The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge renovation, but it rates merely midpack against various other compacts, especially in terms of cabin noise and also ride quality.
Along with an exterior styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a changed engine as well as an extra high end interior for 2014.
This is a large, busy course with lots of strong competitors and also a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's main competitors include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.
2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus
Exterior & Styling
For 2014, the Corolla drew an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana traditional to eye-catching starlet (however, Robin Thicke had not been entailed). Its basic LED-accented fronts lights, sculpted body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nonetheless, any update would certainly've elevated the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.
Promptly evident are hints Toyota obtained from the Avalon huge car (the grille as well as headlights specifically look familiar), as well as although words "huge sedan" do not normally convey exhilaration in the styling department, the result works on the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks cannot match the aggressive, flashy position of the Kia Forte or the sweeping style of the Hyundai Elantra, however it can get rid of "dull" from its checklist of problems.
Exactly how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's uninspired appearances are gone, a polished exterior cannot hide an unfinished driving experience.
First, the hits: Toyota did a fantastic job with the continually variable automatic transmission. It really feels even more natural and also refined than the devices in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco version, and power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker compared to the various other 2. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power as well as create their engines to complain noisally, yet Toyota's is both receptive and also fairly peaceful. It could obtain loud when pressed, but it's far from the greatest wrongdoer.
Various other versions (L, LE as well as S trims) utilize a version of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Standard on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, as well as an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is basic on all other trims.
The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most reliable. During my 200-mile expedition in the city and on the highway, the Corolla returned outstanding gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better than the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base versions with the manual are still remarkable, 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).
Currently the misses: Although decent pep places it on top in terms of power, unreasonable sound degrees drop the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Sound gathers from anywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind racket, as well as road sound will have you inspecting to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note completing circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous variation, too, as well as the redesign hasn't place a damage in it.
Though on the strong side, an also bigger problem with the car's ride high quality is an absence of isolation. Too much of the roadway enters the cabin, so uncomfortable degrees of vibration and cruelty are constant, unwelcome passengers. The flight itself commonly verges on uneasy, with a little bit excessive jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable initially however becomes significantly uneasy as the drive wears on. The Kia Strength and also Ford Focus, however, ace trip top quality; both maintain a comfortable level of calmness over bumps.
The Corolla ratings better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding and certain roadholding capabilities. It doesn't feel sporty, however the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.
The remodeling is no less extreme in. Toyota changed the previous generation's drab layout and also products with an enticing mix of shade and also structure, together with an extra straight control design.
The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and was really inviting. It's a renovation over last year's budget-grade theme, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of premium materials and also sophisticated layout. It does, nevertheless, provide even more high quality and also design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus and also conservative Strength.
Beauty is not skin deep in this instance. Not only does the within look excellent, however it also feels excellent, too. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, and also the seats strike a good equilibrium: helpful without being as well solid, comfy without being too mushy. One small missing out on item is a gliding sunlight visor, which many cars and trucks have as well as are useful everyday.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the biggest sedans in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Extra length implies added guest area, and also legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The backseat padding, nonetheless, is well-founded.
Functional design & Electronics
Lots of controls as well as displays are in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, however the format has been stretched horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was aiming for a much more structured setup. The result is a lot more attractive overall, but the panel is still overwhelmed with buttons. Identifying what they all do isn't really a trouble, nevertheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is once again standard on the LE trim level and above but unavailable on base trims. The screen dimension is suitable for menu clarity and switch dimension. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app collection, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Linking to my Pandora Internet radio application was also easy, yet I want to see even more capability. You could make use of the touch-screen to play as well as pause a track, yet features like missing a song or packing a new station typically aren't readily available.
Cargo & Storage
Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively tiny, with simply 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from last year's rating of 12.3 as well as larger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but slightly smaller sized compared to the Focus (13.2) and also Elantra (14.8 ). More annoying is the Corolla's trunk design. Big metal joints stick out into the travel luggage room; several car manufacturers have updated to smaller sized, strut-like gadgets.
The backseat folds up in a 60/40 split for extra freight area-- a helpful attribute that isn't really common on the Civic or Emphasis.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby conveniently situated before complementary input as well as USB ports, along with a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much bigger and also includes a comfy sliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are 2 lightweight 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 Freeway Security Top Safety and security Select, gaining Great scores in all locations of testing except the challenging brand-new small-overlap frontal crash test. The Corolla scored Limited in this test, only one action above the lowest score of Poor. The Specialty scored Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra as well as Focus performed much better, making Leading Safety and security Pick Plus status. The National Freeway Traffic Security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup electronic camera is not available on base L designs however typical on every other trim. The only car in this class with a typical camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base rate which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes standard with a chauffeur's knee airbag and also both vehicle driver and also passenger seat pillow air bags that blow up under the knees-- unusual features in this course. Visit this site for a complete listing of safety and security features, and see just how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Child seat Check.
Worth in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it among the most budget friendly cars in its course, rating just above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices include location costs). The Elantra starts simply greater, at $17,760, as well as the Civic tops the listing at $18,955.
Consumers aiming to update to an automatic will also find the Corolla inexpensive. The obsolete four-speed is an added $600, below the additional expense for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' distressing automated guidebook ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with outstanding lorries, so this redesigned version has a heck of a hillside to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Specialty are kings of the mountain in terms of worth, features as well as comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel performance and interior products.
Possibilities are, nonetheless, that few individuals will certainly care that it still falls short. Despite 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 went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the U.S., the sedan continually covers monthly record-breaker lists, trying to getting the leading compact port with the Honda Civic. It could not be as well-rounded as a number of vehicles in its class, yet the 2014 Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation as well as will remain to draw in the masses.