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Austin, TX 2014 Toyota Corolla takes on Honda Civic, Ford Focus Bastrop, TX
The Toyota Corolla compact sedan is one of the best-selling vehicles worldwide, nearing 40 million units sold since its debut in 1966.
Now entering its 11th generation, the Corolla has seen some significant styling changes and added a new, more fuel-efficient variant for 2014.
Though the 2013 Corolla is getting long in the tooth, it's still been crushing the competition: So far this year in the United States, 2013 Corolla sales are at 132,514, while the Honda Civic is 128,980 and the Ford Focus trails at 111,641.
But with the Honda Civic and Ford Focus getting alternative fuel powertrains, fresh in-vehicle technology and cutting-edge designs, Toyota knew the Corolla needed a redesign to stay in the game. Let's take a look at how the new 2014 Toyota Corolla compares to the Honda Civic and Ford Focus.
The 2014 Corolla features a fully updated exterior design. The four-door sedan sports more athletic proportions with a wider and lower stance. The front end is changed to reflect the brand's new styling theme introduced on the larger Avalon sedan, while the rear end is tapered and adds LED taillights.
The Corolla is also lower and wider than the previous generation, with a 4-inch longer wheelbase.
The Toyota Matrix is the hatchback version of the Corolla, but there is a strong possibility it will not be renewed for the U.S. when the new Corolla goes on sale this fall.
The 2014 Corolla offers two 1.8-liter four cylinder engines, including a 132-hp version for the L, LE and S trims.
The new LE Eco trim is rated at 140 hp, and makes use of Toyota's Valvematic variable-valve timing and lift system. It increases horsepower and fuel economy by at least 5 percent.
The base L models can be equipped with a four-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission, while the other three trims are equipped with a CVT.
The 2014 model hasn't been officially EPA fuel-economy rated, but the 2013 Corolla returned 27 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg with the five-speed manual, and 26 city/34 highway/29 combined with the four-speed automatic.
All new Corolla models feature Bluetooth, a pollen filter and power-operated features such as locks and windows. Basic models don't contain too much else, but we like that Corolla offers Bluetooth standard.
Exterior and interior design, an LE Eco Trim with a more efficient engine and aerodynamic kit and a quieter interior through the use of acoustic glass and noise-cancelling materials.
Base price: N/A; the 2013 model base price is $17,025 including destination charges, and if the 2014 model stays the same the Corolla could be the best value in our comparison.
Trims include base L, LE, sporty S and new LE Eco grade.
Available as a sedan, coupe, aerodynamically enhanced Civic HF or performance-oriented Civic Si, Honda's compact appeals to a broad list of buyers.