2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid AWD - Review by Mark Fulmer
Economical and Reliable Corolla adds All Wheel Drive for Harsher Weather
Executive Producer, Editor
THE AUTO CHANNEL
If atmospheric rivers and ice storms continue to be a part of the mix in winter weather, then this years available all wheel drive is a smart move for all concerned. Couple that with the last three years models leading average sedans in reliability strengthen their hand in the card game of new cars.
The powertrain is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a two new magnets, making juice for a lithium-ion battery pack. Transmission is continuously variable-speed automatic feeding front wheel drive.
Horsepower 134 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque 156 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway MPG 50/43 MPG
Range in miles (city/hwy) 570.0/490.2 mi.
The front row seats provide very good support without feeling cramped. The interior style is clean and uncluttered providing easy access to all instrumentation. The adjustments are manual which keeps down the costs.
Front head room 38.3 in.
Front leg room 42.3 in.
Front shoulder room 54.0 in.
Front hip room 53.0 in.
Like all new cars, there are upgrades to its infotainment system, like cloud-based navigation with Google point-of-interest data, and an Intelligent Assistant that responds to the “Hey, Toyota” wake word. Other additions available Apple Music and Amazon Music streaming.
The rear seats drew applause from passengers for comfort and roominess and the folding center armrest.
Rear head room 37.1 in.
Rear leg room 34.8 in.
Rear shoulder room 51.7 in.
Rear hip room 43.9 in.
Cargo capacity, all seats in place is 13.1 cu.ft., and you can fold down the rear seats for more.
Safety systems abound:
Lane departure warning accident avoidance system
Lane keep assist
Pre-collision safety system
Post-collision safety system
Child seat anchors
Emergency braking assist
With a $24,200 starting price, the Corolla Hybrid is a smart, stylish, and logical entry choice into the world of hybrid happiness caused by less frequent fossil fuel stops.