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This is Day 3 of Automobile Magazine’s 2014 Compact Sedan Comparison Review, a comparison test that is meant to help you find an affordable, compact, multipurpose sedan that you’d be happy to drive to work, to the pick-up zone at school, or to the big-box store for a weekend errand.
As we noted in our Day 1 introduction, we put together eight of the best compact sedans and drove them at the same time on the same roads. We made our notes and organized our facts. Then we argued about the results.
The way we see it, these are the best compact sedans in America right now. We’ve tried to ensure that our test vehicles represent a useful level of features – nicely equipped, as they say — yet don’t cost too much. Given the practical realities of acquiring so many test vehicles at the same time, they aren’t all priced exactly the same, but we did our best.
The cars we’re testing are the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta. To make our comparisons as direct as possible, we organized a scheme wherein we matched the vehicles in brackets, just as you would see in an athletic tournament (think March Madness). The losers will be knocked out one by one until the winner presents itself.
As we did yesterday on Day 2 of this comparison, we will present an accounting of four vehicles, and two contenders will be eliminated. Tomorrow, on Day 4, we’ll present excerpts from our test notebook on the final four and will select our two finalists. On Friday, for Day 5, the two finalists will go head to head, and we will declare a winner.
Today’s match-ups:
  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2014 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2013 Honda Civic vs. 2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Volkswagen Jetta And 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Front View

2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT

2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT Front Three Quarters View
When the Chevrolet Cruze first appeared as a 2009 model, it knocked us out. Compared with the small, coarse sedans that Chevrolet had produced dating back to the Cavalier (and even the Vega of the 1970s before that), this car seemed like a miracle of international breeding, combining the best of a European chassis, a Korean drivetrain, and American styling, not to mention American development and manufacture. But, tough luck, the Ford Focus stole the spotlight.
Nevertheless, the Cruze has turned things around for Chevrolet in the compact sedan segment, and the appearance of the 2014 Cruze diesel shows how serious General Motors is about this small car. We have liked the Cruze in general because it handles so well (really), delivers such good fuel economy (really), and makes so many features available for so little money (really).
Compared with the other sedans in our comparison, the 2014 Cruze 1LT aspires to be a large car, not a small one. It wants to be refined and sophisticated, a Chevy that has been to charm school.

More than you expect

When you put the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze next to the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, there’s more to it than you might expect. There’s more to the styling, that’s for sure, although we’d argue that Chevy’s corporate twin-grille look makes it seem as if there are about three grilles too many. More surprising is the sheer size of the Cruze. It measures 181.0 inches in overall length on a wheelbase of 105.7 inches and has a total passenger volume is 95 cubic feet. Front-seat passengers get most of the benefit, with 42.3 inches of legroom; rear-seat passengers get 35.4. (Probably this is the right proportion, since kids will be the ones to occupy the back seat most often.)
The interior presentation is pretty stylish in terms of architecture, but the execution depends on the model that you pick. This particular test car didn’t make us feel particularly charmed, and we picked it apart as a result. The short bottom cushions of the front seats made us feel as if we were in a small car, not a large one. The array of electronic features and connectivity options was pretty good, but most of us couldn’t get along with the Chevrolet MyLink interface, as the lack of haptic feedback made the system feel unresponsive and clumsy, no matter how quickly the electrons raced around.

Less than the big car we were promised

As compact sedans go, the Cruze actually feels sporty rather than big, and its lively responses and balance in the corners set it apart from most of the competition. If you set the Focus as a standard, the Cruze’s suspension calibration helps it feel better isolated from cracked pavement even as it delivers a reassuring balance of grip from the front and rear tires in the corners.
For all this, however, we didn’t get the big car benefits that we hoped for from this $23,540 Cruze 1LT. We could hear the road too well even through the flaccid tires, and the ride never delivered the gracefulness that we to find in any car, large or small. The 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine felt coarse at anything other than cruising speed, perhaps because the slow-shifting, six-speed automatic transmission seemed to conspire against performance. The powertrain seems meant for freeway cruising, where the engine’s 148 lb-ft of torque proves adequate. This powertrain is EPA rated at 26 mpg city/38 mpg highway.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze didn’t make any enemies during our drive to Kalamazoo and home again, but neither did it make any friends.
–Michael Jordan

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SE Rear Three Quarters View
When the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta came ashore from Germany, it promised both more and less. Its stretched exterior dimensions promised more interior passenger space than the Jetta of the previous generation, and a stripped-down complement of features and trim (plus the promise of U.S.-based manufacture in Tennessee), meant a lower price. Sadly, we felt that lowering the bottom line resulted in less car, as the Jetta no longer drove with the European spirit that had formerly made it stand out from its competitors.
But three years along, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta seems like a different proposition. The new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes this car feel far more powerful than you might expect from 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers an EPA-rated 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway. (Oddly enough, this is better fuel economy than you can get from the 115-hp, normally aspirated, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.)

Ach, it looks so German

Compared with some of the smaller, snappy-looking sedans in our test group, the 2014 Jetta comes across as big and square-rigged, more like the mid-size VW Passat than an affordable compact sedan. When the bodywork is stripped of its adornment, this is not such a good thing, as the Jetta looks like something that you might find at a taxi stand in Frankfurt. Fortunately, Volkswagen of America has backed off some of visual austerity (or maybe we’re just getting used to it) in this $23,985 Volkswagen Jetta SE (with connectivity and sunroof).
On the other hand, there are some advantages to looking like a taxi, because the VW Jetta feels very spacious when you’re behind the wheel. Partly this is because the passengers are packaged fairly upright, as the car’s overall height of 57.2 inches suggests. Partly this is because rear-seat passengers have 38.1 inches of legroom. And partly this is because the car is pretty big, offering 94.1 cubic feet of interior passenger volume.
But then when you look at the largely unadorned dashboard, you’re right back there in taxi-land. That said, VW has made some strides in its array of features for electronic connectivity, and indeed the connector for the MDI cable has at long last made its way from the glovebox to the center console.

And it drives German, too

Now that the former five-cylinder engine has been replaced by the turbocharged four-cylinder, the drivetrain feels smoother than before, and the Jetta cruises effortlessly on the highway. Strangely, the engine feels like a diesel, because the six-speed automatic has been programmed to shift smoothly (although slowly) to ride the wave of torque at low rpm. It even sounds a bit like a diesel, thanks to a resonator box behind the dash that enhances engine sounds from this otherwise very quiet car.
The Jetta rides and handles like a big car. A wheelbase of 104.4 inches delivers reassuring straightline stability, and the long-travel suspension smoothly strokes up and down over the bumps in the road. There’s plenty of body roll in the corners, yet there’s never a loss in composure. Oddly enough, the multi-link independent suspension helps the car respond to steering inputs with more liveliness, and you don’t mind the new electric-assist steering system at all.
When it comes to compact sedans, there are small, sporty ones and big, comfortable ones, even though this is frequently a matter of tuning rather than simply the car’s physical dimensions. The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta is a big, comfortable one, and we prefer the way it goes about its business compared with the Chevrolet Cruze LT1, which has similar aspirations.
– Michael Jordan

Winner: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2013 Honda Civic vs. 2014 Toyota Corolla

2014 Honda Civic And 2014 Toyota Corolla Front View

2013 Honda Civic EX

2014 Honda Civic EX Front Three Quarters View
Everyone knows about the Honda Civic. When you’re behind the wheel, the view seems familiar, since Honda has carefully formatted the driving position to make the car as easy and natural to drive as possible. You know that you’ll get where you’re going with great fuel economy along the way. This is what makes the Civic the segment’s bestselling car year after year, including 2013. Recommend a Civic to someone and there’s never a question about it; they just give you a thumbs-up and set off for the nearest Honda dealer.
Such trustworthiness has its downside, though. When Honda tries to change the Civic, people resist. After the introduction of the current-generation Civic for 2012, a kind of scandal brewed when Honda enthusiasts worried that the car’s presentation had been compromised in the name of a cheaper price. Honda responded quickly, and the 2013 Civic sedan incorporated not only nicer interior trim but also acoustically insulated glass for the windshield and front windows, higher quality dampers, and a chassis reinforced to withstand new federal standards for crashworthiness. Enthusiasts were satisfied.

Déjà vu all over again

For better or worse, climbing into the Civic is like traveling back in time. Honda’s design maxim has long been “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum.” So it’s no surprise that the Civic sedan feels roomier than any other car in this comparison, even though its interior passenger volume of 94.6 cubic feet is much the same as its rivals. It’s remarkably easy to see the road from the driver’s seat, which is quite an accomplishment in an era of demanding crash standards that create thick roof pillars and thick doors. Thanks to a perfectly flat floor, even an adult who forgets to call shotgun and is exiled to the back seat can ride in relative comfort.
All this good design comes with hardly a lick of style, though. Even after the 2013 interior makeover, the plastic surfaces still look a lot like, well, plastic. The driver’s seat is one of the most comfortable in the test but wears cheap-looking fabric that, according to one of us “screams 1993.” Most important, the era of the Apple iPhone seems to have passed by the Civic, whose digital instrument panel appears to have been inspired by an Atari video-game console of the 1980s. None of us could get comfortable with the two-tier display, which always seems to obscure the speedometer readout behind the rim of the steering wheel, no matter how tall or short you might be.

Transcendental meditation at 65 mph

The Civic remains one of the easiest cars to drive in the compact class, but it has lost much of the zippiness that import tuners loved in the 1980s and ’90s. The 143-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder sings smoothly at any rpm. The 2013 Civic we drove still had a five-speed automatic, but it doesn’t matter—the Civic cruises quietly on the highway and achieves 32 mpg, combined. (The 2014 Civic now uses a CVT, which improves to 33 mpg combined).
The steering is sharp and quick for effortless around-town maneuvering, but it doesn’t offer much feedback. The ride from the Civic with its 105.1-inch wheelbase is surprisingly supple for a Honda, yet this isn’t a lively car -- we sometimes found ourselves zoning out behind the wheel. Still, we’re mature enough to realize most of the people who buy compact cars are not enthusiasts. The $21,605 Honda Civic EX is perfect for most of them, as it has been for decades. As West Coast editor Michael Jordan says, “This car still expresses all the Honda values – simplicity, reliability, fuel economy.” He’s so old that he remembers when the Civic was invented, so probably he should know.
– David Zenlea
2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus Rear Three Quarters View

2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus

Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota Motor Company, has talked a lot about making mainstream cars more exciting and youthful. Sounds great to us, since we’re the crowd that believes in “No Boring Cars.”
The 2014 Corolla promises newness, including a new look inside and out, a roomier passenger package, a more fuel-efficient powertrain, and a livelier personality with some fizz. At the same time, the Corolla is also a car with traditional values – QDR, or quality, durability and reliability. This is the eleventh generation of this nameplate, and it celebrates more than 40 million Corollas sold since 1966. Some 1.1 million versions of the Corolla are built around the world every year, including in a new U.S. assembly plant in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Altogether, this business of making compact sedans reminds us of the cola wars; the repackaging of a familiar formula for a new generation. But whereas Honda has distilled the Civic to its essence, like Coca-Cola in a classic glass bottle, the 2014 Toyota Corolla tastes a bit like a can of New Coke.

Déjà vu all over again, but not in a good way

The first word that comes to mind in describing the new 2014 Corolla is “confused.” The exterior design has lots of overdone details, but the basics are bland. Meanwhile, the interior design architecture is a mess of randomly intersecting, cheap-looking plastics. “The door panels have, like, fifty different lines,” observed associate web editor Jake Holmes.
Still, there are some nice elements in the interior, notably in Corolla models with the more expensive trim, such as our test car. One of us raved about the flat, horizontal instrument panel, and a few editors liked the yellow stitching on the seats. Nevertheless, these elements don’t coalesce into an attractive whole, and the Corolla looks conspicuously old, not new. “How did all this get past the final design committee?” wondered deputy editor Joe DeMatio.

Really, they meant well

Fortunately, somewhere under all of this is a pretty good small car, now with a wheelbase stretched to 106.3 inches to afford an impressive 97.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, including 41.4 inches of rear-seat legroom. The backseat is roomy and easy to climb into. Slim A-pillars provide excellent forward visibility.
The engineers probably intended excitement. The CVT has been electronically calibrated to do a good impression of a seven-speed automatic, and this Corolla S Plus even has shift paddles on the steering wheel. But there’s only so much the transmission can do with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder’s anemic 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. As the noisy protests from the CVT make clear every time you get serious about acceleration, the mission here is fuel efficiency, not fizz. At least the Corolla S Plus delivers efficiency with 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway.
Entry-level versions of the Corolla don’t aspire to much, but this $22,870 Corolla S Plus adds rear disc brakes and 17-inch wheels, so it’s trying. Sadly, the combination of a torsion-beam rear suspension and 45-series tires noticeably compromises comfort, the suspension calibration feels floppy, and the electric-assist steering requires lots of attention to keep the car from wandering. Asking the engine to work hard just seems wrong, even with just 2865 pounds to pull. “I don't get the sense that I'm in control of the car,” said Jake Holmes. “It’s all over the road,” added road test editor Christopher Nelson.
Time has caught up with the Toyota Corolla. The others cars in this comparison are no longer pushovers that can offer only tasteless generic-brand flavor. These days, everyone has got fizz. The Toyota Corolla takes a half-hearted stab at repackaging its familiar formula and fails to deliver.
—David Zenlea

Winner: 2013 Honda Civic

2014 Honda Civic And 2014 Toyota Corolla Front View
2014 Automobile Magazine Compact Sedan Comparison   Day One   8 Car Group Image 1
If you can’t build a good car for $200,000, probably you should just quit trying. It’s actually much harder to build a great $20,000 car, one with a spacious cabin, everyday comfort and convenience, plus thrifty performance, all without forcing people to turn their wallets inside out to find the last dollar. Really, it’s much easier to build a Bentley than a simple compact sedan.
These days, the average compact sedan must be as roomy as a Honda Accord from the last decade, deliver an array of features that any high-style Bentley would be happy to offer, and let you sail past the gas pumps. You can get a stripped-down compact sedan with a washable interior and funky steel wheels if you want, but you can also slide into a compact sedan equipped with voice-activated features, an array of active safety measures, and a chassis agile enough to make the drive to the store feel like a trip to France.
In fact, compact sedans are getting so uniformly good that it’s harder than ever to pick out the best. Nevertheless, Automobile Magazine’s comparison review of the best compact sedans in America will lead you to the final answer. Although some blood was spilled in the process, we have begun our compact sedan comparison by selecting eight cars that are making news in the marketplace right now: Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.
Over the next five days, we’ll compare and contrast these cars in our own, unique bracket-style format and then present the winner.

Compact sedans, Automobile Magazine-style

Our comparison begins with a broad selection of compact sedans, which we define as five-passenger, four-door vehicles priced within hailing distance of $20,000. Such cars are meant to be driven to work, pick up kids from school, run errands, and occasionally make cross-country trips on the open road. They are multipurpose vehicles in a convenient size and are affordably priced. For some households, it is a second vehicle, but for many it is the only car at the curb.
These eight finalists represent the best aspects of the category, whether that means packaging efficiency, simple drivability, or electronic connectivity. By choosing one winner, we hope not only to define the current state of the compact sedan in America but also the character that people who read Automobile Magazine want in a practical, everyday compact car.
Just as you’d expect, we’ve picked models with thrifty engines, a useful array of convenience and safety features, and a spark of personality.

Compact sedans, bracket-style

We can’t pretend to be the average buyer, because, well, that would be impossible. Just like you, we are who we are. If you want complete objectivity unconfused by education, enthusiasm, experience, and just plain good taste, well, good luck to you.
We’ve again based our comparisons on bracket-style, head-to-head matchups, just as we did with our comparison of mid-size sedans. We’re not going to dumb down the process into some kind of SAT test, where like geeks we carefully add up the points scored in a thousand little categories of performance. When you do that, you reward broad-based mediocrity, not excellence. And at Automobile Magazine, we’re all about excellence.
We think the question of choice is personal and powerful, and a one-to-one confrontation between vehicles reveals character in a way that giant test groups do not.

Driving around pointlessly

Every car usually has a place to go, but when it comes to compact sedans, the destinations vary from the big old superstore to the nearest freeway on-ramp. So we didn’t overthink our route selection and simply headed to Kalamazoo, Michigan, from our editorial office in Ann Arbor. We took the back way there, running through fallow cornfields on the two-lane roads of America and then hammered home on the concrete slabs of Interstate 94.
As we’ve done in the past, we made our lunch stop at one of the local brew pubs for which Kalamazoo is known these days, and once again we picked Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Café. Naturally, no actual brew for us (rats!), but we did enjoy a selection of the usual organic stuff that you find in a college town, much of which involved bread, cheese, and potatoes. Ah, well, Kalamazoo is not exactly the Paris of western Michigan.

The map of the road ahead

Just like any road trip, it will take a while before this comparison test reaches its destination.
We begin the trip today by selecting the vehicles for our comparison: Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.
For Day 2 and Day 3 of Automobile Magazine’s compact sedan comparison, there will be head-to-head matchups, with four vehicles involved each day. On Day 4, we’ll sum up some of what we’ve learned in our testing with excerpts from our big book of notes. On Day 5, we’ll stage the final head-to-head comparison and determine the winner.
If you want to compare our winner to a $205,825 Bentley Flying Spur, well, that’s up to you.
2014 Toyota Corolla S In Motion
San Diego, California - Ask anyone, and they'll tell you that the best used car on the planet is probably the Toyota Corolla. It weathers as the years pass, yet it never fails to delivery the utility for which the nameplate has become famous through ten generations and the production of 40 million cars globally. In many American families, a Toyota Corolla is a valued hand-me-down, passed along from one driver to the next over hundreds of thousands of miles.
But if you're the kind of person who is obsessed with the place on the great big chart of transportation where cost and value intersect, a brand-new example of the 2014 Toyota Corolla might not be such a commanding proposition.
Although the all-new eleventh-generation car is different in almost every way from the model it replaces, this Corolla hasn't really changed. It does the same things -- which is good -- but doesn't do them any better than the competition, which is unsettling to say the least. The 2014 Toyota Corolla has improved, but its competition has improved more.
The stretch-model Corolla
The most useful difference in the all-new Toyota Corolla is an expansion of interior space. This is the kind of thing that should appeal to all buyers of compact-size cars, as they look for the comfort and convenience of a Toyota Camry-size car in a more affordable package.
Stretched over a new platform, the Corolla's wheelbase now measures 106.3 inches, 3.9 inches longer than before. When combined with new, slim front seats, this translates to 0.4 inch more front-seat legroom and 5.1 inches more rear-seat leg room.
A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine motivates this front-wheel-drive car, and as we drove through the streets of the snappy part of downtown San Diego and into the rolling country beyond the city limits, the Corolla did a fine job of moving us about. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) mediates the power delivery for the LE and S models, and the powertrain is unobtrusive as long as you keep from mashing the gas pedal in an unseemly fashion. Pick the right configuration of the 2014 Corolla LE Eco (smallest 15-inch wheels) and you're promised 42 mpg EPA highway, which is an impressive figure.
Beyond the point-and-click proposition
If you're the kind of person who likes to simply point and click while you're car shopping, you should probably stop right here. You can browse the Internet and check to see if anyone has ever said mean things about the Corolla (it's been called, rightly, boring and not fun to drive), and then choose the model you can afford: $16,800 Corolla L, $18,300 Corolla LE, $18,700 Corolla LE Eco (this is the best one, we think), or $19,000 Corolla S. You'll be pleased no matter which one you select.
But if you're not the kind of person that points and clicks your choices, and instead you like that whole experience of the modern shopping mall with its water fountains, 20-screen cinema, five restaurants, fitness club, and 140 stores that promise the opportunity to select something that's uniquely you, then the 2014 Toyota Corolla is less likely to hold your attention.
For one, the Corolla doesn't look too good in the mall parking lot. While it has been reshaped into a form that disguises the customary three-box sedan silhouette, the overall effect is stale and dowdy, despite the respectable 0.29 Cd aero (0.28 Cd with the smallest 15-inch wheels). The interior no longer looks vacuum-formed from plastic, yet even soft-touch materials can't compensate for mundane architecture and an unimpressive selection of color and materials. Moreover, the dimensions of the seating positions for the passengers have not improved except in legroom.
Apparently the Corolla is from a place where the Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda 3 are unknown, and even the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, and Honda Civic are unappreciated.
Making the magic performance number
Perhaps it's no wonder that the Corolla delivers fine fuel economy, since the 1.8-liter four-cylinder gives you just 132 hp @ 6000 rpm and 128 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm for a bottom line of 29/38/32 mpg city/highway/combined with the LE grade's CVT (a four-speed automatic, best avoided, and a six-speed manual are also offered). The LE Eco has a slightly more high-tech version of this engine that makes 140 hp @ 6000 rpm and 128 lb-ft at 4400 rpm accompanied by 30/40/34 mpg city/highway/combined.
The Corolla's longer wheelbase helps it go down the road with a surer sense of direction than before (although the previous car set a pretty weak standard in this regard), and it behaves well when you pick up the pace. Even so, the Corolla S with its 132-hp engine isn't going to pin back your ears. Plus the Corolla comes with rear drum brakes unless you get the biggest 17-inch wheels with their harsh-riding 45-series tires, and the drums make the brake action uneven at low speed while the pedal itself feels wooden.
Meanwhile, the array of active safety features that we've recently seen introduced for the Mazda 3 and which clearly represent the next wave of technology in compact sedans simply isn't available here. You don't get a hybrid-style stop/start engine mechanism for better fuel economy, either.
What's the message here?
You can see where the 2014 Toyota Corolla wants to go when you take a look at its electronic entertainment system. Just as you'd hope in a Corolla, you get a nice amount of Toyota imagineering with a simple interface and a decent amount of standard features.
The Corolla L comes with standard Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, voice command when paired with a smart phone, and even a USB port that will charge two devices at a time. Step up to the two grades of Entune and you get a 6.1-inch touchscreen display and a useful suite of applications (and there's no subscription fee, either).
Altogether, the electronics represent an effort to increase the Corolla's value proposition, which seems to us to be the signature of the Toyota way of doing things. Of course, the presentation looks so cheap that it's hard to say if anyone will notice.
The Young Frankenstein event
As Toyota tells us so often, its corporate DNA is QDR -- quality, durability, and reliability. These values might not sound sexy to you, but we think they represent breathtaking insight into the nature of personal mobility. They are values that are more relevant now than ever, and indeed 300,000 people buy Corollas every year based on this social contract.
Sadly, if the 2014 Toyota Corolla is speaking this message, we're thus far unable to hear it.

Sometimes it seems to us that the failed collaboration in the production of the Corolla between Toyota and General Motors at the old NUMMI assembly plant in Fremont, California, must have resulted in some kind of unintended personality switch, as in the classic Mel Brooks comedy, Young Frankenstein. Chevrolet got all the good parts of Toyota's personality, while Toyota seems to have come away with all the aspects of Chevrolet's personality from the dark years of GM in the 1980s. Toyota chief executive Akio Toyoda is trying to do something about it these days, and we're on his side.

For the moment, we still think that the best Toyota Corolla is a used one. It makes no false promises of cultural zippiness and just delivers on basic transportation. The Japanese venerate things that get old because they are reduced to their essence, and so do we.

2014 Toyota Corolla

On Sale: Now
Base Price: $18,700 plus $810 transportation (LE Eco)
Engine: 1.8L inline-4
Horsepower: 140 hp
Fuel Economy: 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway
Drive: Front-wheel
Curb Weight: NA
2014 Toyota Corolla
2014 Toyota Corolla

New for 2014

The Toyota Corolla has been redesigned for the 2014 model year, with aggressive new exterior styling, standard LED headlights, more passenger and cargo room, and a new CVT that boasts 42 mpg highway in Eco trim.

Vehicle Overview

The Toyota Corolla is the automaker’s entry in the compact sedan segment; it fits above the Yaris and below the Camry in the lineup. The Corolla is now in its 11th generation, and continues to embody Toyota’s values of QDR: quality, durability, and reliability.


The 2014 Toyota Corolla comes with a 1.8-liter I-4 that makes 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, which will net an EPA-estimated 27-29/36-38 mpg city/highway, and can be had with a six-speed manual, four-speed automatic, or a CVT. The Eco model of the Corolla 1.8-liter I-4 makes 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque, can only be had in six-speed manual or CVT form, and will get an EPA-estimated 30/40-42 mpg, the best mileage comes from the six-speed-manual equipped Eco.
LED headlights are standard on the 2014 Corolla, which is surprisingly big inside. Even in the sportier S trim (which can be had with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles), the 2014 Corolla still excels more as a commuter car than an occasional winding road carver.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and is considered an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2013, but did not meet the tougher criteria for 2014.

What We Think

Like many Toyota vehicles, the 2014 Corolla is wonderful for those who won't consider other brands. In a 2014 review of compact sedans, however, the Toyota Corolla lined up against the Honda Civic in a comparison that included the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Kia Forte, Mazda 3, and Volkswagen Jetta. “The exterior design has lots of overdone details, but the basics are bland. Meanwhile, the interior design architecture is a mess of randomly intersecting, cheap-looking plastics,” we said of the new looks. “Fortunately, somewhere under all of this is a pretty good small car, now with a wheelbase stretched to 106.3 inches to afford an impressive 97.5 cubic feet of passenger volume, including 41.4 inches of rear-seat legroom.”
On performance: “The CVT has been electronically calibrated to do a good impression of a seven-speed automatic, and this Corolla S Plus even has shift paddles on the steering wheel. But there’s only so much the transmission can do . . . the mission here is fuel efficiency, not fizz.” We summed up the latest effort, saying, “Time has caught up with the Toyota Corolla. The others cars in this comparison are no longer pushovers that can offer only tasteless generic-brand flavor. These days, everyone has got fizz. The Toyota Corolla takes a half-hearted stab at repackaging its familiar formula and fails to deliver.”
You’ll Like
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Holds its value well
  • Impressive rear legroom
You Won’t Like
  • Bland exterior styling
  • Uninvolved driving experience
  • Confused interior styling
Key Competitors
  • Honda Civic
  • Chevrolet Cruze
  • Ford Focus
  • Mazda 3
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Kia Forte


2014 Toyota Corolla L
This month, we saw the Honda Civic slowly come back, moving from third to second in sales for the compact segment with 23,060 units sold. However, the Toyota Corolla remains the top seller in the compact car game, with 25,609 sedans leaving dealer lots last month.
2014 Toyota Corolla S Front Three Quarters In Motion
The Toyota Corolla retook the number-one sales spot from the Honda Civic this past month, selling 30,883 units to the Civic's 30,038. The Hyundai Elantra again came in third place, with sales of 22,213, but improved its performance from last month.
2014 Toyota Corolla S Plus Front View
With 36,611 units sold, the Toyota Corolla leads the compact segment in May, though the Honda Civic is close behind with 36,089 units sold. The Chevrolet Cruze maintains its third-place ranking with 32,393 units sold.
2014 Toyota Corolla S Front Three Quarters In Motion 05
The Toyota Corolla continued to dominate the compact class in April, with sales of 29,061 units. The top three finishing order looks just like last month's, with the Honda Civic (27,611 units) landing in second place and Chevrolet Cruze landing in third (21,752 units).
2014 Toyota Corolla S Front Three Quarters In Motion
Another month goes by and the Corolla reigns supreme again. After starting out the year in second place, the Toyota Corolla is back on top for the second month in a row. Toyota sold 29,685 Corollas in March of 2014, putting it in first by large margin. The Honda Civic upset the Cruze for second place with 27,697 sold, while the Chevrolet Cruze was relegated to third with 26,521 sold.

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2014 Toyota Corolla Specifications

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1.8L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
28 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
132 hp @ 6000rpm
128 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
25,000 miles / 24 months
25,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
Toyota Motor Engineering & manufacturing North America, Inc. (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Camry and Camry HV, model year 2013 Avalon and Avalon HV and model year 2014 Corolla vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the windshield wiper switch assembly may short circuit. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, No. 104, "Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems."
A short circuit could cause inoperative windshield wipers, reducing driver visibility and increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wiper switch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on November 8, 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Potential Units Affected
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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