The Toyota Corolla hybrid AWD 2024 starts at $31,071.50.
It develops 138 horsepower.
Its fuel consumption is 4.9 L/100 km, according to Natural Resources Canada.
Not so long ago, in the compact car segment, four-wheel drive was reserved for the Subaru Impreza. Far from being perfect, this feature set it apart from its rivals and made it highly desirable, especially in regions where snow covered the ground for long months every year. Then, little by little, compact cars lost their feathers. Buyers turned to other types of vehicles, such as subcompact and compact SUVs. The success of the Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek, for example, is no coincidence.
To stem the decline in popularity of the compact car segment, some manufacturers have doubled down on their efforts to make their cars more attractive by offering, among other things, features sought after by buyers of compact and sub-compact SUVs: AWD. With the current generation of the Mazda 3, the Japanese automaker has followed suit. The same goes for Toyota with the Corolla. In the case of the Corolla, the hybrid system is an added bonus. Isn’t that the best of both worlds? Not far off.
A simple powertrain
Under the hood of the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is a 1.8L naturally-aspirated in-line four-cylinder engine. An electric motor powers the rear wheels when needed. The car is equipped with a small 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery. Power and torque total 134 hp and 156 lb-ft. Obviously, that’s not much. However, these performance figures are certainly more than sufficient for the target clientele. What’s more, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD 2024 we tested didn’t strike us as excessively slow. Admittedly, take-offs are sometimes laborious, but starts from a mandatory stop or at a red light are very interesting. The hybrid system provides a little impetus, which we found very useful.
What’s more, on snow and ice, the AWD system proved generally effective. Obviously, this is a far cry from the 4-Low mode of a Jeep Wrangler. In the case of the Corolla, however, it avoids unnecessary and sometimes unsafe wheel spin for some drivers.
Toyota also offers other versions of the popular Corolla. In fact, you can get this Japanese sedan with hybrid technology without four-wheel drive or opt for a version powered by a 2.0L, four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine. In short, the choice is yours. And that’s without mentioning the Corolla hatchback, the GR Corolla, etc.
Fuel consumption that leaves us perplexed.
According to data provided by Natural Resources Canada, the Toyota Corolla hybrid, front-wheel drive, consumes an average of just 4.7 L/100 km. We have to admit that this is quite exceptional. According to the government agency, this figure rises by 0.2 L/100 km in combined driving if you opt for the AWD system. Nothing to be alarmed about.
However, we were disappointed by the fuel consumption of the Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD 2024. At the end of our test drive, the on-board computer showed a rating of 6.1 L/100 km. It’s all relative, of course. On the other hand, it’s unusually high for a Corolla hybrid, in our opinion.
The Corolla Hybrid SE AWD ($33,231.50) is positioned between the Corolla Hybrid LE AWD ($31,071.50) and Corolla Hybrid XSE AWD ($37,631.50). While attractive for its low price, the base version is stripped of equipment that consumers like to find in their cars. The XSE version, on the other hand, is very well equipped, but too expensive, making it unattractive in our eyes. In our view, the Corolla Hybrid SE AWD represents a happy medium.
It features the following equipment: Toyota multimedia system with 8-inch touch screen, Toyota Safety Sense 3. 0 safety package, 7-inch digital instrumentation, heated front seats, automatic climate control, Toyota Smart Key system with push-button start, 18-inch alloy wheels in dark gray finish, independent rear suspension, wiper de-icing system, wireless charger for compatible phones, sunroof, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and safe exit assist. All in all, it’s got just about every feature you could want, and the styling makes it almost seductive.
In a nutshell
In short, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid SE AWD 2024 left us with a good impression. We found its AWD system effective. Although it’s not a power bomb, the electric kick-start is very welcome. On the other hand, we were disappointed by its fuel consumption.