Toyota Corolla Gets High Marks for Fuel Efficiency
After a difficult year for carmakers, Toyota (and the people who drive some of its vehicles) finally got some good news.
Consumer Reports recently rated the Toyota Corolla LE Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback SE as the most fuel-efficient compact cars on the market. Toyota models also scored well among hatchbacks, mid-sized vehicles, and large cars.
The new ratings could help boost car sales for Toyota, which saw global sales shrink by more than 11 percent last year as the Covid-19 pandemic decimated the market for new vehicles. Fuel efficiency also means more money in the pockets of certain Toyota drivers.
“Fuel economy is a key factor in the operating costs for vehicles,” Consumer Reports said in rolling out the results of the tests. “A small difference in the overall mpg rating can add up to big bucks over years of ownership.”
The Corolla LE Hybrid topped the list for compact cars, getting an overall 48 miles per gallon, while the Corolla Hatchback SE came in second place at 36 mpg overall. The Camry Hybrid LE shared top fuel efficiency honors for mid-sized cars with the Honda Accord Hybrid EX, as both vehicles clocked in at 47 miles per gallon overall. The Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE took home top honors among large cars at an overall 42 miles per gallon.
The Toyota Prius Prime was also near the top of the heap for hatchbacks.
Defects, Safety Hazards, Legal Rights for Car Owners
While Toyota has apparently excelled at making some of its vehicles fuel-efficient, the company - like many other major auto manufacturers - still struggles to ensure that the vehicles it puts on the road are safe to drive.
The company announced late last year, for example, that it was recalling more than 260,000 Prius vehicles because of a software bug that could cause the cars to stall unexpectedly and without warning. That move came just two months after the company recalled some 180,000 Tundra pickups over malfunctioning turn signals.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the state’s lemon law requires manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also requires carmakers to buy back or replace vehicles that the company cannot or will not fix.
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