2014 toyota Corolla S Plus

2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus: If you're shopping in the compact-car class, gas effectiveness as well as affordability are most certainly amongst your top priorities. Toyota's redesigned portable sedan supplies both-- as long as you're OKAY with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large improvement, yet it rates merely midpack against other compacts, particularly in regards to cabin sound and ride quality.

In addition to an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a modified engine as well as an extra high end inside for 2014.

This is a huge, hectic course with plenty of solid challengers and also a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's major rivals consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Focus.

2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (regrettably, Robin Thicke had not been included). Its standard LED-accented headlights, sculpted body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nonetheless, any kind of upgrade would certainly've boosted the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.

Instantly evident are signs Toyota obtained from the Avalon large car (the grille as well as fronts lights especially look acquainted), and although words "large sedan" do not typically communicate excitement in the designing department, the result services the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can not match the aggressive, stylish stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping style of the Hyundai Elantra, but it could remove "uninteresting" from its list of concerns.

Exactly how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's uninspired looks are gone, a sleek exterior cannot conceal an unpolished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a terrific task with the constantly variable automatic transmission. It feels more all-natural and refined compared to the devices in the Subaru Impreza and also Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, and power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power and also create their engines to complain noisally, yet Toyota's is both responsive and also reasonably peaceful. It can get loud when pressed, yet it's far from the biggest transgressor.

Various other models (L, LE and S trims) use a variation of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Standard on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is standard on all other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most reliable. During my 200-mile expedition in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned outstanding 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 excellent, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared with base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses out on: Although good pep puts it on top in regards to power, unreasonable noise levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Noise gathers from all over. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind hullabaloo, and also road noise will have you examining to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note topping 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 dent in it.

Though on the firm side, an also larger problem with the car's flight top quality is a lack of isolation. Excessive of the roadway enters into the cabin, so uneasy levels of resonance and cruelty are constant, unwanted guests. The flight itself typically borders on uneasy, with a little bit excessive hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is tolerable initially yet ends up being greatly uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty as well as Ford Focus, nevertheless, ace flight top quality; both keep a comfortable degree of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla scores better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding and also confident roadholding capabilities. It does not feel sporty, however the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.


The remodeling is no less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's dull design and materials with an enticing mix of shade and structure, together with a much more horizontal control design.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside as well as was extremely inviting. It's a renovation over in 2015's budget-grade theme, but the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's mix of high-quality products as well as advanced layout. It does, however, use more quality as well as design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and also conservative Specialty.

Charm is not skin deep in this situation. Not just does the within appearance excellent, yet it likewise really feels excellent, too. The door panel armrest is padded sufficient, and also the seats strike a great equilibrium: encouraging without being as well solid, soft without being also mushy. One small missing product is a sliding sunlight visor, which lots of cars and trucks have and also work on a daily basis.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the most significant sedans in the course after growing a pair inches for 2014. Bonus size suggests included traveler area, as well as legroom is generous in the front and also rear seats. The backseat pillow, nonetheless, is rock-solid.

Ergonomics & Electronics

Lots of controls as well as screens remain in a similar place in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has been extended flat for 2014. It appears like Toyota was aiming for a more streamlined setup. The result is more enticing overall, however the panel is still strained with switches. Finding out just what they all do isn't a problem, nevertheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is again basic on the LE trim degree and also above yet not available on base trims. The screen dimension is good for food selection clarity and also switch size. The system includes Toyota's Entune app suite, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Net radio app was additionally very easy, yet I 'd like to see more functionality. You could use the touch-screen to play and stop briefly a tune, but functions like missing a song or loading a brand-new station aren't readily available.

Freight & Storage space

Regardless of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly small, with simply 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2014's rating of 12.3 and larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however slightly smaller compared to the Focus (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more bothersome is the Corolla's trunk layout. Large steel joints protrude into the baggage area; lots of automakers have actually upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for extra cargo space-- an useful attribute that isn't really typical on the Civic or Emphasis.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby conveniently situated before complementary input and USB ports, in addition to a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot bigger and includes a comfortable moving armrest. For the rear seat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my household) and also one bottleholder in each door.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety And Security Top Security Pick, earning Excellent rankings in all locations of testing other than the hard brand-new small-overlap frontal crash test. The Corolla scored Low in this test, just one step over the most affordable rating of Poor. The Forte racked up Poor around, yet the Civic, Elantra as well as Emphasis performed much better, earning Leading Security Choose Plus standing. The National Freeway Web Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is not available on base L models however typical on every other trim. The only auto in this class with a basic video camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base price of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla additionally comes standard with a motorist's knee air bag and both chauffeur and also guest seat pillow air bags that blow up under the knees-- uncommon functions in this class. Click here for a full list of safety and security attributes, and see how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Child seat Inspect.

Worth in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of one of the most budget friendly lorries in its class, placing just above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all rates include location fees). The Elantra begins simply greater, at $17,760, and also the Civic covers the listing at $18,955.

Shoppers wanting to upgrade to an automated will additionally find the Corolla budget friendly. The obsolete four-speed is an extra $600, below the additional price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' terrible automated manual ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section bursting with outstanding vehicles, so this upgraded variation has a heck of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Strength are kings of the mountain in regards to value, attributes as well as comfort, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel performance and also indoor products.

Opportunities are, however, that few individuals will certainly care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- tons of people. Toyota has actually sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it went on sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car continually covers monthly hot seller listings, vying for the top portable slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-shaped as numerous automobiles in its course, yet the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation and will certainly continuously attract the masses.

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