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Toyota tech and safety features deliver on function

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Toyota's infotainment system in the 2020 Corolla is functional, not fancy Toyota's infotainment system in the 2020 Corolla is functional, not fancy Photo by Matt Myftiu/

In addition to looks and performance, one of the most important elements that plays a major role in most car buying decisions is the technology, from infotainment setup to safety features.

If you’re going to use a vehicle for many years, you don’t want to get something that’s outdated and not up to snuff in terms of user experience and its ability to keep the driver and passengers safe.

This review will take a look at the tech and safety offerings on the 2020 Toyota lineup, based on my time driving a 2020 Toyota Corolla.

Infotainment controls (voice)
Voice commands are one of the best innovations that allow for vehicle safety, by freeing the driver from distractions tied to changing radio stations, fixing the climate settings, making phone calls and more.

The Corolla’s infotainment system delivered in this regard, as voice commands worked extremely well across the board. The navigation system also understood spoken addresses clearly, changing radio stations by voice was a breeze, and via Bluetooth it was also a smooth process to make phone calls by voice.

Infotainment controls (physical) 

In terms of the looks and design of the infotainment system, the Corolla is not fancy compared to other automakers, looking rather pedestrian.

However, function is more important than form. And the buttons and controls were very easy to use. Combine this with the responsive voice commands and the overall infotainment setup in the Corolla offers an extremely functional system.

Even if it doesn't look as good as some rivals’ setups, the capability and ease of use is strong enough that you will not care very much.


The sound system in the Corolla was strong but not the most impressive you will find in the segment. My test vehicle featured a 9-speaker JBL audio system with Clari-Fi. 
Music is clear, and plenty loud if you want it to be, but the crispness on the lower and higher ends of the spectrum was not as sharp as I’ve experienced with rival automakers’ systems.

Bluetooth connection allows drivers to stream music from their phones. The vehicle is compatible with Apple CarPlay, but unfortunately not with Android Auto, for phone mirroring. This is something they should look to improve on future models.

Satellite radio is also offered (and I highly recommend subscribing).

Safety features 

Regarding safety, Toyota has a strong track record, and the Corolla was not an exception.

Toyota Safety Sense is a bundle of active safety features that is standard on 16 models.
It includes Pre-Collision system with Pedestrian Detection; Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Road Sign Assist.

Toyota has you covered with 8 air bags, and you also get a Blind Spot Monitoring system, rear seatbelt warning,and a helpful Integrated Backup Camera system with projected pathways.

Overall, the Corolla featured very strong government safety ratings, especially impressive since it is a smaller car.

Other technology

I must mention another helpful feature, that being the wireless phone charger. Conveniently located up front, this allows drivers to keep their phone charged with minimal effort and have it fully charged by the time they reach their destination — and it’s cord-free, which is very convenient since cords can get detached.


In summary, Toyota has a focus on the utility and performance of safety and tech features in their vehicles which is what really matters. While their offerings are not as sleek looking as other companies’ programs in terms of in-car tech, they work extremely well and will be appreciated.

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Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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