Test Drive: New Corolla adds dash of adventure

Test Drive: New Corolla adds dash of adventure

September 14th, 2013 by Mark Kennedy in Business Diary

The new 2013 Toyota Corolla features sleek new body lines. Staff photo by Mark Kennedy


Model: 2014 Corolla LE

Exterior color: Slate Metallic

Interior color: Light gray

Engine: 1.8 liter, four-cylinder

Horsepower: 132

Transmission: Continuously variable

Fuel economy: 38 mpg highway, 29 mpg city

Dealer: Capital Toyota

Price (as tested): $19,623

Earlier this year, total sales of the Toyota Corolla (introduced in 1966) topped 40 million worldwide. So how do you re-design one of the world's best-selling cars? Very carefully.

Still, Toyota has chosen to make a bold statement with its new 2014 Corolla, adding a dash of design flair to a car that has heretofore thrived mainly on its reputation for bullet-proof reliability.

Buy a college freshman a new Corolla and you've set him or her up in basic transportation for a decade or more. Now, with Corolla's sexy new sheet metal, your Millennial might even be excited about the deal.

Last week we test drove a Slate Metallic Corolla from Capital Toyota, which includes the incentive of a 1.9 percent, 60-month factory loan term for qualified buyers.