EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 12, 2013

New exterior makes big impact for 2014 Corolla


The Eagle-Tribune

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Estimated starting price: $16,800

The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla includes dramatically amplified elements of style, design, quality and craftsmanship, while building upon the stellar Corolla reputation for reliability, efficiency and function.

The Corolla makes an immediate visual impact with a more expressive, chiseled exterior design. The new Corolla is distinguished by its tauter, more athletic proportions that ride on a longer wheelbase. With the wheels pushed out toward the corners, compact overhangs, and more tapered front and rear expression, the 2014 Corolla communicates a more dynamic compact sedan form, even at a standstill.

The interior offers a premium aesthetic with its use of piano-black gloss trim highlighted by metallic ornamentation and trim that conveys an upscale yet sportier image. Depending on interior color theme, blue, black or amber pinstriped accents are used in conjunction with the dash and door panel ornamentation to enhance the premium appeal of the interior.

The 2014 Corolla offers two efficient 1.8-liter, all-aluminum four-cylinder engines. The base 1.8-liter unit with VVT-i is available on the L, LE, and S grades and is rated at 132 horsepower. The Corolla’s new LE Eco trim level is equipped with a 1.8-liter engine with Valvematic that offers more engine output (140 horsepower).

Corolla offers a broad range of wheels to emphasize the character of each model, with the most fuel-economy-focused Corolla LE Eco wearing 15-inch wheels with covers shod in low rolling resistance 195/65R-15 rubber.

At the other side of the Corolla spectrum is the sportiest grade of Corolla S that wears impactful available 17-inch alloy wheels covers in more performance oriented rubber.