2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review – The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan will end its model tenure as one of the segment’s bottom-run options. Relying on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the latest Corolla trades its precarious bones for a stiff new structure that breathes a greater sense of dynamic posture.
2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review
The Corolla L, LE, and XLE trims inherently carry the previous Corolla powertrain, while the sporty SE and XSE models match a smooth continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a fixed initial gear. New, more powerful 2.0-liter inline four. This, combined with the fresh support of the model and the newly discovered style, the Corolla Sedan is a formidable combination that will stand out as one of the more impressive options in the segment. At least on paper. But how does this compact Toyota really hold up? We spent a week with the top-line Corolla XSE to investigate.
The 2020 Corolla sedan throws the model’s traditional ham drum styling out of the window. Attractive details such as gently rising beltline, L-shaped headlights, rugged rear end complement, shorter front overhangs, longer rear overhangs, wider front and rear tracks, and overall height Corrected the proportion including the decrease.
All Corolla sedans are decisively handsome, but the compact sedans feature trim-specific LED accent lighting, smoke taillights, chrome exhaust tips, 18-inch wheels and tires, wide side sills, rear lip spoilers, and more aggressive front fans. The sporty SE and XSE trim, including Sha, looks undoubtedly the best. The latter piece is a bit overkill if you ask us because the large lower grille looks like a dental patient wearing a mouth opener. However, the front fascia that decorates other Corolla models is not exactly subtle.
Toyota did not slip in the Corolla hut. Its style and material quality cannot match perfectly with the class-leading Mazda 3, but the Corolla interior is competitive with things like Honda Civic and Chia Forte. The material is uncomfortable and the plastic is grainy enough and the design is generally attractive, if the infotainment screen like a monolith looks too tad attached for our taste But.
How you find a Corolla depends on your body type. The short-runners on the spectrum will find a comfortable driving position with a compact Toyota, but tall and slender drivers may find the Corolla seat position quite unpleasant. According to Executive Editor Brandon Turkus, SE and XSE trim seats have been strengthened, significantly worse than the comfort-oriented throne seen in the L, LE and XLE models, sporty trim seats are higher, and height adjustability Is restricted.
Regardless of trim, all Corolla sedans have a rear bench seat with space for three people. Corolla’s rear seating area with a 34.8-inch rear legroom is significantly tighter than its predecessor, which provided a 41.4-inch stretch-out space for the Camry Beat. In fact, the sub-compact Mitsubishi Mirage G4 offers a substantial 2.5 inches of additional rear legroom compared to the latest Corolla.
However, the Corolla sedan trunk grows 0.1 cubic feet relative to the forebear. Sadly, that 13.1 cube is still 2.0 down to the maximum capacity of the Civic sedan. On the other hand, the standard 60/40 split seat back does not fold flat with the cargo floor.
Thanks to the TNGA foundation, Corolla finally boasts the best-in-class chassis. Unfortunately, the Corolla SE and XSE trim suffer from a terrible ride due to its hard suspension and 18-inch wheels wrapped in low profile, Yokohama all-season rubber. The stiff ride counters other dynamic features of the Corolla, but it is not involved but is predictable. For example, lifeless steering weighs well throughout the turn and suffers from center tilt.
Similarly, Sporty Trim’s 169 hp 2.0 liter in-line 4 (L, LE, and XLE models rely on a 139 hp 1.8 liter engine) is powerful enough to move a compact sedan on a relative rush, It lacks the appeal of a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder with 174 horsepower turbocharger and a power band like a plain.
At least Corolla’s 2.0 liter engine matches a competent CVT. Equipped with a fixed first gear, the transmission allows a mental rush from the line before moving to a pulley-based CVT. The manual function allows the driver to exchange 10 ratio courtesy of a pair of shift levers or steering wheel mount paddles attached to the console. The high-end Corolla XSE is a CVT-only issue, but the low-spec SE can be used with a conventional 6-speed manual gearbox.
Technology capabilities eventually found the way to the Corolla sedan, and all models boast Apple CarPlay, available wireless hotspots, and a large touchscreen infotainment system. The entry-level Corolla L is a 7.0-inch unit and one USB port, while all other Corolla models have an 8.0-inch display and two USB ports. High-end XLE and XSE trims are available on in-dash navigation systems and wireless phone chargers as part of the $ 1,715 connectivity package, including the JBL premium audio system. (JBL audio system can also be used in SE if required)
Like other Toyota products, the brand’s latest infotainment system features a logical menu, quick response to touch input, and an uninspired graphical display. The pair of knobs for volume and tuning, and the number of hard buttons that line the sides of the screen further contribute to the user-friendly nature of the setup. In addition, while the 4.2-inch gauge cluster display is standard, the XLE and XSE models sport a large 7.0-inch screen with a digital speedometer.
All Corolla sedans come with Toyota Safety System 2.0 Suite with advanced safety features including forward collision warning, automatic front brake with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, automatic high beam headlights, adaptive cruise control The Toyota will also add a stop-and-go lane centering system and adaptive cruise control to the CVT-equipped Corolla. Blind spot monitors, on the other hand, are standard on XLE and XSE trims. It can also be used as part of an optional package for SE models with LE and CVT.
All of these features help Corolla earn a “top safety pick” from an insurance lab for highway safety. Corolla wins “Top Safety Pick +” title from IIHS, thanks to the “limit” rating of the base LED headlight and the “acceptable” rating of the available adaptive LED headlights ($ 450 option for XLE and XSE trims) can not do. The National Road Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) has not performed a complete test of the 2020 Corolla Sedan.
While it may seem intuitive, the most powerful Corolla is also most efficient. The standard Corolla 1.8 liter engine has an EPA-rated fuel economy figure of 30 miles / gallon in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg (these numbers fall to 29/37/32 for XLE) In contrast, CVT-equipped SE and XSE 2.0 liter engines earn 31mpg city, 38mpg. These are the better lucrative figures with the highest figures of Mazda 3 sedan 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combination. Still, the Corolla could perfectly match the Civic Sedan’s available turbo engines, combining up to 32 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 36 mpg.
The entry-level Corolla L starting price of $ 19,500 hits us as a reasonable value, but the high-end XSE test price of $ 28,560 looks pretty expensive. The total included features such as $ 1,715 connectivity package, $ 450 equivalent for adaptive headlights, $ 945 at the destination above the trim base price of $ 25,450. Nonetheless, similarly equipped Honda Civic Touring and Mazda 3 Premium cost $ 28,230 and $ 28,145 respectively after the destination.
Nevertheless, buyers who decide to purchase a Corolla can do better with a $ 1,500 Corolla XLE or $ 21,950 Corolla SE with a $ 1,500 premium package that adds proximity keys with push button start, sunroof, and blind spot monitoring system There is sex. Certainly, XLE does without the SE and the larger engine of XSE, but SE has the niceness of heated front seats, faux leather trim, power driver’s seats, and the use of in-dash navigation systems and wireless charging pads, etc. It lacks possible options. Still, $ 1,500 or $ 2,000 stored on the base Corolla XSE seems to be worth the power shortage of a small kit of XLE or SE in a premium package.