Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Hatchback is actually kind of fun
Rev-matching manual transmission
Incredible fuel economy of Hybrid trim
Polarizing front-end styling
Still no Android Auto for the sedan
Corolla Hybrid only available in one trim
Hatchback begs for a turbocharged engine option
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan is all-new, while the Corolla Hatchback, which was all-new for 2019, gains Android Auto compatibility to go with Apple CarPlay along with a Nightshade trim edition (offered on the sedan as well) and an optional black roof. See the 2020 Toyota Corolla models for sale near you
The new Corolla is far more engaging than the generations that preceded it. If you're looking for an economical compact car but have written off the Corolla as being too boring for your tastes, we'd encourage you to reconsider. Between the new hatchback design, the excellent 6-speed manual transmission and the incredibly efficient hybrid model, there's now a Corolla out there for just about anyone. We'd give strong consideration to the Corolla Hybrid, as its 52 mpg combined fuel economy rating means you'll likely recoup its added costs after just a few years of ownership. While you can't get it as a hybrid, the Corolla Hatchback is particularly compelling as well given that it offers cargo volume on par with a subcompact SUV. As far as basic gas-powered Corolla sedans go, we'd probably focus our search around the LE and SE models. Find a Toyota Corolla for sale
The 2020 Corolla is available in six trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE and XSE. The LE is available in hybrid form. Toyota is going for sportiness with the Corolla Hatchback and thus offers it only in SE and XSE trims. Finally, there's a special Nightshade appearance package available on both the SE sedan and hatchback for 2020.
The entry-level Corolla L ($20,555) starts with 15-in steel wheels, LED headlights and taillights with LED daytime running lights, a black mesh grille, a 7-in center infotainment screen, an integrated backup camera, a 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable passenger seat, a 60/40 split folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and multi-information display controls, a padded center console, one 12-volt power outlet, one USB port and a total of four cupholders, with two up front and two in the back.
The Corolla LE ($21,005) and LE Hybrid ($24,055) add 16-in steel wheels, heated sideview mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers, higher-end seat fabric, a rear center armrest, metallic interior trim with chrome door handles, two front USB ports and an 8-in center infotainment screen.
The SE ($23,005) and SE 6MT ($23,705) adds sportier styling with a rear spoiler, 18-in wheels, turn signal indicators for the mirrors, dual exhaust tips, premium sport seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a few other things. A sunroof and blind spot monitoring are optional with the automatic. The SE 6MT comes standard with a sunroof but isn't available with blind spot monitoring at all, oddly. CVT models also gain paddle shifters and a "Sport" driving mode.
The available SE Nightshade trim ($23,705), available only with the CVT, adds to the mix black painted wheels, a black rear spoiler, blacked-out badging and other black trim pieces.
A Premium Package is offered for the Corolla LE and SE that adds blind spot monitoring, a sunroof and passive keyless entry with push-button start.
Building off of the LE trim, the Corolla XLE ($25,005) gains higher-end LED headlights, standard blind spot monitoring, a standard sunroof, standard 16-in alloy wheels, "SofTex" vinyl seating, heated front seats and a 7-in gauge cluster display. Options available via package include a JBL audio system, an adaptive front lighting system, ambient interior lighting and a wireless charging pad.
The sportiest 2020 Corolla is the XSE model ($26,505). The XSE adds to the SE basically the same features the XLE adds to the LE. Differences from the XLE include 18-in wheels, sport seats and some more aggressive trim pieces.
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback starts off in basic SE form ($21,245), which is available with the same Nightshade appearance package offered on the sedan, although Toyota considers this its own trim level ($23,345). As with the sedan, the Corolla XSE Hatchback ($24,195) sits at the top of the hatchback hierarchy. While the sedan is only offered with a manual transmission in the special "SE 6MT" trim, both the Corolla Hatchback SE and XSE can be had with either the CVT or the manual.
Across the board, packaging for the Corolla Hatchback is mostly consistent with that of the sedan, although unique options available on the hatchback include a rear spoiler ($375) and a contrasting black roof ($500), which is new for 2020.
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2020 Honda Civic -- The Civic is arguably the leader of this segment and offers a superb combination of space, fuel economy, performance, quality, feature content, comfort and driver engagement. It's also available in sedan, coupe and hatchback body styles and can be had in performance-oriented Si trim.
2020 Mazda3 -- The Mazda3 was all-new for the 2019 model year and offers two things the Corolla doesn't: available AWD and an upscale, near-luxury interior. Like the Corolla, sedan and hatchback bodystyles are offered.
2020 Hyundai Elantra -- The Elantra got a mild refresh for 2019. While similar to the Corolla and Civic, the Elantra offers Hyundai's exceptional warranty, making it a great value-play in this segment.
Used Toyota Camry -- The midsize Camry is bigger than the Corolla and offers more available features. If you're willing to go the used route, you'll likely be able to find a pre-owned 2018 or 2019 Camry for a similar price as a brand-new Corolla.