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Editor's note: What follows is preliminary information about the 2014 Toyota Corolla. Check back later for full details:
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is more modern in appearance than the 2013. The look borrows design elements from Toyota's redesigned Avalon sedan and the RAV4 compact crossover.
Under the hood is a revised version of the 2013's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that comes standard with the base L, LE and S trim levels. A new LE Eco trim level features the same engine but with a new type of continuous valve timing to improve efficiency. The engines are rated at 132 horsepower and 140 hp respectively.
A continuously variable transmission will be offered in LE, S and LE Eco models to improve efficiency as well. The base L comes with a six-speed manual transmission or four-speed automatic. The six-speed manual also will be offered on the S. Likewise, all Corolla models besides the S will have rear drum brakes instead of discs.
Toyota is not releasing specific fuel economy numbers for any of the powertrains but does say it expects the LE Eco to achieve near 40 mpg highway ratings from the EPA. The 2013 Corolla is rated at 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. That's far behind the Honda Civic at 28/39/32 mpg and Nissan Sentra at 30/39/34 mpg.
The Corolla's overall length has increased nearly 4 inches as has the wheelbase.
The interior design is updated with a flat, horizontal dashboard
All 2014 Corollas will come equipped with standard LED low-beam headlights and LED running lights. Other standard features include body-color door handles and side mirrors, 60/40 fold-down rear seat, power windows with auto up/down for the driver, air conditioning, Bluetooth and eight airbags.
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