The 2016 Toyota Corolla delivers decent fuel economy ratings and seems to live up to them in real-world use, though there's no hybrid option. That technology is reserved to the Prius family, which now offers three different small and medium body styles. Or if you want a more fuel-efficient conventional sedan, you need to move one segment up to the Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Of the Corolla range, the LE Eco model is the one for the most mileage-conscious buyers. It adds an Eco Drive Mode button that alters shift points, throttle response, and accessory operation. The base Toyota Corolla LE Eco is rated at 30 mpg city, 42 highway, 35 combined.
But don’t load up your LE Eco with options: The Plus or Premium packages upgrade to 16-inch alloy wheels (rather than the 15-inch steel wheels), cutting the 42-mpg highway rating down to 40 mpg—for a lower combined rating of 34 mpg.
Otherwise, the non-Eco Corolla models are all rated between 27/36/31 mpg and 29/37/32 mpg, depending on configuration.