2020 Toyota Corolla

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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 Toyota Corolla was introduced in 1966, and more Corollas have been sold than any other nameplate in the world. It's Toyota's budget sedan, although now it's offered in a hatchback format as well. It has been completely revised for the 2020 model year (well, the 2019 model year for the Corolla Hatchback), and given another engine choice as well as a hybrid option. Toyota does a good job of putting a lot of safety technology into its cars as standard, and the Corolla is no different. For many drivers, the Corolla will be their first car, and many owners will hold onto it for years. As automakers move away from sedans, Toyota is committed to the body style, and provides the many shoppers still interested with an affordable, easy-driving commuter. What's new with Corolla for 2020? A lot. This generation is underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which will be shared among multiple Toyota models, from the Prius hybrid sedan to the new RAV4 crossover. In addition to the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2020 Corolla offers a new, more powerful 2.0-liter, as well as a hybrid option with technology borrowed from the Prius. The exterior and interior of the car have been completely redesigned. It has upgraded safety technology, a new suspension setup and an overall increase in sophistication. There's also a hatchback version, which actually preceded the sedan in introducing this new generation as a 2019 model. How big is the Corolla? Not very. It's a compact car (classified by the EPA as midsize), which means it's smaller and less expensive than other Toyotas, apart from the tiny Yaris. It means you won't be seeing over traffic or putting three adults in the back comfortably, but its smaller size makes it more efficient, easier to navigate narrow or crowded roads, and easy to park. The sedans are 182.3 inches long with a 106.3-inch wheelbase — the same as the Honda Civic and close to the Hyundai Elantra. Overall width is 70.1 inches, and overall height is 56.5 inches. It has an interior volume of 88.6 cubic feet, with 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than both the Elantra (14.4) and Civic (15.1). It seats five. Headroom is in short supply, and rear legroom is less than the previous generation at 41.4 inches, though it beats much of the competition and two adults can sit comfortably in the back. The Corolla Hatchback is even smaller at 169.9 inches of overall length and a 103.9-inch wheelbase. It's 69.9 inches wide and 57.1 inches tall. It has 85.0 cubic feet of interior volume, with 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. That's not a lot on paper, and in person, we've found it to have one of the smallest cargo areas in its segment. Unlike many hatchbacks, this one is actually less versatile than the sedan. There's also less rear legroom. What are the Corolla's interior and in-car technology like? The interior …
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The Toyota Corolla was introduced in 1966, and more Corollas have been sold than any other nameplate in the world. It's Toyota's budget sedan, although now it's offered in a hatchback format as well. It has been completely revised for the 2020 model year (well, the 2019 model year for the Corolla Hatchback), and given another engine choice as well as a hybrid option. Toyota does a good job of putting a lot of safety technology into its cars as standard, and the Corolla is no different. For many drivers, the Corolla will be their first car, and many owners will hold onto it for years. As automakers move away from sedans, Toyota is committed to the body style, and provides the many shoppers still interested with an affordable, easy-driving commuter. What's new with Corolla for 2020? A lot. This generation is underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which will be shared among multiple Toyota models, from the Prius hybrid sedan to the new RAV4 crossover. In addition to the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2020 Corolla offers a new, more powerful 2.0-liter, as well as a hybrid option with technology borrowed from the Prius. The exterior and interior of the car have been completely redesigned. It has upgraded safety technology, a new suspension setup and an overall increase in sophistication. There's also a hatchback version, which actually preceded the sedan in introducing this new generation as a 2019 model. How big is the Corolla? Not very. It's a compact car (classified by the EPA as midsize), which means it's smaller and less expensive than other Toyotas, apart from the tiny Yaris. It means you won't be seeing over traffic or putting three adults in the back comfortably, but its smaller size makes it more efficient, easier to navigate narrow or crowded roads, and easy to park. The sedans are 182.3 inches long with a 106.3-inch wheelbase — the same as the Honda Civic and close to the Hyundai Elantra. Overall width is 70.1 inches, and overall height is 56.5 inches. It has an interior volume of 88.6 cubic feet, with 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which is less than both the Elantra (14.4) and Civic (15.1). It seats five. Headroom is in short supply, and rear legroom is less than the previous generation at 41.4 inches, though it beats much of the competition and two adults can sit comfortably in the back. The Corolla Hatchback is even smaller at 169.9 inches of overall length and a 103.9-inch wheelbase. It's 69.9 inches wide and 57.1 inches tall. It has 85.0 cubic feet of interior volume, with 18.0 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row. That's not a lot on paper, and in person, we've found it to have one of the smallest cargo areas in its segment. Unlike many hatchbacks, this one is actually less versatile than the sedan. There's also less rear legroom. What are the Corolla's interior and in-car technology like? The interior …
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$19,500 - $25,450 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 1.8LI-4
MPG 30 City / 38 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission CVTi-S 2-spd CVT w/OD
Power 139 @ 6100 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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