Toyota Motor Company officially debuted the 11th-generation of their best-selling compact sedan last Thursday, the 2014 Toyota Corolla. Featuring all-new exterior and interior designs, an available 140-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and a continuously variable transmission dubbed “CVTi-S”, Toyota hopes to reclaim its position as the best selling compact vehicle in its class, having recently lost the crown to the (also redesigned) Honda Civic.
The exterior design is a result of extensive market research, and features the sportiness look yet. From standard LED headlamps (first in its class), to an array of available wheel designs, the overall design theme mimics that of the recent introductions of the RAV4, as well as the Toyota Camry. Sharp creases and prominent character lines that integrate the door handles is what makes it stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Inside isn’t any different, as Toyota continues to implement essentially the same dashboard as seen in the aforementioned vehicles as well. Controls are logically placed throughout the dashboard, although the materials don’t seem up to par, in comparison with the rest of its class (especially when compared to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf). However, with a nearly four-inch stretch in the wheelbase, as well as Toyota taking other measures to maximize the interior space, should equate to massive amounts of hip and legroom, particularly in the rear.
The new Corolla now comes in four trim levels: the base L, LE, S, and the LE Eco. As stated before, the LE Eco comes with the available 140-horsepower engine, coupled with the CVTi-S transmission. Unlike conventional CVT systems, this one utilizes a pulley system, in order to simulate “gear changes”. This particular engine and transmission combination should yield the maximum amount of both performance and fuel economy. Although official numbers have not been released, Toyota is projecting that the Corolla LE Eco will exceed over 40 miles to the gallon on the highway.
Look for the newest Toyota to hit the dealerships later this year.
Source: Car Fanatics