2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan First Drive: The Safe Choice
People establish odd bonds with faceless corporations. We buy a product, usually without doing enough research, and if it performs well, we replace it with a newer version from the same company. People are especially prone to do this with cars, because there’s a lot more to consider when buying a car than there is, say, when buying a stainless-steel frying pan or a television.
It’s why vehicles like the Toyota Corolla continue to sell in droves despite the rise of crossovers. The compact icon follows the same dogmatic formula because the smart folks in Toyota City know there are a whole bunch of customers who will, without thought, march down to their local Toyota dealer when it’s time to replace their Corolla with another Corolla.
In short, the Toyota Corolla is the safe choice. And the new 2020 Corolla Sedan is safer, both literally and figuratively.
The safest Corolla (figuratively) is the familiar L, LE, and XLE trims. Each of these cars features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine matched up to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Current Corolla owners will recognize this pairing, as it features in the last-gen car, although Toyota blessed the engine with a smidge more power for 2020 (and a negligible f...