2020 Toyota Corolla

What’s new

  • The 2020 Toyota Corolla has been fully redesigned
  • Part of the 12th Corolla generation introduced for 2019

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of standard advanced safety features
  • Interior is solidly built and has high-quality materials
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Strong fuel economy numbers
  • No Android Auto support
  • Even the sporty trims are a little slow and not much fun to drive
  • Less rear-seat headroom than roomier rivals
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2020 Toyota Corolla Review

The 2020 Toyota Corolla gets a full redesign that makes it more competitive against some very strong rivals. This time around, the Corolla sheds a lot of the uninspired personality and lackluster materials that held back previous generations. It now looks a lot sharper, and the interior exceeds expectations for the class.

Joining this sedan in the lineup are Corolla Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback variants (each reviewed separately). Whichever Corolla you go with, there are plenty of features to make you feel like you're getting the most out of your investment. These include advanced safety features, adaptive cruise control and Apple CarPlay on all models.

This latest 2020 Corolla represents one of the most significant redesigns in its long history. It's now a serious competitor against the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3, whereas previous generations often came across as though Toyota was simply phoning it in or relying on its reputation for reliability. If you've been turned off by the last round of Corollas, it may be time for you to come back.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.5 / 10
The Toyota Corolla is a strong competitor in the small-sedan class. We give the Corolla high marks for its ride comfort, high-quality interior, and comprehensive list of advanced safety features. Holding it back is a smaller-than-average trunk and slow acceleration.

How does it drive?

7.0
Acceleration is a bit underwhelming for the class (0-60 mph took 8.8 seconds in our testing), which means you'll likely be flooring the pedal when getting onto highways. Passing slower traffic requires a little extra planning and a heavy foot.

We tested the Corolla XSE, which is supposed to be the sporty trim level. Alas, we quickly discovered that it's not that sporty. It leans a lot when you go around turns, and its tires don't offer much grip. But as a routine daily driver, the Corolla does just fine.

How comfortable is it?

7.5
The Corolla's ride quality is smooth, and the front seats are comfortable. Whether you're tall or small, there are enough adjustments and sufficient range within those adjustments to find your preferred position.

Road noise increases noticeably on coarse asphalt surfaces, and you'll hear some extra wind noise around the mirrors at highway speeds. The noise isn't offensive, and the cabin is otherwise pleasantly quiet.

How’s the interior?

8.0
The Corolla's interior benefits from a simple layout that is easy to use. The controls are right where you want them and are logically grouped. The number of buttons is sensible, with just enough to be useful but not so many that it looks cluttered.

It's also easy to get in and out of the car. There's plenty of room for front passengers, and the driver has clear sight lines to both the front and rear. Seating for rear passengers is tighter, especially with regard to headroom. Adult occupants' heads might be close to the roof.

How’s the tech?

7.5
Toyota's recent infotainment systems have never managed to win us over, but this latest version is a marked improvement. That said, it's still not as intuitive or visually appealing as rival systems. Thankfully, Apple CarPlay is included and is our preferred interface, both in terms of on-screen and voice commands. Sadly, Android Auto is not offered.

Many advanced safety features are included as part of the standard Toyota Safety Sense suite, and almost all are well-tuned to be as unobtrusive as possible. The lane departure warning system is the outlier, and it can be oversensitive and annoying with its frequent beeping. The adaptive cruise control is praiseworthy for its smooth braking and acceleration.

How’s the storage?

7.5
The Corolla has a smaller-capacity trunk than its primary competition, but only by a little. And it should still be enough for typical use. Unfortunately, the rear seatbacks don't fold flat with the trunk floor, which may complicate loading longer and bulkier cargo.

Storage for personal items is also on the small side. There are just enough places for your phone and the like, but many competitors give you more. On the plus side, there seems to be ample space for infant and child seats. The clearly marked car seat anchors should help with installation.

How economical is it?

8.5
The EPA rating for the 2.0-liter engine and CVT automatic is 34 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That's a strong showing from what is the most powerful engine in the lineup. The less powerful 1.8-liter engine is rated at 33 mpg combined. Want more? Check out the new Corolla Hybrid.

Is it a good value?

7.5
The Corolla is competitive against the top entrants in the small-sedan class. The cabin is upscale and is solidly put-together. Toyota's reputation for reliability figures into most shoppers' decisions, but there are other aspects to consider. You also get two years of free scheduled maintenance, which is unusual in this class.

Wildcard

7.5
The latest Corolla brings a fresh and modern style without unnecessary trinkets and vents. It's also more enjoyable to drive than before, but other sedans in the class are noticeably more entertaining. The overarching themes are capable and competent.

Which Corolla does Edmunds recommend?

Price is likely a critical factor if you're shopping for a Corolla, which is why we suggest checking out the LE trim. For the small price increase over the base L trim, you get upgrades that will make it feel less like an econobox. If your budget can handle another $2,000, we recommend the more powerful and sporty SE trim.

2020 Toyota Corolla models

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is available in five trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE and XSE. The L, LE and XLE are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (139 horsepower, 126 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels. The SE and the XLE get a 2.0-liter engine (169 hp, 151 lb-ft) and a specialized CVT automatic with paddle shifters. The SE is also eligible for a six-speed manual transmission.

Standard features for the base L trim include 15-inch steel wheels, LED headlights, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, air conditioning, four-way manually adjustable front seats, and 60/40-split folding rear seats. You also get Toyota's Safety Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 7-inch touchscreen, a USB port, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, and a six-speaker sound system. Advanced safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and a traffic sign reader.

The LE trim adds 16-inch wheels, heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, upgraded upholstery, a rear-seat center armrest, front and rear cupholders, and an additional USB charge port.

The sporty SE spices things up with 18-inch alloy wheels, upgraded headlights, sporty exterior treatments, sport front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. If you opt for the manual transmission, you'll also get keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, and a sunroof (these are optional with the CVT automatic).

The XLE reverts to the 1.8-liter engine and goes with 16-inch alloy wheels, selectable drive modes, a virtual instrument panel, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex), a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and blind-spot monitoring. The XSE combines the SE and XLE trims by giving you the more powerful 2.0-liter engine and CVT automatic, 18-inch wheels and power-adjustable sport seats.

Some of the Corolla's features found on the higher trims are optional on the lower trims. A nine-speaker JBL premium audio system is offered on SE trims and above (includes navigation and a wireless charging pad on the XLE and the XSE). Adaptive headlights and interior ambient lighting are available on the XSE and the XLE only.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

5 star reviews: 52%
4 star reviews: 12%
3 star reviews: 11%
2 star reviews: 9%
1 star reviews: 16%
Average user rating: 3.8 stars based on 64 total reviews

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars, "Angel" for Goldilocks
Cindy,
LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

For me this car is perfection. I am 70 and needed the included safety features. I was blown away with how much I enjoy driving the car. Responsive and always predictable, smooth shifts, good power, nice braking even when it gives it's opinion on brake force. First day I had it, took my sister on a 700 mile medical trip. Torrential rain, 60 % freeway, 30% coast range, 10 % big city and stop and go getting out of city. MPG ave 36.9 I felt safe in all the situations. I am person who traded in a Prius a few years ago because the seats made me cry. This car seat felt the same after 18 hours as it did at the start. Toyota knocked it out of the park as far as I am concerned. First time I have named a car.

5 out of 5 stars, Best Car Ever!
Chris,
LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

I have owned the 2020 Toyota Corolla LE since May and I have fallen in love with it completely! I love the Apple CarPlay, lane assist, and dynamic radar cruise the most. I have had nothing but good experiences with this car and I drive it about a thousand miles a week. The last 20K miles on this car have been nothing but pleasant. If I had to have a complaint it would have to be that the screen has slow response rates when the car first starts up, and I wish it would just automatically load CarPlay instead of me having to select it. Outside of this, the car is excellent for long road trips and driving around the city. I usually average 36-42 mpg on the interstate and generally average 33-39 mpg in town while running the auto climate control with eco mode turned on. I have owned many different vehicles and after owning this 2020 Corolla I will not own any car but a Corolla! Even though I am 6' 1" I have plenty of leg room while driving, major improvement over the 2019 and older models. 10/10 recommend.

5 out of 5 stars, Great Car
Jeff,
LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)

This is my 4th Corolla. I still have two 2014's. The 2020 Corolla is the best one yet. I have owned it about a month and I have been very impressed with the redesign and all the new safety features. Very comfortable and easy to drive. So much quieter and smoother than the previous models. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, solidly built, reliable car that is very fuel efficient.

5 out of 5 stars, Finally a 2.0 Corolla!
txwriter ,
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

My first car was a Toyota Corolla, and I loved it, but when it came time to get a new car after ten years, I wanted more horsepower. The 2.0 engine is awesome! I love the way they made it so that I can still get off red lights or in an out of traffic quickly. I love the feel of the Corolla. Also, this car handles like a dream. It takes curves and corners very well (MUCH improvement over my last Corolla). I do wish they would improve the graphics on the view screen. They are kind of bland which is weird because the backup camera is awesome and has super bright colors. I feel like this new generation looks so much better than the past, but it still has everything that makes Corollas amazing. I recommend the upgrade to push button start and leather wrapped steering wheel.

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Features & Specs

LE 4dr Sedan features & specs
LE 4dr Sedan
1.8L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$20,050
MPG 30 city / 38 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower139 hp @ 6100 rpm
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SE 4dr Sedan features & specs
SE 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$22,050
MPG 31 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower169 hp @ 6600 rpm
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L 4dr Sedan features & specs
L 4dr Sedan
1.8L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$19,600
MPG 30 city / 38 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower139 hp @ 6100 rpm
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XSE 4dr Sedan features & specs
XSE 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$25,550
MPG 31 city / 38 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower169 hp @ 6600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Corolla safety features:

Pre-Collision System
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
Warns if you are drifting out of your lane and corrects the steering if you don't respond in time.
Automatic High Beams
Activates high beams automatically on dark roads and deactivates them when the system detects an oncoming vehicle.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.5%

IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Good
Roof Strength Test
Good
Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test
Good

Toyota Corolla vs. the competition

Toyota Corolla vs. Honda Civic

These are two of the most popular small sedans around. We like the Civic for its turbocharged engine upgrade, sporty handling, comfortable ride, spacious cabin and long list of features. But we're not fans of its overly sensitive advanced safety features and slow responses from the adaptive cruise. This new Corolla makes the battle with the Civic closer than before.

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Toyota Corolla vs. Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is all-new for 2019 and remains a very strong value in the class. You get more features for the money, along with a generous warranty. On top of that, we like the Forte for its high fuel economy and easy-to-use tech. But it does have a somewhat stiff ride quality, and the back seats aren't as roomy as those in some rivals.

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Toyota Corolla vs. Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 receives a full redesign for 2019. The new Mazda 3 is one of the most attractively styled sedans in its class. And if history serves as a guide, it may be one of the more engaging to drive as well. We give it high marks for its interior refinement and very comfortable seats.

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FAQ

Is the Toyota Corolla a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Corolla both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. You probably care about Toyota Corolla fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg to 34 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Corolla has 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Toyota Corolla. Learn more

What's new in the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Toyota Corolla:

  • The 2020 Toyota Corolla has been fully redesigned
  • Part of the 12th Corolla generation introduced for 2019
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Is the Toyota Corolla reliable?

To determine whether the Toyota Corolla is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Corolla. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Corolla's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2020 Toyota Corolla a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Toyota Corolla is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Corolla and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Corolla is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2020 Toyota Corolla?

The least-expensive 2020 Toyota Corolla is the 2020 Toyota Corolla L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,600.

Other versions include:

  • LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,050
  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,050
  • L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,600
  • XSE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,550
  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $22,750
  • XLE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $24,050
  • SE Nightshade 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $22,750
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What are the different models of Toyota Corolla?

If you're interested in the Toyota Corolla, the next question is, which Corolla model is right for you? Corolla variants include LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), and XSE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Corolla models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla Overview

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is offered in the following submodels: Corolla Sedan. Available styles include LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), XSE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), XLE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT), and SE Nightshade 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Toyota Corolla and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Corolla 3.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Corolla.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Toyota Corolla and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Corolla featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Toyota Corolla?

2020 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2020 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,698. The average price paid for a new 2020 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,973 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2020 Toyota Corolla SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 12.5% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Toyota Corolla?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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