it straightforward to function. For the audio, the usual is a 6-speaker system, however this automobile options the upgraded 9-speaker JBL Premium Audio with features a subwoofer and amplifier for simply $600. Whereas most of the know-how choices for the Corolla will be left as much as private desire, comparable to the motive force assists, the JBL audio is a must-buy contemplating how a lot time you can be spending in your Corolla.


The Corolla Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 with two motor turbines producing a mixed 138 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque that’s paired with an E-CVT transmission which sends energy to the entrance wheels. Along with the principle powertrain, our Corolla is provided with on-demand-all-wheel-drive made attainable by an electrical motor that sits on the rear axle and is used when accelerating from a cease or when extra traction is required. 

Gasoline Financial system

An important consideration for any hybrid model is at all times gas economic system. The Corolla Hybrid has an EPA/DOT score of 47 mpg metropolis / 41 mpg freeway and 44 mpg mixed. I’m completely satisfied to say that in our time with the car in Phoenix, the gas economic system by no means dropped beneath 41 mpg below blended driving with the AC on blast (it’s been over 110 levels for twenty-four days straight right here) and preserving the automobile within the regular driving mode. I might assume should you have been to drive the automobile extra economically and use much less AC you can enhance on our expertise, but it surely’s at all times signal to see a automobile that meets or exceeds its gas economic system scores. That being stated, the FWD fashions see an enchancment in gas economic system because of much less weight and extra power conservation, so that could be one thing to think about if AWD just isn’t a necessity.  


Driving the Corolla is as you’ll count on. The automobile is targeted as an A-to B-driver, reliably and cheaply getting you from one place to the subsequent. The steering is okay however closely boosted, the gasoline pedal suffers from the CVT rubberbanding which will result in making use of extra strain than you’ll want to, and the brake pedal is stiff for hybrid regeneration which might make it exhausting to brake easily, however that it a typical hybrid attribute. There’s much less sound deadening within the automobile, which saves value and weight, to assist with gas economic system however the noise is extra obvious on the freeway, which might be offset by the JBL speaker choice. I’ll say that the game suspension feels good, and you may confidently take this Corolla into turns at velocity on the freeway or curvy roads with bucket seats that maintain you in place properly. The automobile has good visibility and backup cameras making driving a breeze. Finally, how we really feel about driving a automobile could range from what you search for and we at all times advocate a take a look at drive earlier than a purchase order.

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You could possibly at all times enhance one thing on a automobile however at the price of more cash or different experiences relying on what you need the automobile to be. The underside line is that this Corolla is inexpensive, and with the Toyota badge comes reliability. You could possibly buy the bottom model for cheaper than the hybrid, however the gas economic system financial savings do make it extra engaging. I might counsel the FWD hybrid model over the AWD until the extra traction is an absolute necessity for you, seemingly primarily based on the climate you expertise all year long. However if you’re debating the hybrid Corolla, you also needs to think about the Toyota Prius which presents extra choices as a more recent automobile and will get even higher gas economic system for not far more. The automobile just isn’t good, however it’s the best-selling automobile on the earth for a purpose. 


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