The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large enhancement, yet it places simply midpack against various other compacts, particularly in regards to cabin sound as well as ride high quality.
In addition to an exterior styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a modified engine as well as a more high end interior for 2014.
This is a huge, busy class with lots of strong contenders as well as a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's primary competitors consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Focus.
2014 Toyota Corolla Le
Exterior & Styling
For 2014, the Corolla pulled a vehicle Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana traditional to eye-catching starlet (regrettably, Robin Thicke had not been involved). Its conventional LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Actually, nevertheless, any kind of upgrade would certainly've boosted the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.
Instantaneously obvious are signs Toyota borrowed from the Avalon huge sedan (the grille and also headlights especially look familiar), and also although the words "huge car" do not normally convey exhilaration in the designing department, the impact works on the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can't match the aggressive, stylish position of the Kia Strong suit or the sweeping style of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it could eliminate "boring" from its list of problems.
How It Drives
Although the old Corolla's dull appearances are gone, a sleek outside can not conceal an unfinished driving experience.
First, the hits: Toyota did a great job with the continually variable transmission. It feels even more natural and polished compared to the devices in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, and also power delivery 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 as well as trigger their engines to whine noisally, however Toyota's is both responsive and reasonably silent. It can get loud when pushed, however it's much from the most significant culprit.
Other designs (L, LE and S trims) make use of 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 automated is optional; the CVT is typical on all other trims.
The LE Eco version's powertrain is the most effective. Throughout my 200-mile trip in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is much better than the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the guidebook are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared with base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) as well as Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Now the misses: Although suitable pep puts it on top in terms of power, unreasonable sound levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Sound gathers from everywhere. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind commotion, as well as road noise will have you examining to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note topping off circus-like levels of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous version, too, and the redesign hasn't already place a damage in it.
Though on the solid side, an also bigger problem with the sedan's trip top quality is a lack of seclusion. Too much of the roadway comes into the cabin, so awkward levels of resonance and cruelty are constant, unwanted passengers. The ride itself commonly approaches edgy, with a bit excessive hop over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is tolerable initially however comes to be greatly unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Specialty and also Ford Emphasis, however, ace ride high quality; both retain a comfortable degree of composure over bumps.
The Corolla scores much better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling steering and also positive roadholding abilities. It doesn't feel flashy, but the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.
The transformation is no less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's shabby design and materials with an appealing mix of color as well as texture, in addition to an extra straight control format.
The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark eco-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was really welcoming. It's a renovation over last year's budget-grade motif, yet the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's mix of high-quality materials and advanced design. It does, nevertheless, offer even more top quality and also design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and conventional Forte.
Appeal is not skin deep in this instance. Not just does the inside look good, however it also really feels great, too. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and also the seats strike an excellent equilibrium: encouraging without being too firm, agreeable without being too mushy. One small missing item is a sliding sun visor, which several cars and trucks have and also serve on a daily basis.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the greatest cars in the class after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Extra size suggests included guest area, and also legroom is generous in the front and rear seats. The rear seat pillow, nonetheless, is well-founded.
Functional design & Electronic devices
Several controls and also displays remain in a comparable area in the new-generation Corolla, yet the layout has actually been extended horizontally for 2014. It appears like Toyota was going for a much more structured arrangement. The result is a lot more enticing overall, however the panel is still overloaded with buttons. Identifying just what they all do isn't really an issue, however.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound device is again standard on the LE trim level and over yet not available on base trims. The screen dimension is decent for food selection legibility as well as button size. The system includes Toyota's Entune application collection, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Linking to my Pandora Net radio app was also very easy, yet I wish to see even more performance. You can use the touch-screen to play and also stop briefly a song, but features like avoiding a tune or filling a new station typically aren't offered.
Freight & Storage space
In spite of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly little, with simply 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2014's ranking of 12.3 as well as larger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however slightly smaller compared to the Emphasis (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more frustrating is the Corolla's trunk style. Big metal joints stick out right into the luggage room; several car manufacturers have actually upgraded to smaller, strut-like tools.
The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for extra cargo area-- a valuable function that isn't standard on the Civic or Focus.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated before complementary input and USB ports, in addition to a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is much larger and consists of a comfortable sliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family) and one bottleholder in each door.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety Choose, gaining Excellent scores in all areas of testing except the difficult new small-overlap frontal crash test. The Corolla scored Minimal in this test, only one action over the lowest score of Poor. The Forte scored Poor in this field, but the Civic, Elantra as well as Emphasis performed better, making Top Safety and security Select Plus condition. The National Highway Website Traffic Safety Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup video camera is not available on base L models however basic on every other trim. The only vehicle in this class with a typical electronic camera across the lineup is the Civic, the base cost which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a motorist's knee air bag and also both chauffeur and also passenger seat padding air bags that blow up under the knees-- unusual attributes in this course. Click here for a full checklist of security features, as well as see just how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Child seat Examine.
Value in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it among the most inexpensive cars in its class, ranking just over the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all costs include destination fees). The Elantra starts just greater, at $17,760, as well as the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.
Buyers looking to upgrade to an automated will also find the Corolla budget friendly. The obsolete four-speed is an added $600, below the added expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' terrible automated guidebook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with remarkable automobiles, so this revamped variation has a heck of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Strong suit are kings of the mountain in regards to worth, functions and convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel efficiency and interior products.
Chances are, nonetheless, that few people will certainly care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker condition, individuals still bought it-- lots of people. Toyota has actually offered greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it took place sale for the 1989 version year. In the U.S., the car consistently covers regular monthly record-breaker lists, trying to getting the leading small port with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-rounded as numerous cars and trucks in its class, however the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation and also will certainly remain to attract the masses.