2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan Coming To Join The New Hatchback

Toyota recently rolled out the new Corolla Hatchback, but its sedan counterpart is still essentially the same model that came out in 2014. That makes it about due for replacement, and according to the latest, that’s just what the Japanese industrial giant has in store.

According to CarsDirect, Toyota will introduce an all-new Corolla sedan for the 2020 model year. And when it does, we can expect it to closely mirror the specs of the new hatch, but with a conventional trunk still heavily favored in the US market especially.

Though competitors like the Honda Civic and Kia Forte are fresher metal, the Corolla sedan remains a hot seller. One of Toyota’s top models, in fact: last month alone in the United States, it sold nearly 20,000 of them. That puts it just behind the Camry (of which Toyota sold over 27,000 in America last month) and way ahead of every other passenger car Toyota offers. Even the popular Highlander crossover and Tundra pickup barely sold in greater numbers than the Corolla sedan, with only the RAV4 overshadowing with over 37,000 sold in September.

That’s particularly impressive considering the Corolla’s relative age, but in previous years it sold even more. Last year Toyota sold over 308,000 Corollas (including sedans and hatchbacks), down from 360k the year before and a high-water mark of over 387k in 2006 (when the tenth-generation model was introduced). The Japanese automaker will surely want to revisit those numbers with the introduction of the next iteration, even as crossovers increasingly take the place of passenger sedans among the highest-volume vehicles in the US market.

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  • NoMan2015

    In other news, the sky is blue

  • Toyota last updated the Corolla sedan for the 2017 model year giving it a facelift, refreshing the dash and adding it’s safety sense package. But, the Corolla still uses analog gauges instead of digital and doesn’t have Android Auto that the Civic and Volkswagen have, so the Corolla sedan feels a little dated compared to the competition. I hate that Toyota still refuses Android Auto, which I prefer over Apple CarPlay which is in the Corolla hatchback.

    • NoMan2015

      Reports at the end of September indicated that they’re likely adding Android soon.

      • yes, it was said an announcement would be made in October, but so far I’ve not heard anything. What about adding to the current Corolla?

  • PhilMcGraw

    “…but with a conventional trunk still heavily favored in the US market especially.”

    I don’t understand the US market anymore. First they say that we only want crossovers which have hatchback openings but now apparently we also prefer a traditional sedan look over a hatchback when it comes to the trunk. So I’m guessing our true demand is:

    crossovers > sedans > hatchbacks > wagons

    • andyoo

      people got more use to suv 5th door, so they are now also more open to hatch…see Honda and Toyota doing that to new gen civic and corolla. with sedan

  • If Toyota wants to sell more sedans, they need to include Android Auto as their competitors do

    • PhilMcGraw

      They’re most likely going to make an announcement at the LA Auto Show about Android Auto. It doesn’t make much sense to make a random announcement, so they would likely tie any announcement to the upcoming auto show (which it’s possible they make the announcement weeks out with a statement that further details will be given at the auto show).

  • andyoo

    if the corolla sedan is ugly, the hatch is extremely ugly.
    and power is probably going to be disappointment.
    and android auto? no free navagation from Toyota fan.

    • no25

      “if the corolla sedan is ugly, the hatch is extremely ugly.” you do realize the hatch is already out, right? The sedan will probably look just like the hatch in the face and interior.

  • Duke Woolworth

    Angry look. It’s the reason friend Mark switched from a long list of Camrys to an Accord.


    Dog face…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Other than sales, nothing about the Corolla is a benchmark, absolutely nothing. The Corolla, and the Sentra are the most lackluster offerings in the segment. It is hideous and was dated and felt cheap the second it was introduced. It was as if Toyota didn’t benchmark a single one of their competitors vehicles.

    Just because McDonalds sells the most hamburgers, doesn’t mean it is the best.

    • Raymond Chuang

      That’s true with the current models, but I expect the 2020 Corolla sedans to be a lot more interesting, given what we’ve seen from the 2019 Corolla Hatchback.

  • Raymond Chuang

    I foresee two models of the 2020 Corolla sedan for the US market: one powered by the 3ZR-FAE engine rated at 137 bhp, and one powered by the M20A-FKS engine rated at 168 bhp. The sedan will be officially unveiled at the Guangzhou International Auto Show on 16 November 2018, and it’s likely we’ll see the US versions for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in December 2018.

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