Toyota Corolla 2014 Review

Toyota Corolla 2014 Review: If you're going shopping in the compact-car course, gas effectiveness and affordability are most absolutely among your top concerns. Toyota's revamped portable sedan delivers both-- as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs comfortably.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big enhancement, but it places simply midpack against various other compacts, specifically in terms of cabin sound and ride top quality.

Along with an outside styling remodeling, the 11th-generation Corolla obtains a changed engine as well as a much more upscale interior for 2014.

This is a large, hectic course with plenty of strong challengers and also a near-constant redesign routine. The Corolla's main rivals consist of the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Emphasis.


Toyota Corolla 2014 Review


Outside & Styling

For 2014, the Corolla drew a vehicle Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the car's exterior from Hannah Montana conventional to eye-catching starlet (sadly, Robin Thicke wasn't entailed). Its basic LED-accented fronts lights, carved body lines as well as pumped-up grille make it one of the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In reality, nonetheless, any kind of upgrade would've elevated the 2013 variation from the depths of its drabness.

Promptly evident are hints Toyota obtained from the Avalon huge car (the grille and also fronts lights specifically look familiar), and although the words "big sedan" do not usually convey excitement in the designing division, the impact deals with the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks cannot match the hostile, flashy position of the Kia Strength or the sweeping beauty of the Hyundai Elantra, yet it could get rid of "uninteresting" from its listing of troubles.

Just how It Drives

Although the old Corolla's dull appearances are gone, a polished outside cannot conceal an unfinished driving experience.

Initially, the hits: Toyota did an excellent job with the continually variable automatic transmission. It feels even more all-natural and also refined than the systems in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco version, and power shipment from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was additionally quicker than the various other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time developing power as well as create their engines to complain noisally, however Toyota's is both receptive and also relatively peaceful. It could obtain loud when pushed, however it's far from the greatest wrongdoer.

Various other versions (L, LE as well as S trims) make use of a version of the 1.8-liter that benefits 132 hp. Criterion on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, as well as an old four-speed automated is optional; the CVT is basic on all other trims.

The LE Eco design's powertrain is the most efficient. Throughout my 200-mile trek in the city as well as 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 designs with the handbook are still remarkable, with a 28/37/31 mpg score, which is midpack compared to base variations of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Currently the misses: Although good pep places it on top in regards to power, unreasonable noise degrees drop the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Sound pours in from anywhere. The mirrors cause a fair bit of wind racket, and also road sound will certainly have you inspecting to see if all the home windows are shut, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note topping off circus-like degrees of loudness. This was an issue with the previous version, also, as well as the redesign hasn't place a damage in it.

Though on the solid side, an also bigger issue with the car's ride top quality is a lack of isolation. Excessive of the road comes into the cabin, so awkward levels of resonance and also cruelty are constant, unwelcome travelers. The ride itself often approaches jittery, with a little bit too much hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the suppleness is bearable at first but comes to be greatly uncomfortable as the drive endures. The Kia Strength and Ford Emphasis, however, ace flight high quality; both retain a comfy degree of composure over bumps.

The Corolla ratings better in regards to handling, with natural-feeling guiding as well as certain roadholding capacities. It does not feel stylish, but the car takes edges without sloppiness.

Interior

The transformation is no less severe inside. Toyota changed the previous generation's boring style and also products with an attractive mix of shade and also texture, along with a much more straight control design.

The Corolla I drove combined a dark environment-friendly exterior with camel-colored tones inside and also was extremely welcoming. It's a renovation over in 2015's budget-grade theme, yet the cabin still cannot match the Elantra's blend of top notch materials and innovative layout. It does, nonetheless, supply even more quality and design than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Emphasis and also conventional Forte.

Charm is not skin deep in this case. Not only does the within look excellent, however it also feels great, also. The door panel armrest is padded enough, as well as the seats strike a great balance: encouraging without being also solid, easy without being also mushy. One small missing product is a moving sunlight visor, which numerous cars have as well as serve daily.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is among the greatest cars in the course after expanding a couple inches for 2014. Bonus length means added guest room, as well as legroom is generous in the front as well as back seats. The backseat pillow, nevertheless, is well-founded.

Functional design & Electronic devices

Lots of controls as well as screens remain in a comparable place in the new-generation Corolla, however the design has been extended flat for 2014. It looks like Toyota was aiming for an extra structured plan. The outcome is more enticing overall, but the panel is still overloaded with switches. Finding out what they all do isn't an issue, nonetheless.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio system is once more typical on the LE trim degree and over but inaccessible on base trims. The display dimension is suitable for food selection readability and button size. The system features Toyota's Entune application suite, as well as Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Linking to my Pandora Web radio application was additionally easy, but I 'd like to see even more performance. You could use the touch-screen to play and stop briefly a tune, but functions like skipping a song or loading a brand-new station typically aren't offered.

Freight & Storage

Regardless of the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still fairly little, with just 13 cubic feet of room. That's up from last year's score of 12.3 as well as bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5 ), but slightly smaller sized compared to the Emphasis (13.2) as well as Elantra (14.8 ). More annoying is the Corolla's trunk layout. Large steel joints protrude right into the travel luggage area; numerous automakers have actually updated to smaller sized, strut-like devices.

The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for extra cargo space-- an useful function that isn't really typical on the Civic or Emphasis.

In advance, there's a phone-sized cubby conveniently situated in front of auxiliary input and also USB ports, as well as a small-ish facility console; the Civic's is a lot larger as well as consists of a comfortable moving armrest. For the rear seat, there are 2 lightweight pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family members) and one bottleholder in each door.

Safety and security

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Freeway Security Top Safety and security Select, making Good ratings in all locations of screening other than the tough brand-new small-overlap frontal collision examination. The Corolla scored Marginal in this test, just one action over the lowest score of Poor. The Strength scored Poor around, however the Civic, Elantra and Focus carried out much better, gaining Top Safety Pick Plus condition. The National Freeway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup electronic camera is not available on base L designs however conventional on every other trim. The only vehicle in this course with a conventional camera throughout the schedule is the Civic, the base price of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla additionally comes requirement with a vehicle driver's knee airbag and both motorist and also guest seat cushion airbags that pump up under the knees-- uncommon functions in this class. Visit this site for a full list of safety and security attributes, and also see how well the Corolla suits child-safety seats in our Safety seat Examine.

Value in Its Course

The 2014 Toyota Corolla begins at $17,610, making it one of one of the most inexpensive automobiles in its course, ranking simply above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all rates consist of destination charges). The Elantra begins simply higher, at $17,760, and also the Civic covers the listing at $18,955.

Consumers aiming to update to an automatic will additionally find the Corolla inexpensive. The out-of-date four-speed is an extra $600, less than the added price for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Emphasis' awful automated handbook ($1,095) as well as the Elantra's six-speed device ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a sector bursting with impressive lorries, so this upgraded version has a hell of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are kings of the hill in terms of worth, attributes and convenience, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel performance as well as indoor products.

Chances are, however, that few individuals will certainly care that it still falls short. Regardless of the previous Corolla's stinker condition, people still bought it-- lots of people. Toyota has marketed greater than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it went on sale for the 1989 design year. In the U.S., the car continuously tops monthly hot seller checklists, trying to getting the top small port with the Honda Civic. It may not be as all-round as a number of autos in its class, however the 2014 Corolla is absolutely a step up from the previous generation and will certainly continuously bring in the masses.