Toyota Corolla 2014 Review

Toyota Corolla 2014 Review: If you're shopping in the compact-car class, gas effectiveness as well as price are most definitely amongst your top concerns. Toyota's redesigned portable sedan supplies both-- as long as you're OKAY with a couple of tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge renovation, but it places merely midpack versus other compacts, particularly in terms of cabin noise and also ride top quality.

Along with an exterior styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a modified engine as well as an extra upscale inside for 2014.

This is a large, hectic course with a lot of solid contenders as well as a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's primary rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Focus.

Toyota Corolla 2014 Review

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's outside from Hannah Montana conventional to eye-catching starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke had not been entailed). Its common LED-accented fronts lights, chiseled body lines and also pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nonetheless, any type of update would certainly've boosted the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.

Instantaneously obvious are cues Toyota obtained from the Avalon huge car (the grille as well as fronts lights specifically look acquainted), and also although the words "large sedan" do not typically communicate exhilaration in the styling department, the impact services the Corolla. The car's fresh looks cannot match the aggressive, stylish position of the Kia Strength or the sweeping style of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can remove "monotonous" from its list of issues.

Just how It Drives

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

First, the hits: Toyota did a great job with the continually variable automatic transmission. It really feels even more natural as well as refined compared to the systems 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 also quicker compared to the other 2. Some CVTs in the class take their time constructing power as well as create their engines to complain noisally, yet Toyota's is both responsive and also fairly peaceful. It could get loud when pressed, yet it's much from the largest transgressor.

Other designs (L, LE and also S trims) use 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 also an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is basic on all various other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is one of the most efficient. Throughout my 200-mile trip in the city and on the highway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is much better than the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base designs with the handbook are still excellent, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared to base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) as well as Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses: Although respectable pep places it on top in terms of power, unreasonable sound levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Noise gathers from anywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind racket, as well as road noise will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the home windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's raw note topping off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was an issue with the previous version, too, and also the redesign hasn't already put a damage in it.

Though on the solid side, an also bigger problem with the car's flight quality is an absence of seclusion. Too much of the roadway enters into the cabin, so uneasy degrees of resonance and also violence are constant, unwanted passengers. The trip itself frequently verges on anxious, with a bit too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable at first however becomes exponentially awkward as the drive endures. The Kia Strong Suit as well as Ford Emphasis, nevertheless, ace ride high quality; both maintain a comfortable degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as certain roadholding abilities. It does not really feel sporty, yet the car takes edges without sloppiness.


The makeover is no less severe in. Toyota changed the previous generation's boring layout and also materials with an attractive blend of shade as well as structure, along with a much more horizontal control design.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside as well as was really welcoming. It's an enhancement over in 2014's budget-grade concept, yet the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's blend of top quality materials and also innovative design. It does, nonetheless, offer even more high quality as well as style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and conventional Strong suit.

Elegance is not skin deep in this case. Not only does the within appearance excellent, however it likewise feels good, too. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and the seats strike a great balance: supportive without being too strong, agreeable without being as well mushy. One tiny missing item is a moving sun visor, which numerous automobiles have and serve everyday.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the largest sedans in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Extra length means added passenger space, and also legroom is generous in the front and back seats. The backseat padding, nevertheless, is well-founded.

Comfort design & Electronics

Several controls as well as displays remain in a similar place in the new-generation Corolla, however the layout has been extended flat for 2014. It appears like Toyota was aiming for a much more structured setup. The outcome is more enticing overall, but the panel is still overwhelmed with switches. Identifying exactly what they all do isn't an issue, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound device is again basic on the LE trim degree and also above yet not available on base trims. The screen dimension is suitable for food selection legibility and switch dimension. The system showcases Toyota's Entune application suite, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Attaching to my Pandora Web radio app was also very easy, however I wish to see even more performance. You can make use of the touch-screen to play and also stop a track, however functions like missing a song or packing a new terminal aren't readily available.

Freight & Storage space

In spite of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly little, with just 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from last year's ranking of 12.3 as well as bigger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet slightly smaller compared to the Emphasis (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more irritating is the Corolla's trunk style. Huge steel joints stick out right into the baggage area; lots of car manufacturers have upgraded to smaller, strut-like tools.

The backseat folds up in a 60/40 split for added cargo room-- a valuable feature that isn't really typical on the Civic or Emphasis.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby handily situated before auxiliary input and also USB ports, as well as a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot larger and also includes a comfortable gliding armrest. For the backseat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family) and also one bottleholder in each door.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Security Pick, earning Excellent rankings in all areas of testing except the hard new small-overlap frontal collision test. The Corolla scored Low in this examination, just one action above the most affordable score of Poor. The Forte scored Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and Emphasis carried out much better, gaining Top Safety and security Choose Plus status. The National Freeway Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup camera is inaccessible on base L designs however typical on every other trim. The only vehicle in this class with a standard cam across the schedule is the Civic, the base rate of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a chauffeur's knee airbag as well as both chauffeur and also guest seat padding airbags that inflate under the knees-- unusual features in this class. Click on this link for a full listing of safety and security functions, and see 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 economical vehicles in its class, placing simply above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all costs include destination fees). The Elantra begins just higher, at $17,760, and the Civic tops the checklist at $18,955.

Buyers seeking to update to an automatic will also discover the Corolla cost effective. The out-of-date four-speed is an additional $600, lower than the additional cost for the Civic's automated ($800), the Focus' dreadful automated guidebook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector rupturing with impressive vehicles, so this upgraded version has a hell of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are kings of the mountain in terms of value, attributes and also convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of gas efficiency and also interior materials.

Chances are, nonetheless, that few individuals will certainly care that it still fails. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker status, individuals still bought it-- loads of people. Toyota has offered more than 40 million Corollas worldwide given that it took place sale for the 1989 version year. In the United States, the car continually tops regular monthly hot seller lists, trying to getting the top portable port with the Honda Civic. It might not be as well-shaped as numerous cars and trucks in its course, but the 2014 Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation and will certainly continuously attract the masses.

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