2014 Toyota Corolla

MSRP $16,800 - $21,300

Ranked #6 in Sedan

7.8

Overall Rating

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2014 Toyota Corolla Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan is one of the longest-standing models of the legendary Japanese automaker. Even though it does not carry in it the potential to get people excited over a new launch or even while driving or using it every day, it is an excellent choice for somebody who wants to just buy a car and forget about it. The Toyota Corolla does not get a lot of respect due to its practical and mature side, which in our opinion, it deserves for its nature.

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Pros

Great rear-seat space

Simple and intuitive controls

Capable ride and handling

Cons

Engine is not exciting

Infotainment features are not great

Design silhouette is bland

What's New?

Fully redesigned


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.6 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2800 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/37 mpg

highway range

488.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

L$16,800 onwards

LE$18,300 onwards

LE Plus$18,700 onwards

LE Eco$18,700 onwards

S$19,000 onwards

LE Premium$19,400 onwards

LE Eco Plus$19,400 onwards

S Plus$19,700 onwards

LE Eco Premium$20,100 onwards

S Premium$20,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Toyota Corolla in Alien Green color
Alien Green

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Being a brand-new model for the 2014 model year, it comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that produces two different states of tune, ranging from 132 hp to 140 hp. Like every other year in the market, the 2014 Corolla will also manage to eat up a large portion of the cake in the segment. For this year, Toyota Corolla's prices start at MSRP $16,800, and it competes against some of the very best like Nissan Sentra, Kia Forte, and the Honda Civic.


9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2014 Toyota Corolla Features

9.0/10

The Toyota Corolla sedan is offered in four trim levels and comprises two different states of engine tune. It starts with the L trim level and includes the LE, LE Eco, and S trim levels. However, the base model’s features only include 15-inch steel wheels, LED running lights, power accessories, air-conditioning, six-way adjustable driver seat, 6.1-inch touchscreen, and so on. The further distribution of features across the remaining three trims can be checked in the table below.

Trim

L

LE

LE Eco

S

MSRP

$16,800

$18,235

$18,635

$18,865

Key Features

Tires - Front & Rear All-Season

Tires - Front & Rear Performance

Tires - Front & Rear All-Season

Compact Spare Tire

 

Steel Wheels

Wheel Covers

Back-Up Camera

Cruise Control

 

Adjustable Steering Wheel

Steering Wheel Controls

Remote Trunk Release

Keyless Entry

 

Trip Computer

Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Satellite Radio

Vehicle Anti-Theft System

 

Intermittent Wipers

Power Door Locks

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup

Pass-Through Rear Seat

 

Power Mirrors

Bucket Seats

 

 

 

Driver Vanity Mirror

 

 

 

 

Auxiliary Audio Input

 

 

 

Which trim should you buy?

With a lot of choice being offered at a very tight price range, the Corolla is the car that would confuse people about the specific trim level they need to buy. However, the definite highlight of the line-up is the LE Eco trim which comes with a better range, low rolling resistance tires, rear spoiler, and enhanced aerodynamics. It also gets several optional extras like premium vinyl upholstery, fog lights, alloy wheels, chrome beltline, and Eco-driving mode.

2014 Toyota Corolla Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 model of the Toyota Corolla comes with a 1.8L Inline four-cylinder that generates 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. On the LE Eco trim level, however, it generates 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque while also being a little more efficient. The sedan is only offered in front-wheel-drive configurations as it has always been the tradition with this particular car.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual, which is standard on the L and S trims, and the CVT automatic transmission which is standard on the LE and LE Eco trim. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional on the L trim. When it comes to acceleration figures, the base engine has the lethargic 8.5 seconds 0 to 60 mph time as well as a 16.6-second quarter-mile time. This does not improve much no matter what transmission or engine tuning you fit in. 

Model

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Kia Forte

MSRP

$16,800

$18,140

$16,280

$15,490

Engine

1.8L inline four-cylinder

2.0L inline four-cylinder

1.8L inline four-cylinder

1.8L inline four-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

6-speed Manual

Power

132hp@6000rpm

158hp@6500rpm

130hp@6000rpm

145 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

128lb-ft@4400rpm

138lb-ft@4200rpm

128lb-ft@3600rpm

130 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

8.5

7.8

10.0

9.5

Quarter-mile (mph)

16.6

15.9

17.9

16.3

Top Speed (mph)

120

125

124

129

One can see that however cheap the Toyota Corolla is, both Kia Forte and the Nissan Sentra definitely undercut the price of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla. This might be a very important parameter in the segment but buyers have also started to look for a decent performance. The Honda Civic is definitely the fastest car in the segment and also the most fun to drive, however, the Toyota strikes the right balance of performance and value for money.

2014 Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

7.0/10

When it comes to fuel efficiency, Toyota manages to do a good job with the new Corolla. The new engine inside the Toyota Corolla returns 27 MPG in the city, 40 MPG on the highway, and 31 MPG combined. The fuel tank capacity is 12.4 gallons, which is a bit small even in this class with relatively very tiny fuel tanks. However, it is good enough for a range of 334 miles in the city and 496 miles on the highway, which is definitely decent.

Model

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Kia Forte

MPG (City) (mpg)

27

28

28

25

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

40

36

37

37

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

31

32

31

30

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

12.4

13.2

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

334.8/496/384.1

369.6/475.2/422.4

369.6/488.4/409.2

330/488.4/396

Surprisingly, the Honda Civic is the most impressive since it delivers 29 MPG in the city, 41 MPG on the highway, and 32 MPG combined despite also offering the best performance in the competition. It also has a bigger fuel tank, and hence, offers a class-leading range. However, one can see that the Kia Forte is the least competitive one when it comes to fuel efficiency as it offers the least mileage in the competition at 30 MPG combined.

2014 Toyota Corolla Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the 2014 Corolla is not exactly the most enticing or exactly well-designed but is definitely good enough for the car. It has a nice design which is both ergonomic as well as good-looking. The controls are very easy to use, and the material quality is also definitely good for the segment. It has improved a lot in terms of convenience features as well for the year.

The seats are extremely supportive and very comfy, which makes for very good support during long rides. It also performs decently in terms of cargo capacity with 13 ft.³ of storage. The sedan also offers excellent features right from the base trim level, but certainly, the most exciting aspect has to be the large amount of interior space offered in the airy cabin.

Model

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Kia Forte

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/54.8/42.3

38.3/55.6/41.9

39.4/54.7/42.5

39.1/56.1/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.1/55.0/33.2

36.7/53.9/37.4

37.3/54.9/35.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

13.0

15.1

15.1

14.9

Interior space of all the cars in this category is pretty much on par, but the new Corolla is definitely setting the benchmark for rear legroom. But to facilitate this, it has to sacrifice a bit in terms of cargo capacity. However, one definitely feels more at home inside the Toyota Corolla than any other car in this category. When comparing the cargo capacity, both Honda and Nissan offer the most at 15.1 cubic feet. Some standard interior features include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Adjustable steering wheel column
  • Optional Heated steering wheel
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Steering Wheel Controls

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Toyota Corolla has a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface which is a bit hard to set up but extremely easy to use. It is nice and well-integrated into the dashboard. This definitely makes it one of the best systems in the segment. There is the Entune app which integrates smartphone-connected services as well as social media. We are definitely impressed by the infotainment features of this car. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • 6.1-inch infotainment screen
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • MP3 Player
  • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth

2014 Toyota Corolla Exterior

8.0/10

In terms of looks, the Corolla was never the one to attract many buyers. However, it has generally been well-liked among all kinds of circles due to its practical and reliable nature. For 2014, the car does manage to look fairly modern and neat overall. It has LED headlights right from the base trim and looks a bit premium because of that. The design is not dramatic but is very clean. The sedan weighs 2,800 lbs and stands 5.3 inches above the ground.

Model

2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Nissan Sentra

2014 Kia Forte

Curb Weight (lbs)

2800

2742

2848

2804

Length (in.)

182.6

182.3

182.1

179.5

Width (in.)

69.6

70.8

69.3

70.1

Height (in.)

57.3

55.7

58.9

56.3

Ground clearance (in.)

5.3

5.9

6.0

5.3

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

Being one of the most competitive segments, one can see that the competition boils down even for the dimensions where the cars are almost exactly at par. Both in terms of weight as well as size, all these cars are exactly on par. With the wheelbase of the Corolla being extended for the current generation, they all have the exact same wheelbase as well at 106.3 inches. The Corolla offers 5.3 inches of ground clearance which is a bit on the low side but definitely not anything to complain about. Some standout exterior features include:

  • LED low-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Color-keyed outside door handles and mirrors
  • Alloy wheels
  • Fog Lamps (optional)
  • Sunroof/moonroof (optional)

2014 Toyota Corolla Safety

6.0/10

The 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan has good ratings by the IIHS which is a testament to how safe the car is. It has also earned an overall five-star safety rating from NHTSA, which is the highest honor conferred by the governmental organization responsible for crash testing. Apart from the structural safety, the sedan also offers few standard safety features like lots of airbags, rear-view camera, whiplash protection, and so on. Some of the standout safety features include: 

  • Rear-view camera
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Traction Control

2014 Toyota Corolla Final Verdict

The 2014 Toyota Corollasedan is a long-standing model from the brand and has represented practicality and frugality in every single generation. It has retained the exact DNA from the past and continues to impress with the things it is expected to do. It is also an extremely reliable car and one that is extremely cheap to repair even if things go wrong. All in all, it is not a car you will ever regret buying and hence makes for a good buy.

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