2020 Toyota Corolla

MSRP $19,600

Ranked #14 in Midsize Sedan

7.1

Overall Rating

2020 Toyota Corolla Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 15, 2021

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In the world of automobiles, the Toyota Corolla Sedan shares the accolade of being one of the world's longest-running nameplates with the Honda Civic. The all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla receives a complete redesign and is based on the company's latest TNGA platform. That means the 2020 Corolla sedan is all-new from the ground up with the 106.3-inch wheelbase of its predecessor. Also, the new model gains a more powerful 2.0L engine, has a lower ride height, shorter front and longer rear overhangs, a wider track and a lower cowl.

Pricing starts at $19,600 and ranges up to $25,550, the 2020 Corolla offers six trim options including  L, LE, SE, Nightshade, XLE, and XSE. The larger 2.0L engine is used in the SE and XSE trims, while the smaller 1.8L engine is used in the remaining trims. The bigger engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard with the option for a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Additionally, the Corolla lineup welcomes a Hybrid model which has fuel economy that approaches that of the Toyota Prius and the Honda Insight. The 2020 Corolla sedan ranks in the top-half of the compact sedan segment along with the likes of Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Hyundai Elantra.

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Pros

Plethora of safety and convenience features

Spacious rear seats

Priced competitively

Superb fuel economy

Solid build

Cons

Slow acceleration

Interior feels cheap

No Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Rivals have better driving dynamics

Undersized Cargo area

What's New?

All-new model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

139 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

126 ft-lb. @ 3900 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

10.8/10.2 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.3 in.

width

70.1 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2910 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

88.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

5100 lbs.

payload capacity

825 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

183 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

30/33/38 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

L$19,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Toyota Corolla in Barcelona Red Metallic color
Barcelona Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

5.5

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

4.0

Safety

8.7

Competition

7.0

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.1

Overall Rating


"With its long history of providing affordable transportation, the Corolla has always been a great choice for savvy buyers." - Car and Driver

The 2020 Toyota Corolla, priced between $19,600 to $25,550 is a completely redesigned model which is based on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. This sleek sedan maintains its role as the "people's car" stature, thanks to cutting-edge technology, affordable pricing, great safety and reliability ratings, and superb driving characteristics. The 2020 Corolla sedan is split across five trim levels and all are quite closely stacked to each other as the top-end XSE variant maxes out at $25,550.

The new 2.0-liter engine in the 2020 Toyota Corolla is more responsive than before. With its 169 horsepower four-cylinder powerplant offered in SE and XLE trims, it quickly establishes itself as a strong competitor. The L, LE, and XSE variants are powered by a 1.8-liter motor with 139 horsepower, which is plenty for everyday driving.

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan front angle view
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan rear angle view

8.0/10
Features

5.5/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

4.0/10
Exterior

8.7/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2020 Toyota Corolla Features

8.0/10

Toyota has priced the latest Corolla at an MSRP of $19,600, which places the sedan above the subcompact Yaris and below the more premium Camry and Avalon. The most equipped Corolla XSE's pricing starts from  $25,550. The 2020 Corolla sedan comes in five trim levels – L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE – available with either a 1.8 or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The SE/XSE packages are sporty with their vertical front vents, LED fog lights, and all-red tail lights. The Corolla does include complimentary scheduled maintenance and great warranty numbers.

Trims

L

LE

SE

Nightshade

XLE

XSE

MSRP (CVT)

$19,600

$20,050 $22,050 $22,750 $24,050 $25,550

MSRP (6-speed Manual)

- - $22,750 - - -

Features

LED Headlamps with DRL

Adds/ Upgrades to L

Adds/ Upgrades to LE

Adds/ Upgrades to SE

Adds/ Upgraded to SE

Adds/ Upgraded to XLE

 

15" styled steel wheels

16" wide-vent steel wheels

18" machined alloy wheels

18" black-painted alloy wheels

18" machined alloy wheels

LED DRL accent lighting

 

6-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

Black exterior accents

Power tilt/slide moonroof

Dynamic-Shift CVT

 

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Automatic climate control

Premium sport seats

Black outside door handles

SofTex trimmed heated front sport seats

Ambient lighting

 

7" Touchscreen Infotainment

8" Touchscreen Infotainment

Sport driving mode

Sport mesh black front grille

Smart Key System

Apple Carplay

 

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

Metallic interior accents

Leather-trimmed steering wheel 

Black roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Overhead console with map lights

Amazon Alexa Compatible

2020 Toyota Corolla Engine and Performance

5.5/10

“The 2020 Toyota Corolla has a sportier side, but it requires a manual transmission to bring it to life”- car connection

The 2020 Corolla comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine in L, LE, and XLE trim. After the 2020 update, the base engine has a 7-horsepower gain. The power is routed to front wheels through a CVT which has improved a lot over previous generations  Toyota also offers a new 2.0-liter engine in the sports-oriented models including (SE and XSE) which makes 169 horsepower. With this upgrade, you get a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission for a more engaging drive or the CVT. The manual transmission is second quicker than the automatic and accounts for better driving dynamics.

 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan engine bay

The asthmatic four-banger feels sluggish with the CVT transmission if compared to the rivals. Folks can opt for a stick shift for the more involved driving experience. Enthusiasts seeking sports-oriented output can opt for Honda Civic or the Mazda 3. Being an entry-level sedan it is not meant for performance and makes an unpleasant whine on higher rpm’s. The entry-level 2020 Corolla takes a long 8.8 seconds to reach 60 mph from standstill and a painstaking 17.2 seconds to reach the quarter-mile mark.

Models

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP

$19,600

$19,835

$18,985

$17,835

Engine

1.8 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

Transmission

CVT

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

139 hp @ 6,000 RPM

158 hp @ 6,500 RPM

155 hp @ 6,000 RPM

147 hp @ 6,200 RPM

Torque

126 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

138 lb.-ft @ 4,200 RPM

150 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 RPM

132 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

8.8 sec

8.7 sec

7.0 sec

9.2 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

15.4 sec

16.9 sec

If you pick the Corolla SE or Corolla XSE models (2.0-liter engine), you can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. The competitors from the Far East pack better technology and a second quicker sprinting time from standstill to 60 mph. It stays at the bottom of the acceleration test when contrasted with its rivals. The inline-four of Corolla is a snoozer while others in the rivalry dashes faster in highway traffic and around-town driving. Toyota’s choppy ride simply feels harsh and not sporty. 

2020 Toyota Corolla acceleration mode on

 

The ride is comforting, however greater undulations enter the lodge with a clunk and more head-jarring than in opponents. On the interstate, the Corolla shows great stability in windy circumstances. Its suspension is basic, with a MacPherson strut in front and a simple torsion-pillar setup at the back. Indeed, even in SE and XSE trims, the Corolla is intended more for an enjoyable than zippy handling. In city traffic, the brakes are good and plus easy to modulate. The pedal travel is small and the bite is very responsive, it doesn’t have the squish that plagues some of the other Toyota models. The XSE test car does have four-wheel disc brakes, a feature shared only with the SE; all other Corolla sedans rely on rear drum brakes.

2020 Toyota Corolla brake rotor

In emergency braking tests, the Corolla needed 183 feet to stop, which is slightly longer than average for this segment. However, Corolla’s brakes do not inspire much confidence during panic stops. The 2957-pound compact needed 183 feet to stop from 70 mph, which is longer than the rivals, they also get mushy after repetitive braking. The Corolla is not the vehicle for people who do aggressive driving. It offers what is known as an "avenue ride." It is smooth and serene over long distances. The car doesn't flounder and the current model has substantially more responsive handling than prior renditions of the vehicle, light steering enables the Corolla to feel agile around town.

2020 Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The base 1.8L inline-four in the 2020 Corolla manages to return a decent fuel economy, EPA estimated at 30 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. Those fuel economy figures are good but surprisingly, the CVT-equipped Corolla with the 2.0-liter engine returns even better fuel economy numbers. EPA estimates the 2.0-liter engine at 31 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. With the manual transmission, the ratings drop to 29/36 mpg city/highway.

Models

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

MPG (city)

30

32

27

28

MPG (highway)

38

42

36

37

MPG (combined)

33

36

30

32

The 2020 Corolla has 13.2 gallons of fuel tank capacity, leading to an average driving range of under 435 miles. The SE and XSE trim delivers a better range, estimated at 448 miles in the mixed driving conditions. By comparison, only the Honda Civic delivers better gas mileage than the base Corolla model.

2020 Toyota Corolla Interior

8.5/10

"Changes abound inside, too. The updated Corolla sedan incorporates a new touchscreen infotainment interface and an updated gauge cluster as well as a dashboard resembling that found in the im hatchback"- Caranddriver

Inside, the latest Corolla is basic and straightforward even after the 2020 redesign, which Toyota describes as "sensuous minimalism.” Toyota’s upstanding dashboard isn't as off-putting, yet it makes for an uncommon driving position. A standard 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment screen on the base and up to an 8.0-inch unit on higher trims dominate the dash, while programmed atmosphere controls on most sit underneath. Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa integration are available, but Android Auto is not. Toyota utilizes many surface materials and materials, which give the Corolla four-door a bustling look.

2020 Toyota Corolla Seating

On the SE and XSE, you can find a lot of soft-touch materials along with front bucket seats which are more contoured to provide additional support. Cloth upholstery is standard on the L and LE while the XLE is equipped with SofTex Leatherette. The most recent age Corolla may not set a benchmark but rather it has embraced an appealing structure highlighting quality plastics and soft-touch materials. Regardless of the vehicle's car-like the roofline, there's a lot of inside space, front, and back, and in addition loads of space for payload. The front seats are strong yet comfortable over a long distance,

Models

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (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

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.3/55.0/35.7

Cargo Capacity

13.1 cu.ft.

15.2 cu.ft.

12.4 cu.ft.

14.4 cu.ft.

The low-quality interior of Toyota is particularly glaring compared with the upscale interiors of the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3. Hyundai and Mazda have cramped rear seats which are not the case with the other two. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is included on SE, XSE, and XLE trim.

Interior Features

The Base-model Corollas have basic cabin layout with apt comfort or convenience features. A revised dashboard incorporates-

  • Circular outboard air vents
  • Different-size air vents located over an asymmetrical infotainment system.
  • Heated front seats and an eight-way-power-adjustable driver’s seat, are exclusive to the XLE and XSE.
  • The Corolla has upgraded automatic climate controls.
  • Smart key system
  • Power door lock
  • Keyless entry
2020 Toyota Corolla Infotainment Display

The trunk has a fairly wide opening and a broad floor ahead of the rear wheel arches. A 13.0 cubic feet of volume is lower than the average but 60/40 folding rear seats significantly increase the cargo capacity. The trunk is practically shaped and it can carry 6 carry-on bags. The main drawback of extra legroom in the back seat is diminished space in the trunk. The cargo space of the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra are bigger than the Corolla’s undersized 13-cubic-foot space. That being said, you'll get more storing capabilities in some rivals with the hatchback variants, including the Mazda 3.

2020 Toyota Corolla Exterior

4.0/10

“Not only does it look way better than before, it promises to drive better, too”-car connection

The exterior styling of the new 2020 Corolla is meant to be assertive, and the latest version of Toyota has adopted a much more handsome exterior shape, moving away from its bland, utilitarian roots. Its front end is expanding, with restless lines encompassing a wide dark swath under its grille. From the side and back, the Corolla isn't as striking, however, that is likely something worth being thankful for. It's not actually a pretty vehicle, with that strangely gaping front end, however, its straight rooftop profile from front to raise gives great headroom back and front.

2020 Toyota Corolla Side View

The Corolla sedan is 15.3 feet long, with a curb weight that ranges between 2,840 and 2,885 pounds, depending on the trim. The LE regularly accompanies 16-inch steel wheels, yet my XLE bundle included aluminum rims. 

Model

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Curb weight (lbs.)

2840

2724

2899

2767

Length(in)

183.1

182.3

180.3

179.9

Width(in)

69.9

70.8

70.7

70.9

Height(in)

57.3

55.7

57.3

56.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.7

6.3

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

All the other rivals have similar dimensions while the Corolla is the longest which makes up for more legroom. The ground clearance and wheelbase are also identical for all the cars.

Exterior Features

A glossy-black mesh grille that’s meant to look sporty, the side and rear panels look conventional as in the previous variants.

  • Bi-LED headlamps
  • Rear combination tail lights
  • Chrome lower window trim
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Moonroof
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Roof mounted antenna

2020 Toyota Corolla Safety

8.7/10

The NHTSA gave the 2020 Toyota Corolla an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The new Corolla sedan also earned good crash test results from the IIHS. For the front crash prevention features, the base sedan received the highest rating of Superior.

The 2020 Corolla comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of active safety features, which includes pre-collision pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition. A rearview camera is also standard. Some Key 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

2020 Toyota Corolla Competition

7.0/10

2020 Toyota Corolla Vs 2020 Honda Civic

The legendary Honda Civic promises compact-car excellence with its mix of practicality and a fun-to-drive persona. It’s available with two excellent four-cylinder engines and either a CVT transmission or a six-speed manual

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

The Civic outranks the Corolla because of its nimbler handling, and its upscale inside. Then again, the Corolla is a better value product, as it is furnished with more standard highlights, and it normally wins higher anticipated unwavering quality evaluations.

2020 Toyota Corolla Vs 2020 Mazda 3

Mazda 3 offers sharp looks, a premium interior, and superb driving elements. The 3 is available in both vehicle and hatchback body styles, with rev-happy inline 4 motors and a choice of either a smooth six-speed manual or a nearly as-fulfilling six-speed automatic transmission. Neither powertrain will humiliate a rival in a stoplight race, yet the 3 is a star while charging surprising byways.

2020 Mazda 3 Sedan

As an everyday driver, it's viable, comfortable, and stylish. The driving dynamics of Mazda are far better than the Corolla and the engine is rev-happy, unlike the Toyota.

2020 Toyota Corolla Vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra

Quite promptly, Hyundai has lifted the Elantra from rental-staple to rising star in its class. Its alluring looks and ample choices make it an amicable decision. Its refined and eco-friendly four-cylinder motors match with either a manual or automatic transmission. An Eco variant flaunts more torque and a fast-shifting seven-speed double-clutch automatic. Aside from the base model, each Elantra has a phenomenal infotainment framework with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

In spite of its appeal, the Hyundai is endangered by a smallish rearward sitting arrangement like the Corolla and dreary driving dynamics. All things being equal, it's sufficient to put its greatest opponents on notice.

2020 Toyota Corolla Final Verdict

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is a brilliant purchase. It offers great safety features, has a past filled with anticipated reliability with comfortable inside. Unfortunately, there isn't much energy in the Corolla, particularly with respect to the engine.

One of the world's best-sellers --it has continued to find a place in an American market that has rapidly shifted from sedans to SUVs and crossover SUV’s. It's easy to overlook this drawback if you prioritize practicality over thrills. Still, it's worth taking a look at some competitors that are both sensible and sensational.

2020 Toyota Corolla FAQs

What should I pay for a Corolla 2020?

The starting price for the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan is $19,600.  The 2020 Corolla comes in a variety of trim levels, the most expensive of which costs roughly $25,500. The 2020 Toyota Corolla hatchback has a starting price of $20,290. Before adding options, the top trims of the hatchback variant can cost up to $23,240.

What's new for the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

The Corolla lineup now includes a hybrid model for the first time, in addition to a considerably renovated interior and a better-looking exterior. The 2020 Corolla is based on  Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA).

What are the main safety features included in the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

Pre-collision pedestrian detection, front collision warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing aid, automatic high beams, and traffic sign recognition are all standard on the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

What are the major changes to the interior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

The inside of the new Corolla is basic and elegant. The screen for the infotainment system is mounted boldly on top of the dashboard for easy access. The cabin's materials are of medium quality for the class, with only a few hard plastic parts.

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