Since its launch in March this year, the 2019 Corolla hatchback has been winning admirers everywhere it goes. For this reason, we have all been eagerly waiting for the sedan version of the Corolla to see whether it would achieve similar success. This is particularly because the outgoing version of the Corolla sedan was overly underwhelming. Finally, the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan came out and from the look of it; Toyota has done an impressive job. The new model, which is based on the TNGA platform and features refined features is poised to win back our admiration.
2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Exterior
As revealed above, the 2020 Corolla sedan is based on the TNGA platform. On the outside, the model has an edgier design compared to the outgoing model. Although Toyota says the Corolla sedan is similar to the hatch, in terms of size, the sedan is over a foot taller. The new sedan has a length of 183 inches, width of 70 inches, and a height of 57 inches; its wheelbase extends for 106 inches. Its front and rear tracks have been slightly expanded by 0.5 inches and 0.9 inches respectively compared to the current model. The hood of the sedan is 1.4 inches lower while its height is down by 0.8 inches. The car’s beltline, cowl as well as the instrument panel have also been slightly lowered. The driver sitting position has been lowered by an inch and pushed 1.6 inches rearwards. These adjustments have helped lower the sedan’s COG by 0.4 inches.
Top trims ride on 18-inch aluminum wheels similar to those used on the hatchback. Lower trims will use 16-inch alloy or steel rollers.
Toyota has gone for a simple look for the 2020 Corolla interior. A new tablet-like touchscreen controls the infotainment system. The screen is fitted in a way such that it appears to float above climate control vents. A 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster is standard with an option for a 7.0-inch unit. The driver will have better visibility due to thinner A-pillars, a lower window line, as well as the repositioned side-view mirrors.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan features the latest Entune infotainment system (Version 3.0) which is offered in three flavors. The upper levels offer a JBL premium audio system with Clari-Fi technology as standard. Electronic driver assist systems include active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.
It also features various systems such as Safety Connect for breakdown services and Mayday calling, Service Connect for vehicle location as well as service needs, Wi-Fi Connect that supports 5 devices and Remote Connect for remote door lock/unlock, remote engine start, and locating the car in a parking lot. The Wi-Fi hotspot is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Alexa but Toyota is yet to offer Android Auto compatibility.
For a quieter cabin, Toyota has added a single-piece floor silencer pad to block tire and road noise. There is also a new climate control system, which feeds dehumidified air to the model’s greenhouse.
Engine and performance
There are two engines on offer; the base unit is the 1.8 L, 4-cylinder unit that carries over from the current model. This engine will power L, LE, as well as the XLE models. The mill is good for 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. The sportier trims, SE and XSE feature a 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine that delivers more power (169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft). This engine is paired with the latest CVT system whose first gear is used to start the engine. In addition, the CVT can mimic a 10-speed manual gearbox when it is in Sport mode.
SE trims will feature a 6-speed manual transmission but those who go for this option will miss out on lane-centering and adaptive cruise control systems. A hybrid powertrain will be released later on for consumers who desire greater fuel economy in their vehicle.
Price and release date
Pricing of the new Corolla will not stray much from the current models. Expect to pay about $20,000 for the base L trim. Fully equipped top trims will fetch over $25,000.
The Honda civic is Toyota Corolla’s biggest rival; this rivalry is set to get stiffer when the 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan hits dealerships. Honda is already selling its 2019 Civic.