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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 77 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
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.4/10

Not as good as my 2003

By on Monday, July 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Pretty color - blue slate"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"This is my third Corolla. The 2003 wasn't as good as the '99, and this 2016 isn't as good as the 2003. The gas mileage isn't as good, it doesn't hug the road as well, I bump my head on the top of the door frame almost every time I get in, there's not as much storage space in the cabin. Most of my driving is stop and go in the local area since I am retired. I haven't had any mechanical problems in the six months I've had it, but I will shop around for a different car as soon as I pay this one down a little more. And it will probably be a Nissan."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great reliable car!

By on Sunday, March 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "excellent mpg, easy to handle, fun to drive"

Cons: "stock tires low quality"

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

"This was my first new car. It had 3 miles on it when I bought it in August 2014. I love it. It never fails to start and handles extremely well. Shifts like a dream, and has excellent gas mileage. I average around 40-45 mpg on my commute. I drive at least 1000 miles a week many weeks due to my commute distance and visiting my elderly parents in another state. My only complaint is that the tires that came with the car did not provide decent traction and wore out rapidly. I bought new snow tires this winter and even on glare ice, it handles perfectly. I would recommend this car to my children,It has good power, at least with the manual 6 speed and is fun to drive.I would buy it again but, being in New England, think I will go with all wheel drive for my next vehicle. I bough"

14 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Great commuter car

By on Saturday, March 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great gas mileage, lots of room, good value"

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

"purchased this car for a new job 33 miles away - averaging 37 mpg. Corolla is larger than you might think. i am 6'1" and weight 265. car can hold 5 adults comfortably except in the back. taller folks hit their heads on the sloping rear. Trunk space is good. i know folks who rented the same model and loaded 2 adults and 3 teens with all of their luggage for a 30 day vacation in a corolla. i wouldn't have believed it had i not seen it with my own eyes. Toyota has taken care of all the maintenance for the last year - saved hundreds on that bonus. Back up camera is nice as well as other features that you wouldn't think you would get with the Corolla. overall this car is better than i had hoped. only reason i didn't give it a 10 was then engine is a bit sluggish. but that's not why i purchased it in the first place and i wouldn't get 37 mpg with a larger engine."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Bluetooth speakers speakers echo & distort voices

By on Friday, March 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Was excited that the car offered hands free Bluetooth connectivity! But,very disappointed that the standard speaker system was of such poor quality that I have been unable to use my compatible Apple 4 cell phone cell phone for a hands free connection."

3 people out of 11 found this review helpful

best car is toyota

By on Sunday, February 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 520

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "everything"

Cons: "none"

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

"best car ever I have the 2016 corolla le eco premium an it is reliable an very nice after negotiating I got it for 26,000 best deal you can ever get love this car"

Not even at 20,000 miles needs transmission

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Very sporty and drives smoothly"

Cons: "Glitches with screen and needs transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I bought this car on 2/14/15, I went to get my car serviced on 2/13/16 (barely a year old) only to come to find out that my car needs a new transmission. The breaks have a click sound, which Toyota has no answer for and the screen has glitches too."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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