2014 Toyota Corolla Review

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Toyota Corolla Compact IV

2014 Toyota Corolla

By Eric Peters, Automotive

Here’s scary:

You’ve assigned the job of restyling — and re-engineering — the Number One Seller. It’s on you to get it

And if you don’t… .

That’s what into the lap of the people given the task of redesigning the world’s car, ever — the Toyota Forget the Beetle. Forget the T. Since the Corolla’s launch in ’66, almost unfathomable have issued forth. 30 of them — as of 1990 . That’s 24 ago, almost. Imagine the today.

So, yeah, a lot is riding on the of the all-new 11th generation

I’m grateful all I have to do is review the

The Corolla is Toyota’s bread-and-butter sedan, one-up from the Yaris in size and price — and below the mid-sized Camry. It in the same class as its principal the Honda Civic — as well as the and new kids on the block such as the Dart and Ford Focus.


Everything except the drivetrains — and get tweaked, too. One of them — the LE Eco — boasts 140 hp and 42 MPG highway. This is (and nearly hybrid) economy — without the extra cost of the diesel engine or powertrain.

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There’s also an body riding on a much wheelbase — which allows for a car’s backseat legroom, as as a mid-sized car’s ride

But perhaps the most obvious is that the ’14 Corolla is a much austere car than any of its predecessors. It has into something considerably substantial than a basic unit — as have most of the cars in this segment.

start at $16,800 for the base L and $18,300 for the gas-sippy LE Eco trim.

A S trim with six-speed transmission starts at $19,000.


Smart-looking — and class-roomiest —

Updated outside is sporty — but not Should appeal to under-35 without alienating the over-40s Gen

Near-diesel/almost hybrid fuel for thousands less than the of a diesel or a hybrid.

New six-speed and seven-speed CVT automatic in upper

Electronic suite (Entune ought to make The iPad very happy.

Nominal uptick for all this goodness vs. the 2013s.


Base L still comes with automatic.

No, really.

We won’t get the wagon version Toyota in Europe and Asia.

Hasn’t got the to go heads-up against Mazda3 or when those cars equipped with their available engines — and forget the Honda Civic Si or the Ford ST.


All ’14 Corollas with a 1.8 liter four — as last year in size . but in two of tune. Base L, step-up LE and S get the 132 hp version — same output as year. But you can get a 140 hp version — if you order the LE which is the one that’s capable of 42

The fact that the Corolla’s engine is also the most available engine may come as a little weird. Usually, you a few hp to gain a few MPGs. In this you don’t. Torque is down by an 2 ft.-lbs. (126 vs. 128) but the comes sooner, at 4,000 RPM vs

So, what’s up? A more efficient can also be a stronger engine.

The Eco of the 1.8 liter engine features Toyota calls “Valvematic” variable valve timing and it’s designed specifically to part-throttle efficiency by reducing losses through the intake This increases hp by 6 percent and economy by 5.3 percent, to 30 city and 42 vs. 28 city and 37 highway for the regular 132 hp of the 1.8 liter engine.

It’s a

And it’s also exceptional to others in this segment — besting competitors like the (a lackluster 25 city, 36 highway) (28 city/40 highway with the Super Fuel Economy and Mazda3 (29 city, 40 highway). also damn close to the version of the Honda Civic — only manages 44 on the highway — and also starts at $24,360 — a $6,060 more than the LE Eco Now, granted, the hybrid also rates 44 in city — 14 MPG better than the Toyota’s But six grand is a lot to pay for the privilege.

One might stack the Eco Corolla up against smallish cars like the (at the time of this review) Sky-D and also the Chevy diesel. I can’t give you or MPG quotes on the Sky-D Mazda it wasn’t available at the time I this review in late But the Cruze diesel is available — and it 27 city — less than the Eco — and only 46 highway — just 2 MPG — and it starts at $24,885. Wait, do the math. That’s $6,585 what you’d pay for the gas-engined

You might get more miles out of the — but the mileage is a wash.

The only thing is you’ve got to pay $1,500 to get the more fuel-efficient version of the 1.8 engine. Toyota does the pot by teaming the 42 MPG-capable engine up an all-new seven speed variable (CVT) automatic — is something no other car in this range even offers. And the S and LE trims are available with a new six-speed manual or (S trims) a aggressively set-up version of the CVT driver-selectable gear changes via wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

there is one more sucky The base L trim doesn’t get the new manual or the new CVT. It comes the same four-speed automatic in last year’s Corolla. there’s nothing objectionable this transmission. Gas mileage — 27 36 highway — isn’t top-drawer but still acceptable for the class.

a four speed automatic in a model year car seems as as finding a cassette player in the stack of a 2014 model car — and (in my opinion) it was a mistake not to give the Corolla L the same transmission as the other trims, or at least the LE trim.

Toyota did not give at the press launch in San Diego data, but it’s a safe bet the Corolla L is about as quick as the old car — they’ve both got more or the same drivetrains. So probably 10 seconds to 60 with the four-speed This is on par with the Dart and when equipped with standard engines; a bit slower the Focus and Mazda3.

Corollas the new six-speed manual and seven CVT ought to be (and felt . to writer) quicker than the car with the four-speed automatic. But go gunning for Si Civics or — cue Ivan voice from Rocky IV — you lose.

The new Corolla rides on a longer — not-far-from-mid-sized (and longer than has heretofore typical for a nominally compact wheelbase: 106.3 inches vs. inches for the 2013 Corolla. To you some perspective, a current wheelbase is only 109.3 — and a mid-’70s Corolla’s wheelbase was all of 93

Historically “compact” cars Corolla are edging ever to mid-sized in terms of both specifications (more on this in a as well as their driving The 11th generation Corolla is the such example of this It is solid . not tinny. Planted . not You are the pilot of a real car — not a toy car. competitors — the Mazda3 (wheelbase exactly 106.3 inches) and (close, at 105.1) have the same strategy, which is for us — but perhaps not so good for the companies make them in that are perhaps unknowingly undermining the for buying their mid-sized like the Camry (and the etc.).

There is, however, one that’s still characteristically when it comes to Corolla: its

Both versions of the 1.8 engine are doubt economy-minded engines. among the best such you can buy now (in the case of the 42 MPG-capable Eco, the period — short of a diesel or But there’s not much else to

Like hp — and performance.

Toyota to impart some verve by the new six-speed manual to the mix — it has tighter spacing than the old five-speed — as well as the new CVT, which in the trim comes with a manual mode and seven selectable (via paddle forward speeds that a conventional automatic or manual gear changes.

But with no than 132-140 hp on tap — and no optional available — acceleration is … adequate. keep up with traffic, be able to merge without This is certainly sufficient in the and LE trims, which haven’t got the of sporty trims. But in the cockier-looking S — which gets a wide-mouthed treatment that’s much visually aggressive than the of the Corolla lineup, as well as the sport wheel/tire package, fog and jaunty decklid spoiler, of more-than-merely adequate hp is all-too-apparent. You can the 1.8 liter mill more with the new six-speed (or the optional but the bottom line is more is needed to give the putatively S model the sporty acceleration to its sporty appearance — and to give the car game vis-a-vis competitors the Mazda3, Dodge Dart, Civic and others that can be with more than adequate powerplants.

The Mazda, for example, can be equipped a 2.5 liter, 184 hp engine in lieu of its 2.0 liter, 155 hp engine. Dodge an optional turbocharged engine liters, 160 hp). And of course, offers a 201 hp engine in the Civic Si.

I was by the new Corolla’s appearance . by its overall (especially its beautifully appointed and spacious interior) but its carryover were something of a letdown in to the foregoing.

The rest of the car is so good the absence of home-run performance in to home-run fuel-efficiency was perhaps obvious than it would been had the new Corolla been a car in other respects. The good is this is an easy fix. an optional, higher-performance engine to an outstanding car is easy.

Redesigning a car is not.

No mixed bag here. The new looks a lot like the first Lexus IS, especially from the (take note of the C pillar/rearside glass in particular) and does an job of imitating a current Lexus on the . too. A bit much, perhaps? I you to see the car in person.

A handsome — and space-efficient — dash layout is the centerpiece. In LE and S Corollas, accents are provided by black and pewter/brushed nickel and a very clever thin almost electrolumenescent pinstripe seems to glow slightly in the upper and lower dash There is a most un-Corolla speaking) chronometer-style gauge (S models get a revised cluster Thin Film Transistor and thick-grip steering wheel thumb pads, too. Off to right, a new six or (optionally) eight-inch LCD that can be split three — and which can be operated finger just like your

All the latest Toyota Entune are included . too. No extra from here on out. (and apps) comes the car. Facebook places help us), Yelp, Table (restaurant locator), and Pandora custom playlists. Bluetooth wireless/voice recognition,

The ’14 Corolla is the first Toyota to get the latest version of Entune. means even Avalons and that cost two and three as much haven’t — yet — got what one’s got. They either — until sometime year.

You’ ll also get LED headlights — including the base L This, too, is class-unprecedented. The of LED lights is not only more illumination but more natural (to the eye) illumination. The beams a daylight-style white light than than the yellow-ish you get with non-LED beams.

But the Big One is backseat legroom. Like the straddling of a salvo from a of 16 inch guns, the Corolla the competition with an astonishing 5.1 increase in second-row legroom. The hip of the redesigned backseats has also moved 3 inches toward the The result is mid-sized car spreading out for the backseat passengers. No, wait. than mid-sized car spreading-out


The new Corolla has 41.4 of second-row legroom. A current — nominally “mid-sized” — a mere inches.

How about that?

The Civic has just 36.2 The Mazda3, a knee-scraping, deep thrombosis-inducing 35.8 inches. The even worse: 35.2 You don’t even want to about the Focus (ok, spill: a medieval 33.2

The new Corolla beckons with 8.2 more legroom than the Six inches more than the Dart. Five-point-six inches than the Mazda3 — and 5.2 inches than the Honda Civic. not even a contest.

That old about seatafiveahcomfohtabry? No joke folks. The new Corolla could five large adults It seats me comfortably. I’m 6ft 3 — and when I sat in the I had no less three inches of air gap my knees and the seats ahead of me.

Try it and see.

Up front’s not bad, 42.3 inches — which by the is only just slightly than in cars like the and Dart (both 42.2 and Honda Civic (42.0) there’s more usable all around due to the way the interior panels are The door panels, for instance. do not bulge outward and intrude your elbow room. scalloped inward at the armrests and straight and true up to the door The breadbox dash, meanwhile, more air between you and it — adding to the extremely spacious feel.

The interior layout may be sportier-looking, but matches the new Corolla as far as classy

Or roomy .

The new Corolla is the only car in class I’d recommend as family-viable — not as a car, but as the primary go-to car for the family.

With this new you’re getting a lot more car — — for about the same money. ever-increasing production efficiencies, exchange rates — whatever you — the happy fact remains the eons-nicer (and so much 2014 Corolla is only more expensive than the departed: about $570 for the base 2014 L vs. the base L. And the phenomenally fuel efficient Corolla Eco LE is priced a mere higher than last LE — a car that did not have the 42 MPG Eco engine or the superb CVT or its handsome new body nor its (and upsized) interior.

It’s also worth that the competition costs for less car.

In some a great deal more. A Honda Civic sedan at $18,165. The Mazda3 is a bit more competitive at $16,945 for the base — but that’s still an additional for 5-plus inches less room. Ditto the Dart to start) and the Focus ($16,995 to

There’s just one small — already mentioned — which is about perception than but nonetheless: The base Corolla’s automatic. The Mazda offers six (either manual or automatic) in the trim 3. The Civic comes five speeds (also choice of manual or automatic). The and the Focus both come six-speed transmissions. I don’t any major automaker offers than five forward in any 2014 model year car — no how lowly. Even the Hyundai comes with six speed Well, wait. There is new car besides the new Corolla that uses a four-speed automatic — and another Toyota. The 2014 But the Yaris is Basic Transportation, more.

The new Corolla isn’t — and better .


but goodness in terms of looks, efficiency, features and overall of class. This is a nice car — one be inclined to buy because you wanted to buy it. Not it’s merely a good — though it’s that,

All it needs is a stronger optional — and a more up-to-date standard

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