If you’re wondering what the 2020 Toyota Corolla looks like without its aero covers a.k.a. wheel covers or hubcaps, this is it.
While I actually like how the 2020 Toyota Corolla looks like, if there’s one thing you definitely do not want to do is remove the aero covers. Dealerships are receiving their crop of 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrids, and to avoid damaging the aero covers, they’re being shipped sans hub caps. Here are a couple of photos of the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid on dealership lots I tweeted about before the dealership put on the aero covers.
At first I thought it’d be hard to pick out the new Corolla Hybrids but it’ll be so easy with these absolute CHONK tires. 195 65 15. Talk about flipping the lights on at the club lol. pic.twitter.com/a2xq64pQWu
— Paulo nonVTEC Acoba (@ferio_252) February 28, 2019
Functionally, it’s a no brainer why Toyota’s engineers equipped this Corolla with these meaty tires, they are a carryover from the wildly popular Toyota Prius. Since, theoretically, all the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is, is Prius running gear underneath a Corolla shell, it would make the most sense to equip the Corolla Hybrid with the same everything from the Prius, including the wheels.
Regular Corollas come with a slightly larger and more aggressive 205 55 16 tire with Toyota recommending 35 PSI up front and 33 PSI out back. In comparison, the Corolla Hybrid has a smaller 195 65 15 tire size with a much higher 38 psi up front and 36 psi in the rears.
Generally, a narrower tire will provide less rolling resistance when compared to a wider tire. In addition, a smaller, lighter alloy has less unsprung mass compared to a similarly sized steel wheel, all important for squeezing out the maximum efficiency from the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8L Atkinson engine.
I’ve also include the tire pressures as, I imagine, Toyota’s engineers have worked out a safe, higher PSI rating that works for the Corolla Hybrid, which should return the best MPG.
To make up for the gap smaller tires usually leave in modern car’s gigantic wheel wheels, just like the Prius, the Toyota’s 65 percent aspect ratio means a taller sidewall which may or may not contribute to the Corolla Hybrid’s comfort on rough roads.
The Aero covers aren’t just for aesthetics. Just as the name suggests, the flat design of the aero cover, illustrated on the press Corolla below, means wind cuts along the side of the Corolla instead of causing turbulent air with them on. Prius owners on Prius chat reckon that the aero covers are good for at least two MPG with them on compared to running the alloy wheels underneath.
So, the next time your friend shows off their new Corolla Hybrid to you, you get to inform them of the cool alloy wheels underneath and their function.
Are you thinking of buying the new Corolla Hybrid? Do you think the alloy wheels underneath look cool? Let me know in the comments below?