2014 toyota Corolla Sport

2014 Toyota Corolla Sport: If you're going shopping in the compact-car class, gas effectiveness as well as cost are most certainly among your leading priorities. Toyota's upgraded portable car provides both-- as long as you're ALRIGHT with a few tradeoffs comfortably.

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

Together with an outside styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a changed engine and a more high end interior for 2014.

This is a huge, busy course with plenty of strong contenders as well as a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's primary competitors consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.


2014 Toyota Corolla Sport


Exterior & Styling

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana traditional to attention-grabbing starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke had not been included). Its standard LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In truth, however, any type of update would certainly've raised the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.

Immediately obvious are hints Toyota obtained from the Avalon large car (the grille as well as fronts lights particularly look familiar), as well as although the words "big car" do not generally communicate excitement in the designing division, the result works on the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the hostile, sporty stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it can remove "dull" from its list of distress.

How It Drives

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

Initially, the hits: Toyota did a terrific task with the continually variable automatic transmission. It feels even more all-natural and refined compared to the systems in the Subaru Impreza as well as Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, and power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker compared to the various other 2. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power as well as create their engines to whine loudly, however Toyota's is both receptive and also relatively silent. It could obtain loud when pressed, however it's far from the biggest culprit.

Other models (L, LE as well as S trims) use a variation of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is common on all various other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most efficient. Throughout 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 designs with the guidebook are still excellent, with a 28/37/31 mpg ranking, 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).

Now the misses: Although suitable pep places it on top in regards to power, unreasonable noise levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise pours in from anywhere. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind hullabaloo, and also road noise will certainly have you checking to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note topping off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous variation, too, and the redesign hasn't place a dent in it.

Though on the firm side, an also bigger trouble with the car's flight quality is a lack of seclusion. Way too much of the roadway enters the cabin, so uneasy levels of vibration and cruelty are constant, unwelcome passengers. The flight itself often approaches edgy, with a little bit too much hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable in the beginning however ends up being tremendously unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Strong Suit and Ford Focus, nonetheless, ace ride top quality; both maintain a comfortable degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as confident roadholding capacities. It does not feel stylish, however the car takes edges without sloppiness.

Interior

The transformation is no much less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's shabby layout as well as materials with an attractive blend of shade as well as texture, together with an extra straight control format.

The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark environment-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside and also was very inviting. It's an improvement over in 2014's budget-grade theme, but the cabin still can not match the Elantra's mix of top notch materials as well as innovative layout. It does, nevertheless, provide even more high quality as well as design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis as well as conventional Specialty.

Beauty is not skin deep in this situation. Not just does the inside look excellent, however it also really feels great, as well. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and the seats strike an excellent equilibrium: supportive without being as well solid, pleasant without being also mushy. One tiny missing product is a gliding sun visor, which lots of autos have as well as serve daily.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is among the biggest sedans in the class after growing a pair inches for 2014. Additional size indicates added passenger space, as well as legroom is generous in the front and rear seats. The backseat cushion, however, is rock-solid.

Ergonomics & Electronic devices

Numerous controls and also displays remain in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has actually been stretched flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was going for an extra structured plan. The result is much more attractive overall, yet the panel is still overloaded with switches. Determining what they all do isn't a trouble, nonetheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound device is once again common on the LE trim level and also above yet unavailable on base trims. The screen dimension is suitable for menu clarity as well as switch dimension. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app collection, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Linking to my Pandora Internet radio app was additionally easy, yet I wish to see more performance. You could utilize the touch-screen to play and pause a song, yet functions like avoiding a song or loading a new terminal aren't readily available.

Cargo & Storage

Regardless of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly small, with simply 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from last year's ranking of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet somewhat smaller than the Emphasis (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more irritating is the Corolla's trunk style. Huge steel joints stick out right into the travel luggage area; several car manufacturers have actually upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for extra cargo area-- a helpful feature that isn't really basic on the Civic or Emphasis.

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

Security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety and security Select, making Good ratings in all areas of testing other than the challenging brand-new small-overlap frontal collision test. The Corolla racked up Minimal in this test, only one action over the lowest rating of Poor. The Forte racked up Poor in this area, however the Civic, Elantra as well as Emphasis performed much better, making Leading Safety and security Choose Plus condition. The National Freeway Website Traffic Safety and security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup electronic camera is unavailable on base L versions but basic on each trim. The only car in this course with a basic electronic camera throughout the lineup is the Civic, the base cost of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes standard with a chauffeur's knee airbag as well as both motorist and also guest seat cushion air bags that pump up under the knees-- unusual features in this class. Click here for a complete list of safety functions, and see just how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Examine.

Value in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of one of the most budget friendly lorries in its course, placing simply above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all rates include location costs). The Elantra begins just greater, at $17,760, as well as the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.

Consumers aiming to upgrade to an automated will likewise discover the Corolla cost effective. The out-of-date four-speed is an additional $600, below the added expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' distressing automated manual ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment breaking with outstanding automobiles, so this upgraded variation has a hell of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Forte are kings of the hill in terms of worth, features and also convenience, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel effectiveness as well as indoor products.

Opportunities are, nevertheless, that couple of individuals will care that it still fails. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker standing, people still bought it-- loads of individuals. Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it went on sale for the 1989 design year. In the United States, the sedan constantly tops monthly hot seller lists, trying the top small port with the Honda Civic. It might not be as all-round as numerous autos in its class, yet the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation and will remain to attract the masses.