2021 Toyota Corolla Hybrid vs. 2021 BMW 330e

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Corolla Hybrid are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 330e doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Corolla Hybrid and the 330e have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Toyota’s powertrain warranty covers the Corolla Hybrid 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 330e. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 330e ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Toyota dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hybrid’s warranty.

Reliability

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The 330e’s redline is at 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Corolla Hybrid has a 4000-RPM redline.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla Hybrid’s reliability 70 points higher than the 330e.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 7th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. BMW is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Corolla Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the 330e running its gasoline engine:

MPG

Corolla Hybrid

FWD

1.8 4-cyl. Hybrid

53 city/52 hwy

330e

RWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/33 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl. Hybrid

22 city/30 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Toyota Corolla Hybrid higher (7 out of 10) than the BMW 330e (5 to 7). This means the Corolla Hybrid produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 330e every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The Corolla Hybrid has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 330e doesn’t offer a CVT.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the Corolla Hybrid’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the 330e’s (35.6 feet vs. 37.2 feet). The Corolla Hybrid’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the 330e xDrive’s (35.6 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Toyota Corolla Hybrid may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1000 to 1100 pounds less than the BMW 330e.

The Corolla Hybrid is 3.4 inches shorter than the 330e, making the Corolla Hybrid easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Corolla Hybrid easier. The Corolla Hybrid’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the 330e’s liftover is 26.7 inches.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® chose the Toyota Corolla Hybrid as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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