The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large enhancement, but it ranks merely midpack against other compacts, especially in regards to cabin sound as well as ride quality.
In addition to an outside styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a revised engine and also a much more high end interior for 2014.
This is a large, busy course with a lot of strong contenders as well as a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's major competitors consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra as well as Ford Emphasis.
2014 Toyota Corolla Sport
Outside & Designing
For 2014, the Corolla pulled a vehicle Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's outside from Hannah Montana conventional to attention-grabbing starlet (however, Robin Thicke had not been included). Its basic LED-accented fronts lights, sculpted body lines and also pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, however, any type of upgrade would've boosted the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.
Instantaneously evident are signs Toyota borrowed from the Avalon big sedan (the grille as well as headlights especially look familiar), as well as although the words "large car" do not normally convey enjoyment in the designing department, the impact deals with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can't match the hostile, stylish position of the Kia Strength or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, but it could get rid of "uninteresting" from its checklist of troubles.
Just how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's uninspired looks are gone, a polished exterior can't hide an unfinished driving experience.
Initially, the hits: Toyota did a great work with the continually variable transmission. It really 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, and power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker compared to the other two. Some CVTs in the course take their time developing power and trigger their engines to grumble noisally, but Toyota's is both receptive and reasonably quiet. It could get loud when pushed, but it's much from the biggest wrongdoer.
Various other versions (L, LE and S trims) use 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 automated is optional; the CVT is basic on all various other trims.
The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most efficient. Throughout my 200-mile expedition in the city as well as on the highway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is far better than the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the handbook are still remarkable, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared with base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Currently the misses: Although respectable pep puts it on top in regards to power, unreasonable sound levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Noise gathers from all over. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind hullabaloo, as well as road noise will have you examining to see if all the home windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note completing circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a problem with the previous variation, as well, and also the redesign hasn't put a damage in it.
Though on the firm side, an even larger issue with the car's trip high quality is an absence of seclusion. Way too much of the roadway enters the cabin, so uneasy degrees of vibration and also harshness are constant, unwanted guests. The flight itself typically approaches jittery, with a little bit too much jump over bigger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is bearable in the beginning but ends up being exponentially unpleasant as the drive endures. The Kia Strength as well as Ford Focus, however, ace trip quality; both maintain a comfortable degree of calmness over bumps.
The Corolla scores better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as certain roadholding capabilities. It does not feel sporty, but the car takes corners without sloppiness.
The makeover is no less severe in. Toyota changed the previous generation's dull layout and products with an enticing blend of shade and also texture, along with a more straight control design.
The Corolla I drove combined a dark green exterior with camel-colored tones inside as well as was extremely inviting. It's a renovation over last year's budget-grade motif, however the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of top notch materials as well as advanced style. It does, however, use even more top quality and design compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus as well as traditional Forte.
Appeal is not skin deep in this situation. Not just does the inside appearance excellent, but it additionally feels great, too. The door panel armrest is padded sufficient, and the seats strike a great equilibrium: encouraging without being as well firm, soft without being as well mushy. One little missing thing is a sliding sunlight visor, which many automobiles have and are useful on a daily basis.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is just one of the most significant sedans in the course after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Extra size suggests added passenger space, and legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The rear seat padding, however, is rock-solid.
Functional design & Electronic devices
Several controls as well as screens are in a comparable spot in the new-generation Corolla, however the layout has been stretched flat for 2014. It resembles Toyota was going for a more structured setup. The result is extra attractive total, but the panel is still overloaded with switches. Figuring out what they all do isn't really a trouble, nevertheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system is again standard on the LE trim degree and over yet not available on base trims. The screen dimension is respectable for food selection legibility as well as button size. The system showcases Toyota's Entune app suite, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Linking to my Pandora Net radio application was additionally easy, however I want to see even more capability. You can utilize the touch-screen to play and also stop briefly a tune, however features like skipping a song or packing a new station aren't available.
Cargo & Storage
Despite the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly little, with simply 13 cubic feet of area. That's up from in 2015's score of 12.3 and also bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet somewhat smaller than the Focus (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). Extra irritating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Big metal joints protrude into the travel luggage room; numerous car manufacturers have actually upgraded to smaller, strut-like tools.
The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for extra cargo room-- a valuable attribute that isn't common on the Civic or Emphasis.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated in front of complementary input and also USB ports, along with a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot bigger and includes a comfortable moving armrest. For the backseat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my household) as well as one bottleholder in each door.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety Top Security Select, gaining Good ratings in all locations of testing other than the challenging brand-new small-overlap frontal accident examination. The Corolla scored Low in this test, just one step above the lowest rating of Poor. The Specialty scored Poor in this area, yet the Civic, Elantra as well as Focus did much better, making Leading Security Select Plus condition. The National Freeway Traffic Safety and security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup camera is unavailable on base L models yet conventional on every other trim. The only car in this class with a conventional electronic camera across the lineup is the Civic, the base cost which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a motorist's knee airbag and also both driver as well as passenger seat cushion air bags that inflate under the knees-- uncommon attributes in this course. Click on this link for a complete listing of safety and security attributes, as well as see exactly how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Child seat Check.
Value in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of the most affordable cars in its class, placing simply above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices include destination costs). The Elantra begins simply higher, at $17,760, and also the Civic covers the list at $18,955.
Shoppers aiming to upgrade to an automated will likewise find the Corolla affordable. The outdated four-speed is an additional $600, less than the extra price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' awful automated guidebook ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment rupturing with remarkable automobiles, so this revamped version has a hell of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Forte are kings of the hill in regards to value, functions and comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in terms of gas performance and also indoor products.
Possibilities are, nonetheless, that few individuals will certainly care that it still fails. In spite of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, individuals still bought it-- tons of individuals. Toyota has actually offered more than 40 million Corollas worldwide because it took place sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car continually covers regular monthly hot seller listings, trying the top portable slot with the Honda Civic. It might not be as well-shaped as numerous vehicles in its class, yet the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation and also will continue to draw in the masses.