Toyota 2014 Corolla

Toyota 2014 Corolla: If you're going shopping in the compact-car class, fuel effectiveness as well as cost are most definitely among your leading concerns. Toyota's redesigned compact sedan delivers both-- as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big renovation, yet it places just midpack versus various other compacts, particularly in regards to cabin sound as well as ride high quality.

In addition to an outside styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a modified engine as well as a much more upscale interior for 2014.

This is a huge, busy class with lots of solid competitors as well as a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's major competitors include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Focus.

Toyota 2014 Corolla

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's exterior from Hannah Montana traditional to eye-catching starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its common LED-accented fronts lights, chiseled body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, however, any type of update would've boosted the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.

Promptly noticeable are signs Toyota obtained from the Avalon large car (the grille as well as fronts lights specifically look acquainted), as well as although words "big sedan" do not generally convey exhilaration in the styling department, the effect works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can not match the aggressive, stylish stance of the Kia Strength or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it can remove "dull" from its checklist of woes.

Just how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's uninspired looks are gone, a refined outside can not hide an unpolished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a terrific work with the continually variable transmission. It really feels more natural and refined than the devices in the Subaru Impreza and also Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time building power and create their engines to grumble noisally, but Toyota's is both receptive as well as relatively quiet. It could get loud when pushed, yet it's much from the greatest offender.

Other designs (L, LE and also S trims) use a variation of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and also an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is conventional on all various other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most reliable. Throughout my 200-mile expedition in the city and also on the highway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better than the EPA's rating of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base designs with the manual are still remarkable, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses: Although respectable pep places it on top in terms of power, unreasonable sound levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Sound pours in from anywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind commotion, and also roadway sound will have you examining to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note complementing circus-like levels 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 a lack of seclusion. Too much of the road enters the cabin, so uneasy degrees of vibration as well as harshness are constant, unwanted passengers. The ride itself frequently borders on edgy, with a little bit excessive jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable at first but ends up being greatly awkward as the drive wears on. The Kia Strong Suit and Ford Emphasis, however, ace trip quality; both preserve a comfy level of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla scores much better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as positive roadholding abilities. It doesn't feel sporty, however the car takes edges without sloppiness.


The makeover is no much less extreme in. Toyota replaced the previous generation's drab layout and materials with an appealing mix of shade as well as structure, together with an extra horizontal control format.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside as well as was very welcoming. It's an enhancement over last year's budget-grade concept, yet the cabin still can not match the Elantra's blend of top quality products and also sophisticated style. It does, however, offer even more top quality as well as design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and also traditional Strength.

Appeal is not skin deep in this case. Not only does the inside appearance great, but it also really feels excellent, as well. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, as well as the seats strike a good balance: helpful without being also strong, soft without being as well mushy. One tiny missing out on item is a moving sun visor, which lots of cars and trucks have and also are useful everyday.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the most significant sedans in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Extra length suggests included traveler area, as well as legroom is generous in the front and rear seats. The backseat padding, nonetheless, is well-founded.

Comfort design & Electronics

Numerous controls and screens remain in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, however the layout has been extended flat for 2014. It looks like Toyota was aiming for a more structured arrangement. The outcome is more enticing general, but the panel is still strained with buttons. Finding out just what they all do isn't really a problem, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is once more common on the LE trim degree and over yet unavailable on base trims. The screen dimension is good for menu legibility as well as button dimension. The system includes Toyota's Entune app suite, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Connecting to my Pandora Internet radio application was likewise simple, however I want to see more functionality. You can utilize the touch-screen to play and also stop a tune, but features like skipping a tune or filling a brand-new station typically aren't readily available.

Freight & Storage space

Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably small, with simply 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from in 2015's ranking of 12.3 as well as bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however slightly smaller compared to the Emphasis (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). Much more frustrating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Huge metal hinges extend right into the baggage area; several car manufacturers have actually updated to smaller sized, strut-like gadgets.

The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for additional freight space-- an useful feature that isn't standard on the Civic or Focus.

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

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Safety and security Pick, earning Excellent scores in all locations of testing other than the challenging new small-overlap frontal accident examination. The Corolla scored Limited in this examination, only one action over the lowest score of Poor. The Strength scored Poor in this field, however the Civic, Elantra and also Focus did better, earning Top Safety Pick Plus standing. The National Freeway Web Traffic Safety and security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is not available on base L designs but standard on every other trim. The only car in this class with a common camera throughout the lineup is the Civic, the base price of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes criterion with a chauffeur's knee air bag as well as both motorist as well as passenger seat pillow airbags that blow up under the knees-- unusual features in this course. Go here for a complete list of security features, and see how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Child seat Inspect.

Value in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of one of the most economical vehicles in its class, rating just above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all costs consist of location costs). The Elantra starts simply greater, at $17,760, and also the Civic tops the list at $18,955.

Customers looking to upgrade to an automatic will likewise locate the Corolla affordable. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, below the added expense for the Civic's automated ($800), the Emphasis' distressing automated manual ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with remarkable cars, so this redesigned variation has a hell of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Strength are kings of the mountain in regards to value, features and convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to gas performance as well as indoor materials.

Possibilities are, nonetheless, that few people will certainly care that it still falls short. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, people still bought it-- lots of individuals. Toyota has marketed more than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the United States, the car continuously covers regular monthly best-seller lists, trying to getting the leading compact port with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-round as numerous cars and trucks in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation and will continue to attract the masses.

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