2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid AWD First Drive Review: All-Weather Fuel Miser

It’s not often the new version of a car is priced lower than its predecessor.

Yet that’s just what’s happened with the 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. The LE trim has seen a roughly five-percent reduction, to an entirely sensible $23,895  ($29,310 CAD), including destination.

Not the one I’m driving, though. Along with a model-wide refresh, the 2023 Corolla has gained an AWD option for its fuel-sipping Hybrid model. What Toyota has created here is an honest, utterly sensible confluence of no-frills daily transport and a dash of extra poor-weather capability. Not under the spell of the SUV, and tired of seeing the local gas station employees more than some of your family? Your chariot awaits.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $21,550 - $26,600
Engine / 2.0-liter 4-cylinder / 1.8-liter 4-cylinder + hybrid
Power / 169 hp / 134 hp
Torque / 151 lb-ft. / 156 lb-ft.
Drivetrain / CVT / eCVT
Transmission / FWD / AWD
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 31-53 mpg / 40-46 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 13.1 cu ft.

Our Final Verdict

Toyota Corolla