After accepting an all-new auto adaptation for 2019, the Toyota Corolla debuts a redesigned auto calendar for 2020, including the brand’s aboriginal amalgam model.
The 12th-generation Corolla auto carries advanced abundant of the new exoteric administration that fabricated its admission beforehand on the auto version.
For the new sedan, prices alpha at $19,600 (plus $955 freight) for the abject L archetypal with a continuously capricious automated transmission, and ambit as aerial as $25,550 for the top-of-the-line XSE archetypal with the CVT, which we activated for this report.
In amid those are the LE CVT ($20,050); SE CVT ($22,050); SE6MT with chiral gearbox ($22,750); Amalgam LE CVT ($23,100); and XLE CVT ($24,050).
On gasoline-only versions, there are two engines available, depending on trim level. L, LE and XLE models appear with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder from the antecedent model, now bearing 139 application and 126 pound-feet of torque.
SE and XSE models get an advancement to a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent with 169 application and 151 pound-feet of torque.
The six-speed chiral gearbox is offered alone on the SE (Sport Edition) model, breadth it is a $700 advancement over the SE with the automatic. All models accept front-wheel drive.
EPA fuel-economy ratings are 29 city/36highway/32 accumulated for the SE 6MT; 3/34 for the SE CVT; 31/38/34 for theXSE; 30/38/33 for the L; 30/38/33 for the LE; and 29/37/32 for XLE.
Toyota says the 12th-generation Corolla auto and its auto alternative are based on the Toyota New Global Architecture, declared as “far added than a new anatomy structure, bringing calm new approaches to engineering, design, assembly, and materials.”
New administration cues lath beneath advanced and best rear overhangs, a lower hood, able-bodied fender flares and arced fender top surfaces, giving the car a sculpted, able-bodied appearance.
SE and XSE versions accept sportier appearances than the added trims. They affection body-color button spoilers and aero stabilizing fins, and Toyota says their slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlights, which blanket into the fenders, are meant to accord the car a “steely beam and a aural caliginosity signature.” The SE and XSE additionally accept amateur J-shaped LED approval lights, as able-bodied as LED about-face signals.
Available is the Adaptive Front-lighting Arrangement ($450, included on our tester), which turns the low beams hardly in the administration the car is turning, based on council bend and speed. All models accept some LED lights, and SE/XSE versions accept smoked alien ablaze lenses.
New exoteric colors for 2020 lath the irised Celestite and Dejected Print. Added choices are Blizzard Pearl, Super White, Classic Argent Metallic, Atramentous Sand Pearl, Dejected Crush Brownish and Barcelona Red Metallic,which was the blush of our analysis vehicle.
Also a air-conditioned affection on our XSE were the 18-inch multi-spoke admixture wheels, which are included on SE models as well. The added trims get 16-inch wheels, except for the hybrid, which has 15-inch.
All but the abject archetypal appear with a high-resolution eight-inch multimedia blow awning ascent from the centermost dash. L models accept a seven-inch blow screen. The apparatus panel, cowl, awning and birr belt band accept been bargain for added advanced visibility.
The berth has a mix of high-gloss and matte surfaces, including argent accents with piano atramentous and alternative allegory stitching, giving the autogenous a more-upscale appearance. Ambient lighting is accessible for the advanced aperture trim, animate tray and advanced cupholder.
That animate tray was the absolute atom for my phone. It additionally houses the alternative wireless phone-charging pad. The cupholders in the centermost animate are terraced to lath altered cooler containers.
A accepted 4.2-inch Multi-Information Affectation is amid the tachometer and speedometer, and a seven-inch affectation is accessible (standard on our XSE model). The bigger awning allows for switching amid analog and agenda speedometers.
SE and XSE accept a new front-seat architecture with the beanbag adolescent into the accept area. LE and XLE accept a new U-shaped advanced seatback. Toyota says these new bank designs actualize “a faculty of youthful, adventurous address while convalescent comfort.”
Seating surfaces are either bolt or, on our XSE, SofTex faux leather. Autogenous colors lath some two-tone designs. Accessible colors are black, lath black/blue (black as the capital blush with dejected highlights), Moonstone (light gray as the capital blush with aphotic gray highlights) and Macadamia (a chrism color).
We had an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, chiral four-way commuter seat, and acrimonious advanced seats.
The CVT on our XSE had paddle shifters to simulate a 10-speed sequential-shift transmission, and included a Action Mode.
Our 2.0-liter agent had Bifold VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence), with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence by Electric motor) on the assimilation ancillary and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses an electric motor instead of oil burden to ascendancy the valve timing, acceptable ability achievement and ammunition mileage, and abbreviation adverse emissions, the automaker says.
We had affluence of ability in our tester, and the CVT seemed to about-face added like a accepted chiral alike after application the paddle shifters.
Among accepted appearance beyond the lath are Toyota’s Entune 3.0 connectivity arrangement with Apple Car Play and Amazon Alexa connectivity; a sport-tuned abeyance and new underpinnings based on the Toyota New Global Architecture. Surprisingly, though, the audio arrangement does not abutment Android Auto, which supports Android smartphones, the most-popular phones on the bazaar worldwide.
Among added accepted appearance on the XSE archetypal are dual-zone automated altitude control, a action gray brownish cobweb grille, color-keyed power/heated alfresco mirrors, bifold chrome bankrupt tips, and a ability tilt/slide moon roof.
Front aperture accumulator pockets lath cupholders big abundant to authority 24-ounce bottles. Rear doors accept cupholders that can handle 16-ounce bottles. Additionally included are an cyberbanking parking brake, Smart Key system, automated up/down windows and two advanced USB outlets.
Available and included on our XSE was the Entune 3.0 Audio Premium JBL arrangement ($1,715) with eight speakers, 800-watt amplifier, Clari-Fi, Dynamic Voice Recognition, Dynamic Navigation, Dynamic POI Search; and Destination Assist Connect.
Standard is the additional bearing of the Toyota Assurance Faculty system, with new active-safety technologies. They lath Pre-Collision Arrangement with Pedestrian Detection day or night (night is new), or daytime bicyclist (new), It alerts the disciplinarian (audible and beheld warnings). It can administer the brakes to advice abate or abstain a collision, application Advanced Blow Warning, Anchor Assist, and Automated Emergency Braking. Dynamic Radar Cruise Ascendancy was accepted on our XSE model.
Also included are Lane Departure Alert with Council Assist; automated aerial beams; and Lane Tracing Assist. The new Road Assurance Assist can analyze Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Acceleration Limit signs and affectation beheld and aural alerts. Alerts alter based on the assurance type, and are displayed on the Multi-Information Affectation screen, Toyota says.
There are seven accepted air accoutrements and Toyota’s Star Assurance System, which includes Enhanced Agent Adherence Control, Traction Control, Cyberbanking Brake-force Distribution, Anchor Assist, antilock brakes and Smart Stop Technology.
Blind-spot ecology is accepted on the XSE. All models accept a advancement camera with guidelines.
While there is allowance for up to bristles people, the rear bank bench is added able for two rather than three, and our rear cartage said they had able knee, leg and arch room. A average armrest with two cupholders can be pulled bottomward for the outboard cartage back no one is sitting in the centermost position.
The block has 13.1 cubic anxiety of space.
Our 2020 Corolla XSE auto additionally included acrylic aegis blur ($395) and a carpeting mat amalgamation ($249).
Total sticker amount was $29,214, including bales and options, which brought us a well-equipped agent that was fun to drive forth with actuality absolutely practical.
The automotive columns of G. Chambers Williams III accept appeared consistently in the Star-Telegram back 1994. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @gchambers3.
2020 TOYOTA COROLLA SEDAN
The package: Compact, four-door, five-passenger, four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive hatchback.
Highlights: Toyota has formed out its redesigned Corolla auto for 2020, with new administration central and out, forth with added assurance technology. This is a ample and able agent that seems added like a baby affluence car than the affordable bunched it is.
Negatives: Rear average bank is bound for adults or teens.