If there’s one thing Toyota is known for, it’s hybrids. Toyota has more hybrids in its range than any other carmaker, and the Prius is synonymous with the word. In terms of aesthetic and internal appeal, the Corolla Hybrid is a step up from the Prius, but how much of a step is subjective.
To start with, the 2022 Corolla Hybrid comes only in the barely-equipped LE trim level of the overall Corolla line. Then there’s the fact there isn’t much versatility gain going from the Prius hatchback to the Corolla’s sedan design. Finally, the 2022 Corolla Hybrid has the same drive qualities as the Prius; best described as a sluggish brick.
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The Corolla Hybrid, on the other hand, stands out for its excellent fuel economy, better appearance than the Prius, and more appealing interior design. The EPA estimates that the 2022 Corolla Hybrid will get 52 mpg (4.5 L/100km) on the interstate and 53 mpg (4.4 L/100km) in the city, which is comparable to the Prius.
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor power the Toyota Corolla Hybrid in 2022. The combined output is 121 horsepower, which isn’t much and doesn’t provide much acceleration. Only front-wheel drive is available. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive concept revolves around a continuously variable gearbox (CVT).
LED headlamps, keyless entry/ignition, automated climate control, an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with Amazon Alexa, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all standard features.
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There’s also a long array of modern safety and driver aid features
All of Toyota’s Safety Sense features are included as standard, including collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation, lane-keeping aid, and adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alarms are available as optional extras. Heated front seats, simulated leather upholstery, and heated mirrors are all standard.
The interior of the 2022 Corolla Hybrid is functional and has nice design elements for storage and comfort. Materials choices aren’t high quality, however, and headroom is cramped for those over six feet in all seating positions. We like the general layout of things and the ease of access to child safety seat LATCH points in the cabin, the trunk has plenty of space and the rear seats fold (mostly) flat to expand that as needed.