The Toyota Corolla has been the most popular compact car in the U.S. for many years.But this year’s model is the oldest model in a category that has seen every one of its competitors refreshed in the last three years.
The new 2014 Toyota Corolla, the 11th generation of a nameplate that’s almost 50 years old, aims to regain its former glory. It’s new exterior design, with lines that had been previewed by the Furia Concept shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in January; shows that it’s still the Corolla we know and love but slightly more elongated, lower and a smidge wider than its predecessor. The front end itself draws its look from the 2013 Toyota Avalon.
Its new and improved interior comes with a more upscale design and better quality materials to ease the not too subtle criticism of the previous model’s design. But the cherry on top of every green car fan’s organic ice cream sundae is; the 2014 Corolla has a new 132-hp aluminum 1.8-liter engine fitted to the L, LE, and S models.
The new 2014 Corolla LE Eco uses the same 1.8 liter engine with its newest addition: Valvetronic. Valvetronic is a technology that allows a continuous variable value lift as well as timing on the intake valves. The result of this new addition being a more than 5% horsepower improvement, which brings it now to 140 hp and fuel economy. Toyota states that it expects a highway fuel economy rating of 40 mpg. The ECO mode also reduces the power to the air conditioning and allows more time to cool the cabin, again to reduce fuel consumption.
The LE Eco still keeps the CVT that was used in previous models but now comes with Eco driving mode that makes the accelerator’s pedal response non linear to save on fuel acceleration. Its exterior design has underbody panels that make the air flow a lot smoother and a trunk spoiler that reduces aerodynamic drag. Mmmm, sounds lovely….
+Link: Green Car Reports