SE 4dr Sedan
2020 Toyota Corolla

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Autoblog Rating
7

The best Corolla in years. Toyota is finally injecting some life into its solid but somewhat dull lineup. A peppy engine and solid chassis are let down by a so-so interior, mixed styling and a bad infotainment system.

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The 2020 Toyota Corolla presents a new take on Toyota’s economical, inexpensive, reliable small car. The new Corolla is more pleasant to drive, more handsome to look at, and much nicer to be in. The Corolla also makes overtures to the enthusiast set, but doesn’t quite present a threat to drivers’ favorites such as the Mazda3, the Volkswagen Golf, or sportier versions of the Honda Civic. The Corolla is now offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and there’s a Corolla Hybrid for the first time.

The Corolla sedan has been completely redesigned for 2020, following the all-new hatchback that arrived for 2019. Most non-hybrid models use an updated 1.8-liter inline-four that makes a modest 139 horsepower and pairs with a continuously variable transmission. The Corolla’s CVT uniquely employs a physical first gear for improved performance and fuel economy, and in concert with simulated gears thereafter, the driving experience is far more indicative of driving a car with a traditional automatic. The SE and XSE trims get a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter that offers the CVT or the option of a six-speed stick, which has a neat rev-matching feature.

The sedan trim levels follow two tracks: the base L, LE, and XLE on one side, and the sportier SE and XSE on the other. The larger engine is exclusive to the SE/XSE, which also gets a firmer suspension and more expressive styling. The hatchback is offered in SE/XSE form only. The Corolla Hybrid comes only as an LE. All have a full slate of active-safety gear including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability (CVTs only). XLE and XSE also get blind-spot monitoring. The Corolla’s 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all but the base car and is easy to use, and Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto) is also supported.

The Corolla’s fuel economy is good but not best in segment. Estimates for the standard 1.8-liter inline-four are 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined, with the XLE reducing those numbers by 1 mpg. The larger 2.0-liter engine also returns marginally better fuel economy, topping out at 32 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 35 mpg combined in the SE hatchback CVT. The sedans, the XSE hatch, and the manual transmission don’t fare quite as well. The real fuel-economy champ is the Corolla Hybrid (129 horsepower total system output), with estimates of 52 mpg combined.

You can use the rest of this page to find more in-depth information about the 2020 Toyota Corolla, including features, specs and where to find a good deal near you.

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The 2020 Toyota Corolla presents a new take on Toyota’s economical, inexpensive, reliable small car. The new Corolla is more pleasant to drive, more handsome to look at, and much nicer to be in. The Corolla also makes overtures to the enthusiast set, but doesn’t quite present a threat to drivers’ favorites such as the Mazda3, the Volkswagen Golf, or sportier versions of the Honda Civic. The Corolla is now offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and there’s a Corolla Hybrid for the first time.

The Corolla sedan has been completely redesigned for 2020, following the all-new hatchback that arrived for 2019. Most non-hybrid models use an updated 1.8-liter inline-four that makes a modest 139 horsepower and pairs with a continuously variable transmission. The Corolla’s CVT uniquely employs a physical first gear for improved performance and fuel economy, and in concert with simulated gears thereafter, the driving experience is far more indicative of driving a car with a traditional automatic. The SE and XSE trims get a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter that offers the CVT or the option of a six-speed stick, which has a neat rev-matching feature.

The sedan trim levels follow two tracks: the base L, LE, and XLE on one side, and the sportier SE and XSE on the other. The larger engine is exclusive to the SE/XSE, which also gets a firmer suspension and more expressive styling. The hatchback is offered in SE/XSE form only. The Corolla Hybrid comes only as an LE. All have a full slate of active-safety gear including forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability (CVTs only). XLE and XSE also get blind-spot monitoring. The Corolla’s 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard on all but the base car and is easy to use, and Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto) is also supported.

The Corolla’s fuel economy is good but not best in segment. Estimates for the standard 1.8-liter inline-four are 30 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined, with the XLE reducing those numbers by 1 mpg. The larger 2.0-liter engine also returns marginally better fuel economy, topping out at 32 mpg city, 41 mpg highway and 35 mpg combined in the SE hatchback CVT. The sedans, the XSE hatch, and the manual transmission don’t fare quite as well. The real fuel-economy champ is the Corolla Hybrid (129 horsepower total system output), with estimates of 52 mpg combined.

You can use the rest of this page to find more in-depth information about the 2020 Toyota Corolla, including features, specs and where to find a good deal near you.

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$22,750 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 29 City / 36 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd man w/OD
Power 169 @ 6600 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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