2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
This car is about 16 months old w/ about 24K miles. I had the lane change indicator reset from 3 "flashes" to 6 - the dealer did it during regular service with no problem. The stock stereo is excellent, though I added a subwoofer to get the full range of sound.
I have no problems with the CVT engine. It's not going to blow the doors off most cars from the line, but I've had no problem passing people (which I do often) when I drop it out of Eco mode. I usually travel 70 -75 MPH and I average 40 MPG. The ride is smooth, maybe a little noisy on the highway, but typical for a compact car (maybe even a little better).
The Bluetooth feature is great, though it can occasionally be finicky when I stream music from my Android phone. I like the interior design, and passengers usually compliment the look of the interior. The LED headlights are awesome - firing up the brights is like turning night into day. The cruise control is well designed and I almost always use it when on the highway.
I highly recommend this car to anyone interested in a car that is comfortable, easy to drive, great on gas, and has a bit of power to it. It's not a sports car, but it's still fun to drive. Even after a year and a half, I still enjoy driving it every day.
I have been a Toyota owner for the last five years. My family has owned multiple Toyota cars in the past years, hence, the reason why my family decided to purchase a Toyota vehicle. Since the ownership of my Toyota Corolla, which was bought brand new, I have had multiple issues with the vehicle, i.e., temperature gauge had gone bad two-years after purchasing the vehicle, driver's window stuck in down position, and the vehicle began to shake vigorously at around 40,000 miles and then again at 78,000 miles (when my children under the age of 5 were present during both incidents). I have been getting the vehicle serviced and maintained on time from a Toyota authorized service dealership. I have been completely unsatisfied with the level of care and commitment Toyota has provided. For a company that strives on "innovation, quality and reliability," Toyota has failedto comply with their standards and level of concern.
I had registered a complaint with the Toyota Customer Experience Center, who disregard my complaint and faulted me atthe vehicle?s condition. The Executives that I had dealt with repeatedly continued to say that the engine failing is not Toyota's problem, even though I am able to prove that my maintenance was done on a timely basis. The Customer Care team members are rude and beyond help, with no sense of professionalism or mannerism. I have an $8,000.00 expense at the cost of Toyota?s faults and oversight. I am appalled to learn that Toyota knew about such faulty engines and issues but chose not take any action to fix such vehicles, given the fact they claim they have the most reliable cars ? I think that is an understatement. Now, I will think twice before going back to a Toyota and never recommend anyone to purchase a vehicle from Toyota until they are able to accept responsibly and value their vehicles and customers.
2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I drive about 30k mi a year. Was buying my first new car & needed a safe & reliable vehicle for my 70 mile commute plus driving obscene distances working as a Child Protective Services Worker. I got the S Plus with nav, smart key & sunroof. Car started rattling 1 month in. Couldn't replicate noise so no fix. Nav screen starts zooming out on its own...something got stuck between screen & frame. Bent a rim. Tire & Rim Warranty won't replace. Brought car in for 30k mile service & because I was hearing a whining noise...Toyota replaces entire transmission! Extremely alarming. The car drives fine. Does what I need it to do and more. Currently at 34k miles & plan to drive it into the ground.
Sunroof & smart key. The navigation and audio system in general are meh at best. All of the safety features are reassuring. I love the white exterior with tinted windows and the black rims look. The headlights are amazingly bright. Overall the car has been a great car. I like being able to know I can get in my car and go anywhere with no worries. I haven't driven it in snow yet (live in Florida but from Vermont) but I plan on it. I have driven it through some pretty deep flood water and torrential downpours with no issues. I would highly recommend this vehicle. I think it would definitely be a better deal certified used versus brand new. As I definitely overpaid... Ya live and ya learn.
Overall build quality. I've heard of there being "kinks" to work out with the first model year after a re-design...I hope I didn't buy a defective car. I asked my Toyota dealer how many 2014 Corolla's they have replaced the transmission on and my service advisor replied "I haven't seen a transmission replaced on any Corolla in a long time". So I'm not sure if I had a fluke CVT or if it was my use of the paddle shifters navigating my congested commute.