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Redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla Priced Less Than Honda Civic

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco
2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco (Toyota Motor Sales)

Toyota has announced that the redesigned 2014 Corolla will start at $17,610 after an $810 destination fee when it goes on sale this fall.  Kicking Tires writes, “That's $570 more than the 2013 Corolla in base L trim, but prices for other trims decrease for 2014.”

Toyota says in a press release that the redesigned Toyota Corolla will be available in L, LE and S trims. Additionally, an LE Eco trim is all new for 2014. The base Corolla L comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. Standard interior features on the Corolla L include eight air bags, Bluetooth and a four-speaker stereo with a CD player, auxiliary input jack and a USB port.

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco
(Toyota Motor Sales)

The Corolla LE gains standard features that include cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry, a backup camera and an Entune audio system with a 6.1-inch touch-screen display. Toyota says a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also standard on the Corolla LE, which offers improved fuel economy over the base model. The Corolla S offers the choice of the six-speed manual or CVT, and adds unique exterior styling, sport seats and piano black interior trim, as well as optional features like steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

More power and improved fuel economy comes with the new Corolla LE Eco, which Toyota says “offers enhanced fuel economy due to a 140-hp Valvematic- equipped engine, improved aerodynamics, and unique CVTi-S tuning.” The EPA hasn’t published fuel economy estimates for the 2014 Corolla yet, but Toyota says that the Corolla LE Eco will get 42 mpg on the highway.

2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco
(Toyota Motor Sales)

Edmunds writes, “The combination of a bolder design, the choice of a 42-mpg model and a careful pricing strategy should make the 2014 Toyota Corolla a compelling choice for consumers.” The Corolla’s base price is less than the base prices of affordable small cars like the 2013 Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra, which start at $18,955 and $17,760, after destination charges. However, the Corolla also costs a bit more than the 2014 Ford Focus, which starts at $17,400.

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