All-New 2020 Toyota Corolla Raises The Bar

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, Automotive Editor - November 19, 2018

The Toyota Corolla has always been the safe, sensible choice in the compact segment. It always checked off the right boxes and was a sound choice for a mode of transportation. That, though, changes for the 2020 model year, as Toyota has fully redesigned the model, and it now features a sporty look and the brand's TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) modular platform.

For better or worse, the new Corolla sedan adopts the same styling cues as the recently released Corolla Hatchback. We think it's a sharp, stylish design that gives the nameplate some much-needed flair. While the wheelbase remains the same, the new Corolla is wider and shorter than before. This, according to Toyota, lowers the sedan's center of gravity of 0.39 inches, which makes it more nimble.

Toyota is offering two engines for the new Corolla. The 1.8-liter inline-four that makes 139 horsepower returns from the old model. That engine can only be paired to a continuously variable transmission. Opting for either the SE or the XSE model brings the 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Corolla Hatchback. That motor is rated to make 169 hp and 151 pound-feet of torque. While the XSE model comes with a CVT, the SE has a six-speed manual transmission as an option.

In keeping with the sporty theme, the Corolla now comes with a multilink rear suspension setup, which replaces last year's torsion-beam suspension. SE and XSE trims benefit from a “sport-tuned” setup and 18-inch wheels, while other models make do with 16-inch wheels.

2020 Toyota Corolla

As far as features go, Toyota has packed the new Corolla with all sorts of goodies, which include:
· An 8-inch touchscreen (the base L trim features a 7-inch unit)
· Toyota Entune 3.0
· Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility
· A 4.2-inch TFT multi-information display; a 7-inch multi-information display is also available
· Wi-Fi Connect
· Siri Eyes Free
· A JBL audio system
· Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 suite, which includes automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, Road Sign Assist, automatic high beams
· Blind spot monitoring is offered as an option on some trims

We were impressed with the Corolla Hatchback, and while it wasn't exactly the sportiest offering in the segment, it's sportier than any other new Corolla on the market, which is a good thing. With a lot of the same attributes making their way to the new sedan, we're expecting good things from the vehicle. Heck, from the looks of things, it might even be good enough to take on the long-time favorite, the Honda Civic.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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