2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco Sedan
The Toyota Corolla is a perennial best-seller and the 2014 edition proves why. It's not the most agile compact out there, but with good fuel economy, a quality interior, no-nonsense ergonomics and big-car rear space, the '14 Corolla ticks all the right boxes for the average commuter.
PerformancePerformance is not the Corolla's friend. The driving dynamics will satisfy casual drivers, but anyone craving a little excitement should look elsewhere.
The LE Eco makes 140 horsepower from a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder hooked to a Continuously Variable Transmission. In Sport mode it outpaces rivals like the Civic, but the CVT can cause an unpleasant engine drone.
With a panic-stop distance of 130 feet, the Corolla lands right in the middle of the pack. In daily driving the pedal is firm and progressive with no jumpiness.
The Corolla's steering is light, but not disconcertingly so. There's virtually no feedback, however, and in parking lot situations it's easy to outrun the power steering.
Handling has never been a Corolla strongsuit and it still isn't in the 2014 model. Body roll is pronounced and overall grip is low. Not a driver's car.
The CVT's dedicated Sport and Braking modes via the gear selector enhance the Corolla's driveability, giving two levels of engine braking. Most compacts don't offer this degree of control.
ComfortQuiet and composed for its size, the 2014 Corolla will certainly impress those coming from the last generations of compacts. Lots of rear seat space, but the driver's seat lacks padding and lumbar support.
The Corolla is a case of "if you fit, you fit." Seat fabric feels a little thin and seating position adjustments are basic. There's no lumbar support, which bothered some of our testers.
One of the Corolla's strong suits, the ride isn't bouncy or floaty like other compacts. It feels buttoned-down, but never rough. Pleasing over virtually all surfaces.
There's little wind or road/tire noise, even at highway speeds. The Corolla is, however, susceptible to some bump-related thunking from the suspension.
InteriorIn contrast to some of its competitors, the 2014 Corolla's interior is a marvel of restraint. Everything is easy to reach, easy to read and easy to use.
Toyota has made a living by not confusing people. Everything in the Corolla is where you expect it to be and does what you expect it to do. Touchscreen is marvelously simple/effective.
The Corolla's wide-opening doors and normal seat height mean minimal bending is required for entrance. Head clearance is good, too. Even the backseats are usable by adults.
Up front, the Corolla can feel a little tight thanks to a tall dash and wide door panels, but head/hip/leg room is very good. Rear seats have real leg room, plenty of room for adults or a car seat.
A rear-view camera is standard on the LE trim, but it's barely necessary. Even though the trunk is a touch high, visibility out the rear is still very good. Forward visibility is unhindered.
The Corolla's 13 cubic-feet of trunk space is average for the class. Interior storage bins are minimal, cupholders (2 up front) hold drinks in place well.
ValueValue is where the Corolla shines. With an as-tested price of $19,735, our tester was equipped with a touchscreen, Bluetooth, USB input and an EPA rating of 35 Combined mpg.
Build Quality (vs. $)
The materials used in the Corolla aren't the best in the industry, but tolerances are tight and there wasn't a squeak or rattle. Important touch-points, like the steering wheel and shifter, feel solid.
The 2014 Corolla comes with LED headlights, air conditioning, Bluetooth and USB. Even with CVT, backup camera, keyless entry, cruise control, auto climate control and touchscreen, it was still under $20,000.
With a starting price of $17,610, an as-tested price of $19,735 and a fully-loaded sticker of just under $23,000, the 2014 Corolla isn't the cheapest car you can buy, but it's a solid price for this segment.
We averaged just over 30 mpg in the Corolla, shy of its 35 Combined mpg (30 City/42 Highway) EPA rating. On our 116-mile evaluation loop, the Corolla returned 35 mpg and we don't doubt that 42 mpg is possible.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla offers a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Corolla offers free scheduled maintenance for 2 years/25,000 miles.
Fun To DriveWhile the Corolla won't disappoint those looking for effective A-to-B transport, it won't surprise or delight anyone either. This is a commuter car, not a toy. If you want fun, try the Mazda 3 or Ford Focus.
The critical experience of a Corolla isn't in the drive, it's in the long-term reliability, fuel economy and low cost of ownership.
Again, personality ins't the Corolla's game. It's got a personality that quietly declares the owner's sound, reasonable decision making.
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