- 2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Is The Corolla Hybrid The Car To Get Instead Of The Prius?

I had the keys to this Corolla Hybrid for a week. Here are my thoughts.

The Corolla has been around for as long as anyone can remember and has had the hybrid option for a few years now. The Corolla is known for being an affordable car for those who want a new model at a reasonable price. Add a hybrid option to it and see if it is any more affordable. Now, this gives people an option that Toyota might have came up with a brilliant idea. Give the Corolla the Prius power. The question is though, is it the hybrid to choose? Let's find out.

Exterior Styling

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The exterior design of the Corolla is not necessarily elegant to look at, but it is an honest look. It says, "Hey! I can be fun if you want, but if not, I'll just get you from Point A to Point B!" It is a pretty car, much nicer looking than some. The headlights are a bit aggressive like how a housecat judges its human for doing anything. The backend is simple and functional. To sum it up, the Corolla is just a smoothed out car that made it to today's structured styling for best fuel economy and aerodynamics with a little bit of expression.

Interior Design

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Just like the exterior, the Corolla's interior is just as honest looking. Yes, it is nice to look at but it is just serving its purpose. What I do like is the blend of plastic and trim, the digital cluster as well as the two-tone seats. Speaking of which, they are comfortable and provide great support for those long journeys. There is plenty of cabin space and that I can sit behind myself somewhat comfortably in the back. The interior serves its purpose just like it was built for. It is made for providing comfortable seats and space to store an abundance of items.

Pricing and Options

So, how much does this Corolla Hybrid cost? After everything being added up, the total price comes to $24,855. What does that get a potential owner? Well, for safety the Corolla comes with Toyota safety sense with a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, 10 airbags, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. For comfort and convenience, the Corolla comes with an infotainment system with Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. That's just about it for comfort and convenience.


"...that stands out..."

The 1.8L 4-cylinder under the hood with the hybrid system attached to it makes a mere 121 horsepower. With my driving habits, I was able to get a combined 49 miles per gallon and the fuel tank is small. To fill up the tank from damn near "E" only cost $15. As far as ride comfort, the Corolla is great. The suspension keeps everything tidy and balanced. The steering is light and sharp. Braking is actually very sharp with almost no effort to get the Corolla to come to a quick halt. The one thing that stands out is that the Corolla is actually quite fun in the corners.


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So, is the Corolla Hybrid the go-to vehicle instead of a Prius? In short, yes. The Corolla is the Prius but better because of the fact that it isn't a Prius. The Corolla is fun and comfortable to drive, it's better to look at, and you won't be judged for buying one by any of your friends. Plus, the fuel economy is just as good. One last thing is the price. Very few cars can get that fuel economy just as good for that few of a price. I'd say get one. It could be for someone going to college, a first new car, or for someone that wants to just get to where they need to go. That's the Corolla. A car that looks as honest looking as it performs.

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Comments (18)

  • Agree, it looks much better than the Prius. If I were considering a purchase, I would definitely choose it instead as long as the lane keep assisted steering can be disabled. IMO, that “feature” is more dangerous than it is safe. Cheers!

      9 months ago
  • Definitely, it has all the benefits of the Prius while having looks that aren’t going to make the lunch come out where it entered

      9 months ago
  • @tribe New article is up! Finally a new review! What do you think?

      9 months ago
  • I would buy one of these over a Prius unless if I needed an AWD option

      9 months ago
  • I love this car. If fuel economy were my top priority I might get one. The Prius has an awesome interior like a spaceship though...

      9 months ago