The Bottom Line: The Toyota Corolla is a line of compact cars manufactured by Toyota. Introduced in 1966, the Corolla was the best selling car worldwide by 1974, and has been one of the best selling cars in the world since then. With more than 45 million Corollas sold around the globe, in over 54 years of production, the Toyota Corolla is the best selling car in history.
The Toyota Prius was launched in October 1997, as the world's first mass produced hybrid passenger vehicle. That first generation Prius was very fuel efficient and came with the tagline: "Just in time for the 21st Century." Toyota launched a second generation Prius in 2004, and a third in 2009.
Today we get to meet the first ever Corolla Hybrid. Toyota has continuously refined the Prius technology, and has now put it in the Corolla lineup for 2021. This car gets 53 MPG in city driving, 52 MPG on the highway, with a combined overall average of 52 miles per gallon. The greenhouse gas emissions are a 9, and the smog rating is a 7, both best out of 10. Those are fantastic gas mileage and emission numbers, and the car has an estimated annual fuel cost of only $800, for a full year of driving.
This week Toyota sent me a 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Sedan to test drive and review. The window sticker base price is $23,400. The options on the test car are: the blind spot monitor with cross traffic alert package for $500. The total MSRP manufactures suggested retail price, including the $955 destination charge, came to: $24,855.
This 52 miles per gallon Corolla Hybrid LE costs less than $25,000. What a bargain priced car this is in today's world, and it comes standard with all these safety and convenience packages.
Toyota Safety Sence 2.0 System with Automatic Braking
Pre Collision with Pedestrian Detection System
Full Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Lane Tracing Assist
Automatic Headlight High Beams
Road Sign Assist
Star Safety System with 10 Airbags
Smart Key System with Push Button Start
Safety Connect Wi-Fi System with a one year free trial subscription
To make this high MPG happen the car has a 1.8L liter 4 cylinder Hybrid engine with a ECVT Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission. This driveline combination can provide a smoother driving experience when compared to a traditional transmission. And one of the most significant advantages to having a CVT trans is that they are more fuel efficient than a regular automatic transmission.
Awarded Green Car Journal's Green Car of the Year Award, Toyota is the uncontested leader in hybrid vehicles, and now it has the longest warranty to back up its hybrid know how. Toyota announced it would extend its hybrid battery warranty from 8 years and 100,000 miles, to 10 years and 150,000 miles, on all of its hybrid, plug in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles. This is the best hybrid battery warranty in the entire hybrid battery business.
In addition to being super fuel efficient, Toyota did not skimp on the comfort, styling, or technology packages either. The Corrola Hybrid LE comes with a cool looking Black Front Grill with a Sport Mesh Insert, 15" alloy wheels with dynamic wheel covers, LED light emitting diode front headlights, and LED tail lamps and stop lights.
Inside the cabin it has a 8" touch screen center stack display, a 6 speaker audio system with hands free Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, SiriusXM All Access Radio with a free 3 month trial period, cool touch fabric front and rear seats, and a set of 60/40 split fold down rear seats. Plus the car comes with a full tank of gas from the dealer at purchase. That's a nice touch too.
The Corolla Hybrid has all the efficiencies of a hybrid, paired with a modern exterior and a smart interior. The car drives with a solid feel for the road, is very comfortable, and has the advanced technology to make it one of the safest cars that you can buy today.
What I have always said is "What this country needs is a good $25,000 car". Toyota took my request to heart, and built the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Sedan. With a base price of $23,400, plus the options and delivery charge, the total MSRP came to only $24,855.
Add in the fact that the car gets over 50 MPG all the time, and you have a perfect, every day driver, for family and friends. It really does not get much better than this for less than $25 Grand. So call, click or visit your local Toyota dealer for an exciting 2021 Corolla Hybrid test drive today.
A word to the wise is sufficient. Be Smart, Stay Safe, and Just Breathe. Remember “You Are What You Drive ©” And maybe, just for those reasons alone, you should “Drive one, Buy one, Today ©”.
This Bottom Line Review is provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net.
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