2018 L.A. Auto Show: Top Cars

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Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The Corolla Hybrid will be powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed with two electric motors and an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission to deliver a combined 121 horsepower. While this doesn’t seem like much power, on acceleration from a stop the electric motors will provide a small boost that should make the new Corolla feel a bit quicker. The electric motors will pull power from a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is smaller and lighter than previous versions, allowing it to fit under the rear seat so it doesn’t infringe on available cargo space. Although it hasn’t been tested yet by the EPA, Toyota is predicting the Corolla Hybrid will achieve more than 50 mpg when it arrives in showrooms next spring.

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