2020 Toyota Corolla – The 2020 Toyota Corolla finishes in the bottom half of our compact car rankings. Despite a great predicted reliability rating, it lags behind many competitors when it comes to performance and cabin space.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla gets a full redesign that makes it more competitive against some very strong rivals. This time around, the Corolla sheds a lot of the uninspired personality and lackluster materials that held back previous generations. It now looks a lot sharper, and the interior exceeds expectations for the class.
This latest 2020 Corolla represents one of the most significant redesigns in its long history. It’s now a serious competitor against the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3, whereas previous generations often came across as though Toyota was simply phoning it in or relying on its reputation for reliability. If you’ve been turned off by the last round of Corollas, it may be time for you to come back.
Toyota Corolla models
The 2020 Toyota Corolla is available in five trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. The L, LE, and XLE are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (139 horsepower, 126 lb-ft of torque) that is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that drives the front wheels. The SE and the XLE get a 2.0-liter engine (169 hp, 151 lb-ft) and a specialized CVT automatic with paddle shifters. The SE is also eligible for a six-speed manual transmission.
Toyota Corolla 2020 Safety
Our experts’ favorite Corolla safety features:
Warns if a front collision is imminent and applies the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond in time.
Lane Departure Alert w/Steering Assist
Warns if you are drifting out of your lane and corrects the steering if you don’t respond in time.
Automatic High Beams
Activates high beams automatically on dark roads and deactivates them when the system detects an oncoming vehicle.
How Much Does the Toyota Corolla 2020 Cost?
The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan starts at ₦7.2 million, which is a little high for a gas-only compact car. The Corolla has several higher trim levels that climb to around ₦9.4 million. Toyota offers the 2020 Corolla hatchback model, which starts at ₦7.5 million. Pricing for top trims of the hatchback model reaches as high as ₦8.6 million before adding options.
Best Toyota Corolla Model to drive in Nigeria?
The 2020 Toyota Corolla is available in several configurations. The Corolla sedan comes in five trim levels – L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE – and with a 1.8 or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Your best bet is SE or XSE model, in either body style. These trims come with the 2.0-liter engine, which is much better for everyday driving. These trims also have features you won’t find in lower trims, like automatic climate control, more-supportive front sport seats, and an upgraded infotainment system with a larger screen.
2020 Toyota Corolla L
The 2020 Toyota Corolla L sedan starts at ₦7.2million and comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT. Standard features include LED headlights and taillights, cloth upholstery, and manually adjustable front seats. A standard infotainment system includes Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, voice recognition, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.
2020 Toyota Corolla LE
The Toyota Corolla LE retails for ₦7.4 million and adds heated outside mirrors, automatic climate control, premium cloth seats, and keyless entry. The LE also comes with the upgraded Entune infotainment system, with an 8-inch touch screen and an extra USB port.
2020 Toyota Corolla SE
The Corolla SE features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a CVT. This model adds front sport seats, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sport driving mode, and upgraded exterior design elements. The optional Premium package costs $1,500 and includes a moonroof, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and blind-spot monitoring. Another package retails for $2,315 and has all the features of the Premium package, along with HD Radio and satellite radio.
The Corolla SE with the available manual transmission starts at ₦8.4million. It comes standard with the moonroof, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start.
2020 Toyota Corolla XLE
The Toyota Corolla XLE starts at ₦8.9 million and comes with the 1.8-liter engine. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, heated front sport seats, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a moonroof, a 7-inch digital driver information display, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, HD Radio, and satellite radio.
2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
The Toyota Corolla XSE has mostly the same standard and available features as the XLE, but it comes with the 2.0-liter engine. Prices start at ₦9.4 million.
The cabin of the all-new Toyota Corolla It is very-very different from the outgoing model. However, at the same time, it’s also very similar to the hatchback we saw last year. Now, as far as the colors and materials you can get inside this cabin, most of the models L through se come with cloth seating.
However, when you go up to the xle, you get soft tex synthetic leather, and EX, SE has soft tex leather with sport inserts. Then as far as the colors, most of them have the options between black light grey and beige. However, the XSE has a unique color option, which is black with blue inserts. No turning over here to your door trim, it is pretty nice for a vehicle in this class.
Like we already said, we do have the optional push-button start. When you press it’s, you’ll find this sizeable 8-inch display standard on most of the trims except for the very base, which comes with a slightly smaller seven-inch display.