2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

Emerging from a chrysalis that has led it into its 12th generation with the most prominent transformation it has gone through in ages, is the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan. Forged on Toyota's New Global Architecture, the revered Corolla is now equipped with a long list of cutting-edge underpinnings that compound its reputation as the "people's car." Fresh off a complete redesign, the Corolla takes the fight to the sportier Honda Civic and futuristic Mazda 3, finally rivaling the best instead of being relegated to rental-car royalty. Nevertheless, the Corolla's appeal soars on with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with peak outputs of 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque equipped in the upper-level trims. The old 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (producing 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque) is still available on lower-level trims. A continuously variable automatic transmission services the standard-fit front-wheel-drivetrain in all but the SE 6MT trim, which utilizes a six-speed manual by default.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Corolla Sedan?

The 2020 Toyota Corolla kick-starts the 12th Corolla model generation with a full redesign from the tires up. The sedan receives an all-new dynamic, lightweight design with a lower, wider, and more aggressive body based on a new TNGA platform which was designed for improved agility, comfort, and efficiency. The platform also includes a more refined rear multilink suspension setup, which replaces the previous year's torsion-beam arrangement. As standard, the Corolla now comes readily fitted with Toyota's Safety Sense 2.0 suite as well as with standard Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and Wi-Fi Connect. All Corolla models are now also equipped with LED exterior lighting and automatic emergency braking by default.

Pros and Cons

  • Plenty of standard features
  • Luxurious and soft ride quality
  • Decent fuel economy figures
  • Exceptional safety test ratings
  • Above-average reliability
  • No Android Auto functionality
  • Limited rear cabin headroom
  • Poor powertrain performance

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
1.8L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$19,600
LE
1.8L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$20,050
SE
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,050
SE 6MT
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,750
SE Nightshade Edition
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$22,750
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2020 Corolla Sedan Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 182.3 in
  • Wheelbase 106.3 in
  • Height 56.5 in
  • Max Width 70.1 in
  • Front Width 60.3 in
  • Rear Width 60.4 in
  • Curb Weight 2,910.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Super White
  • Classic Silver Metallic
  • Black Sand Pearl
  • Celestite
  • Barcelona Red Metallic
  • Blueprint
  • Blizzard Pearl
  • Celestite Gray Metallic
  • Blue Crush Metallic

2020 Corolla Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.8L Inline-4 Gas, 1.8L Inline-4 Hybrid, 2.0L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Manual, Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain
    FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Compared to its predecessor, the 2020 Toyota Corolla's balance between ride quality and handling dynamics has been vastly improved by virtue of the new TNGA platform, particularly in regard to the enhanced suspension setup. Along with the sportier-tuned suspension in the SE and XSE models, the standard suspension also effectively keeps the sedans ride soft and smooth, suitably absorbing most road undulations and imperfections in its path. Its recent chassis refinement is also clear-cut, keeping the sedan well-composed, most notably around highway ramps and sharper turns. Still, the Corolla manages to remain firmly planted to the tarmac and is always easy to control. Insulation of the cabin could do with some improvement, although it's quite fine for the non-luxury segment, as road and engine noise do notably infiltrate the cabin in most rivals too.

The steering, though considerably improved from the prior model and now adequately weighted in general, feels more suited to lower speed maneuvers and is not nearly sharp or responsive enough to inspire truly enthusiastic driving. The standard brakes provide ample stopping power and are comfortably responsive for everyday drivability too. The Corolla's performance and handling capabilities have been improved, but still have nothing on compact rivals such as the Honda Civic and Mazda 3, both of whom offer far sportier and more capable dynamics. That said, however, the Corolla wasn't designed with a performance-centric appeal, but is by-design positioned within the market as one of the best passenger-oriented solutions for everyday drivers.

2020 Corolla Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.0 in
  • Front Head Room 38.3 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.1 in

2020 Corolla Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    13.1 ft³

2020 Corolla Sedan Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    2 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    2 Years \ 25,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan a good car?

The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan may not be the most premium sedan or feature as a luxury family carrier, but it is most certainly a safe, practical, and reliable pick. The base 1.8-liter engine does feel underpowered for the four-door sedan; however, it's easily avoided by opting for one of the upper-level trims which don't cost considerably more. Not only does the upper-level trim's 2.0-liter engine feel better suited to the sedan in terms of acceleration, but it also performs competitively in terms of fuel economy. Regardless of the engine option, however, the ride quality delivered by the sedan is prime for a family cruiser and fares well within the segment. The 2020 Corolla received exceptional crash-test safety ratings as well, along with a Top Safety Pick allocation by the IIHS. Pair this with exceptional predicted reliability and it's a record for success. The Toyota Corolla may have a bland and predictable reputation, but the new one finally brings style and excitement into battle without compromising on the traits that made the old ones so dependable.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Comparisons

Honda Civic Sedan Honda
Toyota Camry Toyota
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Toyota Corolla Sedan139 hp30/38 mpg$20,425
Honda Civic Sedan 158 hp30/37 mpg$22,550
Toyota Camry 203 hp28/39 mpg$25,845

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan vs Honda Civic Sedan

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan is similarly priced to the 2020 Toyota Corolla. Both sedans have good fuel economy stats that are very much on par, but the Civic impresses with its superior performance figures. It offers greater acceleration along with superior handling dynamics, while still delivering a segment-worthy ride quality. The Civic also offers greater practicality with a larger trunk capacity of 15.1 cubic feet. The Corolla receives the nod for its more contemporary tech layout and an intuitive infotainment interface, but the Civic wins back favor for its standard inclusion of Android Auto functionality. Though not selected as a Top Safety Pick like the Corolla, the Civic also received class-leading crash test safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS. However, it did receive a far below-average predicted reliability rating of two-and-a-half out of five. The Honda Civic Sedan is the go-to model for those who appreciate a touch of sporty dynamics, affordability and the comfort needed for daily driving. In this comparison, it is the Civic Sedan that offers far greater value for money considering its superior powertrain, greater tech functionality, and improved practicality.

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan vs Toyota Camry

For around $4,500 more than the Corolla, shoppers can opt for the more powerful and more practical midsize Toyota Camry. Equipped with a larger 2.5-liter engine and an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission, the Camry offers greater acceleration along with similar fuel efficiency. Its larger wheelbase affords it greater in-cabin passenger room than the Corolla and better trunk capacity with 15.1 cubic feet of available space. The 2019 Toyota Camry received top crash test ratings from the NHTSA and a 2019 Top Safety Pick + designation from the IIHS, giving it one up on the Corolla. It did, however, receive a lower predicted reliability rating of four out of five. Though the Corolla has been considerably improved for 2020, the Camry offers a little more than the basics that the Corolla has. The Camry is the better all-round family vehicle and daily commuter, with comfort and convenience features that the Corolla doesn't offer - yet.

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