2014 Toyota Corolla

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The 5-passenger Toyota Corolla has been completely resigned for 2014. It now features a more appealing sheet metal, better mpg and a feature packed interior. Although affordable, the previous generation Corolla saw a drop in sales thanks to its drab looks and disappointing fuel economy. This year’s improvements should attract enough fans to dealerships to help the Toyota Corolla regain a top spot in this segment.

If you’re looking for an exhilarating driving experience than you better keep looking. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Every 2014 Toyota Corolla comes standard with a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-feet of torque. It’s certainly not anything worth writing home about however it is estimated to return 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway which is commendable.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is available in four trim levels- L, LE, LE Eco and S. Plus and Premium sub trim levels are offered across the board except for on the entry L.

Standard features found on the base L include 15-inch steel wheels, power windows and mirrors, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth® and a four speaker audio system with an auxiliary input jack and USB/iPod® user interface.

Stepping up to the LE will get you 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, power door locks, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 6-inch color touchscreen and two additional speakers. Opt for the Plus version and you’ll get the items from the LE plus 16-inch alloy wheels and fog lamps. Spring for the Premium and you’ll also get SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats, an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat and a 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat.

Go with the LE Eco and you’ll add mpg friendly features like low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear deck lid spoiler and fuel efficient engine and transmission turning. These minor tweaks add up in fuel economy. The LE Eco returns an estimated 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The Plus adds chrome exterior trim, fog lamps and an Eco driving mode to further improve fuel its efficiency. The Premium adds the SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats.

The top-of-the-line S trim gets features from the LE plus fog lamps, a chrome grill, a spoiler, integrated turn-signal indicators in the mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and sport seats. The S Plus gets 17-inch alloy wheels and a sportier suspension. The Premium gets, you guessed it, the SofTex®-trimmed heated front seats.

Prices for the 2014 Toyota Corolla start at just $16,800. Opt for the top model that is fully loaded to the moon and back and you’re looking at just over $24 grand, which is still fairly reasonable for a top trim.

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Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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