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2014 Toyota Corolla: Bolder and better

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For automakers looking to succeed in today’s compact car market, you better bring something more than just an econobox on wheels.
A stylish design and a little performance pizazz are highly recommended.
Armed with that knowledge, Toyota looked to upgrade its venerable Corolla sedan.
The Corolla has seemingly always been one of the best selling cars in the world.
Most buyers appreciated its reliability and fuel economy.
But ask them about its style, though, and you probably wouldn’t get much of a response.
With a 2014 model year redesign, though, Corolla makes much more of a bold statement.
Toyota, over the past couple of years, has made an effort to inject more character into its design language, moving away from the play-it-safe approach it has taken for years.
The results have been favorable on models such as the Avalon and Highlander.
The success continues with Corolla.
Its body is now more sharply defined, and has gotten wider and longer.
The interior is also roomier and there are plenty of technology features to enhance the driver and passenger experience.
The Corolla is powered by either of two engine choices. The first is a 1.8-liter four cylinder that can be found in each trim level (L, LE and S). It makes 132 horsepower and is linked to a six-speed manual transmission in the L or a four-speed automatic. In the LE and S, there is a continuously variable transmission. But the S, which is the sportiest version, also offers a six-speed manual.
The other engine choice is also a 1.8-liter four cylinder found in the LE Eco trim. It makes 140 horsepower and gets fuel economy of 30 mpg city, 42 highway, which is outstanding. The first engine gets 28 and 37, which is still quite good.
As for technology options, the Corolla offers Toyota’s Entune apps package, a navigation system and HD radio.
For safety, a backup camera is an available option, along with a solid list of standard safety features.
The Corolla starts at around $17,000 and ranges to around $23,000.
You might have owned a Corolla in the past, or at least known someone who did. They’ve always been good cars, but now they’ve gotten even better.

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