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2014 Toyota Corolla Review

With top-notch reliability scores, a spacious interior, and a ride tuned for comfortable cruising, the 2014 Toyota Corolla is worth a look. However, it can't match the upscale interiors or sharp performance of some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • High reliability rating
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet, spacious cabin
  • Dull handling
  • Some cheap cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Toyota Corolla Overview

Is the 2014 Toyota Corolla a Good Used Car?

The Toyota Corolla is an adequate option in the compact car class, but you can likely find a better model if you shop around. It isn't thrilling to drive, but it has sufficient power and a comfortable ride. The interior is similarly OK; there’s plenty of passenger space but some underwhelming material quality. The Corolla's real selling point is its reliability rating, which is higher than nearly every competitor’s.

A four-cylinder engine powers the Corolla, and while it should be suitable for most commutes, it can feel underpowered during heavy acceleration. The engine is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Depending on the trim, the available automatic transmission is either a four-speed automatic or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT feels more refined than those in some competitors, and it does a decent job of delivering the engine's power on the highway. When equipped with the CVT, the Corolla gets 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is decent for the class. The LE Eco trim is tuned specifically for fuel economy; it earns 30 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway. Though the Corolla is comfortable, it’s plagued by a boring ride, dull steering, and clumsy cornering.

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The Corolla has a bland interior design, and while there are many soft-touch and high-quality materials, there are some low-rent plastics too. The seats in front and back are mostly comfortable, though the seat cushions could use more padding. The back seat has exceptional legroom, but headroom isn't particularly impressive. Most people should have no trouble entering or exiting the rear seats. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats. The lower anchors are mounted deep within the seat cushions, so it can be hard to make sure you have all the clips connected properly.

The base Corolla is equipped with a basic audio system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. A touch-screen infotainment system is available; it is intuitive to use and responds quickly to inputs. However, bright sunlight can cause glare, which makes the touch screen hard to see. The Corolla's physical controls are logically arranged and easy to adjust.

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Used 2014 Toyota Corolla Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Toyota Corolla ranges from about $11,575 for a base model L trim to around $13,600 for the S Premium trim. Prices change with demand and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Toyota Corolla?

J.D. Power and Associates gave the Corolla a reliability score of four out of five, one of the highest ratings in the class. Most compact cars have a score of three out of five.

How Safe Is the Corolla?

The Corolla does well in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, earning five out of five stars overall. However, in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Corolla's results are a bit more mixed. It received a top score of Good in four of the five categories, but only a Marginal score in the small overlap front test. Because of that rating, the Corolla falls to the middle of the compact car class for safety.

The only safety system available in the Corolla is a rearview camera. Some competitors are available with more advanced collision avoidance features, like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Corolla?

The Corolla was fully redesigned for the 2014 model year, so it is drastically different than the 2013 Corolla. However, there are few differences between the 2014, 2015, and 2016 models. While a newer model may cost you more, it will likely have fewer miles on the odometer.

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Which Used Toyota Corolla Is Right for Me?

Skip the base L model and move up to the midrange LE trim. While the L only has a basic audio system, the LE adds an infotainment system, a rearview camera, automatic climate control, and push-button start. With the LE Eco trim, you get performance and aerodynamic tweaks to improve fuel economy, while the S model comes with unique sporty styling elements. To get features like navigation, satellite radio, or HD Radio, you'll have to find a model that has the Driver Convenience package.

A used Corolla covered by Toyota's certified pre-owned program may cost more, but the added peace of mind may be worthwhile. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 25 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We analyzed 25 different data points for this Toyota Corolla overview, including reliability ratings, crash test scores, and published professional reviews. We want to help you find the right used car, so we've gathered all the info you may want to know about the Corolla here in one place.

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2014 Toyota Corolla and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Corolla or 2014 Toyota Camry?

The Toyota Camry costs a bit more than the Corolla, but the added passenger room, longer list of features, and optional V6 make it worth the extra cost. The Camry also has a larger trunk and a nicer cabin, with premium materials covering more surfaces. The Camry offers more available advanced safety features, like blind spot monitoring, and it also has higher safety scores than the Corolla.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Corolla or 2014 Honda Civic?

Even though the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic are similar in many ways, the Civic edges out the Corolla. The Civic has a high-end cabin with soft-touch materials throughout, unlike the Corolla, which has some cheap plastic trims. The Civic beats the Corolla's safety and reliability scores, too.

Which Is Better: 2014 Toyota Corolla or 2014 Mazda Mazda3?

The Mazda3 won our 2014 Best Compact Car for the Money, Best Compact Car for Families, and Best Hatchback for Families awards, and for good reason. The Mazda3 pairs a comfortable, feature-filled cabin with performance that's unmatched in the class. The Mazda3 handles twisty roads with ease, yet it's still comfortable. All in all, the Mazda3 is a better pick than the Corolla. It is a more dynamic and engaging car, and it has an upscale interior as well. In addition to the sedan body style, the Mazda3 is also available as a hatchback, which gives it more cargo space than the Corolla. Its main demerit is a lower reliability rating; it has a score of three out of five compared to the Corolla's rating of four.

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