Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Association (RMAP) journalists name the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Car of the Year.

Usually, these awards are presented at the Denver Auto Show. Although the show is currently postponed due to COVID-19, RMAP journalists still picked out their favorite vehicles.

“As the voting finished up for the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP) vehicle of the year we were thrilled to have the 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Hybrid come out on top. Taking an iconic name like Corolla and offering a hybrid that can get over 50 miles per gallon put this vehicle on top for this year in the sedan category in the Rocky Mountain Region.”
Craig Conover
RMAP President

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE. Photo: Toyota.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Corolla has been around for 24 years and is the world’s best selling nameplate. Now in its 12th generation, the Toyota Corolla sedan is an all-new design for 2020. Along with a new design also comes a hybrid model with a new-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Fuel Economy

Probably the main reason you’d be looking at a hybrid vehicle is the superior fuel economy. Here are the EPA estimated fuel economy numbers for the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid;

52 mpg on the highway, 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg combined.

Fun Fact:

You may be wondering why the city mpg is higher than the highway. During city driving, there’s typically more start-stop and slow speed driving, which means the car can run on the battery and not the engine.

According to, the range of the Corolla Hybrid on a full tank of gas (which would cost approx $23 at the moment) is 593 miles. To put that in perspective, that’s enough to drive across the state of Wyoming (Cheyenne to Yellowstone) and still have over 100 miles left in the tank.

Normal, Sport and ECO driving modes are available. Exact fuel consumption will depend on your own driving circumstances. How much is costs to fill the tank will obviously also depend on fuel prices. 

Do you need to plug in a 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid?

No. The 2020 Toyota Corolla is a hybrid, which means it has an internal combustion engine (a 1.8L 4 cylinder), an electric motor and a hybrid battery. Simply through driving the car, it is able to charge itself.


The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE comes with Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) as standard, which includes a host of safety features. Those include;

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist

5 of out 5 stars are awarded to the Corolla Hybrid by the NHTSA for overall safety.


Seats in the Corolla Hybrid are premium fabric with a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat and 4-way passenger adjustable. Back seats fold down in a 60/40 split.

Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Interior
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Interior. Photo: Toyota.

A backup camera is standard as well as automatic climate control. Remote keyless entry and push start button are also standard.


An 8″ color touchscreen comes standard which also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This allows smartphone apps such as calling, messaging, navigation and music to be hands-free, and easily accessible.

Siri Eyes-Free, Amazon Alexa and Bluetooth are all also available with compatible devices.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Touchscreen
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE 8″ Touchscreen. Photo: Toyota.

Toyota Connected Services is available on a 3-year trial. Wi-Fi Connect, powered by Verizon is also available for a 2GB/6 month trial. Subscription services are optional after the trial period.

What colors does the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid come in?

Color choices are; Blue Print (dark navy blue), Super White, Barcelona Red Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Celestite (lighter blueish greyish) and Blizzard Peal (pearl white for an extra $425).

How long is the warranty?

The Basic Warranty is 36,000 miles or 36 months (whichever comes sooner) and the Powertrain is 60,000 miles or 60 months.

Hybrid systems get 100,000 miles or 96 months and the hybrid battery is warrantied for 150,000 miles or 120 months.

Toyota Care

2 years or 25,000 miles of no-cost maintenance comes with brand new Toyota’s. 24hr roadside assistance is also part of the 2 year Toyota Care.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE White
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE. Photo: Toyota


2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE’s start at $24,055 MSRP including the delivery fee from the factory.

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