2014 Toyota Corolla
What’s New for 2014?
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is fully redesigned.
Without a doubt, the biggest and most significant new Toyota this year is the 2014 Toyota Corolla. Although it was always a strong seller, the previous-generation Toyota Corolla was outclassed by more stylish, more fuel-efficient and better-performing rivals in the compact sedan segment. The upshot is that it has been many years since the Toyota Corolla was a no-brainer pick for a small, affordably priced sedan.
Slightly longer, lower and wider than last year’s model, the 2014 Toyota Corolla has a more aggressive-looking exterior. The exaggerated front-end design will likely polarize consumers (those who care about styling anyway), but at least it’s edgier and more interesting than the forgettable forms of the past. In addition, all 2014 Toyota Corollas come standard with LED low-beam headlights, an unexpected feature in this segment.
If you’re expecting an exciting driving experience to accompany this extroverted styling, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Toyota kept the Toyota Corolla‘s easygoing personality intact. But the new Toyota Corolla does offer decent performance, a comfortable ride, good gas mileage, user-friendly features and solid reliability, all things that have made it so popular through the decades.
One key improvement this year is fuel economy. Any Toyota Corolla you look at will sip less gas than last year thanks to a variety of tweaks and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission on some versions. Also, there’s a new fuel economy-themed trim level called the Toyota Corolla LE Eco. Equipped with a revised version of the standard Toyota Corolla‘s 1.8-liter engine, the Toyota Corolla LE Eco earns best-in-class mpg numbers (for gasoline-fueled, automatic transmission-equipped compacts), achieving an EPA combined rating of 35 mpg along with a highway rating of 42 mpg.
Although the 2014 Toyota Corolla is significantly better than the outgoing model, it isn’t a slam dunk, as the small sedan segment has plenty of strong choices. The Toyota Corolla‘s perennial archrival, the Honda Civic, has rebounded from its own design missteps to lead this class, while the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus remain well-stocked drivers’ favorites. Nor can the nicely equipped Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte be ignored. That said, the Toyota Corolla is far more competitive than before, and this should bolster its already strong sales.
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