2020 Toyota Corolla in RI

 

Overview

With an attention-grabbing redesign for the 2020 model year, the faithful and ever-popular Toyota Corolla just might be changing its personality. It boasts a sharper, more refined body and a thoughtfully designed interior. Gone are the days where this no-nonsense sedan was simply meant to get you from point A to point B without much flair. Now, you can get the best of both worlds: exceptional reliability plus handsome looks. With that said, if the previous Corollas never stirred your soul, then you might want to reconsider with the latest version of the midsized four-door.

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Trims and Standard Equipment

The ’20 Corolla comes in five trim levels: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. The L, LE, and XLE get a 139 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Both the SE and XSE have a 169 hp 2.0-liter engine that gets paired to a special CVT with paddle shifters. As an option, the SE can be ordered with a six-speed manual transmission.

The base L gets LED headlights, cloth upholstery, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The LE adds heated mirrors, remote keyless entry, upgraded cloth upholstery, and a rear-seat center armrest. For a sportier touch, the SE provides upgraded headlights, athletic exterior styling, sport front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. With the manual transmission version, the SE gets keyless entry and ignition, selectable drive modes, and a sunroof (all of which are optional on Corollas with the CVT). The XLE does away with the sportier engine but gets the selectable drive modes on top of simulated-leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats. With the XSE, the equipment packages from both the SE and XLE are combined. The more powerful engine returns and instead of simulated leather it gets power-adjustable sport seats.


 

 

Safety and Technology

Advanced driver aids for the L include automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and a traffic sign reader. The L also receives Toyota’s Safety Connect emergency communications system. These all carry over the XLE, which adds blind-spot monitoring to the mix. Regarding overall safety, the ’20 Corolla has been awarded five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the highest distinction they offer.

Standard technology features on the base trim include a 7-inch touchscreen interface, a rearview camera system, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a USB port, and a six-speaker audio system. The LE adds another USB port, and the XLE includes a virtual instrument panel, an 8-inch touchscreen, and satellite radio, which the XSE also includes in its lineup. As far as options, the SE, XLE, and XSE trims can get a nine-speaker premium JBL audio unit. For the XLE and XSE, this same unit will also come with integrated navigation and a wireless smartphone charging pad.