Toyota Corolla 2014

Toyota Corolla 2014: If you're going shopping in the compact-car class, fuel effectiveness and affordability are most definitely among your top concerns. Toyota's revamped small car delivers both-- as long as you're ALRIGHT with a couple of tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge improvement, yet it rates simply midpack against various other compacts, particularly in terms of cabin noise as well as ride top quality.

Together with an outside styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a changed engine and also an extra upscale inside for 2014.

This is a huge, active course with lots of solid contenders as well as a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's main opponents consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Focus.

Toyota Corolla 2014

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its standard LED-accented headlights, carved body lines and pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, nevertheless, any kind of update would've boosted the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.

Promptly evident are hints Toyota borrowed from the Avalon huge car (the grille as well as fronts lights particularly look acquainted), as well as although words "big sedan" don't usually communicate excitement in the designing department, the result works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks cannot match the aggressive, flashy position of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, however it can get rid of "boring" from its listing of troubles.

How It Drives

Although the old Corolla's lackluster appearances are gone, a sleek outside can't hide a rugged driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a great task with the continuously variable transmission. It feels more natural and also refined compared to the units in the Subaru Impreza and also Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco version, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time constructing power as well as create their engines to complain loudly, however Toyota's is both responsive and reasonably peaceful. It can obtain loud when pushed, but it's much from the most significant wrongdoer.

Various other models (L, LE as well as S trims) utilize a variation of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and also an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is basic on all other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is the most effective. During my 200-mile expedition in the city and also on the freeway, the Corolla returned outstanding gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better compared to the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the guidebook are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared with base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) as well as Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses out on: Although decent pep puts it on top in terms of power, unreasonable noise degrees drop the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Noise pours in from almost everywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind ruckus, and road noise will have you inspecting to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's raw note topping off circus-like degrees of volume. This was a trouble with the previous variation, also, and also the redesign hasn't put a damage in it.

Though on the solid side, an also bigger problem with the car's trip top quality is a lack of isolation. Too much of the roadway enters the cabin, so uncomfortable levels of vibration and harshness are constant, unwelcome travelers. The ride itself often verges on uneasy, with a bit way too much jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable at first however becomes tremendously uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Strong Suit as well as Ford Emphasis, nevertheless, ace trip high quality; both maintain a comfortable level of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla scores much better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling steering and also positive roadholding abilities. It does not really feel sporty, however the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.


The transformation is no much less severe within. Toyota replaced the previous generation's dull design as well as products with an enticing blend of color and appearance, in addition to an extra horizontal control format.

The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside as well as was very inviting. It's an enhancement over last year's budget-grade theme, yet the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of top quality materials and also sophisticated layout. It does, however, use even more high quality as well as style than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus and also traditional Specialty.

Elegance is not skin deep in this case. Not only does the inside appearance great, but it likewise really feels good, as well. The door panel armrest is padded enough, and also the seats strike a great equilibrium: encouraging without being too solid, easy without being too mushy. One little missing out on product is a sliding sunlight visor, which several automobiles have as well as work every day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the biggest sedans in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Additional size suggests added guest area, as well as legroom is generous in the front as well as back seats. The backseat cushion, however, is rock-solid.

Comfort design & Electronics

Lots of controls and also screens remain in a comparable area in the new-generation Corolla, yet the format has been extended flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was going for a more structured plan. The result is a lot more appealing total, but the panel is still overloaded with switches. Figuring out exactly what they all do isn't really a problem, nonetheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound system is once again typical on the LE trim degree and also over yet inaccessible on base trims. The screen dimension is suitable for menu readability and also switch dimension. The system features Toyota's Entune application suite, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Connecting to my Pandora Web radio application was likewise simple, but I wish to see more capability. You could utilize the touch-screen to play and also stop a song, but features like missing a tune or packing a brand-new terminal aren't available.

Cargo & Storage space

In spite of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly small, with simply 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from last year's score of 12.3 and also bigger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet a little smaller than the Emphasis (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). More irritating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Big metal joints extend into the travel luggage area; several automakers have actually upgraded to smaller, strut-like tools.

The backseat folds up in a 60/40 split for added cargo area-- a helpful function that isn't conventional on the Civic or Focus.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby conveniently situated in front of supporting input as well as USB ports, in addition to a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot larger and also consists of a comfortable sliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two lightweight pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family members) as well as one bottleholder in each door.

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Security Choose, gaining Excellent rankings in all locations of testing other than the tough brand-new small-overlap frontal collision test. The Corolla racked up Marginal in this test, just one action above the most affordable rating of Poor. The Specialty scored Poor in this field, however the Civic, Elantra and Emphasis did much better, earning Leading Safety Pick Plus condition. The National Highway Traffic Security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is inaccessible on base L versions yet common on every other trim. The only automobile in this class with a basic cam throughout the lineup is the Civic, the base price of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes requirement with a motorist's knee airbag and also both driver and also traveler seat padding airbags that inflate under the knees-- unusual attributes in this course. Visit this site for a full checklist of safety functions, and also see exactly how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Child seat Examine.

Value in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it among the most inexpensive automobiles in its course, placing just over the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices include location fees). The Elantra begins just higher, at $17,760, and also the Civic covers the listing at $18,955.

Buyers planning to upgrade to an automated will also discover the Corolla cost effective. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, below the additional expense for the Civic's automated ($800), the Emphasis' awful automated manual ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector rupturing with outstanding lorries, so this revamped version has a heck of a hillside to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Strength are kings of the hill in terms of worth, functions and convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel performance as well as indoor products.

Possibilities are, nevertheless, that few individuals will care that it still fails. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker condition, individuals still bought it-- loads of individuals. Toyota has actually sold greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car continually tops monthly hot seller checklists, vying for the top compact port with the Honda Civic. It may not be as all-round as numerous cars in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation and also will remain to draw in the masses.