With 10 generations of Corolla models preceding it, the all-new, re-designed and re-engineered 2014 Toyota Corolla is more stylish and edgier than its predecessors, though it has retained it’s easygoing nature. Introduced in 1968, the Corolla nameplate has reached more than 40 million customers, and this year, set to reach many more! For those who value dependability and simplicity, the 2014 Corolla will not disappoint; good performance, comfort, fuel economy, and reliability are just a few elements that will appeal to everyone from the conservative commuter to the first-time car owner.
Here are 5 things you gotta know about the re-designed 2014 Toyota Corolla:
1. Brand new look
Noticeably sleek and sporty, the 2014 Corolla features a rounder shape based on the Corolla Furia concept, which unveiled at the 2012 NAIAS in Detroit. The new Corolla’s design is not just about looks—handling, fuel efficiency and stability were defining principles used by Toyota’s design team. Long gone are the days of the 2-door and hatchback versions; instead Toyota has favored a 5-passenger only base model with a variety of trims (L, LE, LE Eco and S). The new Corolla is also lower, longer, and wider, and features an exterior look that is more aggressive than the 2013 model.
2. More space inside
With its slightly elongated body, the 2014 Corolla features more space and increased comfort, especially for taller drivers. With 41.4 inches of legroom in the backseats, passengers have more room to play with than most of the Corolla’s competitors. Trunk capacity of the Corolla is approximately 13 cubic feet; loading and unloading is easier given the wide opening, and increased capacity can be found by folding down the rear-split seats.
3. Enhanced safety and performance
The Corolla’s standard set of safety features include stability and traction control, front side airbags, antilock brakes, a driver knee airbag, a passenger seat cushion airbag, and side curtain airbags. There is also a rearview camera available standard on all trims, except the base L.
Compared to the 2013 model, the 2014 models offering CVT transmission feel much smoother, and run more efficiently and quieter than ordinary automatic transmission. The new Corolla also features better sound-insulation, which helps to reduce outside noise, particularly when driving on the highway.
4. Improvements to fuel economy*
Toyota has been an industry leader in fuel economy and the new Corolla is no exception. If fuel economy is your motivation, the LE Eco would be your best option: its EPA combined rating is 35 mpg, with a highway rating of 42 mpg. The standard model with CVT will get you an average of 32 mpg (28 mpg city/38 mpg highway).
5. New interior and infotainment features
The seats of the new Corolla are soft and comfortable, but are more firm and sporty in the “S” trim. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the instrument panel and asymmetric center stack follow the curve of the steering wheel, evoking a more spacious feel in the cabin.
The controls are user-friendly and easy to find, and the new audio system features touchscreen controls with large buttons and clear graphics.
With precise steering, a new look, better fuel economy, a roomier interior and with no compromise on Toyota’s top-level safety standards, the all-new 2014 Corolla is a great addition to Toyota’s 2014 line-up. With a starting price of $15,995, and currently available with 1.9% financing from 36 months on select models, how can you go wrong?
2014 Toyota Corolla Quick Facts:
|Price Range||$15,995 CE trim to $22,200 LE trim|
|Engine||132-hp 1.8L 4-cyl (CE) / 140-hp 1.8L 4-cyl (LE)|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, 4-speed auto, CVT|
|Fuel economy L/100km||7.1 km city / 5.2 hwy L/100km (CE)|
|Available features & equipment (depending on trim)||Bluetooth, LED Headlamps, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, Power Door Locks, Power Windows, 8 Airbags, and the Star Safety System. ECO model features VALVEMATIC engine technology and is Canada’s most fuel efficient gas powered compact sedan*|
*Fuel efficiency estimates were determined using approved Government of Canada test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors