2014 Toyota Corolla Review: Car Reviews

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A better Corolla, with beige


1. A 1.8L 4-cylinder making 132 hp is while an optional engine of the size makes 140 hp.

2. Three are available, a four-speed automatic, a CVT and a manual.

3. Depending on trim, the is officially rated at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg on the low end and 30/42 mpg on the high end.

4. for the 2014 Toyota Corolla ranges $16,800 and $21,300.

safe to say it’s a pretty vehicle. Or at least it is with the car masses.

But ask a self-proclaimed ‘car and chances are they’ll roll eyes at the thought of a Corolla.

needn’t worry too much this small demographic. even the Japanese auto knows shedding the ‘beige’ in favor of something (anything) interesting wouldn’t hurt.


To do the 11th generation Corolla a complete redesign from the up, and, for the most part, it. A few months ago we first laid at the new Corolla and it was obvious the 2014 finally had a little style it.

The front-end receives standard LED and a large, gaping lower that adds an angry to the car; a theme with sedans these days. The S model receives an even angrier grill as well 17-inch wheels. From the the design is admittedly less and viewed from that it could easily get lost in a sea of compact sedans like the Elantra or Honda Civic.

Viewing it from a profile do the Corolla any favors either, vast amounts of wheel gap throw the overall proportions of the off, even with the 16-inch or 17-inch wheels.

the 2014 Corolla does a more upscale appearance to revised body proportions have the car slightly lower, wider and nearly four-inches


Most of the new-found in the Corolla comes courtesy of a wheelbase. This not only a dollop of rear legroom, but translates into a better down the road.

It’s over bumps than the old and better composed on the freeway. isolation has also been and the new model matches-up well the best of the segment for interior (or lack thereof).

Toyota engineered a little more enjoyment into the new Corolla and to have made improvements to its and steering. We didn’t really any more ‘sport’, but did find the tracks straighter on the freeway the outgoing model.

Apart from that, it drives like a Corolla. predictable, easy to drive and is to deliver hundreds of thousands of miles. It’s what the has based its reputation on for decades, so why it now?

The same philosophy can be found under the hood, changes are more evolutionary revolutionary.


With the base L model, has changed. The same 1.8L engine producing 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of is mated to an embarrassingly outdated automatic. At least a new six-speed is an option.

Finding a manual L Corolla in the wild is about as as snapping a photo of BigFoot, the four-speed automatics will the darling of nationwide rental

Toyota actually brought one of four-speed automatic vehicles hubcaps and all, to the first event and we had the opportunity to drive In short, the L benefits from all the new improvements like a quieter and smoother ride, while the remains a bit slow to react, but

Opt for an automatic transmission in any of the other trims, and the four-speed is shunned in of an all-new continuously variable The new CVT is designed to break up the dreaded drone that is synonymous these transmissions thanks to gear changes. Drive the new hard or soft, and the CVT will sudden rpm drops at predetermined to simulate an upshift.


When first rolling from a stop, there is a power delay, which worse when Eco mode is Once the rpms rise and the CVT is in however, the engine does to life. But with so little the Corolla never feels all quick and is noticeably slower a Ford Focus or Mazda3 .

it’s hard not to be impressed this CVT. It is constantly rpms in a predictable, seamless something neither Nissan nor have been able to with the gearless transmissions in the Sentra and Impreza.

Since a CVT is when it comes to gear the LE and LE Eco trims of the Corolla feature an button that has the transmission the rpms lower and ‘shift’ to improved fuel economy. On the side, the sportier ‘S’ trim has a button in place of the ECO button allows the transmission to rev higher performing a ‘gear’ change.

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The S also includes steering mounted paddles shifters run the transmission through 7 pre-set ratios.

Surprisingly, S models come available with the manual transmission.


There is also a new – sort of. While displacing a 1.8-liters, the Corolla’s optional features Toyota’s new Valvematic valve timing technology. engine boost’s horsepower and economy by five-percent, bringing engine output to 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of – a just-passable number.

Only on the LE Eco model paired to the CVT automatic, good for 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, or an 42 mpg with the base 15-inch wheels.

The least efficient in the lineup will be the four-speed L version, which is still at a respectable 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. We had a to drive both the LE and LE Eco with the and the power difference as well as behavior between the two 1.8-liters is


the new Corolla’s makeover is just as as the exterior’s. A new multi-level horizontal stack dominates the dashboard and more modern and more than the outgoing model; not a feat since the old Corolla’s was woefully out of date, but Toyota did in designing an interior capable of with anything in this The front seats are comfortable and is a huge upgrade in interior quality. Most surfaces are now touch and most of the switchgear premium.


Of course the is available with all the latest options like smart push button start, front seats, navigation and a view camera. It’s offered with three audio systems, including two of Toyota’s Entune system App Suite. This highly infotainment unit should tech loving consumers and can be with apps like places, iHeartRadio and Pandora.

The seats now sit three-inches further from the front seats to the old model and Toyota has installed front seat backs to increase rear legroom. The balloons to a limo-like 41.4-inches, is roughly the same as the Camry; a car as having a spacious backseat in its Trunk space is a reasonable 13

Pricing for the base 2014 L gets a slight bump of up to $16,800, while the range S Plus six-speed manual will come in at $21,300.


As much as Toyota to find new, younger with the 2014 model, the needs to ensure current are not alienated; Corolla owners do their Corollas after and many are repeat buyers.

The news for Toyota is that customers should be more happy with the new car.

it bring in a new crop of buyers? though perhaps not the ones intends. Rather than those looking for a sportier sedan, the 11th generation should find fans those looking for advanced as well as a more sophisticated and look. Oh, and let’s not forget, reliability.

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