2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Interior


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2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

Interior quality isn’t cheap in the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid, but the cabin is not luxurious enough to match the higher trims of some rivals. Passenger space is decent, but the trunk is one of the smallest in the class.

  • Interior materials are solidly average for the class—scratchy cheap plastic bits are kept to a minimum, and the dashboard layout is attractive enough." -- Car and Driver
  • Inside, the hybrid Corolla puts the LE in 'letdown' compared to the interiors of the SE and XSE trim levels. Even in the LE trim, there are still more soft materials and interesting textures than you'd expect in a car starting at $23,880 (including destination), but it's nowhere near as lux as the $26,380 XSE." -- Edmunds
  • "There are bits of brightwork to keep the cabin from looking too dark." -- Motor Trend

Seating

The Corolla Hybrid seats five people on cloth seats, with no upholstery upgrades available. The front seats are spacious and comfortable. While the rear seats have enough space for most adults, taller passengers may find headroom to be a bit lacking.

For attaching child safety seats, the Corolla hybrid has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats.

  • "The front seats are well spaced, with plenty of leg- and headroom. The rear seats are soft and comfortable, even in the middle seat, with plenty of legroom. Rear headroom is a little compromised by the sloping roofline, but it still counts as a proper and usable five-person sedan." -- Edmunds
  • Passenger space seemed a little on the tight side, even for a compact sedan. Really tall front-seaters would probably find headroom and legroom lacking, and though my 5’9 frame could fit in back with the seat ahead pushed all the way rearward, headroom seemed it would be tight for anyone much taller." -- Consumer Guide
  • Rear-seat room is one of the few areas where the new car doesn't beat the old one. Rear legroom drops by more than six inches (the old Corolla had a positively palatial amount of space in back), so it's not quite as Uber- and Lyft-friendly, but the rear quarters are still more spacious than in the Corolla hatch and perfectly comfortable for two adults." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The standard Entune infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Scout Link GPS navigation.

Several driver aids come standard as well, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, cyclist and pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, road edge detection, traffic sign recognition, and a rearview camera. There are no notable optional features.

The Entune infotainment system generally works well and has plenty of physical controls, though using some functions can prove tricky. Changing the volume on navigation that runs through Apple CarPlay can be challenging. You have to go into layers of menus to do so.

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  • Audio and climate controls are very easy to use and reach, and the radio includes volume and tuning knobs along with several physical buttons. The climate system had nice rotary knobs for temperature and fan speed, a somewhat less-convenient repetitive-step pushbutton for mode."  -- Consumer Guide
  • "The Corolla Hybrid features an 8-inch touchscreen display and includes Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, and a slew of connected apps and multimedia services." -- New York Daily News
  • Toyota's latest infotainment system is better than previous versions, although there's still a fair number of redundant buttons and certain seemingly basic commands – like changing the navigation volume on CarPlay – require going deep into the controls." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Toyota Corolla Hybrid has 13 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s the same amount of space as the nonhybrid sedan, as Toyota placed the battery pack beneath the rear seat. Almost every rival has a larger trunk. Folding the rear seats opens more room, though.

  • "Toyota has worked on battery technology to make it smaller. The Corolla Hybrid's battery sits under the rear seat and doesn't encroach upon luggage space. This allows the rear seats to split and fold for more cargo-carrying versatility." -- Autotrader
  • "Though spacious enough, the Corolla’s trunk suffers from sickle-shaped hinges that dip into the load area, little (and difficult to access) under-floor storage space, and folded rear seat backs that rest five inches above the level of the cargo floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The trunk is roomy for a small car." -- Motor Trend
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