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Updated: November 09, 2020

2020 Corolla [ULTIMATE GUIDE]

Toyota Corolla comprehensive guide

Exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blue Crush Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Wheels

These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents.

  • 15-in. alloy wheels and P195/65R15 tires 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    15-in. alloy wheels and P195/65R15 tires

    Hybrid LE

  • 16-in. wide-vent steel wheels and P205/55R16 tires 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    16-in. wide-vent steel wheels and P205/55R16 tires

    LE

  • 16-in. alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE

    16-in. alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires

    XLE

  • 18-in. machined alloy wheels with dark gray-painted accents and P225/40R18 tires 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    18-in. machined alloy wheels with dark gray-painted accents and P225/40R18 tires

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), XSE

  • 18-in. black-painted alloy wheels and P225/40R18 tires 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

    18-in. black-painted alloy wheels and P225/40R18 tires

    SE Nightshade Edition

  • 15-in. styled steel wheels and P195/65R15 tires

    L

Headlights

The available Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) follows your front wheels when you turn for enhanced visibility at night.

  • LED headlights 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    LED headlights

    L, LE

  • High-grade LED headlights 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

    High-grade LED headlights

    Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

    L, LE, Hybrid LE, XLE

  • LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

Taillights

All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade.

  • LED tail and stoplights 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    LED tail and stoplights

    L, LE, Hybrid LE, XLE

  • LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

    LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

Front grill

Highlighted by its honeycomb mesh grille, Corolla's lower, wider, more aggressive stance stands out for all the right reasons.

  • Black front grille with sport mesh insert 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    Black front grille with sport mesh insert

    L, LE, Hybrid LE, XLE

  • Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

    Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), XSE

  • Sport mesh black front grille with black bumper and surround 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

    Sport mesh black front grille with black bumper and surround

    SE Nightshade Edition

Exterior details

With an available Dark Gray Metallic rear spoiler, diffuser and side rocker panels, you'll make a strong impression wherever you pull up.

  • Color-keyed outside door handles 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    Color-keyed outside door handles

    L, LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE

  • Black outside door handles 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

    Black outside door handles

    SE Nightshade Edition

  • Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and color-keyed rear spoiler 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

    Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and color-keyed rear spoiler

    SE CVT, SE (6MT)

  • Black-painted sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

    Black-painted sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

    SE Nightshade Edition

  • Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

    XSE

  • Blacked-out Corolla, SE and Toyota badging 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

    Blacked-out Corolla, SE and Toyota badging

    SE Nightshade Edition

  • Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

    L, LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE

  • Black roof-mounted shark-fin antenna and window trim

    SE Nightshade Edition

Outside mirrors

  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

    LE, Hybrid LE

  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT)

    Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

    SE CVT, SE (6MT)

  • Black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

    Black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

    SE Nightshade Edition

  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators

    XLE, XSE

  • Color-keyed power outside mirrors

    L

  • Exhaust

    Dual chrome-tipped exhaust 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

Interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Interior photo

Front seats

The result not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution.

  • Premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    Premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

    LE, Hybrid LE

  • Premium sport seats with sport fabric inserts with 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT)

    Premium sport seats with sport fabric inserts with 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), SE Nightshade Edition

  • SofTex-trimmed heated front sport seats with sport fabric inserts; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support; and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat and seatback pocket 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE

    SofTex-trimmed heated front sport seats with sport fabric inserts; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support; and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat and seatback pocket

    XLE, XSE

  • Fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

    L

  • Heated driver's and front passenger seats

    XLE, XSE

Rear seats

Legroom is also plentiful, fulfilling a basic mission of sedans..

  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest and two cup holders 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE

    60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest and two cup holders

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat

    L

  • Interior trims

    Available ambient lighting illuminates the front door trim, console tray and front cupholder.

    Metallic interior trim with chrome interior door handles and color-keyed door panel piping 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    Metallic interior trim with chrome interior door handles and color-keyed door panel piping

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Moonroof. Panoramic roof

    Free your cabin with better airflow and more natural light from above with Corolla's available moonroof.

    Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

    SE (6MT), XLE, XSE

  • Storage

    Two front and two rear cup holders

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

Multimedia & Convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Interior photo

Audio & Multimedia

Cast onto a large 8-in. in-dash display and an available 800-watt JBL nine-speaker system, you'll find even more reasons to take the long way home.

  • Audio — includes 6 speakers, 8-in. touch-screen 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    Audio — includes 6 speakers, 8-in. touch-screen

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), SE Nightshade Edition

  • Audio Plus—includes 8-in. touch-screen, Sirius XM, HD Radio 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT)

    Audio Plus—includes 8-in. touch-screen, Sirius XM, HD Radio

    XLE, XSE

  • Audio — includes 6 speakers, 7-in. touch-screen

    L

Instrument cluster

Large, colorful and, most importantly, practical, Corolla Hybrid's instrument cluster 7-in. MID screen brings safety alerts, vehicle health information and more into your line of sight while you drive.

  • 4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

    L, LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), SE Nightshade Edition

  • 7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display with hybrid system power meter 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display with hybrid system power meter

    Hybrid LE

  • 7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE

    7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

    XLE, XSE

Windshield

  • Intermittent windshield wipers

    L

  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

Steering wheel

Corolla's available mounted paddle shifters let you shift gears without letting go of the wheel.

  • Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

    L, LE, Hybrid LE

  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters

    SE CVT, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE

    Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

    SE (6MT), XLE

Car access & Remote Control

Remotely locate your Corolla in a crowded lot, start the engine and more with the available Remote Connect app that works with your Apple Watch and other smart devices.

  • Smart Key System on front doors and trunk with Push Button Start, remote keyless entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, panic and trunk-release functions 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    Smart Key System on front doors and trunk with Push Button Start, remote keyless entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, panic and trunk-release functions

    Hybrid LE, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE

  • Multi-function in-key remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, panic and trunk-release functions and remote illuminated entry

    LE, SE CVT, SE Nightshade Edition

Climate

Corolla sedan’s fully redesigned air conditioning system is more compact, more efficient and more effective.

  • Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE

    Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter

    L

Power Sockets

  • Front USB 2.0 port

    L

  • Front and Console USB 2.0 ports

    LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

Safety & Driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

ALL BLACK FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) Interior photo

Safety systems

The latest system has enhanced low-light capabilities to help detect pedestrians at night.

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

    L, LE, Hybrid LE, SE CVT, XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

    SE (6MT)

Driving modes

Press down on Corolla Hybrid's Power Mode button to increase its throttle response for a more exciting drive.

  • Normal and Sport driving modes 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

    Normal and Sport driving modes

    SE CVT, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Normal, Power and ECO driving modes 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    Normal, Power and ECO driving modes

    Hybrid LE

  • Sport Mode

    SE CVT, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Hybrid Power Mode

    Hybrid LE

Tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Barcelona Red Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Exterior photo

Engine

Here are some of the tech bits on Corolla sedan’s new available engine: The new Dynamic Force engine gets it high power and efficiency from a combination of high compression ratio (13:1), Toyota D4-S fuel injection combining direct and secondary port injectors, high-speed combustion, VVT-iE intelligent variable valve-timing on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust.

  • 1.8L / 139hp

    L, LE, XLE

  • 2.0L / 169hp

    SE CVT, SE (6MT), XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • 1.8L / 121hp

    Hybrid LE

Transmission

Sedan buyer trends are shifting, and the 2020 Corolla sedan is right there with them.

  • 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT)

    iMT

    SE (6MT)

  • Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S) 2020 Toyota Corolla LE

    CVT

    L, LE, XLE

  • Dynamic-Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with physical First-launch gear 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT

    CVT sport

    SE CVT, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT) 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE

    E-CVT

    Hybrid LE

Mechanical

A super-rigid structure, lower center of gravity and highly refined suspension tuning endow the Corolla sedan with exemplary handling agility and ride comfort, along with a distinctive driving personality.

  • Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

    L, LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

  • California LEV 3

    Hybrid LE

  • Temporary tire

    L, LE, SE CVT, SE (6MT), XLE, XSE, SE Nightshade Edition

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