The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large enhancement, yet it ranks just midpack against other compacts, specifically in terms of cabin noise and also ride top quality.
Along with an exterior styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a modified engine as well as a more high end inside for 2014.
This is a large, active course with plenty of strong competitors and a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's main opponents include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Focus.
Toyota Corolla S 2014
Outside & Designing
For 2014, the Corolla drew an auto Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conservative to eye-catching starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke wasn't involved). Its typical LED-accented headlights, carved body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In truth, nonetheless, any type of update would've elevated the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.
Promptly evident are hints Toyota obtained from the Avalon big car (the grille and also headlights particularly look familiar), and although the words "huge sedan" don't generally share exhilaration in the styling department, the effect works with the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can't match the aggressive, stylish position of the Kia Specialty or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can remove "monotonous" from its list of troubles.
Just how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's dull looks are gone, a refined outside cannot conceal an unfinished driving experience.
First, the hits: Toyota did a great work with the continually variable transmission. It feels even more all-natural as well as refined compared to the systems in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker compared to the various other 2. Some CVTs in the course take their time constructing power as well as trigger their engines to whine loudly, yet Toyota's is both receptive as well as relatively peaceful. It can obtain loud when pushed, however it's far from the largest transgressor.
Other versions (L, LE and also S trims) make use of a variation of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and also an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is typical on all various other trims.
The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most effective. During my 200-mile trek in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is much better compared to the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the guidebook are still remarkable, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared to base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) as well as Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Currently the misses out on: Although respectable pep places it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable sound levels go down the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Sound pours in from everywhere. The mirrors reason quite a bit of wind commotion, and also roadway noise will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the home windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note rounding off circus-like levels of volume. This was an issue with the previous version, as well, and the redesign hasn't place a damage in it.
Though on the strong side, an even bigger trouble with the sedan's trip top quality is a lack of seclusion. Excessive of the road comes into the cabin, so awkward levels of vibration and also harshness are constant, unwanted guests. The flight itself frequently verges on skittish, with a bit way too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable at first however ends up being greatly uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Specialty and also Ford Focus, nevertheless, ace flight high quality; both preserve a comfy degree of composure over bumps.
The Corolla scores much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as certain roadholding capabilities. It does not feel stylish, yet the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.
The transformation is no less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's shabby style as well as materials with an enticing blend of shade as well as structure, together with an extra horizontal control format.
The Corolla I drove combined a dark eco-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely welcoming. It's an improvement over in 2015's budget-grade motif, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's mix of high-grade products and also innovative design. It does, nevertheless, supply even more quality and design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis as well as conventional Strong suit.
Beauty is not skin deep in this instance. Not only does the within appearance great, but it likewise feels good, as well. The door panel armrest is cushioned enough, as well as the seats strike a good equilibrium: helpful without being as well firm, soft without being as well mushy. One small missing out on product is a moving sun visor, which many autos have and work everyday.
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. Additional length suggests added passenger area, as well as legroom is generous in the front and also rear seats. The backseat padding, nonetheless, is rock-solid.
Comfort design & Electronic devices
Many controls and also screens are in a similar place in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has actually been stretched flat for 2014. It looks like Toyota was aiming for an extra streamlined plan. The result is a lot more appealing total, but the panel is still overloaded with switches. Finding out exactly what they all do isn't really an issue, nonetheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound unit is again common on the LE trim degree and also above however inaccessible on base trims. The screen size is suitable for menu legibility and button dimension. The system includes Toyota's Entune application suite, and also Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Linking to my Pandora Net radio application was additionally simple, however I wish to see even more capability. You can make use of the touch-screen to play as well as stop a tune, yet features like skipping a tune or loading a brand-new station typically aren't available.
Freight & Storage
Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively small, with just 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from in 2014's ranking of 12.3 and larger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), however a little smaller than the Emphasis (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). More aggravating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Large steel joints stick out right into the baggage room; many automakers have actually updated to smaller sized, strut-like tools.
The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for additional cargo space-- a helpful function that isn't standard on the Civic or Focus.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby smoothly situated before auxiliary input as well as USB ports, in addition to a small-ish center console; the Civic's is a lot bigger and includes a comfy sliding armrest. For the rear seat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family members) and also one bottleholder in each door.
Safety and security
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Safety Top Safety and security Choose, gaining Good rankings in all areas of testing except the tough new small-overlap frontal collision examination. The Corolla racked up Minimal in this examination, only one action over the most affordable score of Poor. The Strong suit racked up Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra as well as Emphasis carried out better, earning Leading Security Select Plus condition. The National Highway Web Traffic Security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup cam is inaccessible on base L versions however typical on every other trim. The only cars and truck in this course with a basic electronic camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base rate of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla likewise comes criterion with a driver's knee air bag and both motorist as well as passenger seat cushion airbags that blow up under the knees-- unusual functions in this course. Click here for a full checklist of safety functions, and see how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Check.
Value in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it among one of the most budget friendly automobiles in its class, ranking just above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all rates include location costs). The Elantra starts just greater, at $17,760, and the Civic covers the list at $18,955.
Shoppers planning to upgrade to an automated will also find the Corolla budget friendly. The out-of-date four-speed is an additional $600, lower than the added cost for the Civic's automated ($800), the Emphasis' dreadful automated guidebook ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with remarkable automobiles, so this upgraded version has a heck of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra as well as Kia Strength are kings of the mountain in terms of value, attributes and also comfort, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of gas efficiency and also indoor products.
Opportunities are, nevertheless, that few individuals will certainly care that it still falls short. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker standing, people still bought it-- lots of individuals. Toyota has actually marketed more than 40 million Corollas worldwide considering that it went on sale for the 1989 design year. In the United States, the sedan continuously covers monthly hot seller listings, trying to getting the top small slot with the Honda Civic. It could not be as all-around as several autos in its class, however the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation and will continuously attract the masses.