The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a huge renovation, however it places merely midpack versus other compacts, specifically in terms of cabin noise and also ride high quality.
Together with an outside styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a revised engine as well as a much more upscale interior for 2014.
This is a large, busy course with plenty of solid competitors as well as a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's main opponents include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Emphasis.
Toyota Corolla 2014 Review
Outside & Styling
For 2014, the Corolla drew an automobile Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conventional to eye-catching starlet (however, Robin Thicke had not been involved). Its typical LED-accented fronts lights, carved body lines and pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nevertheless, any type of update would've boosted the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.
Quickly apparent are signs Toyota obtained from the Avalon big car (the grille and fronts lights particularly look familiar), and also although words "big car" do not typically communicate excitement in the styling department, the result works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can't match the aggressive, flashy stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping style of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can eliminate "monotonous" from its list of issues.
Just how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's lackluster appearances are gone, a refined outside cannot hide a rugged driving experience.
Initially, the hits: Toyota did a fantastic work with the continuously variable automatic transmission. It feels more all-natural as well as refined compared to the systems in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, as well as power delivery from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the other 2. Some CVTs in the class take their time constructing power and create their engines to whine noisally, but Toyota's is both receptive and also relatively peaceful. It can obtain loud when pressed, however it's much from the most significant culprit.
Other versions (L, LE and S trims) make use of a variation 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 automated is optional; the CVT is basic on all other trims.
The LE Eco version's powertrain is the most reliable. During my 200-mile expedition in the city as well as on the highway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better compared to the EPA's rating of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base versions with the guidebook are still outstanding, with a 28/37/31 mpg ranking, which is midpack compared with base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and also Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Now the misses: Although respectable pep puts it on top in regards to power, unreasonable sound levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise pours in from almost everywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind commotion, and roadway sound will have you examining to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note complementing circus-like levels of loudness. This was an issue with the previous version, too, as well as the redesign hasn't already put a dent in it.
Though on the strong side, an even bigger issue with the sedan's trip quality is an absence of seclusion. Excessive of the roadway comes into the cabin, so unpleasant degrees of resonance and harshness are constant, uninvited travelers. The trip itself commonly borders on anxious, with a bit way too much hop over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable at first yet comes to be tremendously unpleasant as the drive wears on. The Kia Forte and Ford Focus, nonetheless, ace trip top quality; both retain a comfortable level of calmness over bumps.
The Corolla ratings better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling steering and confident roadholding abilities. It doesn't really feel stylish, yet the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.
The remodeling is no much less extreme in. Toyota changed the previous generation's dull design and also materials with an attractive blend of color as well as appearance, in addition to an extra straight control format.
The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark green outside with camel-colored tones inside as well as was very welcoming. It's a renovation over last year's budget-grade theme, however the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's blend of top quality products as well as innovative design. It does, nonetheless, supply even more top quality and also design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus and traditional Strong suit.
Appeal is not skin deep in this situation. Not only does the within appearance excellent, however it likewise feels excellent, as well. The door panel armrest is padded enough, and also the seats strike an excellent balance: supportive without being too strong, easy without being also mushy. One tiny missing out on product is a moving sun visor, which lots of vehicles have and also are useful every day.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the most significant cars in the class after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Bonus length means added guest area, as well as legroom is generous in the front and rear seats. The rear seat padding, nevertheless, is rock-solid.
Ergonomics & Electronics
Many controls and also screens are in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has actually been extended horizontally for 2014. It appears like Toyota was going for an extra streamlined plan. The result is more appealing overall, however the panel is still strained with buttons. Determining just what they all do isn't a problem, nonetheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio unit is once more typical on the LE trim level and also over however inaccessible on base trims. The display size is suitable for menu legibility as well as switch dimension. The system includes Toyota's Entune app suite, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Attaching to my Pandora Internet radio application was likewise simple, yet I 'd like to see more capability. You could make use of the touch-screen to play and stop briefly a tune, yet functions like skipping a tune or loading a brand-new terminal aren't available.
Freight & Storage
Despite the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably little, with simply 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from last year's rating of 12.3 and larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but slightly smaller than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). Extra aggravating is the Corolla's trunk design. Big steel joints stick out right into the travel luggage space; lots of automakers have actually upgraded to smaller, strut-like tools.
The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for added cargo area-- an useful function that isn't really common on the Civic or Focus.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly located before supporting input and USB ports, as well as a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much bigger as well as consists of a comfortable gliding armrest. For the backseat, 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 Policy Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety and security Pick, making Good rankings in all areas of testing other than the difficult brand-new small-overlap frontal accident test. The Corolla scored Marginal in this test, only one step over the most affordable rating of Poor. The Forte scored Poor in this field, yet the Civic, Elantra and Focus did better, gaining Top Security Choose Plus condition. The National Highway Web Traffic Safety Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup electronic camera is inaccessible on base L designs yet typical on each trim. The only automobile in this course with a conventional video camera across the schedule is the Civic, the base cost of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes standard with a motorist's knee air bag and both driver as well as guest seat padding air bags that pump up under the knees-- unusual features in this class. Click on this link for a complete listing of security functions, and see exactly how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Safety seat Inspect.
Value in Its Class
The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of one of the most cost effective automobiles in its course, ranking simply above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all prices include destination costs). The Elantra begins simply greater, at $17,760, and also the Civic tops the listing at $18,955.
Shoppers wanting to upgrade to an automatic will likewise find the Corolla budget-friendly. The out-of-date four-speed is an extra $600, lower than the extra price for the Civic's automated ($800), the Focus' distressing automated manual ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section bursting with excellent lorries, so this redesigned version has a heck of a hill to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Strong suit are kings of the hill in regards to worth, functions and convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to fuel effectiveness and indoor materials.
Chances are, nevertheless, that couple of individuals will care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker status, individuals still bought it-- loads of individuals. Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the United States, the sedan continually covers monthly hot seller lists, trying the top small slot with the Honda Civic. It might not be as all-around as numerous autos in its class, yet the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation as well as will certainly remain to draw in the masses.