2014 toyota Corolla Sport

2014 Toyota Corolla Sport: If you're shopping in the compact-car class, gas effectiveness and also affordability are most absolutely amongst your leading concerns. Toyota's revamped compact car supplies both-- as long as you're OKAY with a few tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large improvement, yet it ranks just midpack versus other compacts, specifically in regards to cabin sound as well as ride quality.

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

This is a large, busy class with a lot of strong contenders and a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's major competitors consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Focus.


2014 Toyota Corolla Sport


Outside & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla pulled an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke had not been entailed). Its conventional LED-accented headlights, sculpted body lines and also pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In truth, nevertheless, any update would certainly've boosted the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.

Quickly apparent are cues Toyota obtained from the Avalon large car (the grille as well as fronts lights especially look familiar), and although the words "big car" do not usually communicate enjoyment in the styling department, the effect works with the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the hostile, stylish stance of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping elegance of the Hyundai Elantra, but it could get rid of "boring" from its checklist of troubles.

Exactly how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's lackluster looks are gone, a sleek exterior can't hide a rugged driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a great job with the continuously variable automatic transmission. It feels more natural as well as polished than the systems in the Subaru Impreza as well as Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, and also power delivery from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker compared to the various other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time building power and trigger their engines to complain noisally, however Toyota's is both responsive as well as reasonably quiet. It can obtain loud when pushed, but it's much from the most significant culprit.

Various other models (L, LE and also S trims) use 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 automatic is optional; the CVT is typical on all various other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most reliable. Throughout 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 than the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base designs with the handbook are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared with base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses out on: Although respectable pep places it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable noise degrees drop the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Noise pours in from almost everywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind hullabaloo, and also roadway noise will certainly have you checking to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note rounding off circus-like levels of volume. This was an issue with the previous variation, as well, as well as the redesign hasn't put a damage in it.

Though on the firm side, an also larger problem with the car's ride top quality is an absence of seclusion. Excessive of the roadway enters into the cabin, so awkward levels of resonance as well as violence are constant, unwanted guests. The ride itself usually borders on uneasy, with a bit excessive hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable at first however becomes exponentially uneasy as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty and Ford Emphasis, nevertheless, ace trip quality; both preserve a comfortable level of composure over bumps.

The Corolla scores better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as certain roadholding abilities. It does not really feel stylish, yet the car takes corners without sloppiness.

Inside

The remodeling is no less severe within. Toyota changed the previous generation's dull style as well as products with an attractive mix of color and structure, together with an extra horizontal control layout.

The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark green exterior with camel-colored tones inside and was really welcoming. It's a renovation over in 2015's budget-grade motif, yet the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of premium products as well as advanced layout. It does, nevertheless, supply more quality and style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus as well as conservative Strength.

Appeal is not skin deep in this instance. Not just does the inside appearance excellent, but it also feels good, as well. The door panel armrest is padded enough, and the seats strike an excellent equilibrium: supportive without being too firm, soft without being also mushy. One tiny missing product is a sliding sun visor, which numerous vehicles have and work on a daily basis.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the most significant sedans in the course after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Additional length means added traveler room, and also legroom is generous in the front as well as back seats. The rear seat cushion, however, is rock-solid.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Several controls and displays remain in a comparable spot in the new-generation Corolla, but the layout has actually been extended flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was aiming for a more structured setup. The result is extra enticing total, but the panel is still strained with switches. Finding out exactly what they all do isn't really a trouble, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system is once more typical on the LE trim level and also over yet unavailable on base trims. The display size is decent for food selection clarity and also switch size. The system showcases Toyota's Entune application suite, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Linking to my Pandora Net radio application was also very easy, however I 'd like to see more performance. You could make use of the touch-screen to play and also stop briefly a tune, yet features like avoiding a tune or loading a new terminal typically aren't offered.

Cargo & Storage space

Despite the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively little, 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 ), but a little smaller sized than the Emphasis (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more bothersome is the Corolla's trunk design. Huge steel joints protrude right into the travel luggage room; lots of automakers have upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like tools.

The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for extra freight area-- a valuable feature that isn't standard on the Civic or Focus.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated in front of auxiliary input and USB ports, along with a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot bigger as well as includes a comfortable gliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two lightweight pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family members) and also one bottleholder in each door.

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety Choose, making Good rankings in all areas of testing other than the tough brand-new small-overlap frontal accident examination. The Corolla racked up Minimal in this examination, only one action above the most affordable score of Poor. The Strong suit racked up Poor in this field, however the Civic, Elantra and also Focus performed much better, making Leading Security Pick Plus status. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup electronic camera is unavailable on base L models yet basic on every other trim. The only car in this course with a standard camera across the lineup is the Civic, the base rate which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a motorist's knee airbag and both motorist as well as guest seat cushion air bags that blow up under the knees-- uncommon features in this course. Go here for a full list of security functions, as well as see just how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Car Seat Examine.

Worth in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of the most affordable vehicles in its class, placing simply above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all rates include location charges). The Elantra starts just higher, at $17,760, and also the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.

Buyers seeking to upgrade to an automated will also locate the Corolla economical. The obsolete four-speed is an added $600, lower than the extra expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' dreadful automated manual ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with impressive vehicles, so this redesigned variation has a hell of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Strength are kings of the hill in regards to value, functions as well as comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to fuel efficiency and interior materials.

Chances are, nonetheless, that few people will certainly care that it still falls short. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker condition, individuals still bought it-- loads of people. Toyota has actually offered greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it went on sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car continuously covers month-to-month hot seller checklists, trying the top portable port with the Honda Civic. It could not be as well-rounded as a number of cars and trucks in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation as well as will continuously attract the masses.

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