Mike West Road Test: 2014 Toyota Corolla LE eco

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(credit: Toyota Motors)

(credit: Toyota Motors)

The Corolla, next to the Land Cruiser is the oldest nameplate in the fleet. Toyota has sold over 40 million worldwide making it the most popular carline ever.

With that said, you don’t want to mess with success.

In fact, Toyota has made big changes with this 2014 Corolla.

The most significant improvement is in the miles per gallon department. 30 city and 40 highway, without using the Prius Hybrid technology. Pretty impressive. Power comes from this 140 horsepower four cylinder, bolted to a very nice continuously variable transmission.  You can go for the new six-speed manual. Annual fuel cost about $1500.00 a year.

It will take you from standing to 60 in a leisurely 9.5 seconds.

People don’t buy Corolla’s to go fast, or take corners like a racecar driver. Corollas are known for getting people from A to B. Simple as that. And if you think about this car as a bulletproof appliance, it’s a very good one.

The interior is a lot more modern than previous generation Corollas, but still not as high-tech as products from Ford, Kia, Hyundai Chevy and the rest. This is decent touch screen from Toyota with some useful built in apps like traffic and weather.

These are LED low beams, and LED daytime running lights. Nice touch for this price point.

The seats are surprisingly comfortable, and if you sit back here, you will be shocked how much legroom Toyota gives you. I admit, this Corolla isn’t exciting to drive and no one will point and stare at you. But again, that’s not the point. Toyota knows a Corolla buyer wants and they delivered. That’s why 40 million people and counting have owned one.

Price as tested, $23,270.

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