2020 Corolla Nightshade driving on interstate

Does the 2020 Toyota Corolla have a performance model?

Is there a 2020 Toyota Corolla TRD?

The Corolla is the most produced vehicle of all time, with more than 43 million units sold worldwide. That makes it more popular than the Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit, the Volkswagen Beetle, the Lada Riva, and the Ford F150. Being the most produced car ever probably means that the Toyota Corolla has multiple variations, right? For instance, the Volkswagen Golf has the GTI and R variants that focus on performance. What about the Corolla?

Does the 2020 Toyota Corolla have a performance model?


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2020 Corolla TRD Performance Variant

Unfortunately, no, the 2020 Corolla doesn’t have a traditional performance model. If that is a dealbreaker for you, we recommend taking a look at the 2020 Camry TRD and the 2020 Avalon TRD, both of which are dedicated performance variants of the two popular sedans. However, just because the Corolla doesn’t have a dedicated performance model doesn’t mean every model is an lethargic econobox. Let’s take a look.

Performance Specs

2020 Corolla gauge cluster showcase

While many of the Corolla models come with a 139-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the SE and XSE trims on the both the sedan and hatchback body styles are powered by a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Most Corolla models have a CVT, but the Corolla SE has access to a six-speed manual, a must for many performance enthusiasts. While the CVT is perfectly capable, being able to control your shifts—the downshifts in particular—means you can squeeze every last bit of horsepower out of that engine. While cosmetic options don’t have any effect on performance, those looking for the classic streamlined, performance model style should check out the Corolla SE Nightshade Edition.

Interested in the 2020 Toyota Corolla?

Take one for a test drive at Arlington Toyota in Palatine, IL. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to give us a call. We’re always happy to help.