In the last 50 years, Toyota claims to have sold more than 44 million Corollas worldwide since 1966. Possibilities are you've kept one, leased one, or at least took a ride in your friend's Corolla. It has a well-deserved honor for reliability and affordability, though it possibly relied too profoundly on this credit in the past.

2021 Toyota Corolla arrives next year as an updated version of the 2020 model year, which was inspired by the 2020 Corolla hatchback in terms of design. The new version should match the buyer's interests in quality equipment and standard cabin accessories. It proves that the manufacturer does not overlook the sedan form, and some of them walk along with more popular crossovers in terms of sales.

The model will still be based on the TNGA platform

The new Toyota Corolla 2021 is now in the testing phase. Its updated iteration is in progress, keen to bring a lot of modernity and technology to the US-spec Corolla. The 2020 Toyota Corolla offers a new take on Toyota’s practical, economical, dependable small car. The new Corolla is more engaging to drive, more impressive to look at and maintain more generous interior space.

What is the expected release date of 2021 Toyota Corolla?

The 2021 Toyota Corolla was expected to release in the month of June, but with the ongoing pandemic, the release is postponed. You can expect it to be launched around the month of August or September. Being utterly robust the Corolla demands attention against competitors such as the Honda Civic and the sporty Mazda 3.

What will be the price of 2021 Toyota Corolla?

As the Corolla sedan was completely redesigned in 2019, we don't expect many changes in the 2021 iteration. You can expect the addition of Android Auto along with the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. The Corolla sedan starts at $20,430 for the base trim and goes up to $25,000 for the topmost trim, you can expect a marginal price hike in the 2021 variant with the inclusion of few new features. The 2021 Corolla Hybrid will be sold in a standalone trim level, LE, and it starts around $23,880.

Toyota comes with complimentary scheduled maintenance which includes:

  • The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 2 years or 25,000 miles

2021 Toyota Corolla: Engine and Performance

The 2021 Corolla will supposedly adopt a renewed 1.8-liter inline-four that makes a humble 139 horsepower(L, LE, and XSE trims)and couples with a continuously variable transmission. The SE and XLE trims are powered by a 169 hp inline-four matched with CVT. The SE variant can also be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission for much more driving engagement.

This CVT uniquely applies a mechanical first gear for enhanced performance and fuel economy. After that, it works like a traditional automatic transmission; the driving experience is far better than driving a car with a conventional automatic.

Eventually, there will be the new 2021 Corolla Hybrid, about the very first time for Corolla nameplate. Already introduced for 2020, Toyota will be outfitting the sedan with a powertrain from a present-day Prius. 

Models

Toyota Corolla Sedan SE CVT

Honda Civic Sedan Sport

Mazda 3 Sedan Standard

Hyundai Elantra SEL

MSRP

$22,050

$21,550

$21,500

$19,900

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Transmission

Dynamic Shift CVT

6-speed Manual

SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed Automatic

Smartstream IVT
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD

Power

169hp@6,600rpm

158hp@6,500rpm

186hp@6,000rpm

147hp@6,200rpm

Torque 

151lb-ft@4,400rpm

138lb-ft@4,200rpm

186lb-ft@4,000rpm

132lb-ft@4,500rpm

It will scout to 60 mph from a standstill in 8.2 seconds while covering the quarter-mile mark in 16.2 seconds. The upcoming model is expected to decrease the time by one-tenth of a second with a little increase in power.

The ability of the new platform reflects in the 2020 Toyota Corolla driving experience. The car is dependable and offers a pleasant ride without caning down when driven with enthusiasm. As for the dreary inline-four, power and torque peaks come high in the powerband. It builds strength progressively, but not exceptionally.

Models

Toyota Corolla Sedan SE CVT

Honda Civic Sedan Sport

Mazda 3 Sedan Standard

Hyundai Elantra SEL

0-60 MPH 

8.2 sec

8.7 sec

7.0 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.7 sec

15.4 sec

16.9 sec

Top Speed  112 MPH NA 130 MPH NA

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

The 2021 Toyota Corolla will continue to ride on the TNGA platform which was adopted form the Europen market. Corolla is not a vehicle for people who prefer dynamic driving. It offers what is known as an "avenue ride, smooth and serene over long distances. 

Fuel Economy

The 2020 Corolla hybrid model is expected to return that  53 miles per gallon city, 52 highway, and 52 combined.  The SE CVT gives 31 mpg in the city, 40mpg in highway, 34mpg combined, while the SE with manual transmission gets 29/36/32 mpg.

The Corolla LE comes with a slightly different 1.8-liter engine that's rated for 139 horsepower and mated to a CVT. In the EPA testing when it wears 15-inch wheels it returns 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Models

Toyota Corolla Sedan SE CVT

Honda Civic Sedan Sport

Mazda 3 Sedan Standard

Hyundai Elantra SEL

MPG (City)

31

29

27

33

MPG (Highway)

40

37

36

41

MPG (Combined)

34

32

30

36

Fuel Capacity  13.2 gallons 12.4 gallons 13.2 gallons 14.0 gallons
Range (City/Hwy/Combined)  409/528/448 miles 359/458/396 miles 356/475/396 miles 462/574/504 miles

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

4.2 5.0 4.9 4.4

When outfitted with the available CVT, the Corolla hatchback gets 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. Corolla is the least efficient among all the rivals that too from the slowest engine.

2021 Toyota Corolla: Interior

When it comes to the interior of the 2021 Toyota Corolla, you all will experience an up to date cabin design to match the clean exterior. The appearance is a lot cleaner and fashionable like before, and it leads to the impression of spaciousness. The 2021 Toyota revives the dash with a far more horizontally bound design.

The interior will be adorned with more tech updates

The Corolla sedan and hatchback can seat five passengers. It has shapely front seats and ample space for those passengers. Taller drivers or passengers might feel slightly restricted, and the standard seats don't have plenty of support. 

Models

Toyota Corolla Sedan SE CVT

Honda Civic Sedan Sport

Mazda 3 Sedan Standard

Hyundai Elantra SEL

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.8/56.2/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (Iin)

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/55.0/35.7

The 2021 Corolla will feature an 8-inch touchscreen and six-speaker sound system. The manufacturer offers Apple CarPlay integration, Amazon Alexa, WiFi, USB ports, and well-known Toyota Siri Eyes Free system. The infotainment system reacts promptly to your touches, and though a few graphics look old, it’s usually user-friendly. 

Expected changes in the interior:

  • Leather and soft materials options
  • A new steering wheel that commands the autopilot lever
  • Analog-digital instrument cluster
  • Updated Infotainment

2021 Toyota Corolla: Exterior

The 2021 version of the Corolla can be dated back 2014 and undergone a facelift for the 2017 model year, plus a few minor technological updates in 2018. After that, the sedan was completely redesigned for 2019. It may not be exhilarating, but the Corolla is affordable, reliable, and fuel-efficient - an ideal sedan for day to day use.

The 2021 Corolla will see the minimal exterior changes

Toyota drives the Corolla somewhat out of the darknesses in this newest generation. It’s not suggestively arched like a Civic or unattractive like prior Corollas. The hatchback experiments further out on the styling ice, with a deep grille and the spiky cut at the rear hatch. It’s styled with European spirit, and that’s why it looks more sporty than ever. The 2021 Corolla is expected to carry the design with minimal changes.

Model

Toyota Corolla Sedan SE CVT

Honda Civic Sedan Sport

Mazda 3 Sedan Standard

Hyundai Elantra SEL

Curb Weight (lbs)

3110 lbs

2724 lbs

2899 lbs

2767 lbs

Length (in)

182.3"

182.3"

180.3"

179.9"

Width (in)

70.1"

70.8"

70.7"

70.9"

Height (in)

56.5"

55.7"

57.3"

56.5"

Ground Clearance (in)

5.1"

6.3"

6.1"

5.3"

Wheelbase (in)

106.3"

106.3"

106.3"

106.3"

While the front end yields a similarity to the latest Camry and Avalon, the Corolla's overall form and looks are more on the understated 4-door side when compared to a showy, Euro-inspired sports sedan.

Expected changes in the Exterior:

  • The more sporty front fascia
  • Large folds and LEDs on the bumper
  • Mirrors fixed to the doors and not to the columns
  • LED taillights
  • Sport details on wheels and front.

2021 Toyota Corolla: Safety Features

The 2021 Corolla will come standard with Toyota’s new Safety Sense 2.0 suite. The 2020 Corolla did especially well in all the tests conducted by NHTSA, and IIHS. It has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS and five-star rating from the NHTSA. Toyota made no compromises when it comes to the safety of its occupants. Some of the prominent safety features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning with steering assist and automatic high beams
  • Blind-spot monitoring

Final Verdict

The 2021 Toyota Corolla will offers a new take on Toyota’s practical, economical, dependable small car. The new Corolla is more engaging to drive, more impressive to look at, and comes with a fabulous interior. Evolving with a meaner looking stance, the humdrum Corolla is better than ever.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Toyota Corolla 2020 a good car?

The Corolla comes with unrivaled reliability, tonnes of features on the inside, and some segment topping safety and driver-assistance features as standard which makes it a good choice.

How much should I pay for a Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla starts around $20,430 for the L model (including a $930 destination charge).

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2020 Toyota Corolla Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide