2014 toyota Corolla

2014 Toyota Corolla: If you're shopping in the compact-car class, fuel performance as well as cost are most absolutely among your top priorities. Toyota's revamped small sedan delivers both-- as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big improvement, yet it rates just midpack versus various other compacts, specifically in regards to cabin noise as well as ride top quality.

Along with an outside styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a revised engine and also a much more upscale inside for 2014.

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

2014 Toyota Corolla

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's exterior from Hannah Montana conventional to eye-catching starlet (regrettably, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its basic LED-accented headlights, sculpted body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Actually, nonetheless, any type of upgrade would certainly've elevated the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.

Instantly noticeable are hints Toyota obtained from the Avalon huge sedan (the grille as well as fronts lights especially look familiar), as well as although words "huge sedan" do not usually share excitement in the designing division, the effect services the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can't match the aggressive, flashy position of the Kia Strong suit or the sweeping style of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it can remove "dull" from its list of issues.

Exactly how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's uninspired looks are gone, a polished outside can't hide an unfinished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did an excellent task with the continually variable transmission. It really feels even more natural and also refined than the devices in the Subaru Impreza as well as Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco version, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker than the various other 2. Some CVTs in the class take their time developing power as well as create their engines to grumble loudly, yet Toyota's is both receptive and also relatively peaceful. It could get loud when pressed, but it's much from the greatest transgressor.

Various other models (L, LE and also S trims) make use of 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 also an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is common on all other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most effective. Throughout my 200-mile expedition in the city as well as on the freeway, the Corolla returned stellar 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 manual are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg ranking, which is midpack compared with base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) and also Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses: Although suitable pep places it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable noise degrees go down the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Sound gathers from all over. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind racket, and roadway sound will certainly have you checking to see if all the home windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's raw note rounding off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was an issue with the previous variation, also, and the redesign hasn't place a dent in it.

Though on the solid side, an also bigger problem with the car's ride top quality is a lack of seclusion. Excessive of the road enters the cabin, so awkward degrees of vibration and also violence are constant, unwelcome passengers. The flight itself often verges on jittery, with a little bit way too much hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable at first however ends up being tremendously unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Strength as well as Ford Focus, nevertheless, ace flight quality; both retain a comfortable level of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla scores better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering and also confident roadholding capabilities. It doesn't really feel stylish, but the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.


The makeover is no much less severe inside. Toyota changed the previous generation's boring layout and products with an attractive mix of shade and structure, in addition to a much more straight control layout.

The Corolla I drove integrated a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and was really welcoming. It's a renovation over in 2014's budget-grade concept, however the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's mix of high-grade products as well as innovative style. It does, nevertheless, use even more top quality as well as design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis as well as traditional Specialty.

Beauty is not skin deep in this case. Not just does the inside look excellent, yet it likewise really feels good, too. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, as well as the seats strike a good equilibrium: encouraging without being too strong, soft without being as well mushy. One tiny missing out on product is a gliding sun visor, which numerous cars and trucks have and also serve every day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the most significant sedans in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Bonus size means added passenger area, and legroom is generous in the front and also rear seats. The backseat cushion, however, is well-founded.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Several controls and also screens are in a similar area in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has been extended flat for 2014. It appears like Toyota was going for an extra structured plan. The result is more appealing overall, yet the panel is still overwhelmed with buttons. Finding out what they all do isn't really a problem, nonetheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system is once again standard on the LE trim level and above yet inaccessible on base trims. The display dimension is suitable for menu clarity and also button size. The system includes Toyota's Entune application collection, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Linking to my Pandora Web radio app was also easy, however I wish to see even more performance. You can utilize the touch-screen to play and pause a tune, however functions like skipping a tune or packing a brand-new station aren't available.

Freight & Storage

In spite of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly small, with simply 13 cubic feet of area. That's up from last year's score of 12.3 and larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but somewhat smaller compared to the Emphasis (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). Extra bothersome is the Corolla's trunk style. Huge steel hinges extend into the baggage room; several car manufacturers have updated to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

The backseat folds up in a 60/40 split for additional freight space-- a helpful feature that isn't really typical on the Civic or Focus.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly located in front of auxiliary input as well as USB ports, in addition to a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot larger as well as includes a comfortable sliding armrest. For the backseat, there are two lightweight pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my household) and also one bottleholder in each door.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety and security Select, making Good rankings in all locations of testing except the difficult new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla scored Limited in this examination, only one action over the lowest rating of Poor. The Forte scored Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and also Focus performed much better, gaining Top Safety Choose Plus standing. The National Freeway Website Traffic Safety Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup video camera is not available on base L versions however basic on every other trim. The only automobile in this class with a basic video camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base cost which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a chauffeur's knee airbag and also both vehicle driver and passenger seat pillow air bags that pump up under the knees-- unusual functions in this course. Click here for a complete listing of safety attributes, and see just how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Child seat Inspect.

Value in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of the most affordable lorries in its course, ranking simply above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all costs consist of location fees). The Elantra begins simply greater, at $17,760, as well as the Civic tops the listing at $18,955.

Buyers wanting to update to an automatic will additionally locate the Corolla inexpensive. The out-of-date four-speed is an extra $600, less than the extra price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' dreadful automated guidebook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector bursting with outstanding lorries, so this redesigned version has a hell of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Specialty are kings of the hill in regards to value, attributes and also comfort, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel effectiveness as well as interior products.

Opportunities are, nonetheless, that couple of individuals will care that it still falls short. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, people still bought it-- lots of individuals. Toyota has marketed greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the United States, the car continuously tops monthly hot seller checklists, vying for the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-round as several cars and trucks in its course, but the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation and also will certainly remain to attract the masses.