The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large renovation, yet it rates simply midpack against other compacts, particularly in terms of cabin noise and also ride high quality.
Along with an exterior styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine as well as an extra high end interior for 2014.
This is a big, active class with a lot of solid competitors and also a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's main opponents include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.
Toyota Corolla 2014
Outside & Designing
For 2014, the Corolla pulled an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's outside from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (regrettably, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its basic LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines and also pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. Truthfully, nevertheless, any update would certainly've raised the 2013 version from the midsts of its drabness.
Instantly evident are cues Toyota borrowed from the Avalon large car (the grille and also headlights specifically look acquainted), and also although the words "large car" don't typically convey enjoyment in the styling department, the result works with the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can not match the aggressive, stylish stance of the Kia Strong suit or the sweeping sophistication of the Hyundai Elantra, however it could get rid of "dull" from its listing of concerns.
Just how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's dull appearances are gone, a sleek outside can't conceal an unpolished driving experience.
First, the hits: Toyota did a great work with the continuously variable automatic transmission. It really feels more natural and polished compared to the systems in the Subaru Impreza and also Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco design, as well as power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker compared to the various other 2. Some CVTs in the class take their time building power as well as create their engines to whine loudly, but Toyota's is both responsive and also fairly peaceful. It can get loud when pressed, yet it's far from the largest offender.
Other versions (L, LE as well as S trims) make use of a version of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Requirement on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is typical on all other trims.
The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most efficient. Throughout my 200-mile trek in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned outstanding gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better compared to the EPA's ranking of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base versions with the manual are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg ranking, which is midpack compared with base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Emphasis (26/36/30 mpg) as well as Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Currently the misses out on: Although decent pep puts it at the top in regards to power, unreasonable sound levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the sector. Sound pours in from everywhere. The mirrors reason a fair bit of wind racket, and also roadway noise will have you checking to see if all the windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's raw note topping off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a problem with the previous version, too, and the redesign hasn't already put a damage in it.
Though on the firm side, an even larger issue with the sedan's flight high quality is an absence of isolation. Way too much of the roadway enters into the cabin, so unpleasant levels of resonance as well as violence are constant, unwelcome passengers. The ride itself typically verges on skittish, with a little bit too much hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable initially however ends up being tremendously uneasy as the drive wears on. The Kia Forte as well as Ford Emphasis, however, ace ride high quality; both keep a comfy level of composure over bumps.
The Corolla scores much better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding and positive roadholding capabilities. It doesn't really feel flashy, but the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.
The transformation is no much less severe in. Toyota changed the previous generation's dull design and also materials with an enticing mix of color and also texture, along with a more horizontal control format.
The Corolla I drove integrated a dark eco-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was very welcoming. It's a renovation over last year's budget-grade concept, yet the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of high-quality materials as well as innovative layout. It does, nonetheless, supply more high quality and design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis as well as traditional Forte.
Beauty is not skin deep in this situation. Not just does the within look good, however it likewise really feels great, too. The door panel armrest is cushioned sufficient, as well as the seats strike an excellent balance: helpful without being also strong, agreeable without being also mushy. One tiny missing item is a moving sunlight visor, which many vehicles have as well as are useful everyday.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the most significant cars in the course after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Bonus length means included passenger space, and legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The rear seat padding, nevertheless, is rock-solid.
Functional design & Electronic devices
Many controls as well as screens remain in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, yet the design has been stretched horizontally for 2014. It appears like Toyota was going for a more structured setup. The result is much more appealing general, however the panel is still overwhelmed with switches. Finding out exactly what they all do isn't really a trouble, nevertheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system is once again typical on the LE trim degree and also over however not available on base trims. The display dimension is good for menu legibility and also button dimension. The system includes Toyota's Entune app suite, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was smooth. Attaching to my Pandora Net radio app was likewise easy, yet I wish to see more performance. You could make use of the touch-screen to play as well as stop a tune, however functions like skipping a song or filling a brand-new station typically aren't available.
Freight & Storage
Regardless of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively tiny, with just 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from last year's ranking of 12.3 as well as larger compared to the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet a little smaller than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). More frustrating is the Corolla's trunk design. Huge steel joints extend into the baggage room; many automakers have actually upgraded to smaller, strut-like gadgets.
The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for extra cargo area-- an useful attribute that isn't really basic on the Civic or Emphasis.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby easily situated before complementary input and also USB ports, along with a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much larger and consists of a comfortable moving armrest. For the backseat, there are two lightweight pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my family members) and also one bottleholder in each door.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Freeway Security Top Security Choose, making Excellent rankings in all areas of screening except the challenging new small-overlap frontal collision test. The Corolla scored Marginal in this examination, only one action above the lowest rating of Poor. The Specialty racked up Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and Focus carried out much better, making Leading Security Pick Plus status. The National Freeway Web Traffic Security Management has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup cam is inaccessible on base L designs yet basic on each trim. The only cars and truck in this class with a typical cam across the schedule is the Civic, the base price of which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes criterion with a motorist's knee air bag and also both chauffeur and also passenger seat cushion air bags that blow up under the knees-- uncommon features in this course. Visit this site for a complete listing of safety features, as well as see exactly how well the Corolla fits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Inspect.
Value in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of the most budget friendly automobiles in its class, rating simply over the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all rates consist of location charges). The Elantra starts simply higher, at $17,760, and the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.
Consumers planning to upgrade to an automated will also locate the Corolla inexpensive. The obsolete four-speed is an additional $600, less than the additional cost for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' terrible automated guidebook ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed system ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a section breaking with impressive cars, so this redesigned variation has a heck of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Specialty are kings of the hill in regards to worth, functions and also convenience, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel efficiency and also interior materials.
Opportunities are, however, that few individuals will certainly care that it still falls short. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker status, individuals still bought it-- lots of individuals. Toyota has marketed more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it went on sale for the 1989 model year. In the United States, the sedan continually covers regular monthly hot seller listings, vying for the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-shaped as a number of cars in its course, yet the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation as well as will continue to bring in the masses.