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.
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.