An 11-member panel of experts assembled by the Green Car Journal recently announced the winner of the 2020 Green Car of the Year Award. And the winner is ... drum roll please ... the 2020 Toyota Corolla and Toyota Corolla Hybrid! While Toyota has finished strongly in past years, this is only the second time it has taken home the gold since the Toyota Camry Hybrid in 2007. What a difference a decade makes!
According to Green Car Reports editor and publisher Ron Cogan, the "Corolla and Corolla Hybrid represent significant achievements for Toyota and clearly deserve the 2020 Green Car of the Year honor." In particular, he notes massive strides in fuel efficiency spread out over huge global sales that inure "substantial, cumulative, and meaningful reductions in carbon emissions and fuel use now and in future years."
Bill Fay, Senior VP of Operations at Toyota America, noted the hard work and dedication of Toyota employees to both bring a quality to product to market and do it in an environmentally conscious way. Clearly, these aims are not incompatible and the 2020 Toyota Corolla and its Hybrid counterpart are the right product at the right time to win the award.
The redesigned 2020 Corolla and Corolla Hybrid are Toyota's attempt to shake up a rather crowded subcompact market segment with a bold new design, tech, features, and higher level of efficiency. This award seems to validate Toyota's hard work, commitment to superior fuel efficiency, and strong products.
The standard Corolla is powered by either a 1.8 or 2.0 liter inline-4 cylinder engine generating between 139 and 169 hp. Fuel economy ranges from 29 mpg in the city to 37 mpg on the highway cycle. The Corolla Hybrid has an Atkinson-cycle 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine with 121 hp on tap. Fuel economy is an impressive 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway.
Combined with a clean look and an array of tech and interior features, the redesigned Corolla sedans and the new Corolla hatchback are obviously striking a chord with the public as sales are steady in a marketplace down an average of 15%. She's on sale now at your local Toyota dealer with a starting price of $22,750 so head on down and take a test drive. Buckle up.