Toyota Corolla 2014

Toyota Corolla 2014: If you're going shopping in the compact-car course, fuel performance and also price are most absolutely amongst your leading priorities. Toyota's revamped compact car delivers both-- as long as you're OK with a couple of tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big enhancement, but it places simply midpack against various other compacts, specifically in terms of cabin sound as well as ride quality.

In addition to an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine and a much more high end interior for 2014.

This is a huge, active course with plenty of solid challengers and a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's major rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Emphasis.

Toyota Corolla 2014

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla drew a vehicle Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to eye-catching starlet (however, Robin Thicke wasn't included). Its basic LED-accented fronts lights, carved body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nonetheless, any kind of update would certainly've boosted the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.

Promptly obvious are signs Toyota obtained from the Avalon big sedan (the grille and also fronts lights specifically look acquainted), and also although the words "huge sedan" don't generally share excitement in the styling division, the impact works on the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can not match the hostile, sporty position of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, however it could get rid of "dull" from its list of woes.

How It Drives

Although the old Corolla's dull looks are gone, a polished outside can not conceal an unfinished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a terrific task with the continuously variable transmission. It really feels more all-natural and also refined compared to the devices 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 2. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power as well as cause their engines to whine noisally, yet Toyota's is both receptive and also reasonably peaceful. It could obtain loud when pushed, yet it's far from the most significant transgressor.

Various other versions (L, LE as well as S trims) use a variation 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 standard on all various other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is the most reliable. 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 score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base designs with the guidebook are still outstanding, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses out on: Although respectable pep puts it at the top in terms of power, unreasonable sound degrees go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Noise pours in from anywhere. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind ruckus, and also road noise will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's raw note complementing 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 even larger trouble with the sedan's trip high quality is an absence of isolation. Excessive of the road enters the cabin, so uncomfortable degrees of resonance and harshness are constant, uninvited travelers. The flight itself usually approaches anxious, with a bit too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable initially but ends up being greatly uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Strength and Ford Focus, nonetheless, ace flight top quality; both preserve a comfy degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla scores much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering and positive roadholding capacities. It does not feel sporty, but the car takes corners without sloppiness.


The remodeling is no much less severe in. Toyota changed the previous generation's boring design and materials with an attractive mix of shade and texture, in addition to an extra horizontal control format.

The Corolla I drove combined a dark green exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely inviting. It's an enhancement over in 2014's budget-grade theme, but the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's blend of high-grade products as well as advanced design. It does, however, provide even more top quality as well as design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus as well as conservative Strength.

Elegance is not skin deep in this instance. Not just does the inside appearance good, however it also feels good, also. The door panel armrest is padded enough, as well as the seats strike a good equilibrium: supportive without being also strong, easy without being as well mushy. One tiny missing out on product is a moving sun visor, which several autos have and are useful on a daily basis.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the largest cars in the course after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Additional length implies included guest room, and also legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The rear seat cushion, nonetheless, is rock-solid.

Functional design & Electronics

Many controls as well as screens remain in a comparable area in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has actually been stretched horizontally for 2014. It appears like Toyota was aiming for a more structured setup. The outcome is extra appealing overall, but the panel is still strained with buttons. Identifying just what they all do isn't an issue, nevertheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is once more common on the LE trim degree as well as above however unavailable on base trims. The screen dimension is good for food selection legibility and also button dimension. The system features Toyota's Entune app collection, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Internet radio application was likewise simple, but I would love to see more functionality. You could use the touch-screen to play and also stop a track, but features like missing a tune or packing a brand-new station typically aren't available.

Freight & Storage

In spite of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably little, with simply 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from in 2014's rating of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet slightly smaller than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). More aggravating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Big metal joints extend right into the baggage room; lots of car manufacturers have updated to smaller, strut-like tools.

The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for added freight space-- a valuable function that isn't really standard on the Civic or Focus.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated in front of complementary input as well as USB ports, in addition to a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot bigger and consists of a comfortable sliding armrest. For the backseat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family members) and also one bottleholder in each door.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety Select, making Great rankings in all areas of testing except the challenging brand-new small-overlap frontal collision test. The Corolla racked up Minimal in this test, only one step over the most affordable rating of Poor. The Specialty scored Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and also Focus carried out better, gaining Leading Safety and security Choose Plus status. The National Highway Website Traffic Security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup cam is unavailable on base L designs however conventional on each trim. The only vehicle in this course with a conventional cam throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base cost of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes requirement with a vehicle driver's knee air bag and also both driver and also traveler seat padding airbags that pump up under the knees-- uncommon functions in this class. Click here for a full listing of safety attributes, and see how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Check.

Value in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it among one of the most inexpensive vehicles in its course, ranking simply above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all costs consist of destination fees). The Elantra starts simply higher, at $17,760, and the Civic covers the list at $18,955.

Consumers planning to upgrade to an automatic will also find the Corolla affordable. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, lower than the additional price for the Civic's automated ($800), the Focus' awful automated guidebook ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with outstanding cars, so this redesigned version has a heck of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Strength are kings of the mountain in regards to worth, features and also convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of gas efficiency as well as interior products.

Chances are, however, that couple of individuals will certainly care that it still fails. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- tons of people. Toyota has actually marketed more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it took place sale for the 1989 version year. In the United States, the sedan continuously covers monthly record-breaker lists, trying the leading small slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-round as several cars in its course, yet the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation and also will continuously bring in the masses.