We reviewed the 2020 Toyota Corolla recently, now we are checking if it’s the right sedan for you.
The Toyota Corolla is a popular automotive figure; it’s been selling like hotcakes since day one – that was in 1966. And even if Toyota now wants to see it in the hands of singles in their upper 20s and young families, it seems this Toyota caters to a variety of drivers, from all age groups and income brackets.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla’s is built on Toyota’s new TNGA platform, bringing it up to date with other models in terms of safety, rigidity and efficiency. It also received a new, modernized look, starting with the 2019 Corolla Hatchback last fall, and recently with the 2020 Corolla Sedan. And last but not least, it is now offered in hybrid form.
A total of 12 variants are on the Corolla’s menu this year, from the base L Line and the swankier S Line varieties. The Hybrid comes in one trim but can be outfitted with a Premium Package.
So is the 2020 Toyota Corolla the right sedan for you? Here are the pros and cons of this immensely popular compact.
Why you should buy a 2020 Toyota Corolla
- It comes with a choice of three engines. L line models are powered by a 1.8 Liter four-cylinder engine that makes 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. The S line variants are equipped with a more powerful 2.0 Liter four-cylinder powerplant making 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. And the hybrid uses the Prius’ powertrain, which is a 1.8 Liter engine paired to an electric motor that dishes out 121 horsepower.
No, none of these are extravagantly powerful – which is somewhat understandable given the personality of the ‘Rolla, but depending on what you are looking for in terms of power and consumption, the choice is there. Speaking of consumption, the Hybrid model can go as low as a 4.5 L/100 km combined city/highway rating
- The 2020 Toyota Corolla is comfortable for long trips, with ample legroom in the back for passengers. The interior finishing has been bumped up a notch, and while the 7 or 8-inch infotainment system screen looks oddly positioned on top of the dashboard, it is easily accessible and adequately responsive. It is outfitted with Apple CarPlay, but not Android Auto.
- The Toyota Corolla base variants kept their 6-speed manual gearbox. Whatever you want to save money on the sale price, you hate CVTs or you’d simply rather put the gears in yourself, this is a pretty cool feature nowadays.
Why you shouldn’t buy a 2020 Toyota Corolla
- The only downside concerning the 2020 Toyota Corolla is when we get into driving dynamics. The 2020 Corolla is built on a new, stiffer platform that gives it “Torsional rigidity that is improved by 60%”. The new structure and materials used in the build might make the Corolla safer in a crash, but it unfortunately doesn’t make it more fun to drive.
Toyota also gave it a Sport mode that supposedly “improves acceleration and shifting”. Accelerations always seem a bit painstaking, and the CVT is, a bit elastic, even in Sport mode. Also, the Hybrid variant could’ve greatly benefited from the RAV4’s more potent drivetrain instead of the Prius’s.
At the end of the day, the Toyota lives up to its promise to get people from A to B. It doesn’t necessarily need to have greater driving dynamics or riveting accelerations. Corolla buyers expect it to be safe, technologically advanced and comfortable for long rides, all in a value-oriented package backed by Toyota’s unbeatable reliability, and that’s what it is.
As for pricing, the base L trim equipped with the 6-speed manual starts at 18,990 (the CVT will bump up the price to $20,790). The SE starts at $22,290 with the manual and $23,290 for the CVT. The fully-equipped XSE CVT has a price tag of $28,490 and the Corolla Hybrid starts at $24,790. This green variant can go up to $26,790 with the Premium package.