Think about the feeling you’re experiencing when you realize you’ve forgotten your phone at home in the morning. It’s this painful technological withdrawal that the 2014 Toyota Corolla bets on. The Japanese model’s purpose is to make sure that its drivers never get the aforementioned kind of feeling.
Of course, the aforementioned dependability has made the Corolla the best-selling nameplate in the world. However, this eleventh generation aims to add some refinement to its tried and tested recipe. Toyota wants to win over new customers, on top of the already large group of traditional Corolla buyers.
The Corolla story started like that of most popular cars, with an automaker’s intention of motorizing its home country. However, as the generations rolled, more and more people across the world started appreciating the Corolla’s no-frills, but never humble attitude.
There’s always a “point B” where we need to get, so we recently decided to see how the Corolla would handle such a job. We were introduced to an Euro-spec 2014 Corolla.
Our tester used the most powerful engine in the range, a 132 HP 1.6-liter petrol unit. Not only does this deliver the same amount of power as the 1.8-liter engine in the US 2014 Corolla, but it was also mated to a CVT. That’s pretty important, as the 2014 Corolla is the first to bring the CVT option to the American market.
Toyota isn’t the kind of company that takes risks, so we figured they must’ve been up to something if they decided to gift the Americans with the pulley-type CVT. With this in mind, we started our drive on one sunny autumn morning.
As we were getting to know each other, one question raised above all others. We wanted to see whether the 2014 Corolla would rest on the laurels of its family tree or come up with its own schemes.Continue reading