2020 Toyota Corolla Starts At $19,500, See It In 200+ Photos

We recently got back from our first test drive of the 2020 Toyota Corolla and customers looking to purchase their own will need to shell out $19,500.

Read: We Drive The 2020 Toyota Corolla

Costing $800 more than its predecessor, the redesigned Corolla L doesn’t shout entry-level as it comes nicely equipped with LED headlights, LED taillights and body-color exterior components. The only item that betrays the car’s affordable pricing is the standard 15-inch steel wheels.

Moving in the cabin, drivers will find a tilt/telescopic three-spoke steering wheel, fabric seats and an analog instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display. Other niceties include power windows / locks, a six-speaker audio system and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The Corolla L also comes equipped with a rearview camera and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver assistance systems. The latter includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Auto High Beam Headlights, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist and Lane Tracing Assist.

Motivation is provided by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 139 hp (103 kW / 141 PS) and 126 lb-ft (170 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a continuously variable transmission which sends power to the front wheels.

Corolla LE

The Corolla LE is $450 more expensive than the L, but it rewards buyers with an upgraded interior that includes premium fabric seats, metallic trim and an additional USB port. The model also features a larger 8-inch infotainment system and a rear seat with a center armrest.

Exterior changes are minor, but include heated exterior mirrors, variable intermittent windshield wipers and larger 16-inch steel wheels.

For an additional $2,000 customers can order the LE package. It includes higher end features such as a keyless entry system, a moonroof and a blind spot monitoring system. The package also includes 16-inch alloy wheels.

Corolla XLE

Moving up to the Corolla XLE costs $23,950. However, the model comes equipped with premium LED headlights and a moonroof. The car also features 16-inch alloy wheels, a blind spot warning system and mirrors with integrated turn signals.

Bigger changes occur in the cabin as drivers will find SofTex heated front seats with 8-way power adjustment on the driver’s side. Other highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a keyless entry system and a 7-inch Multi-Information Display in the instrument cluster.

A handful of options are available including a $450 Advanced Lighting package that adds adaptive headlights and ambient interior lighting. Customers can also order a $1,715 Premium Audio package which adds a wireless smartphone charger and a nine-speaker JBL audio system with a subwoofer.

Corolla SE

Buyers looking for something sportier can opt for the Corolla SE CVT which starts at $21,950. It features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 169 hp (126 kW / 171 PS) and 151 lb-ft (204 Nm) of torque.

The car’s sporting image is backed up external styling tweaks including a sport mesh grille, gray metallic side skirts and a body-color rear spoiler. The model also has a dual exhaust system and 18-inch alloy wheels with black accents.

The interior isn’t as luxurious as one on the Corolla XLE, but drivers will find premium sport seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Customers can also order a blind spot monitor, a moonroof and a JBL audio system.

The Corolla SE with the manual transmission costs $22,650 which makes it $700 more expensive than the CVT variant. Toyota officials were quick to point out this isn’t an upcharge for the manual as car comes equipped with additional equipment including a moonroof and a keyless entry system.

Corolla XSE

Sitting at the top of the range is the Corolla XSE which starts at $25,450. It’s fully loaded with SofTex upholstery, heated front seats and an 8-way power driver’s seat. The model also has a blind spot warning system, a gray metallic rear spoiler, a keyless entry system and a 7-inch Multi-Information Display.

Buyers looking for more features can order a JBL premium audio system, a wireless smartphone charger, ambient interior lighting and adaptive headlights.

Last but not least, the Corolla LE Hybrid has a base price of $22,950. The model is similar to the Corolla LE, but it features a keyless entry system, a 7-inch Multi-Information Display and 15-inch alloy wheels. Of course, the biggest change is the car’s hybrid powertrain which produces a combined output of 121 hp (90 kW / 122 PS).

Note: Prices exclude a $930 delivery, processing and handling fee

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  • The 2018 model started at $18,500.
    The Corolla is still missing Android Auto, which I want. Most all other compact cars have Android Auto. Toyota says they are working on it for seamless integration. Why is Android Auto difficult to integrate? They integrated Apple CarPlay.

    • endrflare

      security concerns

      • I know Toyota was concern at privacy.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        That’s a BS reason.

        Everyone else offers it, Toyota can’t because the Entune system is terrible.

        • drano66

          Speaking of terrible, look photo 64, Toyota are a bunch of hacks!

  • In the previous model, Toyota limited the full power and heated front seats to only the top of line XSE and XLE models. Too bad you can’t get it on the SE. Also, I don’t know why they decided to limit the heated steering wheel and wiper defroster to only Canada. Other compact cars in the US offer heated steering wheel

  • That Ross Chap

    That is an awful looking front. It’s such a mess of aggressive elements attached to a dull car that can’t support it.

    • Enter Ranting

      Couldn’t agree more. It’s trying WAY too hard.

  • TheHake

    Great car! I just don’t want one.
    Still a Corolla inside though…

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This thing is an also-ran at launch. It will sell like crazy though, to people who don’t care about cars and treat them as appliances.

    Far better alternatives out there now that are just as reliable, and more exciting.

  • Darren Bratton

    The front is ok but the rear looks so plain. The Kia Forte has a much nicer rear end. & No dual zone a/c? Even my ’02 Grand Prix had dual zone. & the basic gauges look like they came from a 10 year old Yaris…..

  • Liam Paul

    that is a car that will age bad fast , from the front headlamps to the awful interior dashboard to the back end of the car, I just cant find nothing about this car to like. I thought the last Generation of the corolla was very nice, no it was not sporty but it was attractive looking. This one just looks like it’s overkill.

  • EM1

    This is a breakthrough design considering what the older generations looked like. My only small complaint would be to integrate the infotainment screen to the rest of the center console.
    I would love to an “Outback” or better yet XV-like version of this with a bit more height and cladding to it along with AWD to cater to those northeast customers during the cold winter months.

  • Thunderbolt

    An old 2007 V-8 Lexus LS460 gets 28 mpg on the HWY, and this new Corolla only gets 40 mpg HWY ?
    22 gal tank in a Lexus vs. 13 gal tank in a Corolla, why even bother, just get yourself an old Lexus, you get leather seat, all the cool options, silky smooth V-8, bigger leg rooms…etc, the list goes on.

  • Craig

    I like it a lot. Very impressive. Can’t figure out which one I’d want though. Seems to be that the hybrid is really plain-jane. So that’s a bit disappointing. But still…. WAY WAY nicer than a Prius. So it would be between the Hybrid and whatever model comes with the 2.0 and the 6 speed manual transmission. [Is there such a thing?] I’d love the best stereo too – but at $1,750. Ouch. I could just start whistling to myself again. I guess. Much cheaper. And beautiful sounding too! lol

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