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MSRP: $16,800 - $21,300
Invoice: $15,876 - $19,722
MPG: 27 City / 36 Hwy
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Toyota Corolla Interior

Reviewers agree that the redesigned Corolla’s interior is much improved, but that it lags behind the relatively upscale cabins of rivals such as the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. Auto writers note that the Corolla’s soft-touch dashboard and optional piano black and chrome trim offer a touch of class, but the rest of the trim is described as adequate or “downright cheap.” 

  • “The interior no longer looks vacuum-formed from plastic, yet even soft-touch materials can't compensate for mundane architecture and an unimpressive selection of color and materials." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “The dash design is more modern. The piano-black trim looks better than a lot of stuff in this class." -- AutoWeek
  • “While Toyota has upgraded the Corolla's interior, it's not enough to compete with the best in the class." -- MSN
  • “Most of the dash is covered in soft-touch materials, but that stops as soon as you get to the front doors. Worse than just hard, the plastics used in the Corolla's door cards feel downright cheap." -- Left Lane News

Seating

The Corolla accommodates five and reviewers agree that the seats are comfy and attractive, though one critic wishes the seat bottoms had more padding. They’re also impressed with the car’s expansive rear-seat legroom. Toyota added more than 5 inches in the back of the 2014 model. Test drivers say that it’s easy to get in and out of the back seat, though several say headroom is tight. A telescopic steering wheel is standard but one reviewer thinks the wheel doesn’t telescope enough to find a comfortable driving position. The Corolla has standard cloth seats and optional leatherette and heated front seats. 

  • "A rear seat that was already one of the roomiest gets even better. The tiny fraction lost in headroom will bother only the tallest occupants and it's more than balanced by a substantial improvement in both legroom and ease of ingress. Better packaging is one of the new Corolla's obvious strengths." -- AutoWeek
  • "I'm just over 6'4" and can ‘sit behind myself’ with my knees just touching the backs of the front seatbacks. While the Corolla is not the only car to offer impressive rear-seat space, it's a notable improvement." -- Motor Trend
  • "The Corolla's front seats are handsomely designed, but could use some more lower padding. The Corolla features a telescoping steering wheel, although we found the fore/aft adjustment to be inadequate." -- Left Lane News 

Interior Features 

The 2014 Corolla comes standard with a four-speaker stereo, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Toyota's optional Entune premium infotainment package includes a 6.1-inch touch screen with a split-screen display, six speakers, voice-controlled phone, navigation and media, smartphone-enabled traffic and weather updates and satellite radio capability. The Corolla comes standard with eight air bags, including a driver knee air bag. Options and features on higher trim levels include a rearview camera, cruise control, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control and a moonroof. 

Reviewers agree that the Corolla’s controls are accessible and simple to use, and that the optional touch screen is sleek and responsive. Toyota’s Entune system also gets praise for its ease of use, though one reviewer says the display is mounted too low and can be hard to see in bright light. 

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  • “Everything is intuitive and the display is well-organized with modern graphics. It's not as pretty as MyFord Touch, but it's certainly easier to use. That, right there, is what the whole Corolla package comes down to: ease of use. Nothing about this car jumps out as being particularly emotive, and that's by design." -- Autoblog
  • "Several rivals offer similar systems, and Entune is among the easier systems to operate." -- MSN
  • "The knobs are trimmed with chrome, and the layout is much easier to master than the switch-dense stacks in the Cruze or Focus." -- AutoWeek
  • “A 6.1-inch touch-screen display is standard on most trim levels. It's mounted a bit too low and washes out in certain conditions, but the display's ability to be customized is cool." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The 2014 Corolla has 13 cubic feet of trunk space and split-folding rear seats. That’s comparable with the space found in a Ford Focus or Dodge Dart, but drivers looking for more cargo space may want to check out the Hyundai Elantra or the Chevrolet Sonic, which have nearly 15 cubic feet of room. One reviewer likes that the center console is divided for added organization.

  • “Conveniently, the center storage bin has two compartments. One that could hold a phone or tin of mints and another could store a compact box of tissues or CDs." -- Motor Trend
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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