The all-new Toyota Corolla is a good choice for a small family car because of its comfortable ride and good cabin tech offerings. But if you want a sporty compact sedan, the Corolla is unfortunately not the type.
UNDER THE HOOD
A 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine sits under the hood of every 2014 Toyota Corolla. It puts out 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. The LE Eco models, though, get a different version of the engine which makes 140 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque.
The Corolla L and S models come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic and a CVT are optional, respectively. The latter, however, is standard on the LE and LE Eco models.
The EPA fuel economy ratings for the all-new Toyota Corolla are as follows:
|Corolla L 4AT||27/36/31|
|Corolla LE Eco||30/42/35|
|Corolla LE Eco Plus & Eco Premium||30/40/34|
|Corolla S 6MT||28/37/31|
|Corolla S CVT||29/37/32|
ON THE ROAD
Toyota has made several improvements on the chassis and powertrain of the compact-sedan Corolla. So generally speaking, the performance is better compared to the previous models. But the 1.8-liter engine is essentially a carryover from the old Corolla. It is not strong enough to push the Corolla to its limits and feels lifeless on freeways. But it works well with the new CVT which acts smoothly.
From a handling standpoint, some find the Corolla’s steering precise but not sporty. The suspension does a fine job in keeping the ride comfortable.
In any case, the new Toyota Corolla is a comfortable car to get around in. It’s good for short drives and weekend trips. It may be uninspired but it will get you to your destination.
INSIDE THE 2014 COROLLA
There’s nothing exciting about the interior design of the Corolla. The layout of the controls is simple and neat and the controls themselves are easy to use. The quality of materials is acceptable.
The Corolla offers comfortable and roomy seats. It actually bests in interior space which is substantially more than competing sedans offer. The trunk size is average, though, at 13 cubic feet, but this could be expanded by folding the rear seatbacks down.
The 2014 Corolla has four trim levels with each having their own sub-trims. Here are the key standard features that come with these trims.
L: LED headlights and daytime running lights, 15-inch steel wheels, 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system, Bluetooth, iPod interface, USB port, auxiliary audio jack, cloth upholstery, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat, 8 airbags, front and rear cup holders
LE: 16-inch steel wheels, automatic climate control, 6-speaker Entune audio system (with voice recognition and 6.1-inch touchscreen display), cruise control, remote keyless entry, Piano Black center console
LE Plus: fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels
LE Premium: heated power front seats with 8-way adjustable driver seat
COROLLA LE ECO
LE Eco: rear deck spoiler, 15-inch steel wheels
LE Eco Plus: ECO drive mode, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels
LE Eco Premium: heated power front seats with 8-way adjustable driver seat
S: 16-inch steel wheels, paddle shifters, rear deck spoiler, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, sport instrumentation with TFT display, heated power side mirrors with turn signals, sport seats, Sport drive mode
S Plus: rear disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels
S Premium: heated power front seats with 8-way adjustable driver seat
S 6MT: keyless ignition with push-button start, power sunroof, navigation system, HD radio, satellite radio
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