big news for compact-car shoppers comes in the form of the 2020 toyota corolla sedan, a redesign that toyota unveiled just a couple of weeks ago and that now adds a hybrid variant at the 2018 los angeles auto show.
if you've been following toyota lately, you know that the automaker brought out the all-new corolla hatchback just one model year ago. the sedan essentially repeats the same formula — only it has a trunk.
the sedan has similarly sleek styling outside and in, with a high-tech four-cylinder used engine and a responsive continuously variable automatic transmission that we've really enjoyed in the hatchback. when does the other shoe drop? well, three of the five sedan trim levels — l, le and xle — have what is essentially a carryover used engine and the old-school cvt from the previous generation. kind of a bummer.
it's not all bad, though — all trim levels now have an independent rear suspension and additional driver-assist technologies, including lane-centering steering on all automatic-equipped models.
related: u.s.-first 2020 toyota corolla hybrid promises 50-plus mpg
oh, and toyota estimates the corolla hybrid will get at least 50 mpg in combined fuel economy ratings. stay tuned for epa-certified numbers, as well as pricing, as we get closer to the corolla hybrid's on-sale date in the spring of 2019. that's right about the same time the non-hybrid corolla sedan goes on sale.
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