2020 Toyota Corolla

Buyer's Guide

Toyota kicked off a new generation of Corolla last year with a redesigned hatchback version of the popular compact. We'd argue the 12th generation comes into its own for 2020, however, with the introduction of the sedan variant.

While the hatchback amps up the Corolla's attitude, the sedan is where the bulk of this car's sales happen. That's down to a lower starting price, more straightforward styling, a simplified list of standard equipment and a smaller base engine.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan adopts the company's TNGA (Toyota new generation architecture) platform, along with styling inspired by the hatchback. It also includes a hybrid powertrain for the first time in this model's long history.

Base Corolla spec includes a 1.8L four-cylinder engine making 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque in L, LE and XLE trims. SE and XSE trade that for a 2.0L good for 169 hp and 151 lb-ft. Corolla Hybrid pairs the 1.8L with an electric motor for combined output of 121 hp and an unspecified amount of torque.

Both gas engines can be mated to either a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission; the hybrid comes exclusively with a CVT.

That the Corolla has remained as popular as it is seems quite a feat in this age of small crossovers and SUVs. We'd argue this well-known car is a bigger deal in Canada than the U.S., as the latter's citizens tend to prefer utility vehicles and larger cars to thrifty compacts.

Among the Corolla's most notable competitors are the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Volkswagen Jetta and Chevrolet Cruze.

Corolla L, the model's base trim, comes with the 1.8L engine, six-speed transmission, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, six-speaker stereo with 7.0-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, six-way manual driver's seat, power windows, 4.2-inch multi-information gauge cluster display, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, power-adjustable side mirrors and automatic LED headlights. Standard active safety kit includes forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure alert with steering assist, radar cruise control and automatic high beams.

LE trim adds the CVT, an electric parking brake, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, 8.0-inch display audio, blind spot monitoring, automatic air conditioning and lane tracing assist. An LE upgrade package brings a heated steering wheel, passive keyless entry, sunroof and wireless smartphone charging.

XLE models get heated rear seats, an upgraded sound system with embedded navigation, power-adjustable steering wheel, digital gauge cluster and softex seat upholstery.

SE trim brings the 2.0L engine, six-speed transmission, a sport-tuned suspension and premium fabric seating. Otherwise, its feature list largely echoes that of the LE model, aside from the inclusion of passive keyless entry. An SE upgrade adds a heated steering wheel, 18-inch wheels, sunroof and wireless smartphone charging.

Corolla XSE brings ambient interior lighting, eight-way power driver's seat, heated rear seats, navigation, digital speedo and softex upholstery.

On the hybrid side, the base model (simply called Corolla Hybrid) comes with 8.0-inch display audio, Apple CarPlay, air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, digital gauge cluster, automatic climate control, passive keyless entry, blind spot monitor and the active safety features we listed above for the Corolla's gasoline models.

Corolla Hybrid Premium adds a leather-trimmed and heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, eight-way power driver's seat, ambient lighting and wireless smartphone charging.

Toyota's fuel consumption estimates for the 2020 Corolla are as follows. The 1.8L with six-speed transmission is rated at 8.0/6.0 L/100 km (city/highway), and 1.8L/CVT cars are estimated at 7.9/6.1 in base trim and 8.1/6.3 in XLE trim. The thriftiest 2.0L car comes with the CVT and is rated 7.6/5.8, or 7.7/6.1 for the XSE. 2.0L/six-speed cars are rated 8.2/6.5 L/100 km. Finally, the Corolla Hybrid's estimates are 4.4/4.5 L/100 km (city/highway).

2020 Toyota Corolla Specifications

There are 8 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $18,990 MSRP
7
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
139 hp @6100 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
L Manual $18,990 5 Sedan
L Manual 139 hp @6100 rpm 126 ft-lb @3900 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
L Manual 182.3" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
L Manual
L Manual Cloth Seats
L Manual
L Manual
L CVT $20,790 5 Sedan
L CVT 139 hp @6100 rpm 126 ft-lb @3900 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
L CVT 182.3" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
L CVT
L CVT Cloth Seats
L CVT
L CVT
LE CVT $21,790 5 Sedan
LE CVT 139 hp @6100 rpm 126 ft-lb @3900 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
LE CVT 182.3" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
LE CVT
LE CVT Cloth Seats
LE CVT
LE CVT
SE Manual $22,290 5 Sedan
SE Manual 169 hp @6600 rpm 151 ft-lb @4800 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
SE Manual 182.5" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
SE Manual
SE Manual Cloth Seats
SE Manual
SE Manual
SE CVT $23,290 5 Sedan
SE CVT 169 hp @6600 rpm 151 ft-lb @4800 rpm N/A Front Wheel Drive
SE CVT 182.5" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
SE CVT
SE CVT Cloth Seats
SE CVT
SE CVT
Hybrid CVT $24,790 5 Sedan
Hybrid CVT 95 hp @5200 rpm 105 ft-lb @3600 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
Hybrid CVT 182.3" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
Hybrid CVT
Hybrid CVT N/A
Hybrid CVT
Hybrid CVT
XLE CVT $26,990 5 Sedan
XLE CVT 139 hp @6100 rpm 126 ft-lb @3900 rpm CVT Transmission Front Wheel Drive
XLE CVT 182.3" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
XLE CVT
XLE CVT Premium Synthetic Seats
XLE CVT
XLE CVT
XSE CVT $28,490 5 Sedan
XSE CVT 169 hp @6600 rpm 151 ft-lb @4800 rpm N/A Front Wheel Drive
XSE CVT 182.5" 70.1" 56.5" 106.3"
XSE CVT
XSE CVT N/A
XSE CVT
XSE CVT

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Owner Reviews: 2020 Toyota / Corolla

Average Rating

2010 Toyota Corolla

Trim: CE
by cilnicki on 10-11-2012
Very Reliable Car
I have never had an issue with the car. Even at -50 degree weather it starts without an issue and runs smoothly. I fill up my tank once every 2-3 weeks for only $35.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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2010 Toyota Corolla

by EdwinThruFb on 10-11-2012
A solid family sedan for the most part
I am getting good mileage on the highway and decent one in the city. It requires very little attention and oil change is all it needs. Heard there is a recall regarding the power windows. Have yet to find out if this model is affected.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2003 Toyota Corolla

Trim: S
by ryu on 10-10-2012
Most Reliable Car
I say this since I had this car for more than 10 years with minor issues. Filling up to fulltank gas is quite cheap as well. I applaud Toyota for making the most fuel efficient yet reliable car.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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