2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I test drove the Mazda 3, liked it but getting the features I wanted drove the price into the stratosphere.
Decided on the Camry SE and went to purchase it.
It was just so....blah.
Ended up test driving the Corolla S Plus.
Did not feel like a compact.
Feels roomy inside, big backseat, and fun to drive too.
Ended up getting a deal too good to pass up on a fully loaded little red Corolla S Plus w/driver's convenience package.
My husband wanted the Camry, but he has come around after driving the Corolla a few times.
It is far more fun to drive and has plenty of room for my teenagers who exceed 6 ft tall in the back!
Push button Start
Lumbar support in the S model seats
Very roomy back seat
Exterior style is a little off-putting (I am getting used to it)
Worry about durability of those sport wheels
Purchased brand new in Charleston SC for $15,600. On flat roads at 60mph I am getting 44 mpg, I average 40 mpg going from work to home. I drive 40 miles one way and its half city half highway driving. Car is smooth and quiet, transmission is easy and smooth to shift. Engine is very quiet, its not a hotrod but picks up and goes rather nice. I had cruise control installed after market for $399 (manual trans does not offer cruise) and it works great, back seat has plenty of room for my infant and toddler rear facing car seats, trunk is roomy, 6th gear offers low RPM on highway speeds 60-70 mph is 1800-2500 rpm roughly. center console is comfortable as arm rest while driving, clutch feels smooth
LED head lights, 6 speed manual, smooth ride, price tag, dash board layout, blue tooth, steering wheel stereo controls, roomy back seat, large trunk, aerodynamic body design, gas mileage around or above 40 mpg,
2014 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
I was looking to trade in my Honda Fit which I loved, for a larger, quieter, smoother riding car for my 65 mile round trip commute to work. Yet I still wanted the efficiency and reliability of the Fit. I cross shopped between the 2013 Civic and the newly designed 2014 Corolla. I initially liked the Civic better, but after driving each car again I realized how good of a job Toyota did. Advantages of the Corolla are: many more premium features for less money, better looking exterior, CVT transmission, nicer interior design with better gauges, automatic climate control, touch screen display screen, much nicer looking wheel choices, unique interior color choices, and a very quiet planted ride.
LED headlights are very bright, touch screen display, bluetooth that reads your texts and e-mails to you, automatic climate control, 8 airbags, unique amber colored interior w matching accents, sporty looking design, very roomy interior w large trunk, very nice alloy wheels and foglights for only 400 dollar difference, and a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. Lots of features for the money. Also the back up camera with lines to guide you is a very nice feature to have in a sedan with a high decklid.
Softer touch materials on door panels, the fake leather surrounding the shifter is difficult to clean because dust and lint collects in the creases over time, a sliding center armrest would be nice, and maybe a little more storage space up front although the glovebox is huge and there's nice storage in the armrest. None of these are even close to deal breakers and I really enjoy the car a lot!!
2014 Toyota Corolla LE Plus 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
Overall I rate my car a 5. If you read auto magazines they rate the cars on performance mostly. The Corolla is not a sports car , don`t judge it that way. What it is , is a very dependable car. It has very good gas mileage. Since my last odo reset I am at a 38.5 mpg average over 2000 miles . Over the winter I had a 32 mpg average. Cars use more gas running cold. very comfortable ride and seats. If you look at the mpg ratings the Corolla does better than most cars that are smaller than it.Love the look of the dash , all the other cars basically look the same dash . It is very similar to the Avalon dash.
1. Good Reliability
2.Good gas mileage
4.Good resale value
Disc brakes on the rear would be nice. A slightly sharper turning ratio. A just a wee bit suspension softening.
So far, this has been a great vehicle!
I've only had it a week but noticed gas mileage has actually been better than what's advertised on the sticker. I am averaging 30mpg combined and 40mpg average on the interstate and sometimes it goes even higher according to the gauge. I haven't seen anything below 30mpg, even in stop and go. Note that ,on the gauge, the number is the average mpg, where as, the slider is the actual mpg. This is my first Toyota lease experience and the whole thing has been great. I opted for the sport because it seemed the best value, vs options and it comes in the gray color I like. I think this is going to be the start of a great relationship.
The wheels look great!
Awesome gas mileage.
LED driving/headlights are cool looking.
Nice gray mica color looks nice.
Touch screen entertainment system is easy to use.
Large enough to not feel compact but small enough to maneuver easily.
Has plenty of get up and go when needed but be careful, it's so smooth it'll get away from you!
CVT is smooth on the interstate and freeway.
Controls are easy to learn.
A hatchback model would be awesome!
CVT transmission takes a bit getting used to, mainly when first pulling out.
Arm rest is a little short.
Cockpit could be quieter.