Toyota Corolla Overview
First introduced in 1966, the Corolla quickly made its way to the top, earning the admirable status of the world's best-selling car by 1974. The Toyota Corolla has remained one of the best-selling cars, growing larger and adding features that improved safety and driving satisfaction. Throughout the decades, the Corolla has seen several major design transformations. In 2003, the car gained length, height and width making it look like a downsized Camry. Most recently, for 2009, the Corolla added new trim levels, including the sports-tuned XRS with optional leather seats.
The fully redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla is making a splash in the compact sedan market with a much more spacious interior that provides even more functionality than previous models. Budget-conscious car buyers will appreciate the fuel efficiency of the LE Eco model which gets an impressive 35 mpg on the highway.
Toyota offers the Corolla in four different styles, each offering reliability and attention to detail at affordable prices. The basic L series comes standard with features including eight airbags, Bluetooth® connectivity, USB port, daytime running lights, and standard 15” steel wheels. For the eco-friendly driver, the LE Eco model comes with standard integrated fog lights, 16" aerodynamically designed alloy wheels and P205/55R16 89H tires that help the Corolla get its commendable highway 42 mpg rating from the EPA.
If your budget allows for it, the 2014 Corolla S comes standard with premium accents like a front chrome grille with piano black insert, color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, a sleek rear deck spoiler and chrome-tipped exhaust. As far as compact sedans go, Corolla is not designed for the driving enthusiast that demands responsive handling and great acceleration. Rather, it is aimed primarily towards younger drivers, commuters, and people who want a low cost of ownership.
Toyota Corolla Safety
Buyers will be pleased to find that standard 2014 Toyota Corolla safety features include side impact door beams, front disc and rear drum anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Driver and passengers are protected with dual-stage driver and passenger front seat-mounted side airbags along with curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags and driver knee airbags. Rear child-safety locks and several other restraint features round out the full suite of standard safety features on the compact Corolla sedan.
Noteworthy About the Toyota Corolla
Buyers considering a 2014 Toyota Corolla will appreciate a restyled body that offers both a more sophisticated and elegant appearance and noticeably roomier interior. The S model is available with power-assisted ventilated 10.8" front disk brakes, solid 10.2" rear disk brakes and the Star Safety System.
The Corolla offers a solid suite of standard safety features, good gas mileage, efficient use of interior space and solid reliability.