Toyota Corolla 2014

Toyota Corolla 2014: If you're shopping in the compact-car course, gas effectiveness and cost are most absolutely amongst your top concerns. Toyota's redesigned compact car supplies both-- as long as you're OKAY with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big enhancement, but it rates simply midpack against other compacts, especially in regards to cabin noise as well as ride top quality.

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

This is a big, active class with plenty of solid competitors as well as a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's major opponents include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.


Toyota Corolla 2014


Exterior & Styling

For 2014, the Corolla pulled a vehicle Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to eye-catching starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its basic LED-accented headlights, carved body lines and also pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Actually, nonetheless, any kind of upgrade would've raised the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.

Quickly obvious are hints Toyota borrowed from the Avalon big car (the grille and headlights specifically look familiar), and also although words "big car" don't usually convey enjoyment in the designing division, the effect works with the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks cannot match the aggressive, sporty stance of the Kia Strength or the sweeping elegance of the Hyundai Elantra, however it can remove "dull" from its checklist of troubles.

Exactly how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's lackluster looks are gone, a polished exterior can not conceal a rugged driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a great task with the constantly variable automatic transmission. It really feels more natural and also polished compared to the devices in the Subaru Impreza as well as Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, as well as power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker than the other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power and also create their engines to complain noisally, but Toyota's is both responsive and also fairly peaceful. It could obtain loud when pressed, yet it's far from the greatest wrongdoer.

Other designs (L, LE as well as S trims) make use of a variation of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, as well as an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is common on all various other trims.

The LE Eco version's powertrain is the most reliable. During my 200-mile trip in the city and also on the highway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is far better compared to the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the handbook are still outstanding, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared to base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) and also Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses out on: Although good pep puts it on top in regards to power, unreasonable sound levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise pours in from everywhere. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind ruckus, and roadway sound will have you checking to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's raw note completing circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous variation, as well, and the redesign hasn't put a dent in it.

Though on the strong side, an also bigger trouble with the car's trip high quality is an absence of seclusion. Excessive of the roadway comes into the cabin, so uncomfortable degrees of resonance and also harshness are constant, unwelcome passengers. The flight itself commonly verges on edgy, with a little bit too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable in the beginning but comes to be exponentially uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Strength as well as Ford Emphasis, nevertheless, ace trip high quality; both maintain a comfortable degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding and positive roadholding abilities. It does not really feel stylish, but the car takes corners without sloppiness.

Interior

The transformation is no much less severe in. Toyota replaced the previous generation's dull layout as well as materials with an attractive mix of color as well as texture, together with a more horizontal control layout.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely welcoming. It's an improvement over in 2014's budget-grade concept, yet the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of high-quality products and sophisticated layout. It does, nonetheless, offer even more top quality and design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus as well as conventional Specialty.

Beauty is not skin deep in this case. Not only does the within appearance good, yet it also feels excellent, also. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, as well as the seats strike a great balance: encouraging without being too strong, pleasant without being too mushy. One tiny missing out on product is a moving sunlight visor, which many cars and trucks have and also are useful each day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is among the largest sedans in the course after growing a pair inches for 2014. Additional size indicates included guest area, as well as legroom is generous in the front and also rear seats. The rear seat pillow, nonetheless, is rock-solid.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Numerous controls and also displays remain in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has actually been stretched flat for 2014. It appears like Toyota was aiming for a much more structured setup. The result is extra appealing general, but the panel is still strained with buttons. Determining exactly what they all do isn't an issue, nonetheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system is once again standard on the LE trim level and above yet unavailable on base trims. The display size is suitable for menu readability and also switch dimension. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app collection, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Web radio app was likewise simple, however I 'd like to see even more performance. You can make use of the touch-screen to play and stop briefly a tune, yet features like avoiding a song or filling a brand-new station typically aren't offered.

Freight & Storage space

Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly little, with just 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2015's ranking of 12.3 and bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however a little smaller than the Emphasis (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). Much more bothersome is the Corolla's trunk layout. Large metal joints extend into the travel luggage room; lots of automakers have upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like gadgets.

The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for added freight area-- an useful function that isn't typical 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 center console; the Civic's is much larger and includes a comfortable moving armrest. For the rear seat, there are 2 flimsy pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family members) and also one bottleholder in each door.

Safety

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Safety and security Pick, making Excellent scores in all areas of screening except the tough brand-new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla scored Limited in this test, just one action over the lowest rating of Poor. The Specialty racked up Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra and Emphasis carried out better, making Leading Security Choose Plus condition. The National Highway Web Traffic Security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup camera is inaccessible on base L versions yet standard on each trim. The only auto in this class with a common camera across the schedule is the Civic, the base rate of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes standard with a driver's knee air bag and both driver and traveler seat pillow air bags that inflate under the knees-- uncommon functions in this class. Click on this link for a complete list of security features, as well as see just how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check.

Value in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of the most budget friendly lorries in its class, rating simply above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all costs consist of destination charges). The Elantra begins just higher, at $17,760, as well as the Civic tops the list at $18,955.

Customers seeking to update to an automated will likewise locate the Corolla cost effective. The outdated four-speed is an additional $600, less than the additional price for the Civic's automated ($800), the Focus' dreadful automated manual ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with impressive cars, so this revamped variation has a heck of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Specialty are kings of the hill in terms of value, attributes and also comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to fuel performance and interior products.

Possibilities are, however, that couple of people will care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker condition, people still bought it-- loads of individuals. Toyota has actually marketed more than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it went on sale for the 1989 design year. In the United States, the car consistently covers regular monthly best-seller checklists, trying the top portable port with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-rounded as a number of vehicles in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation as well as will continuously attract the masses.

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