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2014 Redesigned Corolla out this September

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    What talk about fuel efficiency?

    But that would be logical to discuss wrt the Corolla... sure won't be any discussion about its crisp handling! ;)
  • As far as a 4 speed auto goes....on my 2004 Corolla......200,000 miles....no maintenance.....and no problems what so ever......I am sticking to what has worked for me in the 2014 Corolla.....it remains to be seen if a CVT transmission.....with its Rubber Band inside.....can do 200,000 in ten years with no problems what so ever....and if it can.....will probably need thousands in maintenance........I will let others be the guinea pigs......I will take what
    works great for 200,000 miles
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I don't get it, what do you mean when you say "rubber band inside"?
  • Terceltom....in auto circles the CVT transmission is known as the "Rubber Band Transmission"....look into it.....the transmission is driven by a rubber belt inside the transmission....this rubber belt runs up and down between two...cone shaped wheels.....one of these cone shaped wheels is powered by the engine...the other cone shaped wheel is connected to the drive wheel....but...do a full research job.....so you know what you are getting...you make the choice...
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,668
    True - some people knock Toyota for the 4 speed auto, but that thing is built like a tank, no issues at all, and it is still very fuel efficient, all things considered.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,746
    I checked out the 2014 Corolla today as I had some time to kill. Found a bright blue Sport Plus with 6MT on the show floor, $22k sticker, no options (except there was another sticker on the windshield mentioning "accessories" and an over-$23k asking price. I hope it's not the 80s-90s again with those dealer-inflated stickers!!). I didn't ask to drive one because I didn't want to waste anyone's time; I won't be getting another car for a couple of years or so.

    The good news is, the interior trim, especially the dash and center console, is light-years ahead of the last few generations of Corollas in appearance and materials quality. Looked quite upscale with piano-black and metal (faux metal?) trim, and padded surfaces. The wheel was leather covered and grippy. Unfortunately, it doesn't telescope out very far, so my arms were straighter than I wished. But otherwise the manual driver's seat was comfortable.

    The other good news is, there's tons of leg room in back now. Plus there was plenty of toe space under the driver's seat, so I could really stretch out. (Sometimes there's enough leg room, but no toe space.) And the back seat cushion is high enough for good thigh support. So a pretty comfy place to be even for a couple of good-sized adults. Would be nice though if in a $22k car there was a rear center armrest, as on most competitors.

    The lack of a rear center armrest was one sign of cost-cutting. Another was the vinyl/cloth interior in this $22k car. It was nice enough looking, but considering some competitors such as the Elantra offer leather (with front/rear seat heaters) for the same money, would be nice to see real skins for this price.

    At least Toyota does offer a stick with upscale trim, including a moonroof. That's hard or impossible to get on some competitors on upscale trim levels. Another nice touch on the Corolla is honest-to-goodness protective side moldings, which have become very rare on new models.

    So a pretty nice car, but unless I really needed the big rear seat, I'd most likely favor a car like the Mazda3i, which in Touring trim with moonroof is ~$1000 less sticker than the Corolla, and I bet a lot more fun to drive.
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