Toyota Corolla S 2014

Toyota Corolla S 2014: If you're shopping in the compact-car course, gas efficiency as well as affordability are most certainly amongst your top priorities. Toyota's redesigned small sedan provides both-- as long as you're ALRIGHT with a couple of tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large improvement, however it rates just midpack versus other compacts, especially in terms of cabin sound and ride high quality.

Along with an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine as well as a more high end inside for 2014.

This is a large, active course with a lot of strong challengers as well as a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's major competitors include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Emphasis.


Toyota Corolla S 2014


Outside & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla pulled an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conventional to attention-grabbing starlet (however, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its typical LED-accented fronts lights, sculpted body lines and pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nonetheless, any type of upgrade would've boosted the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.

Instantaneously noticeable are cues Toyota obtained from the Avalon large car (the grille and also fronts lights especially look acquainted), and although words "large sedan" don't normally share exhilaration in the designing department, the result services the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks cannot match the aggressive, flashy position of the Kia Strong suit or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can get rid of "monotonous" from its checklist of troubles.

Just how It Drives

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

First, the hits: Toyota did a fantastic task with the continually variable automatic transmission. It feels more natural as well as polished than the devices in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, as well as power delivery from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker compared to the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power and create their engines to grumble noisally, yet Toyota's is both responsive and also fairly quiet. It could obtain loud when pressed, yet it's far from the biggest offender.

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

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

Currently the misses out on: Although suitable pep puts it at the top in terms of power, unreasonable noise levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Sound gathers from everywhere. The mirrors cause a fair bit of wind ruckus, and roadway noise will have you examining to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note complementing circus-like degrees of volume. This was a trouble with the previous version, too, and also the redesign hasn't put a dent in it.

Though on the firm side, an also bigger issue with the car's flight high quality is a lack of isolation. Way too much of the road enters into the cabin, so uneasy degrees of vibration and also harshness are constant, unwelcome passengers. The flight itself often borders on skittish, with a bit excessive jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable at first but becomes exponentially unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Strength and Ford Focus, nonetheless, ace trip quality; both preserve a comfortable level of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering as well as confident roadholding capacities. It doesn't really feel flashy, but the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.

Inside

The transformation is no less extreme in. Toyota replaced the previous generation's boring layout and products with an attractive blend of color and texture, together with a more horizontal control design.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely inviting. It's a renovation over in 2014's budget-grade concept, yet the cabin still can not match the Elantra's mix of top quality products and innovative design. It does, nonetheless, use more high quality and style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and also traditional Forte.

Charm is not skin deep in this instance. Not only does the inside look excellent, but it also feels excellent, also. The door panel armrest is padded sufficient, and the seats strike an excellent equilibrium: supportive without being as well firm, comfy without being too mushy. One little missing out on product is a sliding sun visor, which numerous automobiles have as well as work on a daily basis.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the greatest cars in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Bonus length means added traveler space, and legroom is generous in the front and rear seats. The backseat padding, however, is rock-solid.

Comfort design & Electronics

Several controls and also screens are in a similar spot in the new-generation Corolla, yet the format has actually been extended horizontally for 2014. It resembles Toyota was going for a much more streamlined arrangement. The result is extra attractive total, however the panel is still overwhelmed with buttons. Determining what they all do isn't really a trouble, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is once again conventional on the LE trim level as well as over yet not available on base trims. The display dimension is respectable for food selection clarity as well as button size. The system showcases Toyota's Entune application collection, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Linking to my Pandora Internet radio application was likewise easy, yet I wish to see even more capability. You could utilize the touch-screen to play as well as pause a track, however features like missing a tune or packing a new station aren't offered.

Cargo & Storage space

Regardless of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively small, with simply 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from in 2015's rating of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however slightly smaller compared to the Focus (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). More irritating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Huge metal hinges extend right into the travel luggage area; numerous car manufacturers have actually upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

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

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby conveniently located before supporting input as well as USB ports, in addition to a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot larger as well as includes a comfy moving armrest. For the rear seat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my household) and also one bottleholder in each door.

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety and security Pick, making Great scores in all areas of screening except the tough new small-overlap frontal collision examination. The Corolla scored Marginal in this test, just one step above the most affordable score of Poor. The Strong suit racked up Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra as well as Focus executed much better, gaining Leading Safety and security Pick Plus status. The National Freeway Website Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup electronic camera is not available on base L models however standard on each trim. The only car in this course with a common cam throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base rate which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a driver's knee airbag as well as both chauffeur and guest seat padding airbags that pump up under the knees-- uncommon features in this course. Go here for a full listing of safety attributes, and also see just how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check.

Worth in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of one of the most cost effective vehicles in its class, placing simply over the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all prices include location fees). The Elantra starts just higher, at $17,760, and the Civic tops the listing at $18,955.

Shoppers seeking to update to an automated will likewise locate the Corolla budget friendly. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, less than the extra cost for the Civic's automated ($800), the Focus' distressing automated manual ($1,095) as well as 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 variation has a hell of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Strength are kings of the hill in regards to worth, functions and also convenience, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel efficiency as well as indoor products.

Opportunities are, nevertheless, that couple of people will certainly care that it still fails. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker status, individuals still bought it-- loads of people. Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide because it went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the United States, the car continuously covers regular monthly best-seller lists, vying for the leading compact slot with the Honda Civic. It might not be as well-shaped as several cars in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation and also will certainly continuously attract the masses.

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