2014 toyota Corolla Sport

2014 Toyota Corolla Sport: If you're shopping in the compact-car class, gas efficiency as well as affordability are most definitely among your top concerns. Toyota's revamped portable sedan supplies both-- as long as you're OK with a couple of tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big improvement, however it ranks merely midpack versus other compacts, particularly in terms of cabin sound as well as ride high quality.

Along with an outside styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a revised engine and a much more upscale inside for 2014.

This is a large, active class with a lot of strong competitors and a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's main opponents include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Emphasis.


2014 Toyota Corolla Sport


Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to eye-catching starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke had not been entailed). Its typical LED-accented fronts lights, carved body lines and pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Actually, nevertheless, any type of upgrade would've elevated the 2013 variation from the midsts of its drabness.

Immediately apparent are signs Toyota borrowed from the Avalon huge car (the grille as well as headlights especially look acquainted), and although the words "big car" don't generally communicate enjoyment in the designing division, the effect services the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the hostile, flashy stance of the Kia Strength or the sweeping elegance of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can eliminate "uninteresting" from its list of distress.

Exactly how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's lackluster looks are gone, a polished outside cannot conceal an unpolished driving experience.

Initially, the hits: Toyota did a great job with the constantly variable automatic transmission. It really feels even more natural and also refined than the devices in the Subaru Impreza and also Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, as well as power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was likewise quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power and also trigger their engines to complain loudly, but Toyota's is both responsive and also relatively peaceful. It could get loud when pressed, but it's much from the largest wrongdoer.

Various other designs (L, LE as well as S trims) make use of a variation of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Standard on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is typical on all other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is one of the most effective. During my 200-mile expedition in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is far better than the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base designs with the guidebook are still excellent, with a 28/37/31 mpg ranking, which is midpack compared with base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses: Although decent pep places it on top in terms of power, unreasonable noise levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise gathers from almost everywhere. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind commotion, and road sound will have you inspecting to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note rounding off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous variation, also, and the redesign hasn't already place a dent in it.

Though on the solid side, an also bigger problem with the sedan's flight top quality is an absence of seclusion. Way too much of the road comes into the cabin, so unpleasant degrees of resonance and also harshness are constant, unwelcome travelers. The trip itself often approaches skittish, with a bit too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable initially however becomes greatly unpleasant as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty and Ford Emphasis, however, ace trip high quality; both keep a comfortable degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering and also certain roadholding capacities. It doesn't feel sporty, but the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.

Interior

The transformation is no less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's shabby design and products with an appealing blend of color as well as structure, in addition to an extra straight control layout.

The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark green outside with camel-colored tones inside as well as was really welcoming. It's a renovation over in 2015's budget-grade concept, but the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's mix of premium materials and also sophisticated style. It does, nonetheless, provide even more quality and also style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus and also conventional Forte.

Appeal is not skin deep in this situation. Not only does the inside appearance great, yet it likewise really feels great, as well. The door panel armrest is padded enough, and the seats strike an excellent balance: helpful without being also firm, easy without being also mushy. One little missing thing is a gliding sun visor, which many vehicles have as well as are useful every day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the biggest cars in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Bonus size implies included passenger area, as well as legroom is generous in the front as well as back seats. The rear seat padding, nevertheless, is well-founded.

Comfort design & Electronic devices

Lots of controls and screens are in a comparable area in the new-generation Corolla, however the format has been stretched horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was going for a more structured plan. The outcome is a lot more enticing general, but the panel is still overwhelmed with switches. Finding out just what they all do isn't really an issue, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound system is once more basic on the LE trim level and above but not available on base trims. The screen size is suitable for food selection clarity and button size. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app collection, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Linking to my Pandora Net radio application was also very easy, however I would love to see even more functionality. You can use the touch-screen to play and also stop a song, however functions like skipping a song or loading a brand-new terminal typically aren't available.

Cargo & Storage

In spite of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively tiny, with simply 13 cubic feet of area. That's up from last year's score of 12.3 and larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but somewhat smaller sized compared to the Emphasis (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more irritating is the Corolla's trunk style. Big steel hinges stick out right into the travel luggage space; many automakers have updated to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for added freight area-- a beneficial attribute that isn't basic on the Civic or Emphasis.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated in front of complementary input as well as USB ports, as well as a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot larger and also includes a comfortable moving armrest. For the rear seat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family) and also one bottleholder in each door.

Security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Choose, making Excellent scores in all locations of testing except the difficult new small-overlap frontal accident examination. The Corolla scored Marginal in this examination, just one action over the lowest score of Poor. The Strength racked up Poor around, but the Civic, Elantra and also Emphasis carried out better, gaining Leading Safety and security Choose Plus status. The National Freeway Web Traffic Safety Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is unavailable on base L models but basic on each trim. The only automobile in this course with a standard electronic camera across the schedule is the Civic, the base cost of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla additionally comes standard with a driver's knee air bag and both driver and also passenger seat cushion air bags that inflate under the knees-- uncommon functions in this course. Click here for a complete listing of security functions, and also see just how well the Corolla fits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Check.

Value in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it among the most cost effective cars in its class, rating simply over the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all prices consist of location charges). The Elantra starts just higher, at $17,760, as well as the Civic tops the list at $18,955.

Customers looking to update to an automatic will also discover the Corolla budget-friendly. The outdated four-speed is an added $600, lower than the extra cost for the Civic's automated ($800), the Focus' dreadful automated guidebook ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with excellent vehicles, so this upgraded version has a heck of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Strength are kings of the mountain in terms of value, attributes as well as convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel effectiveness and also interior products.

Opportunities are, however, that couple of individuals will care that it still fails. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker status, individuals still bought it-- loads of people. Toyota has actually offered more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the U.S., the sedan continuously tops monthly record-breaker checklists, vying for the leading compact slot with the Honda Civic. It might not be as all-round as several automobiles in its class, however the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation and also will certainly continuously bring in the masses.