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Great compact car, plenty of comfort and power!

Bob, 06/29/2020
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
30 of 30 people found this review helpful

It is a very sporty, cool looking hatchback! The hatchback lid makes the storage area look small, but the lid goes up as you store more supplies in the back! It has remarkable take off power, smooth and zippy! We were surprised at the blastoff feeling from a stopped position. The CVT is smooth and quiet. Nice! AC is cold, cold, COLD! The backup video makes backing up much less stressful and easier! Plenty of storage in glove compartment and else within the front seat area. The only thing we really don't love is how low it sits to the ground, but that is a small complaint compared to all of the great value of this enjoyable car!

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Great handling

Chris L, 02/12/2021
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
9 of 9 people found this review helpful

I own the 2020 6 speed manual se and have been driving it for almost a year now. It is slow off the line for a sporty model but the handling around curves is great. First gear is short and shift distance is long between 1-2, but nothing terrible. Gas mileage varies between gas type and driving type. Under perfect highway conditions I pulled 45mpg off a tank. 45 mpg!! Driving sporty will bring that as low as 32 on the highway but can settle as high as 37-38 as long as you are driving below 65-70. Adaptive cruise control makes long drives a breeze and with a manual you can even downshift and while the car is breaking and stay locked in to the cars automatic controls. The se manual didn’t come with blind spot detection which was a letdown but I purchased some mirrors that help. Trunk space is tight, but the fact I can routinely pull 40mpg on a highway makes up for it. En-suite entertainment system for Toyota is useless as apple car play and android do everything needed. Rear leg room is not for adults unless you are a shorter driver. I’m 6’ 2” and I drive just fine. Interior Stitching is classy and exterior design is sleek and has definite curb appeal. Dual exhaust system makes this car look like high end cars compared to the standard exhaust pipes found in many models. LDA (lane departure) works well but this car does not have LTA ( lane tracing) which some people may like. I tested a highlander for 3 weeks with LTA and it was a bit much anyways. Overall my favorite feature of the car is the adaptive cruise control which keeps a very safe distance between cars and can also be adjusted, where the minimal distance, while aggressive, still feels safe enough while driving on the highway. Great car for a single commuter or a couple with maybe only small kids.

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Fantastic surprise of a car in a smaller package!

Suzanne A. Platt, 07/24/2020
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
13 of 16 people found this review helpful

Can't say enough positives about my 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback! I travel on 10,000 plus road elevations with no difficulty whatsoever. More than enough horsepower present to accomplish this task. MPG is close to 38. Highway driving is a breeze with sufficient horsepower to pass vehicles safely. Cargo space is sufficient for the size of the car. This is a winner of a car and relatively inexpensive for what you get. Highly recommend the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE.

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small and frisky

sandman, 08/19/2020
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
7 of 10 people found this review helpful

good run around car with lots of room

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Strong engine hampered by a terrible CVT

Zach, 02/20/2020
SE 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
35 of 58 people found this review helpful

If you want any kind of performance, you need to get a Corolla with a manual transmission. The CVT is a total dog, a real tragedy for this 168hp motor. I tried the "manual" mode with the paddle shifters, and I tried using the "sport" button. Neither helped. The lag between pressing the accelerator and anything happening other than an ugly droning noise was just bad. I cross-shopped this model vs. the Mazda 3 (which has an actual torque converter automatic) and the Kia Soul, which also has a 2.0L and a CVT. The 2020 Soul's CVT is new this year, but is much better executed, and the Mazda has a larger 2.5L engine. Either would be a better choice, the Mazda (a FWD hatch is about the same price as the Toyota) having way more zip, and the Soul having both better power delivery and more cargo space. Driving either of them back to back with the Corolla hatch and you won't find much reason to buy the Toyota.

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