Toyota has finally redesigned the tin-can Corolla. The previous generation Corolla has been on sale for approximately 800 years, so this is a welcome redesign. Well, it should be. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’ve seen this design before. And then it hit me – the front end is strikingly similar to the Kia Forte.
Toyota got design inspiration from Kia. I think we can call this “rock bottom.”
2014 Toyota Corolla Quick Specs
- 132 HP 1.8 liter engine
- 140 HP “Eco” engine
- 4 inches longer (vs 2013 model)
Toyota hasn’t released any fuel economy numbers, but they expect the LE Eco model to get somewhere near 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Considering the fact that the current Corolla manages a meager 34 MPG highway, that’s a welcome improvement.
There are three transmission choices:
- 4 speed automatic transmission (base trim)
- 6 speed manual transmission
Just to be clear, the first line is not a misprint. Toyota has completely redesigned the very high-volume Corolla for the 2014 model year, and they used the absolutely ancient 4 speed automatic transmission.
Four. Speed. Transmission.
And with that, folks, I have nothing more to add.