4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.4 Comfort 4.6 Styling 4.6 Value 4.6

Editor's Overview

A perennial go-to car in the compact segment, the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla builds on that reputation with an all-new design. In addition to delivering good fuel economy, the Corolla has also upped its fun-to-drive nature thanks to its new chassis.

You'll Like The 2020 Toyota Corolla If...

This all-new Corolla offers affordable, economical transportation and good handling and a wide choice of different trim levels from sporty to efficient. The all-new Toyota Corolla covers a lot of bases.

You May Not Like The 2020 Toyota Corolla If...

You’re looking for expressive, extrovert styling to go along with Android Auto compatibility (Corolla’s Entune infotainment system offers only Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa).

What's New

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan is all-new from the ground up. Although it shares the 106.3-inch wheelbase of its predecessor, the new model has a lower ride height, shorter front and longer rear overhangs, a wider track and lower cowl. The Corolla boasts a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine on higher trims and an updated version of the standard 1.8-liter engine as well as a hybrid version that mates the smaller engine to an electric motor and battery pack. The new platform, which is shared with the hatchback, features an independent rear suspension that greatly improves the Corolla’s handling.

Interior Features

Toyota describes the Corolla’s interior design philosophy as “sensuous minimalism.” The layout is clean and horizontal with few lines, the dash dominated by an infotainment touch screen (7-inch diagonal on the L trim, 8-inch on all other models). The screen is flanked by conventional buttons, volume and tuner knobs beneath and a climate-control system below. The instrument cluster is also digital with a standard 4.2-inch display, while a 7-inch configurable layout comes on higher-trim levels. Soft-touch materials can be found on all the upper surfaces, and on the SE and XSE, the front bucket seats are more contoured to provide additional support. Cloth upholstery is standard and can be upgraded to a SofTex Leatherette. The cabin has a light, airy feel to it along with materials and a level of fit and finish you’d expect in a more premium vehicle.

Exterior Features

Like the cabin, the 2020 Toyota Corolla has a contemporary look with a front end dominated by a large trapezoidal mesh grille. The headlight units feature LED daytime running lights with two or three elements per side depending on trim level. The Corolla’s profile is clean, with a soft character line rising from the front wheel arch through the rear deck. From the back, the taillights are connected by a single strip running across the decklid, and on Sport models the rear diffuser accentuates the car’s wider stance. While the front end shares a family resemblance to the redesigned Camry and Avalon, the overall shape and look of the Corolla are more on the understated 4-door side of the ledger than a flashy, Euro-inspired sports sedan.

Driving Impressions

The competence of the new platform shines in the 2020 Toyota Corolla driving experience. The car is solid, quiet and offers a comfortable ride without backing down when pushed. The steering is crisp, yet tends a touch toward the light side, which makes it easy to wheel about. Toyota has refined its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) to take some of the elasticity out of its response. Most drivers won’t be aware of its presence and those who do notice, probably would be better suited to the manual version to more effectively exploit the Corolla’s independent suspension. The Hybrid does feel down on power compared to its conventional counterparts, but the instantaneous torque from the electric motor gives it acceptable off-the-line acceleration. Its handling is closer to the standard L and LE models than the slightly sportier SE and XSE.

Pricing Notes

The 2020 Toyota Corolla has a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $20,430 for the L model (including $930 destination charges) comparably equipped, price increases on the new Corolla range from $815 to $1,300. The LE is priced from $20,880, while the top model with the base 1.8 engine, the XLE, starts at $24,880. Sport models equipped with the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder start at $22,880 for the SE CVT, while the 6-speed-manual SE is $23,580 and includes extras like a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The XSE is $26,380. The Hybrid LE is priced in the middle of the range with a sticker starting at $23,880. Check KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area are paying for the new Corolla, and rest assured that when the time comes to sell your used Corolla, it will command a high resale value.

Notable Equipment

All Toyota Corolla models come with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of assists. This includes pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, radar cruise control (with a stop-and-go feature on CVT models), road-sign assist and lane-tracing assist that helps to keep the vehicle centered in its lane. XLE and XSE model comes with blind-spot monitoring. Sport models (SE and XSE) feature larger 18-inch wheels, contoured sport seats and a rear decklid spoiler. All models feature power windows and locks, standard 6-speaker audio with Apple CarPlay compatibility, and one or two USB ports. Automatic climate control comes on all models except the base L trim.

Notable Options

Among the upgrades available on the new Corolla are a Premium JBL sound system with nine speakers, connected navigation with over-the-air updates, wireless cellphone charging, Bluetooth, ambient lighting, smart key with push-button start, premium 7-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) configurable instrument cluster display, SofTex Leatherette upholstery, 16-inch alloy wheels, power moonroof, adaptive front lighting, color-keyed outside mirror with turn signals and blind-spot monitor, Wi-Fi hotspot and satellite radio.

Favorite Features

SPORT TRIM

No one will confuse a Corolla for a Subaru WRX; however, if you like to shift for yourself and experience the nimbleness of the independent rear suspension, the Sport trim level with the 6-speed manual transplants the fun factor from the Corolla Hatchback into the sedan.

HYBRID POWERTRAIN

Smooth, quiet and comfortable, the Corolla Hybrid is a great choice for those who want Prius-level fuel economy in an affordable conventional-looking sedan body. The operation of the powertrain is seamless, including the stop/start function. The Hybrid’s pricing starts in the middle of the Corolla range.

Under the Hood

The 2020 Toyota Corolla comes with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder in L, LE, LXE trims. This updated engine has a 7-horsepower gain in output and is mated to a CVT. The new 2.0-liter engine offered in the Sport versions makes 169 horsepower and offers a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or the CVT. The Corolla Hybrid incorporates a 53-kW electric motor with the 1.8-liter engine and a CVT for combined output of 121 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque.

1.8-liter inline-4

139 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm

126 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/38 mpg, 29/37 mpg (XLE trim)

2.0-liter inline-4

169 horsepower @ 6,600 rpm

151 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/36 mpg (SE manual), 31/40 mpg (SE automatic),31/38 mpg (XSE)

1.8-liter inline-4 + 53-kW electric motor

121 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm (combined output)

105 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm (combined output)

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 53/52 mpg

Editors' Notes

Following its launch of an all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback last fall, the Japanese automaker has migrated its sedan to a slightly longer version of the hatch’s platform, which is known as the Toyota New Generation Architecture. The goal here is to infuse some driving excitement into the 2020 Toyota Corolla and new Corolla Hybrid, thanks to a rear independent suspension that supplants the traditional torsion-beam setup. But more important, it also seeks to offer class-above comfort in ride and cabin quietness as well as a long list of standard features to better rival the Honda Civic. As part of that effort, there are new engines, a first-time hybrid option with fuel economy that rivals the Prius and Honda Insight, as well as a Sport trim with the availability of a manual transmission for the enthusiast set.

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2020 Toyota Corolla L

Quite noticeable change from the ground up and interior design to the all new 2020 Toyota Corolla The car handles very well and has better acceleration when one needs that immediate response. However with the changes made two noticeable aspects that the earliest Corollas has that should have not been missed is the headroom when entering or exiting the driver seat there is a brushing factor, contact to the unavoidable head brushing which is a flaw and should have not been overlooked at all The second basic security aspect that I wish I had in the L model is the basic remote to both lock and unlock the doors Opening and closing the doors with the key easily scratches the paint finish in the door handles right at the point where the key is manually applied in the door locks. The Toyota Corolla still is a great value in the L model for 2020 at around 20,500 dollars My score to said model is at 88 percent out of 100.

- Rick Valdes

Lane assist does not work at night

2020 Toyota Corolla LE

I just bought 2020 Corolla and drove it 120 miles on highway at night with light rain. I found that the lane assist feature does not work when you need it most - at night. I mostly drove in middle Lane on a three lane highway with reflectors on both sides of the lane. But still, the lane detection was extremely poor. It worked less than 20 percent of the times when I let the car drift towards end of the lane. The feature worked perfectly fine at day time when I drove it. Will talk to their service deaprtment.

- Zubair Hameed

Toyota Corolla 2020 is an excellent car with a very little to know problems

2020 Toyota Corolla L

I do not have a magnetic key, the automated cruise control can be kinds strong and annoying because it's almost like your fighting your car to stay in your lane. The car has this automatic feature to stay in the lane and the system is a little buggy when on cruise control. I'm sure you can turn it off though. It is still an overall excellent car, I have had no problems, it drives nice, the interior is nice, extra features that gives you luxury and protection

- Rachel D

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