Toyota Corolla S 2014

Toyota Corolla S 2014: If you're shopping in the compact-car course, fuel efficiency and also price are most definitely amongst your leading priorities. Toyota's upgraded portable car supplies both-- as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge renovation, but it rates simply midpack against various other compacts, specifically in regards to cabin sound and ride top quality.

In addition to an outside styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a modified engine as well as an extra upscale interior for 2014.

This is a big, hectic course with lots of solid challengers and also a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's main rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Focus.

Toyota Corolla S 2014

Exterior & Designing

For 2014, the Corolla pulled an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's exterior from Hannah Montana conventional to eye-catching starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke had not been included). Its standard LED-accented fronts lights, chiseled body lines and pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, however, any kind of update would've boosted the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.

Quickly apparent are hints Toyota borrowed from the Avalon large car (the grille and fronts lights specifically look acquainted), and although words "huge sedan" do not generally share enjoyment in the designing department, the result services the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can't match the hostile, sporty position of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it can get rid of "dull" from its listing of issues.

How It Drives

Although the old Corolla's lackluster appearances are gone, a refined exterior can't hide an unfinished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a great task with the continually variable automatic transmission. It feels even more natural as well as polished compared to the systems in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, as well as power delivery from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was likewise quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time constructing power and trigger their engines to complain loudly, yet Toyota's is both responsive as well as reasonably quiet. It could get loud when pushed, however it's far from the biggest culprit.

Various other designs (L, LE as well as S trims) use a version of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Requirement on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is standard on all various other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is one of the most efficient. During my 200-mile trip in the city and also on the highway, the Corolla returned outstanding gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is far better compared to the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the manual are still excellent, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) as well as Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses out on: Although suitable pep places it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable noise degrees go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Noise pours in from all over. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind ruckus, and road noise will certainly have you examining to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note completing circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a problem with the previous variation, also, and also the redesign hasn't put a dent in it.

Though on the solid side, an also larger trouble with the sedan's flight high quality is an absence of isolation. Way too much of the roadway enters the cabin, so unpleasant levels of vibration and also harshness are constant, uninvited passengers. The trip itself commonly borders on edgy, with a bit too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable initially however comes to be significantly awkward as the drive endures. The Kia Strong Suit as well as Ford Focus, however, ace flight top quality; both keep a comfortable degree of calmness over bumps.

The Corolla ratings better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding and also confident roadholding abilities. It does not really feel flashy, yet the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.


The transformation is no less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's drab design and materials with an enticing blend of shade and structure, along with a much more horizontal control format.

The Corolla I drove combined a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside as well as was very welcoming. It's a renovation over in 2014's budget-grade concept, however the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of top quality products and also sophisticated layout. It does, however, offer even more high quality and also design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and also conservative Strong suit.

Elegance is not skin deep in this instance. Not just does the inside appearance great, however it also feels excellent, as well. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and the seats strike an excellent equilibrium: helpful without being also firm, agreeable without being as well mushy. One small missing out on thing is a sliding sunlight visor, which several automobiles have as well as serve every day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the most significant sedans in the class after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Bonus size means added passenger space, and also legroom is generous in the front and back seats. The backseat pillow, nevertheless, is rock-solid.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Several controls and also screens remain in a similar place in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has been extended flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was going for a much more structured setup. The result is much more enticing general, but the panel is still strained with switches. Figuring out 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 over however inaccessible on base trims. The screen dimension is decent for food selection legibility and switch size. The system includes 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 additionally simple, but I wish to see even more capability. You could use the touch-screen to play as well as stop briefly a track, however functions like avoiding a tune or packing a new station typically aren't available.

Freight & Storage

In spite of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively tiny, with just 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2014's score of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however slightly smaller sized than the Focus (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). Extra bothersome is the Corolla's trunk design. Big steel hinges extend into the travel luggage room; many automakers have actually updated to smaller sized, strut-like tools.

The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for added cargo area-- an useful feature that isn't really common on the Civic or Emphasis.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby easily located in front of complementary input and also USB ports, as well as a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much bigger and consists of a comfy sliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two lightweight pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family) as well as one bottleholder in each door.

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Security Top Security Select, earning Good scores in all areas of screening other than the hard new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla racked up Low in this examination, just one action above the most affordable score of Poor. The Strength racked up Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and also Focus carried out better, gaining Top Safety and security Select Plus standing. The National Freeway Web Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup video camera is not available on base L versions however conventional on each trim. The only car in this course with a basic cam across the lineup is the Civic, the base price of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes requirement with a chauffeur's knee airbag as well as both vehicle driver as well as guest seat cushion airbags that blow up under the knees-- unusual functions in this class. Go here for a full listing of security attributes, and see exactly how well the Corolla fits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Inspect.

Value in Its Class

The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of the most budget-friendly lorries in its class, rating simply over the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all prices consist of location costs). The Elantra begins just higher, at $17,760, and the Civic covers the listing at $18,955.

Shoppers planning to upgrade to an automatic will also discover the Corolla inexpensive. The out-of-date four-speed is an added $600, less than the extra expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' terrible automated handbook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector bursting with remarkable automobiles, so this upgraded 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 comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to gas performance as well as indoor products.

Chances are, nonetheless, that couple of people will certainly care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- tons of individuals. Toyota has actually marketed more than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the sedan consistently tops month-to-month hot seller checklists, trying to getting the leading small slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-rounded as numerous cars in its class, however the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation and will certainly continue to draw in the masses.