Toyota Corolla 2014 Review

Toyota Corolla 2014 Review: If you're shopping in the compact-car course, gas efficiency as well as affordability are most definitely among your top priorities. Toyota's upgraded small car supplies both-- as long as you're ALRIGHT with a few tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge renovation, yet it ranks merely midpack against other compacts, especially in terms of cabin sound and ride quality.

Together with an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a changed engine as well as an extra upscale interior for 2014.

This is a big, hectic course with plenty of strong contenders and also a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's main opponents consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Emphasis.

Toyota Corolla 2014 Review

Outside & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conventional to attention-grabbing starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke wasn't included). Its typical LED-accented fronts lights, carved body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Actually, however, any type of update would certainly've raised the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.

Promptly evident are cues Toyota obtained from the Avalon large sedan (the grille and headlights particularly look acquainted), and also although words "big car" do not generally communicate excitement in the designing department, the result works on the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the hostile, sporty position of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping elegance of the Hyundai Elantra, but it could remove "uninteresting" from its list of woes.

How It Drives

Although the old Corolla's lackluster looks are gone, a refined exterior cannot conceal an unpolished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a wonderful task with the continually variable transmission. It feels more all-natural and refined compared to the units in the Subaru Impreza as well as Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was likewise quicker compared to the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power and also create their engines to grumble noisally, but Toyota's is both receptive as well as relatively quiet. It could get loud when pushed, yet it's far from the most significant transgressor.

Various other versions (L, LE and also S trims) use a variation of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Standard 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 version's powertrain is one of the most effective. Throughout my 200-mile trek in the city and also on the freeway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better than the EPA's score 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), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and also Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses out on: Although good pep places it at the top in terms of power, unreasonable sound levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise gathers from anywhere. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind hullabaloo, as well as roadway sound will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note complementing circus-like levels of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous version, as well, and the redesign hasn't place a dent in it.

Though on the solid side, an even larger problem with the sedan's trip quality is an absence of seclusion. Way too much of the roadway comes into the cabin, so uneasy levels of resonance as well as violence are constant, uninvited passengers. The trip itself commonly borders on edgy, with a little bit excessive hop over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable initially yet ends up being tremendously uneasy as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty and also Ford Focus, nevertheless, ace flight top quality; both preserve a comfortable level of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as confident roadholding capacities. It doesn't feel sporty, but the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.


The makeover is no much less severe within. Toyota replaced the previous generation's dull layout and also products with an attractive mix of color and also texture, together with a more horizontal control layout.

The Corolla I drove combined a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely inviting. It's a renovation over last year's budget-grade concept, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of top notch products as well as sophisticated layout. It does, however, use even more high quality and design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus and conservative Strong suit.

Charm is not skin deep in this instance. Not only does the within appearance great, however it likewise feels excellent, as well. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and the seats strike a good equilibrium: supportive without being too firm, agreeable without being also mushy. One little missing thing is a moving sun visor, which many cars and trucks have as well as serve daily.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is among the biggest sedans in the course after growing a pair inches for 2014. Additional size means included guest area, and legroom is generous in the front and also back seats. The backseat padding, nevertheless, is well-founded.

Ergonomics & Electronics

Several controls and displays are in a similar area in the new-generation Corolla, however the layout has been stretched flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was aiming for a more streamlined setup. The outcome is much more attractive overall, yet the panel is still overloaded with buttons. Finding out just what they all do isn't a problem, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio unit is once more basic on the LE trim degree and also above but inaccessible on base trims. The screen size is respectable for food selection readability and button size. The system includes Toyota's Entune app suite, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Connecting to my Pandora Web radio app was likewise very easy, however I wish to see even more functionality. You can use the touch-screen to play and stop briefly a tune, yet functions like avoiding a tune or loading a new terminal typically aren't readily available.

Cargo & Storage space

Regardless of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly little, with simply 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from last year's score of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but a little smaller sized compared to the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). Much more irritating is the Corolla's trunk design. Huge steel joints protrude into the luggage area; many car manufacturers have upgraded to smaller, strut-like devices.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for added freight room-- a beneficial feature that isn't typical on the Civic or Focus.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby handily located in front of complementary input and also USB ports, as well as a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot bigger and consists of a comfy gliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family members) and one bottleholder in each door.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Safety Pick, earning Excellent scores in all locations of screening other than the difficult brand-new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla scored Minimal in this examination, only one step above the most affordable rating of Poor. The Specialty scored Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and also Focus executed much better, making Top Safety and security Pick Plus condition. The National Freeway Web Traffic Safety and security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is unavailable on base L models however standard on each trim. The only car in this course with a typical cam across the lineup is the Civic, the base rate of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes requirement with a driver's knee air bag and both vehicle driver and also passenger seat cushion airbags that pump up under the knees-- unusual features in this course. Click here for a complete list of safety and security functions, and see just how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Child seat Inspect.

Value in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of one of the most affordable lorries in its class, placing simply above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices include destination charges). The Elantra starts just greater, at $17,760, and also the Civic tops the checklist at $18,955.

Consumers seeking to upgrade to an automatic will additionally locate the Corolla inexpensive. The outdated four-speed is an additional $600, below the added expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' distressing automated handbook ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector breaking with impressive vehicles, so this revamped variation has a hell of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Specialty are kings of the hill in terms of value, functions and convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to fuel effectiveness and also indoor products.

Chances are, nonetheless, that few individuals will certainly care that it still fails. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- tons of individuals. Toyota has marketed greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide given that it went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the U.S., the car consistently tops month-to-month best-seller lists, trying to getting the leading portable slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-round as a number of cars and trucks in its class, but the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation and will remain to draw in the masses.