The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a large improvement, but it ranks just midpack against various other compacts, particularly in regards to cabin sound and also ride quality.
Along with an exterior styling transformation, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a modified engine as well as a much more high end interior for 2014.
This is a huge, busy course with lots of solid competitors and also a near-constant redesign timetable. The Corolla's primary opponents include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and also Ford Emphasis.
2014 Toyota Corolla L
Outside & Styling
For 2014, the Corolla pulled an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's outside from Hannah Montana conventional to attention-grabbing starlet (however, Robin Thicke had not been entailed). Its common LED-accented fronts lights, sculpted body lines and also pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, nonetheless, any kind of upgrade would've boosted the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.
Quickly evident are cues Toyota obtained from the Avalon big car (the grille and headlights specifically look familiar), and although words "big car" don't usually convey exhilaration in the styling department, the impact services the Corolla. The car's fresh looks can not match the aggressive, flashy position of the Kia Forte or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, however it could eliminate "monotonous" from its listing of troubles.
Exactly how It Drives
Although the old Corolla's uninspired looks are gone, a refined exterior can not conceal an unfinished driving experience.
First, the hits: Toyota did a wonderful job with the continuously variable transmission. It feels even more all-natural and also polished than the devices in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco version, and also power distribution from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker compared to the various other 2. Some CVTs in the course take their time constructing power and create their engines to complain loudly, however Toyota's is both receptive as well as reasonably quiet. It can get loud when pressed, but it's far from the greatest transgressor.
Various other designs (L, LE and also S trims) make use of a version 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 common on all other trims.
The LE Eco design's powertrain is one of the most effective. Throughout my 200-mile trip in the city and on the freeway, the Corolla returned excellent gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is far better compared to the EPA's score of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the manual are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and also Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).
Currently the misses: Although suitable pep puts it on top in regards to power, unreasonable noise levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Sound pours in from anywhere. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind ruckus, and also roadway sound will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the home windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note rounding off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was a trouble with the previous version, also, and the redesign hasn't already place a dent in it.
Though on the strong side, an even larger issue with the car's trip top quality is a lack of isolation. Way too much of the road enters the cabin, so uncomfortable levels of vibration and also cruelty are constant, unwanted travelers. The ride itself typically verges on uneasy, with a bit way too much jump over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable initially yet becomes tremendously awkward as the drive endures. The Kia Forte and Ford Focus, nevertheless, ace ride quality; both retain a comfy level of calmness over bumps.
The Corolla scores much better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as positive roadholding capacities. It doesn't really feel sporty, however the sedan takes edges without sloppiness.
The remodeling is no much less severe inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's dull design and products with an appealing mix of color and also appearance, along with a much more straight control layout.
The Corolla I drove integrated a dark eco-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and was extremely inviting. It's an enhancement over last year's budget-grade motif, but the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's mix of top notch materials as well as innovative design. It does, nonetheless, provide even more high quality and also style compared to the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus as well as conservative Strong suit.
Elegance is not skin deep in this instance. Not just does the within appearance good, however it likewise really feels good, as well. The door panel armrest is padded enough, as well as the seats strike a great equilibrium: encouraging without being also strong, soft without being as well mushy. One small missing out on product is a gliding sun visor, which many autos have and also work each day.
At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the greatest cars in the course after expanding a pair inches for 2014. Bonus size suggests added passenger space, and also legroom is generous in the front as well as rear seats. The rear seat padding, nevertheless, is rock-solid.
Functional design & Electronics
Several controls and screens are in a comparable spot in the new-generation Corolla, but the design has been extended horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was aiming for a much more structured setup. The outcome is more appealing overall, yet the panel is still overloaded with buttons. Identifying just what they all do isn't a problem, nonetheless.
The 6.1-inch touch-screen sound system is once again typical on the LE trim degree and also over however inaccessible on base trims. The screen dimension is respectable for menu legibility and button dimension. The system features Toyota's Entune app collection, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Linking to my Pandora Internet radio app was likewise simple, but I wish to see more functionality. You could utilize the touch-screen to play and pause a tune, however functions like avoiding a tune or loading a new station typically aren't readily available.
Cargo & Storage
Regardless of the gains in dimension, the Corolla's trunk is still reasonably tiny, with simply 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from last year's score of 12.3 and also larger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), yet a little smaller sized than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8 ). A lot more frustrating is the Corolla's trunk layout. Big steel joints stick out right into the travel luggage room; numerous automakers have upgraded to smaller, strut-like tools.
The rear seat folds in a 60/40 split for extra cargo room-- an useful feature that isn't really conventional on the Civic or Focus.
Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby handily situated in front of complementary input and also USB ports, in addition to a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot bigger and consists of a comfy moving armrest. For the rear seat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they would not last a week with my household) as well as one bottleholder in each door.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety And Security Top Safety Pick, gaining Great scores in all areas of testing except the difficult brand-new small-overlap frontal collision examination. The Corolla racked up Low in this examination, just one action over the most affordable rating of Poor. The Strength racked up Poor around, but the Civic, Elantra and also Emphasis performed better, earning Leading Security Choose Plus status. The National Freeway Traffic Security Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.
A backup cam is inaccessible on base L designs yet standard on each trim. The only automobile in this course with a conventional cam across the lineup is the Civic, the base rate which compares to the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes standard with a vehicle driver's knee airbag as well as both driver and guest seat padding air bags that inflate under the knees-- unusual functions in this class. Click on this link for a full checklist of safety functions, as well as see how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Child seat Inspect.
Value in Its Course
The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of the most budget-friendly cars in its class, rating simply above the Ford Emphasis, at $17,105 (all costs include location costs). The Elantra starts simply greater, at $17,760, as well as the Civic covers the checklist at $18,955.
Shoppers planning to update to an automated will also locate the Corolla budget-friendly. The out-of-date four-speed is an extra $600, lower than the added cost for the Civic's automated ($800), the Emphasis' terrible automated manual ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).
We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector rupturing with impressive cars, so this upgraded version has a hell of a hillside to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and also Kia Strong suit are kings of the hill in regards to value, attributes and comfort, the brand-new Corolla makes some strides in regards to gas performance as well as interior materials.
Chances are, however, that couple of people will certainly care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Corolla's stinker status, people still bought it-- loads of individuals. Toyota has actually offered greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide given that it went on sale for the 1989 version year. In the U.S., the sedan consistently covers monthly best-seller lists, trying the top portable port with the Honda Civic. It could not be as well-shaped as a number of autos in its course, yet the 2014 Corolla is most definitely a step up from the previous generation and also will remain to draw in the masses.