2020 Toyota Camry Vs. Corolla: Compare and Contrast
Two of Toyota’s most popular cars, the Camry and Corolla, are worth comparing on paper. Both are available as sedans, though the Corolla also comes as a hatchback. In sedan configuration, both nameplates also offer fuel-efficient hybrid versions. Let’s stack up the whole group.
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In basic measurements, the Camry is larger in most dimensions. It’s longer, wider and taller than all but the Corolla hatchback. (Sedan measurements also apply to the Corolla Hybrid and Camry Hybrid, but for simplicity’s sake, we exclude the Camry TRD, which has unique dimensions but accounts for just a sliver of sales.)
- Length: 192.1-192.7 inches, trim level depending (Camry); 182.3 inches (Corolla sedan), 169.9 inches (Corolla hatchback)
- Width: 72.4 inches (Camry); 70.1 inches (Corolla sedan), 69.9 inches (Corolla hatchback)
- Height: 56.9 inches (Camry); 56.5 inches (Corolla sedan), 57.1 inches (Corolla hatchback)
We’ve found manufacturer-stated cargo volumes an unreliable measure due to inconsistent methodology, especially when comparing different manufacturers or different body styles (or both). On paper, Toyota’s listed volume for the Camry (14.1 to 15.1 cubic feet, depending on trim level) beats the Corolla’s 13.1 cubic feet, but you should take that with a few grains of salt. The Corolla Hatchback’s cargo spec (a manufacturer-stated 17.8 cubic feet) almost certainly cannot be compared to that of the Corolla and Camry sedans, as open cargo areas are typically measured differently than enclosed cargo areas.
Both cars come standard with well-rated automatic emergency braking systems and pedestrian detection, though the Corolla’s third-party ratings for such systems are slightly better than the Camry’s. Both sedans also have standard 7-inch touchscreens with Apple CarPlay compatibility. An 8-inch screen is available for both cars; it’s standard on the Corolla Hybrid and Corolla sedan in all but the base trim as well as in all grades of the Corolla hatchback.
The Camry’s standard features also include Android Auto and a height-adjustable passenger seat, two features unavailable on any Corolla. Climb the trim levels, and the Camry or Camry Hybrid also offers a power front passenger seat, ventilated front seats and a panoramic moonroof, features unavailable in the Corolla. However, while both cars offer adaptive cruise control down to a stop, automatic-transmission versions of the Corolla add lane-centering steering that also works down to a stop — an advanced driver assist feature for such an affordable car and something unavailable in any Camry.
Engine and Transmission Choices and Fuel Economy
The Camry uses its larger size to house larger-displacement engines. The hybrid version pairs its engine with an electric motor and continuously variable automatic-style transmission. Gas-only Camrys get an eight-speed automatic. Four-cylinder non-hybrid Camrys can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, while the V-6 and hybrid are FWD-only.
The non-hybrid Corolla, meanwhile, has a variety of smaller four-cylinder engines paired with either a CVT or six-speed manual. The Corolla Hybrid pairs a small four-cylinder with an electric motor and CVT-style automatic. Both variants are FWD only.
- 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 203 or 206 horsepower; eight-speed automatic; FWD or AWD
- 3.5-liter V-6 for 301 hp; eight-speed automatic; FWD
- 2.5-liter four-cylinder and electric motor, 208 total hp; CVT-style automatic; FWD
- 1.8-liter four-cylinder, 139 hp; CVT automatic; FWD
- 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 169 hp; CVT automatic or six-speed manual; FWD
- 1.8-liter four-cylinder and electric motor, 121 total hp; CVT-style automatic; FWD
- 2.0-liter four-cylinder, 168 hp; CVT automatic or six-speed manual; FWD
- 28-34 mpg combined (four-cylinder)
- 25-26 mpg combined (V-6)
- 46-52 mpg combined
- 32-34 mpg combined
- 52 mpg combined
- 31-35 mpg combined
Unsurprisingly, the Camry generally costs more than the Corolla, though a well-equipped Corolla may eclipse a lower-trim Camry. Below are the starting prices by trim level; keep in mind that adding packages can increase the price significantly (all prices include a $955 destination fee).
- L: $25,380
- LE: $25,380
- SE: $27,125
- LE: $27,325
- XLE: $30,410
- XSE: $30,960
- TRD: $32,125
- LE: $29,385
- SE: $31,085
- XLE: $33,685
- L: $20,555
- LE: $21,005
- SE: $23,005
- XLE: $25,005
- XSE: $26,505
- SE: $21,245
- XSE: $24,195
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