Many smaller families may be quick to dismiss the Toyota Corolla as a viable option for carting around their crew, but a redesign for 2014 means big changes. The Corolla’s wheelbase grew nearly 4 inches to 106.3 inches. What that means for families is a lot more legroom for growing tweens and visiting grandparents, and more generous quarters for rear-facing child-safety seats, too.
It’s limiting to only consider crossovers and minivans as potential family haulers. A few years ago my husband and I were looking to reduce our car payment and fuel costs as well as comfortably transport our young daughter. We ended up letting go of our SUV and purchasing a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, which at the time had the largest backseat in the compact sedan class. However, now that the all-new Corolla has arrived, that title goes to this new Toyota.