2014 Toyota Corolla

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Toyota Corolla. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    31-35 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    132-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Refined CVT
  • Fuel economy
  • Increased backseat legroom
  • Higher-quality interior materials
  • More appealing cabin design

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Too much wind and road noise
  • Small trunk with space-stealing hinges
  • Firm backseat

Notable Features of the 2014 Toyota Corolla

  • Fresh styling
  • New continuously variable automatic transmission
  • Available app integration with the Entune multimedia system
  • Fuel-efficient LE Eco model

2014 Toyota Corolla Road Test

Jennifer Geiger

If you're shopping in the compact-car class, fuel efficiency and affordability are most certainly among your top priorities. Toyota's redesigned compact sedan delivers both — as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big improvement, but it ranks merely midpack against other compacts, especially in terms of cabin noise and ride quality.

Along with an exterior styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a revised engine and a more upscale interior for 2014. Compare the 2013 model with the 2014 model here.

This is a big, busy class with plenty of solid contenders and a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's main rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus. Compare them here.

Exterior & Styling
For 2014, the Toyota Corolla pulled an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke wasn't involved). Its standard LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines and pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In truth, however, any update would've elevated the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.

Instantly apparent are cues Toyota borrowed from the Avalon large sedan (the grille and headlights specifically look familiar), and although the words "large sedan" don't usually convey excitement in the styling department, the effect w...

If you're shopping in the compact-car class, fuel efficiency and affordability are most certainly among your top priorities. Toyota's redesigned compact sedan delivers both — as long as you're OK with a few tradeoffs in comfort.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is a big improvement, but it ranks merely midpack against other compacts, especially in terms of cabin noise and ride quality.

Along with an exterior styling makeover, the 11th-generation Corolla gets a revised engine and a more upscale interior for 2014. Compare the 2013 model with the 2014 model here.

This is a big, busy class with plenty of solid contenders and a near-constant redesign schedule. The Corolla's main rivals include the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus. Compare them here.

Exterior & Styling
For 2014, the Toyota Corolla pulled an automotive Miley Cyrus: Toyota took the sedan's exterior from Hannah Montana conservative to attention-grabbing starlet (unfortunately, Robin Thicke wasn't involved). Its standard LED-accented headlights, chiseled body lines and pumped-up grille make it the most dramatic-looking Corolla yet. In truth, however, any update would've elevated the 2013 version from the depths of its drabness.

Instantly apparent are cues Toyota borrowed from the Avalon large sedan (the grille and headlights specifically look familiar), and although the words "large sedan" don't usually convey excitement in the styling department, the effect works on the Corolla. The sedan's fresh looks can't match the aggressive, sporty stance of the Kia Forte or the sweeping elegance of the Hyundai Elantra, but it can remove "boring" from its list of woes.

How It Drives
Although the old Toyota Corolla's lackluster looks are gone, a polished exterior can't hide an unpolished driving experience.

First, the hits: Toyota did a great job with the continuously variable automatic transmission. It feels more natural and refined than the units in the Subaru Impreza and Nissan Sentra. I drove the Corolla LE Eco model, and power delivery from the 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder was also quicker than the other two. Some CVTs in the class take their time building power and cause their engines to complain loudly, but Toyota's is both responsive and relatively quiet. It can get loud when pushed, but it's far from the biggest offender.

Other models (L, LE and S trims) use a version of the 1.8-liter that's good for 132 hp. Standard on the base L is a six-speed manual transmission, and an old four-speed automatic is optional; the CVT is standard on all other trims.

The LE Eco model's powertrain is the most fuel efficient. During my 200-mile trek in the city and on the highway, the Corolla returned stellar gas mileage: 38.3 mpg, which is better than the EPA's rating of 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined. Base models with the manual are still impressive, with a 28/37/31 mpg rating, which is midpack compared with base versions of the Civic (28/36/31 mpg), Focus (26/36/30 mpg) and Elantra (28/38/32 mpg).

Now the misses: Although decent pep puts it at the top in terms of power, unreasonable noise levels drop the Corolla to the bottom of the segment. Noise pours in from everywhere. The mirrors cause quite a bit of wind ruckus, and road noise will have you checking to see if all the windows are closed, leaving the powertrain's unrefined note topping off circus-like levels of loudness. This was a problem with the previous version, too, and the redesign hasn't put a dent in it.

Though on the firm side, an even bigger problem with the sedan's ride quality is a lack of isolation. Too much of the road comes into the cabin, so uncomfortable levels of vibration and harshness are constant, uninvited passengers. The ride itself often borders on jittery, with a bit too much hop over larger bumps. Like the Honda Civic, the firmness is tolerable at first but becomes exponentially uncomfortable as the drive wears on. The Kia Forte and Ford Focus, however, ace ride quality; both retain a comfortable level of composure over bumps.

The Toyota Corolla scores better in terms of handling, with natural-feeling steering and confident roadholding abilities. It doesn't feel sporty, but the sedan takes corners without sloppiness.

Interior
The makeover is no less extreme inside. Toyota replaced the previous generation's drab design and materials with an appealing blend of color and texture, along with a more horizontal control layout.

The Toyota Corolla I drove combined a dark green exterior with camel-colored tones inside and was very inviting. It's an improvement over last year's budget-grade motif, but the cabin still can't match the Elantra's blend of high-quality materials and sophisticated design. It does, however, offer more quality and style than the cabins of the squeak-and-rattle-prone Focus and conservative Forte.

Beauty is not skin deep in this case. Not only does the inside look good, but it also feels good, too. The door panel armrest is padded enough, and the seats strike a good balance: supportive without being too firm, cushy without being too mushy. One small missing item is a sliding sun visor, which many cars have and are useful every day.

At 182.6 inches long, the Corolla is one of the biggest sedans in the class after growing a couple inches for 2014. Extra length means added passenger space, and legroom is generous in the front and rear seats. The backseat cushion, however, is rock-solid.

  2014 Toyota Corolla 2013 Honda Civic 2014 Ford Focus 2013 Hyundai Elantra
Overall length, inches 182.6 179.4 178.5 178.3
Front headroom, inches 38.3 39 38.3 40
Front legroom, inches 42.3 42 41.9 43.6
Rear headroom, inches 37.1 37.1 38 37.1
Rear legroom, inches 41.4 36.2 33.2 33.1
Source: Manufacturers

Ergonomics & Electronics
Many controls and screens are in a similar spot in the new-generation Toyota Corolla, but the layout has been stretched horizontally for 2014. It looks like Toyota was aiming for a more streamlined arrangement. The result is more appealing overall, but the panel is still overloaded with buttons. Figuring out what they all do isn't a problem, however.

The 6.1-inch touch-screen audio unit is again standard on the LE trim level and above but unavailable on base trims. The screen size is decent for menu legibility and button size. The system features Toyota's Entune app suite, and Bluetooth audio streaming with my Android phone was seamless. Connecting to my Pandora Internet radio app was also easy, but I'd like to see more functionality. You can use the touch-screen to play and pause a song, but functions like skipping a tune or loading a new station aren't available.

Cargo & Storage
Despite the gains in size, the Corolla's trunk is still relatively small, with just 13 cubic feet of space. That's up from last year's rating of 12.3 and bigger than the Civic's trunk (12.5), but slightly smaller than the Focus (13.2) and Elantra (14.8). More annoying is the Toyota Corolla's trunk design. Large metal hinges protrude into the luggage space; many automakers have upgraded to smaller, strut-like devices.

The backseat folds in a 60/40 split for additional cargo space — a useful feature that isn't standard on the Civic or Focus.

Up front, there's a phone-sized cubby handily located in front of auxiliary input and USB ports, as well as a small-ish center console; the Civic's is much bigger and includes a comfortable sliding armrest. For the backseat, there are two flimsy pop-out cupholders (they wouldn't last a week with my family) and one bottleholder in each door.

Safety
The 2014 Toyota Corolla is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, earning Good ratings in all areas of testing except the difficult new small-overlap frontal crash test. The Corolla scored Marginal in this test, only one step above the lowest score of Poor. The Forte scored Poor in this area, but the Civic, Elantra and Focus performed better, earning Top Safety Pick Plus status. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to crash-test the Corolla.

A backup camera is unavailable on base L models but standard on every other trim. The only car in this class with a standard camera across the lineup is the Civic, the base price of which compares with the Corolla LE. The Corolla also comes standard with a driver's knee airbag and both driver and passenger seat cushion airbags that inflate under the knees — uncommon features in this class. Click here for a full list of safety features, and see how well the Corolla accommodates child-safety seats in our Car Seat Check.

Value in Its Class
The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at $17,610, making it one of the most affordable vehicles in its class, ranking just above the Ford Focus, at $17,105 (all prices include destination charges). The Elantra starts just higher, at $17,760, and the Civic tops the list at $18,955.

Shoppers looking to upgrade to an automatic will also find the Toyota Corolla affordable. The outdated four-speed is an extra $600, lower than the additional cost for the Civic's automatic ($800), the Focus' dreadful automated manual ($1,095) and the Elantra's six-speed unit ($1,000).

We called the 2013 Corolla "sub-mediocre" in a segment bursting with impressive similar vehicles, so this redesigned version has a heck of a hill to climb. Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are kings of the mountain in terms of value, features and comfort, the new Corolla makes some strides in terms of fuel efficiency and interior materials.

Chances are, however, that few people will care that it still falls short. Despite the previous Toyota Corolla's stinker status, people still bought it — loads of people. Toyota has sold more than 40 million Corollas worldwide since it went on sale for the 1989 model year. In the U.S., the sedan body type continually tops monthly best-seller lists, vying for the top compact slot with the Honda Civic. It may not be as well-rounded as several cars in its class, but the 2014 Toyota Corolla is definitely a step up from the previous generation and will continue to attract the masses.

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2014 Corolla Video

With its 2014 incarnation, the Toyota Corolla pleads its case as to why it’s no longer dull and drab. While Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger likes much of what the redesigned compact sedan has to say, a lot of it is drowned out by road noise.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

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by Nitetrain from Jefferson City MO on June 7, 2018

Fantastic car excellent ride very dependable lots of room for six people very low maintenance. Drove better than my father-in-law Buick top of the line that was7 years newer.He could not believe it ... Read full review

(5.0)

Loving my Toyota

by Kbutler from Suffolk on May 30, 2018

This is the kind of car that I have been looking for. It has low mileage, great shape, and meets my family needs for this time. It was a great deal I have been looking off and on for over a year. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Toyota Corolla currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Toyota Corolla L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
acceptable
Restraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Small overlap front
marginal
Structure and safety cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corolla received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Booster

(second row)

A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker