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2014 Toyota Corolla

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2014 Toyota Corolla Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

Toyota argues that the Toyota Corolla is all-new for 2014, but that's a mixed truth. With roomy seating for five, the front-wheel-drive 4-door looks all-new, and its interior is certainly newer and nicer than ever. But the mechanicals include the Corolla's tried-and-true 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and the true-but-tired twist-beam axle rear-suspension setup, both deeply refined but neither revolutionized. Competitors like the segment-leading Honda Civic, the Ford Focus and the new Mazda3 all have something tempting to lure compact-sedan buyers away from a Corolla – even an all-new one – but none of them can match the no surprises, bread-and-butter goodness of a Toyota Corolla.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you and your family have been speaking Toyota for as long as you can remember, the 2014 Corolla is the compact 4-door for you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you want sportiness, chase down the new Mazda3 or a Ford Focus. Need to save as much as possible? Try to scrape up a bare-bones Kia Forte (good luck on that quest).

What's New for 2014

Toyota portrays the Corolla as all-new for 2014.

Driving the Corolla

Driving Impressions The 2014 Toyota Corolla is not out for blood. It is easy to drive, and if your expectations don't exceed the price you paid for the car, it is a...

pleasant way to spend your time – whether on a short commute or a weekend road trip. Its ride is compact-car decent, with some higher-speed road noise present though not oppressive. Both 1.8-liter engines can successfully shrug up enough power to tackle a freeway onramp and find a way around slower traffic. The CVTi-S automatic transmission serves its noble purpose – adding a few extra mpg to the Corolla's bottom line – but like many CVTs, it can rev a bit too freely, loudly at times. You should be getting this message by now: The new Corolla won't bring a twisty road to its knees, but it will get you comfortably where you gotta go without adding any fussiness, and it'll do it for a long, long time.

AN INTERIOR HOME RUN, PART I: MATERIALS
Toyota has gone back to realizing that this is where most people spend their time with a car: inside. The interior design, seating, materials and touch points are all a step up in the 2014 Corolla.

AN INTERIOR HOME RUN, PART II: TECH-READY SETUP
Even in base form, the new Corolla pays attention to audio tech desires. The car includes both an Apple-compatible USB port and an iPod interface, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and is hands-free Bluetooth phone ready.

2014 Toyota Corolla Details
2014 Toyota Corolla photo Interior

Telling the real story of the new Corolla sedan means talking about the interior. As we mentioned, this is a very nice interior – even the car's headliner material is impressive. There's plenty of stretch-out space in the front seats, and the newly extended wheelbase gives rear-seat passengers world-record legroom. Rear headroom, however, is compromised by the jaunty sweep of the Corolla's C-pillar/roofline into the trunk – good to look at, but requires ducking from tall-torsoed riders in back.

Exterior
2014 Toyota Corolla photo

Thanks to its 2014 redo, the all-new exterior styling has allowed the Corolla to move away from an anonymity that the Federal Witness Protection Program can't duplicate to an appealing series of folded edges in search of big wheels and tires to punctuate its stance (15-inch steel wheels are standard on base models, but find a way to move up to 16- or 17-inch wheels in steel or aluminum if you can). The car looks especially good in darker colors. And while the trunk capacity is a pinch bigger than the previous-generation Corolla, the trunk opening is smaller.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Like most of the players in this class, the basic Toyota Corolla L comes pretty basic. The most notable exceptions – Nice interior! Cool, iPod connectivity. Ahh, Bluetooth hands-free calling. – have already been outlined. Don't worry, the car gets air conditioning and a decent 4-speaker audio system, plus power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and – all the rage in luxury cars these days – LED headlights. Always thinking of you, Toyota also includes a manual height adjuster for the driver's seat. While not yet ready to tame all the forces in an offset crash test, the new Corolla does offer the protection of eight airbags.

Optional Equipment

As is the habit these days, carmakers don't offer options so much as they offer option packages and add equipment by trim level. The 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan follows this lead. Pass on the base L version and step up to the LE models to get automatic climate control, Entune 6-speaker audio with streaming Bluetooth, bigger wheels, and remote keyless entry. Reaching up to the Corolla S rewards you with a sportier environment that includes fog lights, a chrome-tipped exhaust and a rear-deck spoiler, plus bolder seats and instrument cluster. The Driver's Convenience Package nets you Entune Premium audio, navigation and apps. Stand-alone option highlights: moonroof and push-button starting.

Under the Hood

Without asking you to wade waist-deep into an engine-technology discussion, we'd like you to know that the 2014 Toyota Corolla is offered with two versions of a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. The first version, used in L, LE and S Corolla models, produces 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque – not much bragging rights for power, but the fuel economy is strong for the class (see the EPA numbers below). The second 1.8-liter, in Corolla LE Eco models, gets to tout fuel economy as high as 42 mpg on the highway – superb for a non-hybrid – mated to Toyota's CVTi-S continuously variable automatic transmission. That fuel-conscious CVTi-S also hosts the power in Corolla LE and S automatic-transmission models. A 6-speed manual gearbox is available in Corolla L and S versions, while a 4-speed automatic is available in the Corolla L.

1.8-liter inline-4
132 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
128 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
Corolla L: 28/37 mpg (6-speed manual), 27/36 mpg (4-speed automatic)
Corolla LE: 29/38 mpg (CVTi-S automatic)
Corolla S: 29/37 mpg (CVTi-S automatic), 28/37 mpg (6-speed manual)

1.8-liter inline-4
140 horsepower @ 6,100 rpm
126 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
Corolla LE Eco: 30/42 mpg (CVTi-S automatic)
Corolla LE Eco Plus & Eco Premium: 30/40 mpg (CVTi-S automatic)

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2014 Toyota Corolla Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 72 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    7.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.0/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Solid, reliable car

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Efficient, good looking car."

Cons: "CVT transmission provides efficiency but no power."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is my second Corolla. I bought my first one in 2009 and didn't care for it too much. I've had my 2015 for 8 months and I like it much better. It doesn't feel like a "cheap" car. I get about 34 MPG in the city and over 40 on the highway. If I had a complaint it's about the CVT and how slow the car accelerates. But the trade-off is the mileage and efficiency of the car. Can't have everything. Great fit and finish. Logical layout for the interior, and it looks good for a $16,000 car. I typically trade my cars after 3-4 years, but I think I'll keep this one. It's simple, reliable, inexpensive and efficient."

Value for Money and style is bonus

By on Monday, January 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Value for Price , MPG is strikingly good"

Cons: "Slow Pickup when started from 0"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

Classy

"I liked the overall package , slow accelaration but once over 40mph it like knife on butter. Love the car and would suggest go for it"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Classy

Brakes and rotors

By on Sunday, December 27, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great room on the inside"

Cons: "Brakes and rotors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Great car but having to change the brakes and rotors within less then two years! That is the front brakes! Very poor brakes problems"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

2015 Toyota Corolla LE Eco Premium - Don't Buy!

By on Sunday, September 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,600

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
1/10

Pros: "Loved it at first, good mpg, nice features"

Cons: "Ride unbearable after 3,500 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I purchased this car 7/31. I started a job where I drive 30-40 hours a week for work. The first 3,500 miles were great, then the ride drives like my old 2002 Honda Civic did when it needed struts. I took it to the dealer and they checked it out said there is nothing wrong, this is how they drive. After I left the dealer, a few hours later I took it to my trusted tire dealer I've used for years, and tire pressures were 36 psi, 2 at 32 psi and 29 psi. They adjusted the pressure to see if that was the issues. Improved slightly but still rough. Went back next day and bought Goodyear Comfortred Touring Tires, that I used on my old 2002 Civic since 2009 that greatly improved the ride and road noise on the Civic. New car needed an alignment at 3,600 miles and got new tires, but ride is still rough and still drives like the Civic did when it needed struts. Constant issues with dash popping/rattle coming from defroster grill near windshield, exaggerated by rough ride. Going to see about Toyota taking this back. Other problems related to issues from purchasing dealer upon delivery I won't go into here. So word on the street is after the break in period the car will ride rough. I now hate driving it and it has had nonstop issues since I bought it 7/31. Very disappointed."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great convenience car, could have purchased better

By on Thursday, September 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,800

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "cost, miles per gallon, low maintenance cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"No real complaints about this vehicle. Few disappointments were the slow acceleration, poor quality back up camera, and the speakers aren't the greatest. Love the Bluetooth capabilities and touchscreen, however, the display looks basic compared to other cars in its competition."

9 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love this car

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "amazing gas mileage, great handling"

Cons: "did not come with gps already installe"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I really love this car and tinted the windows and put aftermarket Rims on it. Sadly deploying again and do not want this car to go to waste while I am gone again. trying to sell it now. However, gas is amazing, I only put premium in and trust me it makes a difference on mileage. the handling and everything is perfect in my opinion, obviously if you want a more of racing car this Is not that."

17 people out of 25 found this review helpful

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