Adding a 40-horsepower electric motor to the rear axle won’t change the 2023 Corolla Hybrid net power compared to front-wheel drive — net power remains at 134 horsepower — but that would give the all-wheel-drive model an edge in snow and other low-traction situations. The Corolla certainly doesn’t need any extra grip off the track on dry pavement, as evidenced by its 9.0-second 0-60 mph time. (And that time increased by about 1.2 seconds when the battery charge dropped below five bars.) No, it’s all about continuous all-weather efficiency, as indicated by an EPA combined rating of up to 48 mpg for the LE AWD model. We only saw 40 mpg overall in our SE test car, but hey: lead legs. Prices start at $25,210 for the LE AWD and $27,610 for the SE AWD.

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