Review: 2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan

Posted by Ashley Perkins
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With a solid heritage and name known by all, the 11th generation Corolla sedan isn’t just like any other new-generation model. With it being one of the worlds most popular small cars, the pressure is one for this generation to live up to its name.

Competitively priced, well optioned and with looks to match the Corolla hatch – this is the result of the expert minds at Toyota wanting claim the reigns of Australia’s most popular small sedan. 

Available in three variants, the Ascent Sedan, SX Sedan, and the ZR Sedan, the  drive away pricing starts from just under $23,000.

Features like reversing camera, reverse sensors, Bluetooth phone and audio, cruise control, 7 airbags, stability control, and traction control are standard across the range. 

To power all of those features is a 1.8litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque, with a frugal fuel economy of 6.6L per 100km.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

Initial Impression

The design influence of the Corolla hatch can be seen in the sedan, but there are some noticeable differences that let you easily tell the two apart.

It is strikingly more dynamic and sportier than before with its shaper nose and longer body. Because of this longer body, legroom and boot space have been boosted.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

When you jump into the drivers seat, it feels sporty and reminiscent of the popular Toyota 86 Coupe. We love it, and the overall fit and finish feels fantastic.

The entry-level Ascent and the SX Sedan are covered in Toyotas durable cloth upholstery, but in the ZR Sedan you’ll find yourself surrounded by leather accented seats.

So, let’s get out on the road!

Drivability 

One thing about small cars that usually lets them down is their power, the car can be too heavy and the engine used is too small. What surprised us when we got going with the Corolla was the surprising amount of agility it displayed.

Sure, this isn’t a Toyota 86, but it still manages to feed you, the driver, with a little bit of fun and exhilaration and will allow you to jump into traffic or overtake without much of a hassle.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

What made the Corolla so enjoyable to drive was its great feeling leather wrapped steering wheel, great visibility and inclusion of reverse sensors and reversing camera. This not only made day-to-day driving great, but parking in tight spots wasn’t any trouble at all. 

A standout result from our 700km+ review was the fuel economy figure that we were able to achieve. Throughout our mixed driving we were able to achieve just less than 7 litres per 100km.  Not too far off Toyota’s claimed 6.6 litres per 100km. 

It’s a fun car to drive, and rewards you with great fuel economy.

Practicality 

As already mentioned, the sedan compared to the hatch has been able to not only add some rear legroom, but it also gained some extra boot capacity, making this more family or adventurer friendly.

If you’re a couple who likes to socialise, or a young family who is wanting a value conscious car, the Corolla sedan seemed to have done a good job at doing both. Whether it is baby seats or suitcases, you will have no issues here. 

Don’t worry about the slightly larger footprint though, as it is still able to squeeze into small car parking spots at the shopping center. Perfect for late night busy periods, or parking on the street. Plus with 60/40 split folding rear seats, there is added flexibility for larger packages.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

Cost

Competition is fierce in the small car segment and Toyota has worked hard to position the Corolla in the sweet spot with its offering of standard features.

Our Ascent Sedan model is priced from under $23,000, and the top of the range ZR Sedan is priced just under $35,000. This adds leather-accented seats, GPS navigation and more. 

Toyota also includes a 3 Year/100,000km Factory Warranty and 3 Years/60,000km of Capped Price Servicing costing just $130 per scheduled service.

Compared to the competition, the Corolla Sedan is a compelling value proposition, and with Toyota’s legendary reliability, those hassle free years of motoring should continue for a long time after that.

2014 Toyota Corolla Sedan Review

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a fun little sedan that will do a great job of getting you from A to B in a comfortable fashion, the Corolla Sedan should definitely be on your shopping list.

Whilst we’d love to see some more bright colours added to the paint options, this sedan was able to do everything we asked of it and then some.  Its strong points include the standard reversing camera and reverse sensors, plus its excellent fuel economy. 

Check out our stock online, or contact us to arrange a test drive of the Toyota Corolla Sedan!