The Corolla has long been a steady staple in Toyota’s lineup since its initial release and distribution in the U.S. more than 50 years ago in 1966. Since 1974, the Corolla has been one of the best-selling cars in the world. As of 2016, Toyota has sold more than 44 million Corollas. In fact, the Corolla alone is currently responsible for more than ⅓ of all compact sedan sales in the United States.

Renowned for its reliability, safety, and impressive fuel efficiency, the Toyota Corolla is popular as both a family-friendly car and a commuter vehicle. It is a very versatile model that continues to exceed customer expectations year after year.

Although the Corolla has always been popular, the 2020 Corolla is attracting unprecedented hype. Drivers and critics alike are labeling the 2020 Corolla as the best Corolla yet, which is saying quite a lot considering that the Corolla has already been a high-performing, top-selling staple in Toyota’s line-up for more than half a century.

This uber-positive verdict leaves drivers wondering: What is it about the 2020 Toyota Corolla that rises above and beyond customers’ and critics’ already high expectations for Corolla models?

Hatchback-Inspired Styling

One of the biggest shortcomings of the Toyota Corolla has always been its uninspired styling. The Corolla’s interior and exterior design has always seemed just a little too straightforward, but its high performance in many other areas—most notably safety and reliability—has helped millions of practical-minded drivers look past its ho-hum aesthetic.

For 2020, though, the Corolla got a makeover. The 2020 Corolla features styling that is inspired by the trendier design of the hatchback vehicles in Corolla’s lineup. This makeover includes a revised trapezoidal grille, thinner LED headlights and taillights as standard features and a more visually appealing character line that slopes upward. On the inside, new design features include black accents, a soft-touch dashboard and seats that provide increased cushioning and more support.

Advanced Safety Features

The 2020 Corolla is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 package as a standard feature, which sets it above most sedans in terms of advanced safety features.

This package of advanced safety features includes lane departure alert, a front collision warning system, pedestrian detection, automatic braking, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, road edge detection, a lane-centering system, and more. Blindspot warning and adaptive headlights are available as optional upgrades or as standard features only in upper trim levels.

Increased Eco-Friendliness

The Corolla has always been a pretty eco-friendly car. However, the 2020 Corolla steps its eco-friendliness up by several notches. It offers an average mileage of up to 31 MPG on city streets and up to 40 MPG on the highway, which is slightly higher than the gas mileage in Corollas of years past.

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla

The newest Corolla model is also available in a hybrid model, which is brand new for 2020. The Corolla Hybrid is equipped with a 1.8-L four-cylinder gas engine and two electric motors that allow this eco-friendly sedan to reach a combined gas mileage of up to 52 MPG.

Improved Infotainment

In the realm of infotainment, the 2020 Corolla definitely steps up its game. All 2020 Corolla trim levels are designed with an infotainment system that features a built-in touchscreen display measuring 7.0 inches in the base trim level and 8.0 inches in higher trim levels.

WiFi, Amazon Alexa, and Apple CarPlay connectivity are standard features of the 2020 Corolla’s infotainment system. A six-speaker audio system is also standard in all 2020 Corolla trims. The 2020 Corolla also includes a helpful driver information display in lower trim levels and an instrument display in higher trim levels.