The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large renovation, however it places merely midpack versus various other compacts, especially in regards to cabin noise and also ride quality.
In addition to an exterior styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine and also an extra upscale interior for 2014.
This is a big, hectic class with a lot of strong contenders and a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's major opponents consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Emphasis.
2014 Toyota Corolla S
Exterior & Designing
For 2014, the Corolla drew a vehicle Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to eye-catching starlet (however, Robin Thicke had not been entailed). Its typical LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines and also pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, however, any type of upgrade would certainly've elevated the 2013 variation from the midsts of its drabness.
Quickly apparent are cues Toyota borrowed from the Avalon huge car (the grille and also fronts lights particularly look acquainted), and also although the words "huge car" do not typically convey enjoyment in the styling department, the result works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can't match the hostile, stylish stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, however it can eliminate "monotonous" from its listing of distress.
Exactly how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's lackluster appearances are gone, a refined exterior can't hide a rugged driving experience.
Initially, the hits: Toyota did a wonderful work with the continually variable transmission. It feels more all-natural and also refined compared to the devices in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, as well as power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was likewise quicker than the other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time developing power and also cause their engines to grumble noisally, yet Toyota's is both receptive and also reasonably silent. It could get loud when pressed, yet it's much from the largest transgressor.
Various other designs (L, LE as well as 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 an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is conventional on all various other trims.
The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most efficient. Throughout my 200-mile trek in the city and also on the highway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better than the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base versions with the manual are still outstanding, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared to base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Now the misses out on: Although respectable pep places it on top in regards to power, unreasonable noise levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the section. Sound pours in from everywhere. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind commotion, and also road noise will certainly have you examining to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note completing circus-like levels of volume. This was an issue with the previous variation, too, and also the redesign hasn't place a damage in it.
Though on the firm side, an even larger problem with the car's trip top quality is an absence of isolation. Too much of the road enters into the cabin, so awkward levels of resonance and harshness are constant, unwanted guests. The trip itself often approaches anxious, with a little bit too much jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is tolerable in the beginning but ends up being tremendously uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty as well as Ford Emphasis, however, ace flight quality; both preserve a comfortable level of composure over bumps.
The Corolla scores much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling steering as well as confident roadholding abilities. It doesn't feel flashy, but the car takes corners without sloppiness.
The transformation is no much less severe inside. Toyota changed the previous generation's dull style and products with an enticing blend of color and appearance, in addition to an extra horizontal control format.
The Corolla I drove combined a dark eco-friendly outside with camel-colored tones inside and was very inviting. It's an improvement over last year's budget-grade concept, however the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of top notch materials and sophisticated style. It does, nonetheless, supply even more top quality and design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and conventional Specialty.
Charm is not skin deep in this situation. Not only does the within appearance great, but it also feels excellent, as well. The door panel armrest is padded enough, as well as the seats strike a good equilibrium: supportive without being too solid, comfy without being also mushy. One tiny missing product is a gliding sun visor, which many autos have and also work daily.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the greatest cars in the class after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Extra length implies included guest space, and legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The backseat pillow, nonetheless, is well-founded.
Comfort design & Electronic devices
Several controls and screens are in a similar area in the new-generation Corolla, however the format has actually been extended horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was going for a more streamlined arrangement. The outcome is extra attractive total, but the panel is still overwhelmed with switches. Identifying what they all do isn't really an issue, nevertheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound device is once again standard on the LE trim level as well as over but inaccessible on base trims. The display dimension is decent for food selection legibility and button dimension. The system showcases Toyota's Entune application collection, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Net radio app was additionally easy, but I would love to see even more functionality. You can utilize the touch-screen to play as well as stop a track, however functions like missing a tune or loading a brand-new station typically aren't offered.
Cargo & Storage
Despite the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively tiny, with simply 13 cubic feet of area. That's up from last year's rating of 12.3 and larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however somewhat smaller sized compared to the Focus (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). Much more frustrating is the Corolla's trunk style. Big metal hinges extend right into the baggage room; lots of automakers have actually upgraded to smaller sized, strut-like gadgets.
The rear seat folds up in a 60/40 split for additional cargo area-- a helpful function that isn't standard on the Civic or Focus.
In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby easily located before supporting input and also USB ports, as well as a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is much larger and also consists of a comfortable sliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two lightweight 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 Policy Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety and security Select, earning Good scores in all areas of screening other than the challenging new small-overlap frontal crash examination. The Corolla racked up Minimal in this examination, just one step above the most affordable score of Poor. The Strength racked up Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and Emphasis did better, gaining Leading Security Choose Plus condition. The National Highway Website Traffic Safety and security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup cam is inaccessible on base L designs but conventional on each trim. The only auto in this course with a typical cam throughout the lineup is the Civic, the base rate of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla additionally comes requirement with a motorist's knee airbag as well as both driver and traveler seat padding airbags that blow up under the knees-- unusual functions in this class. Go here for a complete checklist of safety and security functions, and also see exactly how well the Corolla fits child-safety seats in our Child seat Check.
Worth in Its Class
The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of the most inexpensive vehicles in its course, rating just above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices consist of location fees). The Elantra begins simply higher, at $17,760, as well as the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.
Buyers seeking to update to an automatic will likewise find the Corolla budget friendly. The outdated four-speed is an added $600, lower than the additional cost for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' awful automated handbook ($1,095) and also the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector breaking with outstanding automobiles, so this redesigned variation has a hell of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Forte are kings of the hill in terms of value, attributes as well as convenience, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to gas performance and also indoor materials.
Possibilities are, nonetheless, that couple of individuals will certainly care that it still falls short. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- loads of people. Toyota has actually offered greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car consistently covers month-to-month hot seller checklists, trying the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as all-around as a number of automobiles in its course, yet the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation as well as will remain to bring in the masses.