When you’re updating the world’s most-produced car, you don’t want to get it wrong. Toyota definitely did not get it wrong with the 2020 Corolla. I think it’s the best- looking Corolla yet.
Our review car is the top trim XSE. Included are 18-inch wheels and low-profile tires to help tighten handling on what’s been a pretty boring car through the years.
The interior is also much better than the old Corolla. Even base models get a host of electronic driver aids like automatic braking. The transmission is continuously variable but uses a conventional first gear for getting underway. A six-speed manual is available.
Seats are supportive and good-looking, even with pinstripes.
Two adults can be comfortable in row two. Three would be pushing it.
With a low lift-over and large opening, the trunk swallows lots of stuff.
Under the hood is pretty much unchanged: A two-liter four with 169 horsepower. It’s on the slow side, but this new version now has independent rear suspension for better handling.
So, for the 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE, I say thumbs up to improved styling, improved handling and standard driver aids. Thumbs go down to being underpowered.
I averaged about 32 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker price is just under $29,000.