The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big improvement, but it rates just midpack against other compacts, particularly in terms of cabin sound and also ride quality.
Along with an exterior styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a modified engine as well as an extra high end interior for 2014.
This is a big, hectic class with lots of solid challengers and a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's main competitors consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Focus.
2014 Toyota Corolla Le Eco
Outside & Designing
For 2014, the Corolla pulled an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to eye-catching starlet (regrettably, Robin Thicke wasn't involved). Its typical LED-accented headlights, carved body lines and also pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, however, any upgrade would certainly've boosted the 2013 variation from the midsts of its drabness.
Immediately noticeable are hints Toyota borrowed from the Avalon large car (the grille as well as headlights especially look acquainted), as well as although words "huge sedan" don't normally communicate exhilaration in the styling department, the effect deals with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks cannot match the hostile, stylish stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can eliminate "boring" from its listing of woes.
Exactly how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's lackluster looks are gone, a polished exterior cannot hide an unpolished driving experience.
First, the hits: Toyota did a great work with the continuously variable transmission. It really feels even more natural as well as refined than the devices in the Subaru Impreza as well as Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco version, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker compared to the various other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time constructing power and create their engines to complain noisally, however Toyota's is both responsive and also relatively silent. It can obtain loud when pushed, however it's much from the greatest culprit.
Other designs (L, LE and S trims) utilize a version of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, as well as an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is basic on all other trims.
The LE Eco design's powertrain is the most reliable. Throughout my 200-mile trek in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better than the EPA's rating of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base versions with the handbook are still outstanding, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Currently the misses: Although suitable pep places it at the top in terms of power, unreasonable noise degrees drop the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise pours in from almost everywhere. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind hullabaloo, and also roadway noise will certainly 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 problem with the previous variation, as well, and the redesign hasn't put a damage in it.
Though on the strong side, an also larger problem with the sedan's ride high quality is a lack of isolation. Excessive of the roadway enters the cabin, so uncomfortable degrees of vibration and cruelty are constant, unwanted travelers. The flight itself usually borders on edgy, with a little bit way too much hop over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable at first but ends up being significantly unpleasant as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty and also Ford Emphasis, nevertheless, ace ride high quality; both keep a comfy degree of calmness over bumps.
The Corolla ratings much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering and positive roadholding abilities. It doesn't feel sporty, but the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.
The transformation is no much less extreme within. Toyota replaced the previous generation's shabby layout and also materials with an attractive mix of shade and also texture, in addition to a more horizontal control layout.
The Corolla I drove incorporated a dark eco-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was very inviting. It's an improvement over in 2014's budget-grade theme, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of top notch materials as well as advanced layout. It does, however, use more top quality as well as style than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and also conservative Forte.
Elegance is not skin deep in this case. Not just does the within appearance good, however it likewise feels good, as well. The door panel armrest is cushioned enough, and the seats strike a great equilibrium: helpful without being also strong, comfy without being too mushy. One little missing product is a sliding sunlight visor, which many vehicles have and work each day.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the largest sedans in the class after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Extra length suggests included passenger room, and also legroom is generous in the front and also back seats. The backseat cushion, nonetheless, is well-founded.
Ergonomics & Electronics
Several controls as well as displays remain in a comparable area in the new-generation Corolla, but the layout has been stretched horizontally for 2014. It appears like Toyota was aiming for a more streamlined setup. The result is extra attractive total, yet the panel is still overloaded with switches. Identifying what they all do isn't really a trouble, however.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio device is once again standard on the LE trim degree as well as above yet inaccessible on base trims. The screen dimension is good for food selection legibility as well as button dimension. The system features Toyota's Entune application collection, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Internet radio application was additionally very easy, yet I would love to see more performance. You can utilize the touch-screen to play and also pause a track, however features like missing a tune or filling a new station aren't available.
Cargo & Storage
Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively small, with just 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from in 2014's score of 12.3 and also larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet slightly smaller sized than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). Much more frustrating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Large metal hinges stick out into the travel luggage room; several automakers have upgraded to smaller, strut-like gadgets.
The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for additional cargo space-- a beneficial feature that isn't basic on the Civic or Focus.
In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby handily situated in front of complementary input and USB ports, in addition to a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot larger and also includes a comfy gliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family members) and one bottleholder in each door.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Safety Pick, gaining Good scores in all locations of testing except the challenging new small-overlap frontal collision examination. The Corolla scored Minimal in this examination, only one action over the most affordable score of Poor. The Strong suit racked up Poor in this field, yet the Civic, Elantra as well as Focus carried out much better, gaining Top Safety and security Pick Plus standing. The National Freeway Website Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup camera is not available on base L designs yet common on each trim. The only cars and truck in this class with a basic camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base cost of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a motorist's knee air bag and also both motorist and traveler seat cushion airbags that pump up under the knees-- uncommon functions in this class. Visit this site for a full listing of safety and security functions, and also see 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 one of the most economical automobiles in its course, placing just over the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices consist of destination costs). The Elantra begins just higher, at $17,760, as well as the Civic tops the checklist at $18,955.
Buyers looking to upgrade to an automated will likewise discover the Corolla budget-friendly. The outdated four-speed is an additional $600, lower than the additional price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' awful automated manual ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with excellent vehicles, so this revamped version has a heck of a hillside to climb up. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Strength are kings of the mountain in regards to worth, features and also comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel performance and also indoor products.
Possibilities are, nonetheless, that couple of individuals will certainly care that it still fails. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- loads of people. Toyota has actually offered more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car continually tops regular monthly best-seller lists, trying to getting the leading portable slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-around as a number of cars and trucks in its class, but the 2014 Corolla is certainly a step up from the previous generation and will remain to draw in the masses.