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2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: 52 MPG, for starters

The 2022 Toyota Corolla starts at $23,750 US and averaging 52 miles a gallon (yes, 52). And, as a brand name, it has been around longer than many of you.

And given this new wave of inflation that I fear is here to stay, this new incarnation of the Corolla makes a whole lotta sense. We could all use anything to make our money stretch farther. 

Standard features on the Corolla Hybrid include keyless entry and start, Apply CarPlay, Android Auto and automatic climate control. It also has 15-inch alloy wheels, WiFi hotspot, 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio (subscription required)…. and voice recognition, which is a very nice item to have no matter how you slice it. 

Not bad, really.

You also get Toyota’s Safety Sense package, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure mitigation and forward-collision mitigation. 

To be sure, this is still a basic car, in so many ways – for a hybrid, mind you.  It comes in only one trim, the LE. (You can get the Premium Package, which contains leather and heated seats – and some upgraded safety features.)

Yet for doing your basic day-to-day, living your life and just trying to get by while the price of beef and chicken and beer is eating away and your savings – all the while petrol is climbing and doesn’t seem to be going down – yes, the 2022 Corolla Hybrid can help out.

Actually, the interior and exterior are nice to look at. Driving around town, I did feel a hint of refinement, and anymore, that is welcome. 

Perhaps the biggest downside for Bears would be the backseats. They are a smidge tight — it is a bit of trick to get in and out of them. If you have pets, children or elderly parents who do not take after you in size or girth, this might be the ideal car for you.  Just load them in the backseats, put you and your boyfriend flavor of the day in the front – and off you go. 

Once again, Happy New Year from all of us here at Bear World.  We really are getting off to a rough start, it seems. All over the world. 

Hang in there, fellas.  It has to get better.