2020 Corolla Comparison Review

Beautiful Interior.


Fuel Economy that Gets You Excited.


Safety to the Nth Degree.


Dependable to a Fault.


Even Basic Model is Well Equipped.


Bright and shiny was, is, and will always be an exciting prospect. For the 2020 model year, the Toyota Corolla has been redesigned. With a new, sleek design, the Corolla is here to show off. It is already receiving praise for its redesigned interior, and the model only launched in March.

Kelley Blue Book was among those impressed with the 2020 Toyota Corolla. “Toyota hasn’t lost sight of what people like about the Corolla – Toyota’s 12th-generation compact sedan is designed to be roomy, comfortable and quiet.” The Car Connection said in their review, “In all 2020 Corollas, the front bucket seats get a grip on seat design; they’re better than more expensive vehicles we’ve driven lately.” With superior comfort, as well as nice features like Apple CarPlay, the 2020 Toyota Corolla is here to impress.

What’s inside the Corolla is impressive, not just in the interior design, but also in the engine. The base 2020 Toyota Corolla gets 30 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. On the hybrid model, that number skyrockets to 53 mpg city and 52 mpg highway. The hybrid numbers are right up there with our 2019 Prius models, which are world renowned for their great fuel economy.

Not to be beat, the 30/38 fuel economy of the base model 2020 Corolla beats out many of its competitors. The base 2019 Honda Civic runs at 25/36, the base 2019 Nissan Sentra runs at 29/37, and the base 2019 Chevy Cruze runs at 28/38. As you can see, the 2020 Toyota Corolla provides excellent value in fuel economy, even at its base model.

While you enjoy your comfy interior and exciting fuel economy, you can know that you are driving one of the safest vehicles on the road. Although the safety ratings are still coming out because this car is so new, we do know that the 2019 model was highly rated by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The 2019 Toyota Corolla was rated as having “Superior” front crash prevention ratings. In both the 12 mph and 25 mph tests, the car was able to stop fully and not cause a collision. Additionally, the hatchback version of the 2019 model, which came out later in the year, received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The 2020 sedan model of the Corolla shares more similarities to the 2019 hatchback model in safety functions than the 2019 sedan model, so we expect the 2020 Toyota Corolla to be rated as a Top Safety Pick in 2020.

While the IIHS does not have ratings yet for the 2020 Toyota Corolla, the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has some safety ratings out. The 2020 Toyota Corolla received 5 stars from the NHTSA for frontal crash safety. The NHTSA recommends that vehicles have four major safety technologies: Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Crash Imminent Braking, and Dynamic Brake Support. All four of these come standard in the 2020 Toyota Corolla. Other competitors do not have these standard. The 2019 Honda Civic only has Lane Departure Warning, the 2019 Nissan Sentra only offers Forward Collision Warning as an option, and the 2019 Chevy Cruze only offers Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Crash Imminent Braking as options, not standard.

When you buy a Toyota Corolla, you are not just getting a safe car. You are also getting a reliable car. In June of 2018, J.D. Power rated the Toyota Corolla as best in initial quality for compact cars. In 2019, J.D. Power released their findings in a study on vehicle dependability. This study looked at vehicles that were three years old and examined how they held up. Unsurprisingly, the Toyota Corolla was ranked 10/10. Here’s what they had to say: “‘Dependability’ and ‘Toyota Corolla’ are synonymous among American consumers, and this compact car’s performance in the 2019 VDS only cements that association.”

J.D. Power isn’t the only site that has recognized this. Kelley Blue Book, in their review mentioned above, also said the 2020 Toyota Corolla is “infused with the Japanese automaker's legendary reputation for reliability.” When you buy a car, you want it to last. You want it to keep you going for as long as you need it. The Toyota Corolla has always been great at the longevity game, and that will not change any time soon.

I have mentioned it already, but I would like to bring up the base model again. The base model of this car comes with several features that many of its adversaries don’t. Having a touchscreen with navigation and Apple CarPlay is not often a standard feature in this class. The 2019 Honda Civic offers such luxuries but only for an additional price. The safety features that I mentioned earlier also come standard across the board. None of J.D. Power’s top 10 best-selling small cars offer the same standard safety features as the Toyota Camry. Actually, one does. That would be the Toyota Prius.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is an incredible vehicle. It has a lovely redesigned interior. Its fuel economy will save you tons of money on gas. And those aren’t even its biggest strengths. Its standard safety features and its dependability reign supreme. To think that it has so many standard features while retaining impressive luxury trims is truly incredible. If you would like to test one out for yourself, you can visit us at Evans Toyota 515 W Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. You can also call us at (260) 589-6237. We hope to see you soon.

Websites/Articles Mentioned (in order mentioned):

Kelley Blue Book 2020 Toyota Corolla Review: https://www.kbb.com/car-news/toyota-corolla/2100006052/

The Car Connection 2020 Toyota Corolla Review: https://www.thecarconnection.com/overview/toyota_corolla_2020

IIHS 2019 Toyota Corolla Safety Ratings: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/toyota/corolla-4-door-sedan/2019

IIHS 2019 Top Safety Picks: https://www.iihs.org/ratings/top-safety-picks#overview

NHTSA 2020 Toyota Corolla Safety Overview: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2020/TOYOTA/COROLLA/4%252520DR/FWD#safety-ratings-frontal

J.D. Power 2018 Initial Quality Study: https://www.jdpower.com/cars/ratings/quality/2018/infographic-2018-us-initial-quality-study-key-stats?make=&model=

J.D. Power 2019 Small Car Vehicle Dependability Study: https://www.jdpower.com/cars/ratings/dependability/2019/2019-vehicle-dependability-most-dependable-small-cars?make=&model=

J.D. Power Top 10 Best-Selling Small Cars 2018: https://www.jdpower.com/cars/sedans/10-most-popular-small-cars/