2014 toyota Corolla Le Eco

2014 Toyota Corolla Le Eco: If you're going shopping in the compact-car class, fuel performance and affordability are most definitely amongst your leading priorities. Toyota's revamped small sedan supplies both-- as long as you're OK with a couple of tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big renovation, but it places simply midpack versus various other compacts, especially in regards to cabin noise as well as ride top quality.

Together with an exterior styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a modified engine and a much more upscale interior for 2014.

This is a huge, busy course with lots of strong competitors and also a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's major competitors consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Focus.

2014 Toyota Corolla Le Eco

Outside & Styling

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (however, Robin Thicke wasn't involved). Its standard LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, however, any upgrade would've boosted the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.

Immediately apparent are signs Toyota borrowed from the Avalon huge sedan (the grille and fronts lights especially look acquainted), and although the words "big car" do not usually communicate excitement in the styling department, the result deals with the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the hostile, sporty stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it could eliminate "monotonous" from its checklist of woes.

How It Drives

Although the old Corolla's uninspired appearances are gone, a refined outside can not conceal an unfinished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a great task with the constantly variable automatic transmission. It really feels more natural as well as refined compared to the units in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, as well as power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was likewise quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time building power as well as cause their engines to complain noisally, but Toyota's is both receptive as well as relatively peaceful. It can obtain loud when pushed, yet it's far from the greatest culprit.

Other models (L, LE and S trims) utilize a version of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Requirement on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is standard on all various other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most effective. During my 200-mile trip in the city and also on the freeway, the Corolla returned outstanding gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is much better than the EPA's ranking 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 to base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and also Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses: Although good pep puts it on top in regards to power, unreasonable noise degrees go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Noise pours in from all over. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind racket, and also roadway noise will have you examining to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note complementing circus-like levels of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous variation, too, as well as the redesign hasn't already put a damage in it.

Though on the firm side, an even larger issue with the sedan's flight quality is an absence of seclusion. Way too much of the roadway comes into the cabin, so unpleasant levels of resonance as well as cruelty are constant, uninvited guests. The ride itself frequently borders on tense, with a bit too much jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable in the beginning but comes to be exponentially unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Specialty as well as Ford Focus, however, ace ride top quality; both retain a comfy level of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla scores better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling steering and positive roadholding abilities. It doesn't feel sporty, however the car takes edges without sloppiness.


The remodeling is no much less extreme inside. Toyota changed the previous generation's shabby design and also materials with an appealing mix of shade and also structure, in addition to a much more straight control format.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside and also was really welcoming. It's an enhancement over in 2015's budget-grade concept, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of top notch materials and also sophisticated style. It does, nonetheless, supply more quality as well as style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and conservative Specialty.

Appeal is not skin deep in this case. Not just does the inside appearance excellent, however it likewise feels excellent, too. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and the seats strike a great balance: supportive without being as well strong, pleasant without being too mushy. One tiny missing out on product is a gliding sunlight visor, which many cars have as well as serve every day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is among the biggest cars in the class after growing a couple inches for 2014. Additional length indicates included guest area, and legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The backseat padding, nonetheless, is well-founded.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Lots of controls and screens remain in a similar place in the new-generation Corolla, but the format has actually been extended flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was going for a much more streamlined setup. The outcome is extra appealing overall, but the panel is still overwhelmed with switches. Identifying just what they all do isn't an issue, nevertheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio unit is once again conventional on the LE trim degree as well as over however inaccessible on base trims. The display size is good for food selection clarity and button size. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app suite, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Internet radio application was likewise easy, yet I want to see more performance. You can make use of the touch-screen to play and stop briefly a song, yet functions like missing a tune or filling a new station aren't readily available.

Cargo & Storage

In spite of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably tiny, with just 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2015's score of 12.3 and bigger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet slightly smaller sized compared to the Emphasis (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). More annoying is the Corolla's trunk layout. Big steel joints extend into the travel luggage area; several car manufacturers have updated to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for extra cargo area-- an useful attribute that isn't common on the Civic or Emphasis.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly located in front of complementary input and also USB ports, along with a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot larger and consists of a comfy gliding armrest. For the backseat, there are 2 lightweight 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 Policy Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Security Select, earning Good ratings in all locations of testing except the hard brand-new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla scored Low in this test, just one step over the lowest rating of Poor. The Strong suit scored Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra and also Focus performed better, earning Top Security Pick Plus standing. The National Freeway Traffic Security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup electronic camera is not available on base L models yet conventional on each trim. The only car in this course with a conventional cam throughout the lineup is the Civic, the base cost which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes criterion with a driver's knee air bag as well as both vehicle driver and also passenger seat padding air bags that inflate under the knees-- uncommon features in this class. Click on this link for a full checklist of safety and security functions, and also see exactly 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 among one of the most economical automobiles in its course, rating simply over the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all costs include location fees). The Elantra starts simply greater, at $17,760, and the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.

Consumers seeking to upgrade to an automatic will additionally find the Corolla cost effective. The out-of-date four-speed is an extra $600, lower than the additional price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' awful automated guidebook ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with outstanding automobiles, so this revamped variation has a heck of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Strength are kings of the hill in regards to worth, features as well as comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel effectiveness and indoor materials.

Opportunities are, however, that couple of people will certainly care that it still fails. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- tons of individuals. Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide given that it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the sedan constantly tops regular monthly record-breaker listings, trying the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-around as numerous cars in its course, however the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation as well as will continuously draw in the masses.