2014 toyota Corolla S Plus

2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus: If you're shopping in the compact-car course, fuel effectiveness and also price are most absolutely among your top priorities. Toyota's redesigned small sedan delivers both-- as long as you're OKAY with a few tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge improvement, yet it places just midpack versus various other compacts, especially in terms of cabin noise and ride top quality.

Along with an outside styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine as well as a much more high end inside for 2014.

This is a large, active class with lots of solid challengers and also a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's main rivals consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Focus.


2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus


Outside & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla pulled an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conventional to eye-catching starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke wasn't included). Its conventional LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, nevertheless, any upgrade would certainly've elevated the 2013 variation from the midsts of its drabness.

Quickly evident are hints Toyota borrowed from the Avalon big car (the grille and also fronts lights specifically look familiar), as well as although the words "large sedan" do not usually communicate excitement in the designing department, the effect works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can not match the hostile, stylish position of the Kia Strength or the sweeping elegance of the Hyundai Elantra, however it could get rid of "uninteresting" from its list of troubles.

Just how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's dull looks are gone, a polished exterior cannot hide an unpolished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a fantastic work with the continually variable transmission. It feels more natural and also refined compared to the systems in the Subaru Impreza and also Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, as well as power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time building power and trigger their engines to grumble noisally, however Toyota's is both receptive as well as relatively silent. It could obtain loud when pressed, but it's far from the biggest wrongdoer.

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

The LE Eco version's powertrain is one of the most reliable. Throughout my 200-mile expedition in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is much better compared to the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the guidebook are still excellent, 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 also 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 sector. Noise gathers from everywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind hullabaloo, as well as road noise will certainly have you checking to see if all the home windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note complementing circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous variation, too, and also the redesign hasn't already place a dent in it.

Though on the firm side, an even larger trouble with the car's ride top quality is a lack of isolation. Excessive of the roadway enters the cabin, so uneasy levels of vibration as well as harshness are constant, unwanted travelers. The ride itself frequently approaches edgy, with a bit way too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable in the beginning but ends up being greatly unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Strong Suit as well as Ford Focus, however, ace flight high quality; both maintain a comfortable level of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding and also positive roadholding capabilities. It doesn't feel sporty, yet the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.

Interior

The makeover is no much less extreme within. Toyota replaced the previous generation's boring layout and materials with an appealing mix of shade and texture, in addition to a more horizontal control design.

The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark green outside with camel-colored tones inside and also was very inviting. It's an improvement over in 2015's budget-grade concept, but the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's blend of premium products and also sophisticated layout. It does, however, use even more quality and also style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus as well as conventional Strong suit.

Appeal is not skin deep in this situation. Not only does the inside look good, however it additionally feels excellent, also. The door panel armrest is padded enough, as well as the seats strike a great equilibrium: helpful without being also strong, soft without being also mushy. One little missing out on item is a moving sunlight visor, which lots of vehicles have and serve each day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the biggest cars in the course after growing a pair inches for 2014. Additional length implies added traveler area, and legroom is generous in the front and also back seats. The backseat pillow, however, is rock-solid.

Ergonomics & Electronics

Many controls and also screens remain in a comparable spot in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has actually been extended horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was going for a much more streamlined arrangement. The outcome is more enticing general, but the panel is still strained with switches. Determining exactly what they all do isn't a problem, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio device is once again standard on the LE trim degree and also over but unavailable on base trims. The screen dimension is decent for food selection clarity and also switch size. The system features Toyota's Entune application collection, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Connecting to my Pandora Internet radio application was also easy, however I want to see even more capability. You could make use of the touch-screen to play and also pause a track, but features like skipping a tune or packing a new station typically aren't readily available.

Freight & Storage

Regardless of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably small, with simply 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from in 2015's ranking of 12.3 and also larger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet slightly smaller sized compared to the Emphasis (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). More aggravating is the Corolla's trunk design. Large metal joints extend into the travel luggage room; many automakers have upgraded to smaller, strut-like gadgets.

The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for added cargo room-- a beneficial attribute that isn't really typical on the Civic or Emphasis.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly located before auxiliary input as well as USB ports, along with a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much larger and consists of a comfy gliding armrest. For the backseat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family members) and one bottleholder in each door.

Security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Security Top Safety and security Choose, gaining Great rankings in all locations of screening except the tough brand-new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla scored Marginal in this examination, only one step above the most affordable score of Poor. The Strength scored Poor in this area, yet the Civic, Elantra and also Emphasis carried out much better, gaining Leading Safety Select Plus standing. The National Freeway Website Traffic Safety and security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is unavailable on base L designs yet standard on every other trim. The only vehicle in this class with a standard electronic camera across the lineup is the Civic, the base cost which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes requirement with a vehicle driver's knee air bag and both motorist as well as guest seat pillow air bags that pump up under the knees-- unusual attributes in this course. Go here for a complete list of security features, and see how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Safety seat Check.

Worth in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of the most inexpensive lorries in its class, ranking simply over the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all costs consist of location charges). The Elantra begins simply higher, at $17,760, and also the Civic tops the checklist at $18,955.

Customers aiming to update to an automatic will likewise locate the Corolla budget-friendly. The out-of-date four-speed is an additional $600, lower than the extra expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' distressing automated guidebook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with remarkable automobiles, so this upgraded variation has a hell of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Specialty are kings of the hill in terms of worth, features and also comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to gas effectiveness and interior materials.

Possibilities are, however, that couple of people will care that it still fails. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, people still bought it-- tons of people. Toyota has actually offered greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it took place sale for the 1989 version year. In the U.S., the sedan continually tops regular monthly best-seller listings, trying to getting the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-around as numerous autos in its class, yet the 2014 Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation and will remain to bring in the masses.