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

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FAST FACTS

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.