Toyota Corolla 2014

Toyota Corolla 2014: If you're going shopping in the compact-car course, gas effectiveness and cost are most definitely amongst your leading priorities. Toyota's redesigned portable sedan provides both-- as long as you're OKAY with a couple of tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large improvement, but it places merely midpack against other compacts, specifically in terms of cabin noise as well as ride quality.

Along with an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine and also a more upscale inside for 2014.

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

Toyota Corolla 2014

Outside & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (unfortunately, 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, however, any type of upgrade would've raised the 2013 variation from the midsts of its drabness.

Instantly apparent are cues Toyota borrowed from the Avalon huge sedan (the grille and fronts lights particularly look acquainted), and although words "large car" don't typically communicate exhilaration in the designing department, the result works on the Corolla. The car's fresh looks cannot match the aggressive, sporty position of the Kia Forte or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, however it can get rid of "dull" from its checklist of issues.

How It Drives

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

First, the hits: Toyota did a great task with the constantly variable automatic transmission. It feels even more natural and also polished compared to the units in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, and power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time building power and trigger their engines to whine noisally, however Toyota's is both responsive and fairly quiet. It can get loud when pushed, however it's far from the largest culprit.

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. Requirement on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is basic on all other trims.

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

Currently the misses: Although decent pep puts it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable noise degrees go down the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise pours in from all over. The mirrors cause a fair bit of wind hullabaloo, and also road noise will have you inspecting to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note rounding off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a problem with the previous variation, as well, as well as the redesign hasn't place a damage in it.

Though on the strong side, an even bigger problem with the sedan's flight quality is an absence of seclusion. Way too much of the road comes into the cabin, so awkward levels of resonance and cruelty are constant, uninvited guests. The flight itself typically approaches uneasy, with a little bit way too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is tolerable initially but ends up being tremendously uncomfortable as the drive endures. The Kia Specialty and Ford Focus, however, ace ride quality; both maintain a comfy degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings much better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling steering as well as confident roadholding abilities. It does not feel stylish, yet the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.


The transformation is no less severe within. Toyota replaced the previous generation's drab style and materials with an attractive mix of shade and also texture, in addition to an extra straight control design.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely welcoming. It's a renovation over in 2015's budget-grade concept, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of high-grade products and advanced design. It does, nonetheless, supply even more high quality as well as style than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and conventional Specialty.

Charm is not skin deep in this case. Not just does the within appearance excellent, however it likewise really feels good, also. The door panel armrest is padded enough, and also the seats strike an excellent balance: helpful without being as well solid, cushy without being too mushy. One tiny missing out on item is a gliding sun visor, which lots of autos have and also serve everyday.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the biggest sedans in the class after growing a couple inches for 2014. Bonus size implies included passenger space, and also legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The backseat pillow, nonetheless, is rock-solid.

Comfort design & Electronics

Numerous controls as well as screens remain in a comparable spot in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has been extended horizontally for 2014. It appears like Toyota was going for an extra streamlined arrangement. The outcome is a lot more attractive general, but the panel is still overwhelmed with switches. Figuring out what they all do isn't really an issue, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is once again conventional on the LE trim degree as well as over but not available on base trims. The screen size is good for food selection readability as well as switch size. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app suite, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Attaching to my Pandora Internet radio app was additionally simple, but I 'd like to see even more performance. You could make use of the touch-screen to play as well as stop a tune, yet functions like missing a song or packing a new station aren't available.

Freight & Storage

Regardless of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively little, with just 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2014's score of 12.3 as well as larger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but slightly smaller than the Focus (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). Extra annoying is the Corolla's trunk layout. Large metal hinges stick out into the luggage space; numerous car manufacturers have actually upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like gadgets.

The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for extra freight space-- a helpful function that isn't really common on the Civic or Focus.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly located in front of complementary input and also USB ports, in addition to a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot larger and includes a comfy moving armrest. For the backseat, there are 2 flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my household) as well as one bottleholder in each door.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety and security Pick, making Good scores in all areas of testing other than the challenging new small-overlap frontal crash test. The Corolla scored Minimal in this examination, only one action above the most affordable rating of Poor. The Strength scored Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra as well as Focus did much better, gaining Leading Security Select Plus condition. The National Freeway Traffic Security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is inaccessible on base L designs however standard on every other trim. The only cars and truck in this course with a conventional electronic camera throughout the lineup is the Civic, the base price of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes standard with a vehicle driver's knee air bag and also both driver and guest seat cushion airbags that blow up under the knees-- unusual functions in this course. Go here for a complete checklist of safety features, and see how well the Corolla fits child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check.

Worth in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of one of the most affordable vehicles in its class, rating just above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all prices consist of location fees). The Elantra begins simply greater, at $17,760, and the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.

Consumers looking to update to an automatic will likewise locate the Corolla economical. The obsolete four-speed is an added $600, below the extra cost for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' distressing automated handbook ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with remarkable lorries, so this upgraded version has a heck of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Forte are kings of the mountain in regards to value, attributes and comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel effectiveness and also interior products.

Possibilities are, nevertheless, that few individuals will care that it still falls short. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, people still bought it-- tons of people. Toyota has actually offered more than 40 million Corollas worldwide because it went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the United States, the car consistently tops month-to-month record-breaker checklists, trying to getting the leading compact slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-rounded as numerous cars in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation and also will certainly remain to attract the masses.

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