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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

Vehicle Type: Small Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 7
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $22,950
Price as Tested: $25,233
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 11.4
EPA City mpg53
EPA Highway mpg52
EPA Combined mpg52
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Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
Advanced Headlights [S]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:
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Overall Observations
In a perfect world, all cars would routinely return 50-plus mpg. Until that day arrives, though, we have cars like the new-for-2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. As the first application of a gasoline-electric powertrain to Toyota's best-selling model, the Corolla Hybrid sedan combines excellent fuel economy and - based on its affordable price (around $25,000), reliability, and low operating costs - high value. This 12th-generation Corolla offers sporty good looks and appealing details, including bright LED headlights and auto high beams. When you slide into the driver's seat, though, you'll find that the sloping nose makes it hard to tell where the front bumper is; the view out the back is similarly compromised by rear-seat headrests. The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and twin electric motors that drive the Corolla's front wheels deliver only so-so acceleration, but the EPA fuel-economy estimate of 52 mpg in combined city/highway driving more than makes up for it. Because it's offered only in a low-end LE trim level, the Corolla Hybrid's passenger cabin feels a bit plain, with cheap-looking materials. It's not a particularly quiet place to spend time, either - plenty of powertrain noise intrudes. But a touch-screen audio system with Apple CarPlay and six speakers helps minimize the effects.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • 680-mile range on a single fill-up
  • Plenty of standard advanced safety features
  • Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
Weak Points
  • Anemic performance
  • No Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Plain-feeling cabin
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3040.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 182.3 / 70.1 / 56.5
Wheelbase (in): 106.3
Number of air bags: 9
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Yokohama Avid GT
Front and rear tire size: 195/65 R15
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 1.8L 4-Cyl. DOHC dual VVT-i
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 121 @ 5200
Electric motor horsepower: 71
Combined system horsepower: 121
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 7.50
Fuel Efficiency: 7.98
EPA Emissions Score: 7.00
Acceleration: 1.68
Braking: 2.95
Crashworthiness: 4.29
Handling: 7.36
Ride Quality: 6.81
Interior Size: 3.36
Easy of Entry and Exit: 6.07
Visibility: 5.24
Interior Noise: 6.34
Cargo Capacity: 1.01
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Small
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Vehicle Type:  Small
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/108
Price as Tested:  $43,735
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2020 BMW X3 XDrive30e
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 21/27
Price as Tested:  $65,020
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2020 Volvo S90 T8 E-AWD R-Design
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place Large
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Vehicle Type:  Large
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 28/31
Price as Tested:  $73,840
 out of 130
2020 Tesla Model Y Long Range AWD
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 127/114
Price as Tested:  $53,190
 out of 130
2020 Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Electric
MPGe: 80/72
Price as Tested:  $84,276
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