Toyota Corolla SE sedan
Toyota Corolla SE sedan
Toyota Corolla SE sedan

2020 Toyota Corolla SE sedan

Pros: Peppy, efficient drivetrain with 2.0-liter engine; sporty driving personality; available hybrid model

Cons: Limited back seat room in hatchback; infotainment screen looks tacked on; XSE’s upsized wheels and tires compromise ride quality somewhat

CG Says: Toyota introduced a redesigned Corolla 4-door hatchback last year and this year a new Corolla sedan joins the hatchback on the latest platform. However, the sedan gets a wheelbase that is 2.4-inchs longer than the hatchback for better rear-seat room. All Corolla hatchbacks are powered by a 168-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. That same engine is rated at 169 hp in SE and XSE sedans. L, LE, XLE sedans have a 139-hp 1.8-liter four. Plus, a hybrid powertrain is now available in the Corolla sedan. The Hybrid combines a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder with two electric motors for a total of 121 horsepower. Transmission choices for gas-powered cars are a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic. The hybrid is CVT only. Available features include forward collision warning and mitigation with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning and mitigation, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, road-sign identification, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity, and keyless access and starting. The 2020 Toyota Corolla’s chassis has far better driving dynamics than either the previous Corolla iM or Corolla sedan, plus the new 2.0-liter engine is more powerful and is mated to much-improved transmissions. These new sporty attributes, combined with Toyota’s traditional value equation, make the Corolla an especially strong competitor in the compact-car class.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices L sedan: $20,555
LE sedan: $21,005
SE sedan: $23,005
Nightshade sedan: $23,705
XLE sedan: $25,005
XSE sedan: $26,505
SE hatchback: $21,245
Nightshade hatchback: $23,245
XSE hatchback: $24,195
Hybrid LE sedan: $24,055

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder (L/LE/XLE sedan)
Horsepower
139
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
29-30
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
38-39

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (hatchback, SE/XSE sedan)
Horsepower
168 (169 sedan)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
28-32
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-41

Optional Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder/electric motors (Hybrid)
Horsepower
121
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
53
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
52