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The all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan updates style, adds a hybrid

It has a more modern look with enhanced features.

The all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE. Toyota

Since its introduction in 1966, more than 46 million Toyota Corollas have been sold around the world. The all-new 12th generation of the Corolla sedan makes its debut for 2020 with updated styling, new powertrains, and a wide range of standard safety features.

The Corolla is available as a hatchback, which was all-new for the 2019 model year, or as a sedan, which is the more popular of the two options. Toyota gave the sedan model an entirely new look for 2020 with bold fender flares, a lower ride height, and a sporty front fascia.

Sedans are all about comfort, and the Corolla offers ample room for five passengers. A repositioned driver’s seat ensures better posture for the driver and new two-tone color choices create a more upscale, inviting interior.


Subtle changes, including a slimmer instrument panel, narrower A-pillars, and repositioned side-view mirrors enhance the driving experience by giving the driver a better view. Rear passengers will find plenty of headroom despite the Corolla’s lower roofline along with ample legroom even for tall adults.

Toyota also focused on making the interior of the Corolla quiet. Sedans are for carrying people — and those people should be able to talk without having to raise their voices. The use of sound-absorbing materials throughout the Corolla reduces engine, road, and wind noise.

Infotainment includes standard Entune 3.0 with an 8-inch touchscreen on all models but the base L trim, which has a 7-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a USB port are all standard, but there’s still no Android Auto. There’s also AM/FM/MP3, Bluetooth voice recognition, and music streaming with a customizable home screen.

Higher trims in the lineup get added infotainment features including an extra USB port, HD Radio, and SiriusXM while top trims get an optional JBL audio system. This includes a nine-speaker, 800-watt system with Clari-Fi technology for premium sound quality. It features free-standing tweeters housed at ear level in the A-pillars and 6.7-inch door subwoofers for a rich bass sound.


Power for the base trims comes from the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine currently in the Corolla, but with a boost to 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque along with better fuel efficiency. The sporty XSE and SE grades get an entirely new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard, but there is a six-speed manual available on the SE trim only.

Also new for 2020 is the addition of the first-ever Corolla Hybrid to the U.S. lineup. It’s available only in the LE trim, which is one step up from the base L. Power for the hybrid comes from a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with two motors, and it’s paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission. It has 121 total system horsepower with 105 pound-feet of torque.

The Corolla gets up to an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon in the city, 38 on the highway, and 33 combined with the carryover base engine. If you choose the new 2.0-liter instead, you’ll get more horsepower and better fuel economy with up to 31 miles per gallon in the city, 40 on the highway, and 34 combined. There’s also the new hybrid Corolla, which gets 53 miles per gallon in the city, 52 on the highway, and 52 combined.


Toyota continues to offer advanced safety features on standard models, rather than just as an option on more expensive trims. The full Corolla lineup includes Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 with a pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, lane tracing assist, automatic high beams, and road sign assist. Additional available safety features include a blind spot monitor and brake hold.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is available in five trims starting with the L at $19,500 and topping out with the XSE at $25,450. The Corolla Hybrid is available in a single trim with priced at $22,950.

The full lineup is set to arrive in dealerships this spring.