2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco Plus review notes, specs, photos, pricing — Autoweek

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2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco review notes

Power out at 140-hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. by Toyota.

The 2014 Toyota LE Eco Plus is front-wheel drive to a continuously variable transmission. by Toyota.

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DIGITAL EDITOR STOY: I’m cheating and my notes in before those of my despite the fact that I had the car them. Why? I think important that someone a few years on Jake and Graham in on what’s in fact among the basic commuter cars today. Anyone who fancies a car enthusiast is going to feel his or her duty to lambaste the Toyota as a transportation appliance for a focus-grouped driving audience. Those are completely missing the point.

newest Corolla fits its traditional niche offering a softer, less controversial to the Honda Civic, a “safer” name than the Hyundai and a more traditional interior and than the Ford Focus. And the does all that while the unobtrusive styling its buyers at an exceptional price point.

In words, the 2014 Toyota is a homerun for its target market. an autonomous car you have to drive — the thing almost from consciousness as soon as you it, allowing people who really like driving to get it over as unobtrusively as possible.

For all the hand-wringing and of yet another bland Toyota, a bit of is in order: Enthusiasts don’t a Corolla and they never (’80s-vintage FX16 models Average American drivers want a Scion FR-S. who makes up the larger market? of Corollas make it possible for to build cars like the FR-S (and hopefully a new

Settle in, tune the satellite put it in drive and autopilot your way to I don’t advocate such I try not to engage in it, but it’s what of America wants to have The Corolla delivers better almost anything else in the

Haters gonna hate. But if I a Toyota salesperson, I’d be pretty confident putting a payment on a boat about

The 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco comes in at a base price of with our tester topping off at

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAKE The Toyota Corolla is usually as bland as it gets. I’m the most popular color is beige. But, as much as I to say it, this new front end makes it than just another Toyota — at least for a person. To the enthusiast, there isn’t much to be excited

The shape looks a little than the last generation; it now taller and narrower. The back and ends both look a too stubby. The new fascia I can appreciate; not exactly what I’d if the pen was in my hand, but it’s much than past Corollas.

The is upgraded, too. I felt the old Corollas were trying to upscale, with fake Earth tones and chrome. new car has more of a futuristic look, black and gray, with readouts for important information. It pretend to be something it isn’t. The navigation screen worked both for maps and with my player, and the speakers sound It has a shuffle button, right on the screen, which is how I usually to my music, and a fast-forward button on the wheel, which is rare. But for the few you need it, it’s awesome.

The entry and ignition were nice, but I would have heated seats.

Speaking of seats, they were marginally comfortable, and I’m not a fan of this new material. It seems to be sort of nylon blend and me of a wetsuit.

I still dislike variable transmission, but this car was not slow. If you floor it, it gets relatively quickly. It’s though, especially when to get on the freeway. The brakes were a spongy, but it’s hard to these press cars on like that — who how it was used previously? The steering was hard to evaluate on our slippery but it definitely seems tuned for of driving and not point and shoot.

No one can complain about the price, As boring as the Toyota Corolla is to it’s a ton of car for $22K.

The interior of the Toyota Corolla LE Eco Plus is equipped.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR KOZAK: There’s not a huge for someone to grab onto and in this fairly well-optioned 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco (including that clunky

But there’s not a lot to hate, either, when you figure that a lot of want the automotive equivalent of new nutritional beverage (creepily “Soylent”): a low-intensity, low-effort product that frees up and energy for other pursuits.

not that most people cars, it’s that just don’t want to about them. Hence, we the Toyota Corolla.

We call a lot of cheap cars “flingable,” if they’re not especially fast. The isn’t really fast, but not really flingable, either. the accelerator. The transmission moans but ultimately gets to you where you to go, and not all too slowly. “S” mode theoretically things quicker but you’ll to weigh that against the noise.

This really a performance car, though not that you could ever it for one. The front end is light and somewhat uncertain under acceleration; the suspension is probably the oldest and cheapest-feeling part of the transmitting bumps and road with only moderate

Fine. Whatever. The best way to the Corolla is cruise-controlling along at (and responsible, taking account prevailing traffic and conditions) speeds, “eco” engaged for maximum fuel the mind free to devote as of its capacity to imaging its somewhere than the morning commute.

Enthusiasts tend to forget this is precisely what car buyers want, and why autonomous are going to be huge .


The Corolla is OK didn’t mind the seats, they lacked the infinite adjustability it’s so easy to get to. Toyota tends to do weird with hard plastics on less expensive cars, but it opted to shoot for the middle this volume-seller. It’s and, barring the fake stitching on the edges of the soft clean. The infotainment system is clean and straightforward. Screen and response times are better those in current Jaguar Rover products. What that tell you?

there’s an ever-present feeling of cheapness that Toyota needs to iron out. The Focus and Mazda 3 don’t doors that sound as tinny when you slam for example. And their cabin levels seem to be better at cruising speed.

Outside, the front fascia is a little when isolated and examined, but on the car it of fades into the background — much like the car

The Corolla is really not bad. Its sin is that, while it’s adequate, it’s also forgettable. For $22,570, there are things to be, but there are also cars to buy.

The 2014 Corolla LE Eco Plus is equipped a 1.8-liter four-pot capable of 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

WEST EDITOR MARK VAUGHN: So is the all-new, much-ballyhooed Toyota It does look nice, than any Corolla before it. creases in all the lines make it out from some of the more shapes in the class like, uh, the previous Corolla. It looks attractive. Yet I wonder if the shape attract new buyers, but alienate the appliance-seeking Corollistas?

The sculpted has a purpose; with a coefficient of that Toyota claims is aided by numerous undertray that you’ll never

Another efficiency is the new drivetrain. the LE Plus test car we had out here in didn’t get the Valvematic treatment increases efficiency of the intake it does have VVT-i. with a CVT transmission, it’s for an EPA rating of 29 city/38 highway/32 The LE Eco trim levels have and returns 30/42/35. For the LE Eco models have 16-inch wheels the test car back in Detroit, get a rating of 30/40/34.

And, I said CVT. Now don’t Toyota lays out a line of about the CVT, saying a CVTi-S, where “i” stands for and S is for sport. That CVTi-S is not other CVTs, many of feel downright slippery, a wet rubber band. This one almost like a regular It is nowhere near as awful as CVTs. It doesn’t resort to “steps” to make you think it is gears. But neither does it at the top of the rev range when you ask for power. says it added steps to the operation but they’re barely When you’re driving town and maybe being a sporty—but not hammering on the throttle—it’s like this CVT trusts in its and so doesn’t have to tell the to wail at the top of the tach. This is a CVT might not drive you crazy. No though.

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Flooring it with the box suction-cupped to the windshield, I got a 0-60 mph of 9.9 seconds, which I think you probably do on a skateboard. It is dog slow. even cat slow. And when you on the throttle and really mean it, or when the revs are only at rpm or higher, the engine is loud and a little like it is trying to tear itself apart it just can’t stand crud anymore. So overall, not much fun coming from the hood.

Which is fine, The Corolla is a transport pod for people who want to think very about cars. These make up a huge segment of the Toyota sold 302,180 in the U.S. last year, included some of these new That’s more than Focus, Ford Fusion and Fiesta ; twice as much as Jetta. Nissan Sentra and Kia ; three times as much as the 3 and almost as much as Honda Honda Accord and Nissan So the thing sells, man.

You can’t look to this car for and its buyers don’t. When they recite the mantra they want a reliable car to get from Point A to Point B, don’t want to have to about it, and they want gas mileage. This is the perfect car for people. For you, the Autoweek you want a Civic, Mazda 3 or a Or spend a little more and get a ST, Mazdaspeed 3 or Civic Si. Those are the in this class that you The Corolla is the one you recommend to everyone

The 2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco receives an EPA-estimated 34 mph combined economy.

ASSOCIATE WEST EDITOR BLAKE Z. RONG: a lot of car in here for $22K. The LE Plus that Mark and I drove out in California grants you navigation, radio, keyless entry and a camera. Not a bad load of kit. are the features that a first-time might gush over especially if they view as a disdainful task.

The car feels it is working much harder it should, but feels faster what the speedometer actually On the other hand, most new tend to give the drivers the idea. Reactions are slow: throttle response is typical for while steering is numb. bumps are pleasantly filtered little body motions, but noise is straining. Do not inadvertently engine braking mode (B on the with the CVT, unless you the sound of feral caterwauls.

The is there, but the smoothness isn’t. like road noise and can grate on you, and newer do a better job imparting the idea you deserve something pleasant for money (even if you don’t too much of it). If anything, my own of the “around-$20K loaded compact” is still the Kia Soul. which that you can stuff your car plenty of features and still a pleasant driving experience.

Despite Toyota’s more-than-annoying that every major movement of the past five has somehow involved a Corolla, latest one doesn’t launch any dance-offs. Here’s another When the latest Yaris out, a cheeky, clever ad playing upon Toyota’s appliance status by proclaiming: a Car!”

Well, Americans like hatchbacks. So that needs to “elevate” itself to the It’s a car with a trunk can fit a decent amount of stuff (13 feet worth) for when owners go places sometimes and places other times. But one annoying exception — no handgrip to close the trunklid. enough grocery store I find myself wanting a plastic molded handgrip to the mouse-fur trunk lining than all the keyless navigating camera radios in the world.

Toyota Corolla LE Eco Plus

Price: $20,250

As-Tested $22,570

Drivetrain: 1.8-liter I4; continuously variable transmission

140 hp @ 6,100 rpm, 126 lb-ft @ rpm

Curb Weight: 2,855 lb

Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): mpg

AW Observed Fuel Economy: mpg

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