In 1997, the Corolla became the best selling auomobile in the world, surpassing VW’s Beetle. Toyota reached the milestone of 50 million Corollas sold over twelve generations in 2021. Built on a solid reputation for reliability, practicality and affordability, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle of all time. Period!
As of 2019, Toyota remains the World’s Most Valuable Car Brand. It consistently dominates other car brands (Mercedes and BMW included), winning its ranking with dependability, mainstream design, safety, fantastic value and quality. It may not rank highest in actual sales, but its brand equity is at the top of the heap.
AutoBlog reviewer John Beltz Snyder says: “Since the model's introduction in 1966, more Toyota Corollas have been sold than any other nameplate in the world. In 2018, the Corolla got a big makeover when Toyota introduced the 2019 Corolla Hatchback as a replacement to the Corolla iM. That was our first promising taste of what was to come from the newest generation. Now, the rest of the Corolla lineup has arrived in sedan form. It's also the first time Toyota is offering a hybrid version of its affordable Everyman's commuter.”
Corolla Hybrid’s forward-thinking design uses an incredibly efficient powertrain from the Prius, another highly popular Toyota vehicle. Its stellar MPG makes it the most efficient Corolla in the brand's 53-year,12-generation history.
With an EPA-estimated MPG of 53 City/52 Highway, a base model MSRP OF $23,650, 5 seats, a total range of 699 miles, a 1.8L Atkinson 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid CVT engine, and plenty of standard safety features, the 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid offers incredible value and performance. The car’s regenerative braking ability contributes to its high total range.
Highlighted 2022 Carolla Hybrid features include:
• Eco and Power driving modes
• High-grade LED headlights with LED accent lights
• 15-in. alloy wheels
• Premium fabric-trimmed seats
• 7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display (MID)
• Smart Key System with Push Button Start
• An 8-in. touchscreen
• Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
• Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility
• Available Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
The hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) which includes:
• Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD)
• Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
• Automatic High Beams (AHB)
• Road Sign Assist (RSA)
• Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
• Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
The car’s Star Safety System includes:
• Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)
• Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
• Traction Control (TRAC)
• Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
• Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
• Brake Assist (BA)
• Smart Stop Technology (SST)
Additional safety features include:
• Electric Parking Brake (EPB)
• Ten airbags including a driver and front passenger Advanced Airbag System, driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags, driver knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag, rear seat-mounted side airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags
• Driver and front passenger Whiplash-Injury-Lessening (WIL)
• 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions; driver-side Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and Automatic/Emergency Locking Retractor (ALR/ELR) on all passenger belts
• Adjustable front shoulder anchors, driver and front passenger seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
• LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) includes lower anchors on outboard rear seats and tether anchors on all rear seats
• Child-protector rear door locks
• Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
• Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones with side-impact door beams
• Head-impact protection structure
• High-tensile-strength steel body panels
• Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
• Engine immobilizer
• Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
The 2022 Corolla Hybrid is built with TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) – a highly efficient and effective manufacturing system using an integrated development approach for powertrain components and vehicle platforms that reduces costs by 20% or more. Toyota says the TNGA process enhances “driving performance and fuel efficiency, while also giving vehicles more attractive styling and improved handling.” Toyota is focusing on joint development of powertrains and platforms together to create a lower center of gravity, make components lighter and more compact and apply unified design through modularization. This results in more attractive, low-stance designs, responsive handling, a high-quality drive feel and collision performance that offers a higher level of safety. By rethinking body structure, Toyota plans to increase overall body rigidity in its vehicles by as much as 30 to 65%. Corolla Hybrid is a vehicle invested with New Global Architecture.
Power comes from the gas engine and two electric motor-generators. They're paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. A nickel-metal hydride battery pack is positioned beneath the rear seats in a way that doesn't reduce interior or cargo space. The battery’s nickel-unique chemistry is shared by the RAV4 and Highlander hybrids. It reportedly holds as much energy as the Lithium-ion battery pack in the front-drive Prius but is 20% percent larger. Considered more effective than a Lithium-Ion battery in cold weather, it’s cheaper to produce.
One of the car’s drawbacks – this may be the biggest – is that its 4-cylinder engine, two electric motors and 1.3kWh battery produce only 121 Horsepower and 105 lb.-ft of torque, so down’t expect great acceleration. Going from 0 to 60 takes around 8.2 seconds.
Standard equipment on Corolla Hybrid includes push-button start, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, (no Android), a Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa integration, automatic climate control and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster.
Jack Holmes, a cnet.com/roadshow reviewer says: “Styling, both inside and out, is pretty much unchanged from other versions of the new Corolla, with various Hybrid badges, unique 15-inch wheels and active shutters hiding behind the front grille. There's an EV Mode button, which allows for all-electric driving at low speeds over short distances, as well as a Drive Mode button to swap between Normal, Eco and Power modes. Driving the Corolla Hybrid is simple and relaxing, with silent and smooth acceleration thanks to the electric motor. When the gas engine kicks in, it does so without much noise or vibration, so although it is discernible, it is not unduly noticeable. Acceleration around town is more than adequate, the Hybrid benefiting from the instant low-end punch that is a key virtue of all electric motors. With good fuel economy and a pleasant driving demeanor, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid makes a strong case for itself as an urban commuter.”
John Beltz Snyder: “For those who want a no-fuss hybrid powertrain for an affordable price, the Corolla Hybrid is a winning prospect. It's superior to the Prius C it replaces in terms of content, quality and drivability. While we still like the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid in this segment for its 58 combined mpg rating, the Corolla is more refined, with more standard content. We're glad to see Toyota inject some serious, mainstream competition into the compact hybrid segment. And with the Corolla nameplate, this hybrid is bound to sell.”
The NHTSA gave the 2022 Carolla Hybrid a 5-star overall safety rating while IIHS gave the designation of Top Safety Pick for its crashworthiness.
CURRENT EV thinks this car provides amazing value for its price.
WRITTEN DECEMBER 2022
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