The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge renovation, however it places simply midpack against other compacts, specifically in terms of cabin sound as well as ride quality.
In addition to an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a revised engine and an extra upscale interior for 2014.
This is a big, active class with lots of solid challengers as well as a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's major rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.
2014 Toyota Corolla
Outside & Styling
For 2014, the Corolla pulled an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's exterior from Hannah Montana traditional to eye-catching starlet (regrettably, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its conventional LED-accented headlights, carved body lines and pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, nevertheless, any update would certainly've elevated the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.
Quickly evident are signs Toyota obtained from the Avalon huge sedan (the grille and headlights specifically look acquainted), and also although words "huge sedan" don't typically communicate excitement in the styling division, the effect works on the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the hostile, stylish stance of the Kia Strong suit or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, however it can get rid of "boring" from its listing of woes.
Just how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's uninspired looks are gone, a refined outside can not hide an unpolished driving experience.
Initially, the hits: Toyota did a terrific task with the continuously variable automatic transmission. It feels even more natural and also refined than the units in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, as well as power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the other 2. Some CVTs in the class take their time developing power as well as create their engines to grumble loudly, but Toyota's is both responsive as well as fairly silent. It could obtain loud when pressed, yet it's far from the most significant culprit.
Various other designs (L, LE and S trims) make use of a version of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Requirement 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 various other trims.
The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most efficient. Throughout my 200-mile trek in the city and also on the freeway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is much better than the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base versions with the manual are still outstanding, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to 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 out on: Although suitable pep puts it at the top in terms of power, unreasonable noise levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Sound pours in from all over. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind hullabaloo, as well as roadway noise will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note complementing circus-like levels of loudness. This was a problem with the previous variation, too, as well as the redesign hasn't already place a damage in it.
Though on the strong side, an also larger trouble with the car's flight quality is an absence of isolation. Too much of the roadway enters into the cabin, so unpleasant levels of vibration and also cruelty are constant, unwelcome guests. The trip itself frequently approaches jittery, with a bit way too much jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable in the beginning but ends up being tremendously awkward as the drive endures. The Kia Specialty and also Ford Emphasis, however, ace flight top quality; both keep a comfortable level of composure over bumps.
The Corolla scores much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering as well as positive roadholding capacities. It does not really feel sporty, but the car takes corners without sloppiness.
The transformation is no much less extreme within. Toyota replaced the previous generation's drab style and products with an attractive blend of shade and appearance, together with an extra straight control format.
The Corolla I drove combined a dark environment-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside and was extremely inviting. It's an improvement over last year's budget-grade theme, however the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of high-quality products and also advanced design. It does, nevertheless, supply even more top quality as well as style than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis as well as conservative Specialty.
Beauty is not skin deep in this instance. Not only does the within look great, however it additionally really feels good, too. The door panel armrest is padded sufficient, as well as the seats strike a good equilibrium: supportive without being also solid, cushy without being also mushy. One tiny missing out on item is a moving sun visor, which several vehicles have and also work daily.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is among the greatest cars in the course after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Additional length suggests added guest room, as well as legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The rear seat cushion, nevertheless, is well-founded.
Functional design & Electronic devices
Many controls and displays remain in a similar area in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has actually been extended horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was going for a more streamlined arrangement. The outcome is a lot more enticing overall, however the panel is still strained with switches. Determining exactly what they all do isn't really a trouble, nevertheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio device is once again common on the LE trim level as well as over however inaccessible on base trims. The display dimension is respectable for menu legibility and switch size. The system includes Toyota's Entune application collection, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Attaching to my Pandora Web radio application was additionally simple, however I would love to see more capability. You can make use of the touch-screen to play as well as pause a track, but features like missing a tune or loading a new terminal aren't available.
Freight & Storage space
Despite the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively small, with just 13 cubic feet of area. That's up from in 2015's score of 12.3 as well as bigger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however slightly smaller than the Emphasis (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). Much more bothersome is the Corolla's trunk design. Big steel hinges stick out into the luggage space; numerous automakers have actually upgraded to smaller, strut-like gadgets.
The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for additional cargo space-- an useful function that isn't really typical on the Civic or Focus.
In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated in front of auxiliary input and USB ports, as well as a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is much bigger and also includes a comfy sliding armrest. For the backseat, there are 2 flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family members) as well as one bottleholder in each door.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Safety and security Pick, making Good rankings in all areas of screening except the tough new small-overlap frontal crash test. The Corolla scored Minimal in this test, only one step above the most affordable score of Poor. The Strength racked up Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra as well as Emphasis performed better, making Top Security Pick Plus status. The National Freeway Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup camera is not available on base L designs yet standard on every other trim. The only cars and truck in this course with a common camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base rate which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes criterion with a motorist's knee airbag as well as both vehicle driver and also traveler seat padding airbags that pump up under the knees-- unusual functions in this course. Click on this link for a full listing of safety and security features, and also see how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Car Seat Inspect.
Value in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it among one of the most cost effective vehicles in its class, rating just over the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices include destination fees). The Elantra starts just greater, at $17,760, and also the Civic tops the listing at $18,955.
Shoppers aiming to update to an automatic will likewise find the Corolla cost effective. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, lower than the added price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' distressing automated handbook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with excellent lorries, so this redesigned variation has a hell of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Forte are kings of the mountain in regards to value, functions as well as convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to fuel efficiency as well as indoor materials.
Opportunities are, nevertheless, that couple of individuals will care that it still falls short. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker condition, people still bought it-- lots of individuals. Toyota has actually sold greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide because it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car constantly tops regular monthly record-breaker listings, trying to getting the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as all-round as numerous cars and trucks in its class, yet the 2014 Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation and will continuously attract the masses.