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The 2023 Toyota Corolla is an affordable compact option with versatility to spare. Also, with a competitive starting price, the Corolla is a solid alternative to the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra. Check out the Toyota car’s redeeming features, like optional all-wheel drive (AWD) and hybrid fuel economy at certain Corolla trims. 

What trims does the 2023 Toyota Corolla offer? 

The 2023 Toyota Corolla offers multiple trims like the LE, SE, and XSE. Moreover, potential owners can opt for a hybrid version of the LE, SE, and XLE. 

The 2023 Toyota Corolla lineup includes a series of Corolla hybrids and a hatchback.
The 2023 lineup | Toyota

However, for Corolla seekers who want extra practicality, the Corolla Hatchback adds a liftback with around 17.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity. That’s about 4.7 more than the Corolla sedan. Moreover, the 2023 Corolla gets a taut, sharp, hot hatchback GR variant with 300 horsepower.  

How much is a 2023 Corolla?

Here are the starting price points for the 2023 Toyota Corolla lineup: 

  • LE: $21,550
  • Hybrid LE: $22,800
  • SE: $23,990
  • Hybrid SE: $25,240
  • XSE: $26,700
  • Hybrid XLE: $26,600

As a result, the Toyota car is a bargain at its price point. The Hybrid LE, for instance, outshines a comparable Civic in price and fuel economy. Of course, the Corolla hatchback models start at a slightly higher price point. For example, TrueCar says the SE hatch starts at about $24,060 and the XSE at $27,525. Still, the Hyundai Elantra starts at a lower price point and offers a better warranty than the Toyota car. 

What is the fuel economy of a Toyota Corolla?

The 2023 Toyota Corolla gets around 34 mpg combined with its 2.0L four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT). However, the Corolla Hybrid trims get as much as 50 mpg combined courtesy of its efficient, if anemic, 134-horsepower 1.8L hybrid mill. 

A 2023 Toyota Corolla shows off its compact car styling.
Toyota Corolla | Toyota

While impressive, it’s not quite up to 2023 Hyundai Elantra standards. For instance, the Elantra Hybrid Blue returns fuel efficiency figures of about 54 mpg combined. Still, it is enough to make the Corolla a much more efficient alternative to the handsomely-styled 2023 Honda Civic. 

Is the Toyota Corolla a safe car?

Recent Toyota Corolla models are safe cars, with a 2022 Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to show for it. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2022 model year Corolla a five-star rating after crashworthiness tests. 

Moreover, the 2023 Corolla has the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite as standard equipment, which includes features like a forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. 

Will Toyota make an AWD Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is available with AWD for the hybrid trims. Specifically, the Corolla Hybrid AWD uses a rear electric motor-transaxle to send power to the rear wheels. As a result, the 2023 Corolla offers a few trims with extra grip and hybrid fuel economy. 

Which car is better, Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla?

While the 2023 Honda Civic is better looking than the Corolla, it’s difficult to ignore the versatility of the 2023 Toyota car. The Corolla offers a competitive starting price, hybrid fuel economy, and grippy AWD options. Unfortunately for Honda fans, the Civic fails to offer a hybrid or AWD.


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