2021 Toyota Corolla Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2020 Toyota Corolla Model Overview - Germain Toyota of Columbus

Toyota Corolla

Key Features

  • Starting at $20,780 MSRP*
  • Standard 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with 139 horsepower or available 2.0L 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine with 169 horsepower
  • Standard Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S) or optional 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT)
  • Up to 31 City / 38 Highway MPG Fuel Economy**
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
  • LED headlights, taillights, and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Available Smart Key System on front doors and trunk with Push Button Start
Toyota Corolla Exterior

About the Toyota Corolla

With over 46 million sold across the globe since 1966, it’s easy to understand why the Toyota Corolla ranks among the world’s favorite sedans. The Corolla captures attention for its bold exterior styling, inspired performance, and innovative technology to improve every drive. The twelfth generation Corolla is lower, leaner, tighter, and more taught than ever before. SE and XSE grades add a sport-infused attitude to help you add a dose of exhilaration to your commute. Its inviting interior has been reimagined to put the driver at the center of attention. Cutting-edge tech amenities include standard Connected Services with Wi-Fi Connect, Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay Compatibility for seamless access to your favorite media. Every Corolla comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0), a collection of innovative safety technologies to keep both you and your passengers protected from the unexpected.

What the Critics Say

“Regardless of engine, all Corolla buyers get a better-handling car than in previous years. It feels more planted and composed, with a smoother ride that handles bumps well on all but the roughest pavement. Toyota says its new platform is 60 percent stiffer, and it shows.” — Cars.com
The Corolla is a compact sedan, but there’s nothing compact about its interior volume. The dashboard doesn’t jut out too far from the firewall, leaving the cabin feeling plenty roomy for both driver and passenger. The story is even better in the second row, where a 6-foot-tall passenger will have no problem sitting behind a 6-foot-tall driver.” — Roadshow by CNET

What’s New for 2021

Following a complete model refresh last year, the Toyota Corolla gets only a few key revisions for the 2021 model year. Many shoppers will be excited about the arrival of Android Auto smartphone compatibility, now included as standard on all Corolla trims. Other new features include standard satellite radio capability (subscription sold separately) and an automatic start/stop system to boost fuel economy. Finally, Corolla XLE and XSE grades now come equipped with a rear cross-traffic alert within their blind-spot monitoring systems.

Toyota Corolla Features

2021 Toyota Corolla Styling

Styling & Performance

No matter from which angle it’s viewed, the Toyota Corolla has a look that perfectly complements its athletic attitude. While it shares the same 106.3-inch wheelbase as its predecessor, that’s where the similarities end. A wider front and rear track, shortened front and rear overhangs, and a 0.8 lower height have made the Corolla more engaging and more nimble. Powerful fender flares, standard LED lighting, and a bold front fascia helps it stand out from the crowd of typical compact sedans.

L, LE, and XLE trims come standard with a 1.8-liter engine that has received horsepower and fuel efficiency improvements from the prior generation. On XSE and SE models, you’ll enjoy a 2.0-liter Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine which is physically smaller and lighter while cranking out more power. The Corolla comes standard with a Direct Shift CVT with simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps along with Sport Mode. For drivers who prefer to shift for themselves, you can opt for the 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission) which includes downshift rev-matching control like many premium sports cars.

2021 Toyota Corolla Interior

Premium Interior

Inviting, sensuous, and warm are only three descriptors for the interior of the Toyota Corolla. Equally elegant as it is sporty, the interior of the Corolla features cascading character lines which help create a welcoming atmosphere. Premium materials such as silver accents with piano black, matte elements, and available contrast stitching add to the upscale feel. The front seats of XSE and SE trims feature a specialized shape with a headrest that nestles into the shoulder area for maximum comfort. Similarly, the climate control system features an innovative twin-layer recirculation/fresh air induction unit to reduce fogging and keep all occupants comfortable. Despite the lowered roofline, rear seat headroom and legroom remains plentiful.

2021 Toyota Corolla Technology

Innovative Tech & Safety Features

Ready to pair with your digital life, the Corolla has an impressive list of technology features to keep you connected and entertained. The standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch touchscreen display, six speakers, Apple CarPlay / Android Auto compatibility, Amazon Alexa, and Wi-Fi Connect. For an unrivaled listening experience, the Corolla can be equipped with an optional JBL Audio system featuring nine speakers, a next-gen HID8 amplifier, 6.7-inch door subwoofers, and Clari-Fi technology.

When it comes to safety, no other compact sedan prioritizes your well-being quite like the Corolla. Every model comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0). Included in this comprehensive collection of safety features are Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with Steer Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Road Sign Assist. Eight standard airbags and the Toyota Star Safety System round out the impressive list of standard safety features on the Corolla.

Trims & Specs

Toyota Corolla L


  • Starting at $20,780 MSRP*
  • 1.8L 4-cylinder engine with Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S)
  • LED headlights, taillights, and Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0) and eight standard airbags
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone compatibility

Toyota Corolla LE


  • Starting at $21,230 MSRP*
  • Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls
  • Premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat
  • Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

Toyota Corolla SE


  • Starting at $23,230 MSRP*
  • 2.0L 4-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine with 169 horsepower
  • 18-inch machined alloy wheels with dark-gray-painted accents
  • Premium sport seats with sport fabric inserts
  • Sport mesh Dark Gray Metallic front grille
  • High-grade LED headlights with LED accent lights

Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition

SE Nightshade Edition

  • Starting at $23,930 MSRP*
  • Black-Painted Sport Side Rocker Panels and Rear Spoiler
  • 18-inch Black-Painted Alloy Wheels
  • Sport Mesh Black Front Grille with Black Bumper and Surround
  • Blacked-Out Corolla, SE, and Toyota Badging
  • Sport Driving Mode

Toyota Corolla XLE


  • Starting at $25,180 MSRP*
  • SofTex®-trimmed 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support
  • Driver’s and front passenger heated seats
  • Audio Plus — includes 8-inch touch-screen
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL® w/Clari-Fi®

Toyota Corolla XSE


  • Starting at $26,680 MSRP*
  • Dark Gray Metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler
  • Available Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)
  • Premium instrumentation cluster with 7-inch color TFT Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Wi-Fi Connect Powered by Verizon with up to 2 GB within 6-month trial
  • Optional Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

*MSRP includes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, Supra, Yaris HB, Yaris Sedan), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (4Runner, C-HR, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Land Cruiser, Sequoia), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally related equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2020 and 2021 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary. Actual MPGe will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information, see www.fueleconomy.gov.