2014 Toyota Corolla to Get 40 MPG, Sporty Handling

2014 Toyota Corolla to Get 40 MPG, Sporty Handling

There’s a new standard in the compact sedan category and in order to be seen as a leader in the segment, hitting 40 mpg is a must. The 2014 Toyota Corolla will do just that.

“It will hit that magic number,” a Toyota representative told AutoGuide this week at the Detroit Auto Show, hinting at the 40 mpg number touted by the competition. “Maybe even a tick or two above,” he continued.

While 40 mpg might seem like old news, cars that achieve that lofty fuel economy level are far less common than one might think. While both the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra and Chevy Cruze are capable of 40 mpg and above, that number is only possible on optional high fuel economy packages. The Mazda3 is also in the 40 mpg club, but only on the optional SkyActiv models. And as for the Elantra, a car that Hyundai touted would get 40 mpg regardless of trim level or transmission choice, it has since been downgraded to 38 mpg, below the Honda Civic at 39 mpg (which at the time was criticized heavily for not meeting the Elantra).

Along with sitting at the top of the fuel economy performance heap, Toyota is also promising driving enjoyment to match. Speaking to our same source he described driving the car as closer to a Focus or Mazda3 in terms of handling dynamics.

To drive that point home, Toyota will showcase another version of the car later this year, detailing a sporty trim package. Don’t look for any of the Furia’s carbon fiber, and the wheels will shrink too, but do expect that the production 2014 Corolla will stay true to the overall design of this concept.

GALLERY: Toyota Corolla Furia Concept

  • G978

    Encouraging, but do Toyota know how to make a car drive like a Mazda 3 or a Ford Focus? They don`t do that with the Yaris or Camry. The FRS is a Subaru engineered car. So Toyota has little track record in driving dynamics.

  • Wtf00

    Are you shure??? Toyota made the Corolla and Celica WRC and won several Champion cups in WRC. Toyota made SUPRA which is one of the best sports cars ever made! Toyota made vaery good Celica. Toyota made gerat sports cars in the past!

  • c2401

    It’s funny how the comment was made about hyundai claiming 40 MPG but no mention
    was made of the real world law suit for not obtaining the claim!! I’m with Honda, be
    conservative and claim what you get!!

  • Bomi211

    Looks like a Prius with a well needed make over. A newer face on the Prius would go a long way in getting me to buy one again.

  • mindfury

    toyota needs to go back to making fun cars. celica gt4, supra, and bring the diesel landcruiser 70. 

  • StavAEK

    I have a 2005 Corolla LE with only 48,000 miles and the recalled ECM replaced. Boy with only the driver in it it really flies. Last year I beat a Honda Civic coupe from a red light stop. When it went green….!!! See ya Civic coupe! Toyota please make the all new redesigned 2014 Corolla fun and safe again.

  • TJ

    My first new car was a ’71 Corolla and I have been hopeful that my last new car would be the 2014 Corolla. After seeing the redesign, cabin upgrades and mileage estimations I believe that this will happen. Of the many cars that I have owned in my 49 years of driving, there have only been 2 that I truly loved to drive: an ’85 Jaguar VDP and a 2000 Toyota Celica that I have passed down to my oldest son. To put the Celica in the same “fun to drive” category as the Jag speaks highly of Toyota engineering.

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