Toyota 2014 Corolla

Toyota 2014 Corolla: If you're going shopping in the compact-car class, gas effectiveness and price are most certainly among your leading priorities. Toyota's upgraded portable car delivers both-- as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big enhancement, but it places just midpack versus other compacts, specifically in regards to cabin sound as well as ride quality.

Along with an exterior styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine as well as an extra upscale interior for 2014.

This is a huge, active class with plenty of solid competitors and a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's major rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Emphasis.


Toyota 2014 Corolla


Outside & Styling

For 2014, the Corolla drew an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's exterior from Hannah Montana traditional to eye-catching starlet (however, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its conventional LED-accented fronts lights, carved body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Actually, nevertheless, any type of update would've elevated the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.

Immediately obvious are cues Toyota obtained from the Avalon large car (the grille and headlights especially look familiar), and also although words "huge sedan" don't normally communicate excitement in the designing department, the result works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can't match the aggressive, stylish position of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it can remove "uninteresting" from its checklist of issues.

Exactly how It Drives

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

Initially, the hits: Toyota did an excellent job with the continuously variable transmission. It feels more natural and polished compared to the units 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 also quicker compared to the various other 2. Some CVTs in the class take their time developing power and also create their engines to complain noisally, yet Toyota's is both responsive and relatively silent. It could obtain loud when pressed, however it's much from the largest transgressor.

Other designs (L, LE and also S trims) utilize 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 common on all other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most reliable. During my 200-mile trip in the city and also on the freeway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is far better than the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the manual are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared to 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 good pep places it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable sound levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Sound pours in from anywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind ruckus, and roadway noise will certainly have you checking to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note topping off circus-like levels of loudness. This was a problem with the previous variation, also, and the redesign hasn't already put a dent in it.

Though on the firm side, an also bigger problem with the car's ride top quality is an absence of isolation. Too much of the roadway enters into the cabin, so awkward levels of resonance as well as cruelty are constant, uninvited guests. The trip itself commonly verges on anxious, with a bit excessive jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is tolerable in the beginning but ends up being significantly uncomfortable as the drive endures. The Kia Specialty as well as Ford Emphasis, nevertheless, ace ride high quality; both maintain a comfy level of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla ratings better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as certain roadholding capacities. It doesn't feel flashy, yet the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.

Inside

The makeover is no much less extreme in. Toyota changed the previous generation's shabby layout and materials with an appealing mix of shade and also texture, together with a much more straight control layout.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark green outside with camel-colored tones inside as well as was extremely welcoming. It's an improvement over last year's budget-grade theme, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of high-quality materials as well as sophisticated design. It does, nevertheless, provide more top quality as well as design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and conventional Specialty.

Elegance is not skin deep in this situation. Not just does the inside look great, yet it likewise feels excellent, also. The door panel armrest is padded sufficient, and the seats strike a good equilibrium: helpful without being too firm, agreeable without being also mushy. One small missing thing is a sliding sun visor, which lots of autos have and also work on a daily basis.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the greatest cars in the class after growing a pair inches for 2014. Extra size indicates added passenger space, and legroom is generous in the front and also back seats. The backseat cushion, nonetheless, is well-founded.

Functional design & Electronics

Lots of controls and also displays are in a similar place in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has actually been stretched flat for 2014. It appears like Toyota was going for an extra structured plan. The outcome is much more attractive general, yet the panel is still strained with buttons. Finding out just what they all do isn't really a problem, nevertheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio unit is once more typical on the LE trim level and also above however unavailable on base trims. The display dimension is decent for menu legibility and button dimension. The system showcases Toyota's Entune application suite, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Linking to my Pandora Web radio app was also simple, however I want to see more functionality. You could make use of the touch-screen to play as well as stop a song, yet features like missing a tune or loading a brand-new station aren't readily available.

Freight & Storage

Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably tiny, with just 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from in 2014's score of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however a little smaller sized than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). Extra annoying is the Corolla's trunk layout. Huge steel hinges protrude right into the luggage space; several car manufacturers have updated to smaller sized, strut-like gadgets.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for added freight space-- an useful attribute that isn't really basic on the Civic or Emphasis.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby easily located in front of supporting input and also USB ports, as well as a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much bigger as well as includes a comfortable gliding armrest. For the backseat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my household) and one bottleholder in each door.

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety Top Security Pick, making Good rankings in all areas of screening other than the difficult new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla racked up Marginal in this examination, just one step above the lowest rating of Poor. The Strength scored Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra and Emphasis executed better, earning Leading Security Pick Plus status. The National Highway Website Traffic Security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is not available on base L versions yet conventional on each trim. The only auto in this course with a common camera across the lineup is the Civic, the base rate which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a chauffeur's knee airbag and both chauffeur and also passenger seat padding airbags that inflate under the knees-- unusual features in this class. Click here for a full checklist of safety functions, and also see how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Inspect.

Value in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of one of the most budget friendly vehicles in its course, ranking just over the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all prices consist of location charges). The Elantra begins simply greater, at $17,760, as well as the Civic covers the listing at $18,955.

Consumers seeking to update to an automatic will also find the Corolla cost effective. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, less than the extra 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 sector bursting with impressive cars, so this revamped variation has a heck of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Strength are kings of the hill in terms of worth, functions and also comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of gas effectiveness and also indoor products.

Opportunities are, nonetheless, that couple of individuals will certainly care that it still fails. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker condition, individuals still bought it-- lots of individuals. Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it went on sale for the 1989 model year. In the United States, the sedan constantly covers regular monthly hot seller listings, trying to getting the top portable slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-rounded as a number of automobiles in its class, however the 2014 Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation and will certainly continue to draw in the masses.