Well into its fourth decade of production, the 2014 Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in automotive history. And with good reason: This is the ultimate economy car. It's small, inexpensive, fuel-efficient and reliable. Put gas in it, give it the occasional oil change and it will provide dependable transportation well past the 100,000-mile mark. That's why it's typical for this car to be one of the most popular cars that car shipping companies ship across America, from state to state, every year.
The Toyota Corolla is a series of mid-size automobiles manufactured by Toyota since 1982, and sold in the majority of automotive markets throughout the world. The 2014 Toyota Corolla is not a race car but it is easy to drive, and if your expectations don't exceed the price you paid for the car, it is a pleasant way to spend your time, whether on a short commute or a weekend road trip. Its ride is compact-car decent, with some higher-speed road noise present though not overwhelming.
Toyota has gone back to realizing that this is where most people spend their time with a car: inside. The interior design, seating, materials and touch points are all a step up in the 2014 Corolla. Even in base form, the new Corolla pays attention to audio tech desires. The car includes both an Apple-compatible USB port and an iPod interface, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and is hands-free Bluetooth phone ready.
The all new 2014 exterior styling has added appealing series of folded edges in search of big wheels and tires to punctuate its stance (15-inch steel wheels are standard on base models, but find a way to move up to 16- or 17-inch wheels in steel or aluminum if you can). The car looks especially good in darker colors. And while the trunk capacity is a pinch bigger than the previous-generation Corolla, the trunk opening is smaller.
Like most of the players in this class, the basic Toyota Corolla L comes pretty basic. Nice interior, iPod connectivity, and, Bluetooth hands-free calling. The Corolla L also has air conditioning and a decent 4-speaker audio system, plus power windows, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, LED headlights. Always thinking of you, Toyota also includes a manual height adjuster for the driver's seat. While not yet ready to tame all the forces in an offset crash test, the new Corolla does offer the protection of eight airbags.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla in the LE models to gets automatic climate control, Entune 6-speaker audio with streaming Bluetooth, bigger wheels, and remote keyless entry. Reaching up to the Corolla S rewards you with a sportier environment that includes fog lights, a chrome-tipped exhaust and a rear-deck spoiler, plus bolder seats and instrument cluster. The Driver's Convenience Package nets you Entune Premium audio, navigation and apps. Stand-alone option highlights: moonroof and push-button starting.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is offered with two versions of a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. The first version, used in L, LE and S Corolla models, produces 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque – not many bragging rights for power, but the fuel economy is strong for the class (see the EPA numbers below). The second 1.8-liter, in Corolla LE Eco models, gets to tout fuel economy as high as 42 mpg on the highway – superb for a non-hybrid – mated to Toyota's CVTi-S continuously variable automatic transmission. That fuel-conscious CVTi-S also hosts the power in Corolla LE and S automatic-transmission models. A 6-speed manual gearbox is available in Corolla L and S versions, while a 4-speed automatic is available in the Corolla L.