The Corolla was launched by the popular Toyota brand in 1966, and by 1974 it was the best-selling car across the globe. Since then, the Corolla has consistently remained among the top-selling vehicles worldwide - an impressive feat in the car world. When the Corolla was released, it was categorized as a subcompact car. However, since 1991, the Corolla has been classified as a compact vehicle.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla was the second model year release of the Corolla's 11th generation of vehicles. That year, the Corolla saw a full redesign, bringing along many new features and changes when compared to previous model year releases. One of the most notable differences is the exterior design of the vehicle itself, which has a sleeker and more aerodynamic design than previous 11th-generation releases like the 2012 and 2013 model years. In addition to the exterior design, the 2014 Toyota Corolla also saw new features and changes, such as:
2014 was also the first year that the Toyota Corolla saw standard LED headlights and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2014 Toyota Corolla is also offered in four different trim levels: L, LE, S, and LE Eco (new for this year).
One of the most notable aspects of the 2014 Toyota Corolla is its smooth and comfortable ride. Whereas previous model years left much to be desired in the way of comfort and noise control, the 2014 Toyota Corolla provides a quiet cabin even in highway driving conditions. Furthermore, drivers have noted that they enjoy the fact the vehicle has no trouble keeping up with traffic. However, perhaps due to the CVT transmission, some have noticed that the car seems a bit sluggish when initially accelerating to highway speeds.
With an MSRP starting at just $17,400 new, the 2014 Toyota Corolla offers one of the best values on the market for compact cars today. If you're looking to buy used, you can easily find a vehicle for under $13,000 and with relatively low mileage. Of course, pricing will vary depending on the specific trim you're interested in. Still, compared to competitors like the Ford Focus and the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla offers an excellent value. This is especially true when you consider Toyota's reputation for long-lasting vehicles. It also boasts a great resale value for those who may want to sell down the road.
While previous designs of the Toyota Corolla may have been described as lackluster and a bit boring, the 2014 Toyota Corolla enjoys a sleek redesign that brings its exterior style into the future. Specifically, this model year boasts a much more sporty and athletic look. It is also a slightly larger vehicle than previous releases, with four extra inches of wheelbase and approximately three more inches of overall length. Still, it remains in the category of compact car.
Some additional design and performance features worth noting include:
All trim options of the 2014 Toyota Corolla come with a 1.8L, four-cylinder standard engine with 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, a six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the L and S trim options, though a four-speed automatic is optional. Also optional as an add-on is the CVT, which helps to improve fuel economy and even comes standard on the LE and LE Eco trims. Specifically, the LE Eco comes with an upgraded version of the CVT engine, which allows for better control of intake valves to maximize fuel efficiency.
Speaking of fuel economy, drivers of the 2014 Toyota Corolla can expect an average of 31 mpg combined on most trim levels. This includes 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, on average. However, for the fuel-efficient LE Eco trim, you can expect numbers closer to 30 city and 42 highway.
While nothing to write home about, the interior of the 2014 Toyota Corolla does come with some enjoyable features for drivers and passengers alike, such as:
Furthermore, the rear seats can be folded back to increase storage capacity when needed.