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 |  Jun 06 2013, 11:30 PM

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For the past few decades, the Corolla has been as exciting as watching grass grow in real time. But this hasn’t hampered sales one bit. Most new car buyers don’t care about exciting style or an engaging drive. They just want an efficient vehicle that is as reliable as beer kegs being found at a frat party.

But for 2014 Toyota is throwing caution to the wind and has brought out a more exciting Corolla; sort of. 2014-Toyota-Corolla-04 All-new from the ground up, Toyota has infused the new Corolla with a sense of style heavily lacking in the model line since, well, forever.

The 11th generation of Corolla will feature an “Iconic Dynamism” theme first shown off on the Corolla Furia Concept at the North American International Auto Show. This is part of Toyota’s design-focused product strategy that includes the recently launched 2013 RAV4 and 2013 Avalon. Why the renewed focus on design? Well, consumers wanted more design presence in the Corolla; even they found it to be a bit too boring looking.

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GALLERY: 2014 Corolla

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BIGGER THAN BEFORE

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The 2014 Corolla will ride on a 3.93 inches longer wheelbase with fewer front and rear overhangs. Four trim levels will be offered initially; L, LE, S, and LE Eco. All versions of the Corolla will feature LED low beam headlamps with LED daytime running lights. Three wheel sizes will be offered in 15-inch, 16-inch and 17-inch diameters.

The interior of the 2014 Toyota Corolla is just as drastically changed as the exterior. A new horizontally dashboard de2014-Toyota-Corolla-05sign dominates the center stack and looks both more modern and more upscale than the outgoing model. The rear seat has been pushed back 2.95 inches and the front seat back is thinner adding more legroom for rear passengers. The rear floor is also much flatter now thanks to the exhaust pipe being routed beneath the vehicle.

Up front, the Corolla’s front seats have a lower cushion and now require less effort when manually sliding, reclining, or lifting them. Two different gauge clusters will be offered; one for L, LE and ECO, and one for S. Eight airbags are standard and things like a smart key system, push button start, heated front seats, and navigation will be optional.

OLD FRIENDS UNDER THE HOOD AND SOME NEW ONES

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Powering the 2014 Corolla will be a choice of 1.8 L four-cylinder engines. The first engine is a carryover from the previous generation and will be equipped to the L, LE and S trims. It develops 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. LE Eco trim level will be equipped a new version of this 1.8 L featuring Valvematic which Toyota 2014-Toyota-Corolla-02claims gives a five-percent improvement in fuel economy and engine output. This motor is good for 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

The base model Corolla L will be offered with a six speed manual transmission, or a four-speed automatic; yes, it is still here. Only the Corolla S will also be offered with a six-speed manual along with a brand-new continuously variable transmission, named CVTi-S (i for intelligent, S for shift). The CVT will be the only transmission for LE and LE Eco Corolla models. The new CVTi-S simulates seven stepped “gears,” or shift points, into the car’s acceleration and deceleration curves at all times and can be adjusted for better fuel efficiency or a sportier drive.

LIGHT WEIGHT AND EFFICIENT

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Toyota has also apparently made improvements to the Corolla’s handling and steering. All versions of the Corolla should come in under 2,900 lbs. which is quite light. Combined with a 0.28 drag coefficient on the LE Eco and Toyota predicts a 40 mpg highway rating

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is expected to go on sale later this year.

SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine Type 2ZR-FE 2ZR-FAE
Number of Cylinders/arrangement 4 cylinders, in-line 4 cylinders, in-line
Valve Mechanism 16-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i 16-valve DOHC with Valvematic
Bore x Stroke mm 80.5 x 88.3 80.5 x 88.3
Displacement c.c. 1798 1798
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 10.6:1
Fuel System EFI EFI
Max Output 132 Hp/ 6000 rpm 140 Hp/6100 rpm
Max Torque 128 lb-ft/ 4400rpm 126 lb-ft/4000 rpm

 

Basic Exterior Dimensions Compared to Current model (change in parenthesis)
Overall length 182.6 in. (+3.90 in.) 183.1 for S-grade
Overall width 69.9 in. (+0.63 in.)
Overall height 57.3 in. (-0.39 in.)
Wheelbase 106.3 in. (+ 3.93 in.)
Front Overhang 37.7 in. (+0.90 in.)
Rear Overhang 38.6 in. (-0.94 in.)
  • BlackDynamiteOnline

    Excuse Toyota while they open up a can of whuppass!
    That back seat has ACREAGE!

    Makes a Focus look very unfocused…..
    BD

  • Will

    They should put the LE Eco motor in the S as well. There is nothing sporty about the S(port) model. They should put the LE Eco motor and equip it with different suspension settings. Maybe more aggressive gear ratios too so it differentiates from the 40MPG LE Eco

  • B Sensible

    is there a regenerative braking system for the LE Eco trim level? sound like this trim is environmental friendly!

  • Bogie

    Anyone else see similarities in the wheels to the FR-S? Guess it make sense. Lets idiots who buy these think they’re getting something “sporty.” There should be a used shoes program whereby FR-S owners can sell back their wheels to Toyota once they’ve inevitably upgraded to something they actually want.

    Cool looking Corolla though (if that’s even possible). I’m going to go boil a leather shoe now and eat it just for saying that…

  • CarlosGabriel MuñozCruz

    The exterior look good, but the interiors look dated & lack of features unlike the recents compact cars like the 2014 Kia Forte. Additionally in the engine front is ridiculous get a 4-speed auto in these days and the same 1.8l 4 cylinder with a lethargic 132hp…In my opinion the 2014 Kia Forte is the clear winner to date.

  • twmat311

    Nice job, Toyota. Remember this is basically a mass-market car; I’d bet many buyers might be like the old Chevy Nova crowd – who got turned off by the “radical” Citation! There are plenty of other cars for pure luxury or pure sport; sometimes mass-market is ok with a little flash or extra content, when you’re just going to the grocery store and back.

  • JB

    The standard LED low beams would is a seller for me. Even Audi or BMW don’t give you that as standard.

  • Jeffrey

    First you say “All new” Then you say the engine is carried over as well as the transmission. In fact, more than 50 % of this car is carried over trying to catch up. It is a good effort in the right direction, but not all new, not even that surprising when you look at some of their other new re designed cars lately

  • Richard Joash Tan

    and you are a bullshit because I am biased with Subaru

  • Sleeperz

    The ECO engine makes more power due to the increased compression ratio 10.6 vs 10.0.
    Nothing ECO about that.

  • T Shaw

    Not bad, not bad at all. A step in a differant direction for Toyota indeed. I own a Toyota truck because there 4X4′s are great but I always have thought the car side to be good dependable cars but boring to look at and more boring to drive. If Toyota can put some of the driving dynamics Ford is they make look AND drive fun. Something missing from Toyota since the MR2.

  • Bryan Smith

    Based on the body style alone, I’d fire the designers. This is bland at best.

  • Baileywick

    Oh big deal! Looks like a clone of any other car. Nothing novel about it. I like our Echo better.

  • joe

    DAYUM THAT’S UGLY

  • alan

    boy racer ? following the slab ended Camry they are really lost. I am leaving my line of 3.5 liter Camrys and going Honda. This disjointed and ‘lost’ Corolla just confirms what the 2015 Camry will be. They are ignoring their customer profile – Not waiting to see the result.

  • Linda

    Been a Toyota owner for many years, Camry & 4Runner. Was considering getting a Corolla, but not now. Uuugly, especially the front. Looks like Ford Escape.

  • johan

    I effing hate this car. IT SUCKS! Why didn’t they make the gold one from before!?!?!?!?!?

  • louie

    You can’t see the presenter. Why don’t you guys get a cheap set of lights so situations like this where the video looks awful can be avoided? Seems like a cheap and easy fix to me…

  • Yaris driver

    Like it overall except for that ugly nose. Why does Toyota feel they have to imitate that ‘black-and-looks-like-an-assembly-part-was-forgotten’ look for the front end? Too bad.

  • ykmichael

    That’s one horrible looking car.

  • pitbull el vengador

    NICE

  • Bobby34

    Barf, another ugly piece of garbage to add to the hideous Toyota stable. Why would anyone buy this hunk over the other offerings in it’s class? Welcome to the rental lots.

  • maxwell_2

    Ugly as sin inside and out, but again we come to expect that from Toyota. The only half decent car from them is a Subaru.

  • maxwell_2

    Kia and Hyundai make great and good looking cars.

  • Mazda3

    people buy cars based on look. And most never do any homework before going to a dealer. So nice job Toyota. That being said, it is likely to be a boring car in term of driving dynamics. But then again, most Corolla buyers are after it’s longevity and great resell value. So Why pretend to be something else, Toyota?

  • Tezza

    Why should you have to compromise on looks for economy, longevity, and value? Considering most buyers in todays market drive an automatic transmission, its not about how fast or how much you can kick out the back end. The rear wheel drive 1988 GT-S Corolla was built for such, when the market called for it. It’s because of that original love affair that has made Corolla a household name. But as the market changed Toyota changed with it with, what I won’t deny, simple to the point of boring design, but in a goal to cater to everyone. Rejoyce! Toyota is back in the game of style and design! (but if you want quality of drive, get a manual transmission and go have some fun)