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2020 Toyota Corolla

Used Car Price Range
$15,665 - $29,043
$15,665 $29,043
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2020 L 4dr Sedan w/CVT
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Price:   -  From $19,600
2020 LE 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $20,050
2020 SE 5dr Hatchback w/Manual Price:   -  From $20,290
2020 SE 5dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $21,390
2020 SE 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $22,050
2020 Nightshade 5dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $22,290
2020 Nightshade 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $22,750
2020 SE 4dr Sedan w/Manual Price:   -  From $22,750
2020 XSE 5dr Hatchback w/Manual Price:   -  From $23,240
2020 XLE 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $24,050
2020 XSE 5dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $24,340
2020 XSE 4dr Sedan w/CVT Price:   -  From $25,550
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Overview

While other carmakers (like Ford) begin phasing out sedans in favor of more lucrative crossovers or trucks, Toyota continues to invest in their small cars. One result is the 2020 Toyota Corolla. Back with a complete update, the Corolla is on a mission to erase its vanilla reputation of the past.

What's New for 2020

For 2020, the Corolla received a ground-up redesign. It rides on a new platform, uses a new suspension, and routes power through a new transmission. The base engine is close to the old one, but it’s been tuned for more horsepower and efficiency.

Choosing Your Toyota Corolla

Choosing a Corolla begins with the engine. Although it’s also available as a hybrid and hatchback (both covered separately), the standard Corolla sedan comes with two motors.

The first is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that powered the previous generation’s L Eco trim. It produces 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. Despite being the less powerful of the two, it gets the worse fuel economy: an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 combined with the continuously variable transmission (CVT).

The other engine is another four-cylinder, this one displacing 2.0 liters and sending 169 hp and 159 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Fuel economy comes in at 31/40/34 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The base engine is only available with a CVT, but the upgraded motor can be had with a six-speed manual as well. For the larger engine, the CVT gets a conventional take-off gear that makes shifting feel more natural.

For 2020, the sedan gets a shorter front overhang but a longer one at the back. The track widens in both the front and the rear, but the wheelbase remains the same. The rear seat retains its 41.4 inches of leg room, which is excellent for the class, and cargo capacity stays at 13 cubic feet.

Every Corolla also gets Toyota’s considerable suite of active safety tech. This includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and traffic sign detection.

The remaining features are divided across five trims:

Toyota Corolla

L

Starting at $20,430 (all prices include the $930 destination charge), the Corolla L is the cheapest of the litter but more luxurious than last year’s equivalent. Powered by the base 1.8-liter engine, the L gets standard LED lights, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Alexa connectivity, Apple CarPlay integration, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a rearview camera. And that’s it. Other than the usual floor mats and accessories, no options or packages are available on this trim. Black, white, silver, and gray are the only available colors.

Toyota Corolla

LE

At $20,880, the Corolla LE starts just $450 more than the L. For the price, Toyota adds 16-inch wheels, an 8-inch touchscreen, and nicer cloth upholstery. The LE still gets the smaller engine. The LE also opens up a Premium Package ($2,000), which adds keyless entry, push-button start, alloy rims, blind-spot monitoring, heated side mirrors, and a power moonroof.

Toyota Corolla

SE

The Corolla SE, the first trim to use the more powerful engine, starts at $22,880. That’s for the CVT; for an extra $700, Toyota will equip the six-speed manual gearbox. The SE jumps up to 18-inch wheels and gets sportier exterior accents along with a tighter suspension tune and a sport driving mode. The manual-equipped car also gets the moonroof and keyless entry system tossed in.

The CVT-equipped model has three package options. The first is the Premium Package, which is down to $1,500 thanks to the standard wheels. Next up is a Connectivity Package ($2,315), which includes all of the features in the Premium Package plus an upgraded infotainment system with USB charging, voice commands, and satellite radio. For $2,915, Toyota puts all of the above together with a premium JBL audio system. The manual-equipped SE doesn’t allow any of these packages.

Toyota Corolla

XLE

Starting at $24,880, the Corolla XLE trades sportiness for more luxury features. It moves back to the base engine and 16-inch wheels, but adds upgraded LED headlights, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and the moonroof. On the tech side, the XLE gets blind-spot monitoring, a 7-inch driver information display, the upgraded infotainment system, and trial memberships to Toyota’s safety and assistance systems.

A Connectivity Package with navigation, wireless charging, and premium sound is available for $1,715. For $2,165, Toyota adds adaptive headlights and ambient interior lighting to the bundle.

Toyota Corolla

XSE

Finally, the range-topping Corolla XSE starts at $26,380. It adds the more powerful engine (this time available with the CVT only), but is otherwise similar to the XSE in equipment. The only exceptions are the XSE’s sport seats and sporty exterior bits. The XSE shares its package options and prices with the XLE.

CarsDirect Tip

Although the engine upgrade offers more power and efficiency, the 2020 Toyota Corolla is a better value with the base motor. It’s not sporty either way, and the efficiency gains aren’t huge. For the best value, stick to the base engine and choose the trim with the feature set that fits best.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Sharp looks
  • Up to 40 mpg highway
  • Standard auto emergency braking
Cons
  • Interior can be noisy
  • Base engine not very efficient
  • Still no Android Auto
Expert Rating
3.1

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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All-new design. Following the 2019 release of the all-new Corolla Hatchback, it was only a matter of time before this look transitioned to the standard Corolla. Just one model year later, we have the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan with loads of styling cues gleaned from its hatchback sibling.

This new look comes with a new lineup of engines, an updated chassis, and a sharp cabin that’s sure to please the masses.

Sharpened styling, but not over the top. For many years, Toyota played it safe with its volume-selling Corolla, keeping things simple to avoid offending buyers. The 2020 Corolla boasts a daring new look that may be too much for some buyers, but its standard LED lights borrowed from its five-door sibling, bolder lower grille, wider wheel flares, new bumpers, and new taillights are far from offensive.

Inside, the Toyota Corolla is all-new and quite satisfying with its large touchscreen infotainment system, clutter-free look, and airy feel. This interior could, however, use a little more sound-deadening material so the noise level better matches its more stylish looks.

Satisfying optional engine. The Corolla Hatchback debuted a new, more powerful four-cylinder engine that makes its way to the redesigned Corolla. This new rev-happy 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque that helps hustle this sedan to 60 mph in under eight seconds.

This new engine is only available in the SE and XSE models. In the L, LE, and XLE trims, there's a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivers a wheezy 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. Oddly enough, this low-power four-pot is less efficient than the 2.0-liter. The more powerful engine achieves an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon city, 40 mpg highway (38 on XSE models), and 34 combined versus the base engine's 30/38/33 mpg (city/highway/combined).

High-tech features galore. The Corolla doesn't skimp on the premium features. It comes fully loaded with a standard 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay (Android Auto will arrive soon) integration, LED headlights, and more. Sure, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available in some competitors, but only a few offer it standard, like the Chevrolet Cruze and Kia Forte.

While these features are fun, what really matters is safety, and the Corolla also delivers there with its standard automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. While these aren't rare features in its class, it isn't common for them to come standard.


2020 Toyota Corolla

Final thoughts. With a starting price of $20,430 (all prices include destination charges), the 2020 Toyota Corolla is on the pricier side of its class, but there's a good reason for that. With its array of standard features, the Corolla is all about value – not just being the cheapest compact sedan on the market.

Sure, you can grab the Chevy Cruze for $18,870, but adding the safety equipment to match the Corolla requires you to opt for the $24,395 Premier trim and add the $790 Driver Confidence II Package.

Need more rear leg room for old kids? The Honda Civic may be a better choice with its 37.4 inches of rear leg room. Looking to maximize trunk space? The Kia Forte’s 15.3-cubic-foot trunk may do the trick. For raw performance, look to the 205-hp Honda Civic Si.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 139 HP / 126 ft.lbs.
Transmission
CVTi-S 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
30 / 38 / 34 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 139 HP / 126 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
30 / 38 / 34 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
89 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
182.3 "
Exterior Width
70.1 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
38.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.1 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
34.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
51.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,910 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
15.0 " Styled Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Pre-collision System (pcs) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Alert With Steering Assist (lda W/sa) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Pre-collision System With Pedestrian Detection (pcs W/pd) Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Vehicle Sway Warning Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Automatic High Beams (ahb) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 25,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
24 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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