I had the opportunity to attend a media ride & drive for the new 2014 Corolla where I got to drive a blue Corolla S with a 6 speed manual transmission and a beige Corolla LE with the new CVT that Toyota developed in-house, with the help of keiretsu partner Aisin. While the humble Corolla isn’t as exciting as many of the cars we feature here, it’s really the foundation of the Toyota juggernaut and a very important car to the industry. A competent, albeit unexciting, car. My full capsule review of the new compact Toyota will be running over at The Truth About Cars next Tuesday, but in the meantime, here’s a look at the 2014 Corolla.
Back in January when the Corolla Furia concept was shown at the NAIAS we wondered how much of that dramatically styled concept would make it to production. Well, the answer is pretty much the whole thing. While mechanically the ’14 Corolla is pretty much a carryover from the 10th generation model, they gave the old platform all new exterior sheet metal and an upgraded, more spacious interior. I think it’s a pretty nice looking little car and actually like the way the LE looks better than the more aggressively styled S.