A Toyota Corolla seems like a logical choice, we know the dependability that a Toyota provides but with the stiff competition of a Honda Civic or a Mazda3 is that enough to make us spend our hard earned dollars? This is the 12th generation of the Toyota Corolla so the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
The 2020 has been redesigned and comes with a long list of standard safety features. It has a solid interior and provides a comfortable ride, with five trim levels. Offered in L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE, the 2020 Corolla has a couple of engine options. The L, LE and XLE have a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. The SE and XLE have a 2.0-liter engine with 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. For the sportier enthusiasts, you can also get the SE in a six-speed manual transmission.
As for the list of safety features? All trim levels have the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package and driver assistance technology. This includes lane departure alert with steering assist, a front collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and road sign detection. Blind spot warning is offered on the higher trim levels while adaptive headlights are options on the top two trims.
The interior, while minimalistic, is clean and simple. The infotainment is a 7-inch touch screen on the L trim or 8-inch on the other models. The instrument cluster is a standard 4.2- inch digital display. Materials are soft-touch with cloth upholstery being standard and SofTex Leatherette being the upgrade. There aren’t a ton of storage compartments but enough to suffice. I loved the contour of the seats in the XSE model.
Speaking of smaller spaces, the backseat is one of those spaces. Legroom is short-changed, the previous Corolla allowed at least five-six more inches than the current Corolla. The kids won’t likely notice and adults shouldn’t complain terribly much if it’s a short trip. Headroom is slightly reduced as well. This vehicle is great for your teen/college kiddos, but if purchasing for yourself, I would suggest stepping up to the Toyota Camry or the Toyota Avalon.
I have to mention that the 2020 Corolla does not cater to Android users as no Android Auto is available. Apple CarPlay users are in luck however.
What kind of fuel economy does the Corolla provide? On the XSE that I test drove for the week, I received 31 mpg/city, 37 mpg/highway for a combined 34 mpg. These figures definitely rival the competition if we are talking about the Mazda3 but lack in comparison to the Honda Civic.
So what kind of price tag has the word ‘logic’ written all over it? The L trim, which begins at $19,500, a great way to start if you are a new Toyota owner or if you are truly shopping for a vehicle for your teen. On the other end of the spectrum, the XSE as driven topped out at $28,560. (Now these figures are comparable to Mazda3, $28,145 and Honda Civic, $28,230.