Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. Competitors for Sale in Smithfield, RI


The long wait is over: fans of Toyota’s beloved compact sedan can now lower their carbon footprint as they drive one. The 2020 Corolla Hybrid is a great option in a market now dominated by less-efficient crossovers and SUVs. Through this eco-friendly four-door’s long list of standard features and comfortable interior, it’s already a hit. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its rivals. Two of its main competitors are the Honda Insight and Hyundai Ioniq, but these models don’t do enough to diminish the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid’s appeal.

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ToyotaCare Coverage

Every Toyota Corolla Hybrid comes with ToyotaCare, a comprehensive plan that covers scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles (whichever comes first) and provides 24-hour roadside assistance for two years with unlimited miles. The no-cost maintenance plan covers things like engine oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections and gives drivers the peace of mind of knowing that factory-trained technicians use genuine Toyota parts when working on your vehicle.

The roadside assistance coverage handles services like battery jumps, tire repairs, and emergency fuel deliveries. Even though the Ioniq offers a complimentary maintenance plan that’s longer in years and in miles (3 years/36,000 miles), its battery warranty (10 years/100,000 miles) expires 50,000 miles sooner than the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid’s (10 years/150,000 miles). As for the Insight, it does not come with a complimentary maintenance plan, although its drivers may purchase one, and its battery warranty (8 years/100,000 miles) is the shortest of these three, expiring not only 50,000 miles sooner, but also 24 months sooner.

Fuel Economy and Safety

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid returns an EPA-estimated 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway. Although the Insight’s city fuel economy is better at 55 mpg, its highway efficiency is lower at 49 mpg. Plus, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has a larger fuel tank at 11.4 gallons compared to the Insight’s 10.6 gal. tank. Even though the Ioniq’s fuel efficiency (57 city/59 mpg highway) is greater than the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid’s, it falls short more significantly in other areas.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE (the sole trim level) comes with standard Apple CarPlay unlike the base Insight, and it also receives a full suite of advanced driver aids through Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. While the base Insight does as well with its Honda Sensing suite, its pre-collision system lacks pedestrian detection. The base Ioniq also offers similar safety technologies to the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, but it doesn’t include adaptive cruise control. Finally, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid was awarded a five-star safety rating, and the strictly gas-powered Corolla was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Ioniq was not named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and the NHTSA has yet to conduct crash tests on it.

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