Toyota Corolla dealership
Toyota Corolla dealership
Posted on July 14, 2020
2020 Toyota Corolla review from our dealership
With a history stretching back to 1966, the Toyota Corolla line has been refined and developed over twelve generations, becoming the world's best-selling car in the process. The 2020 model seems set to continue the model's popularity, offering an excellent mix of looks, features, and performance that places it firmly ahead of its compact sedan and hatchback rivals.
First Impression: Looks and Styling
Think of a hatchback and you maybe think of a small, boxy family car that's more about convenience than style. The Corolla turns this idea on its head, giving hatchback flexibility to a sedan-like, sleekly curved body that's sure to turn heads on the highway.
And while even the base level trims have a distinct sporty look, upgrading to the SE and XSE versions increases the effect dramatically with 18" wheels, dual exhausts, a rear spoiler, and an imposing honeycomb grille.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Corolla hatchback comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine supplying 168 horsepower and 151lb-ft of torque, which is plenty for a car of this size and market segment.
The base trim is supplied with a 6-speed manual transmission, with a direct continuously variable transmission available as an option, while higher trims are all CVT. The manual gearbox provides plenty of drivable fun, while the automatic option in particular provides nimble and assured handling even at higher engine output.
New for 2020, the Corolla is also available in a hybrid option. Based around a 1.8L gasoline engine with a pair of combined motor generators, the hybrid delivers a total output of 121 horsepower, which isn't stunningly high, but the instant torque provides ample compensation under typical city conditions.
One of the high points of the Corolla is its great fuel efficiency, especially considering the hefty performance of the gasoline powertrain. Official figures rate the 2.0L engine and CVT configuration at 7.5L / 100km in the city and 5.8L / 100km on the highway.
Impressive as these gasoline figures are, the real star of the show is the 2020 hybrid option. With expected figures of around 4.5L / 100km for both city and highway driving, this is an amazing efficiency level even within the hybrid class.
Interior Features and Comfort
The Corolla's infotainment system is based around an 8" touchscreen, with higher trims backing it up with a full navigation system and a large digital cluster screen for essential driving information. Hands-free connectivity is provided by Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and full Bluetooth capability.
Automatic climate control is provided across the range, while options such as heated seats and steering wheel, dual zone climate control, and power-adjustable driver seats become available with the higher trims.
Overall, the cabin offers a good level of passenger comfort with its well-bolstered seats and generous legroom at the front. However, there's no getting away from the fact the Corolla is a compact car, and taller passengers may find the rear a little cramped.
As standard, the Corolla includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and an emergency braking system with both pedestrian and cyclist detection. Optional extras include blind spot monitoring, LED fog lights, and steering-responsive headlights.
Toyota Corolla Pricing
Starting at $18,990 for Canadian customers, the base-level Corolla offers exceptional value. The top-level XSE CVT trim comes in at $28,490, which may seem a large price difference, but the sheer number of extra features included means it's still a great deal.
Toyota Corolla Conclusion
The Toyota Corolla is a car that fully deserves its best-selling status. It may be at the pricier end of the market for a compact hatch, but you get a huge amount of car for your money.
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