2014 Toyota Corolla S 1.8 from North America
Just another uncomfortable Corolla
After a week as my favorite rental car of the week, I wanted to leave a review of the car.
I had reserved a full size rental from National and I didn’t know a Corolla was a full sized car.
The seats are narrow and it’s a constant issue getting the seat belt buckled. Why they don’t make the latch end 3 inches longer so you can get the buckle in, I don’t know.
With a 35 MPH cross wind the car jumped around a bit, but not real bad. Handling for the car size was adequate. It got 31 MPG in the wind at 75 MPH.
The arm rests are too low to do any good. All interior parts are hard plastic, and after hours of sitting in the seat it became a chore. The seat was nicely cushioned and the reach to the steering wheel was OK.
Wind noise is high for the car. When not driving in terrible winds, I kept checking to see if the windows were rolled up and the doors were all closed as there is so much noise.
The radio was not real clear sounding. I had to turn up the volume as there is so much background noise in the car.
It did get 40 MPG at 60 MPH. and even 36 MPG at 75 MPH. 6 months ago I took the same trip with a Chevrolet Sonic and I would say the Corolla is better than the Sonic, but not as nice as any of the Malibu or Impala rental cars.
The Nissan Altima was much more comfortable car as well, had much better power and got the same fuel economy.
The Corolla didn’t have automatic head lights, only one 12V plug in and generally beyond decent fuel economy I didn’t see much positive in the car. I had a Corolla rental a couple of years ago, and the 2014 was a nicer car, but still nothing to brag about.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 26th May, 2014
Good review, but please keep something in mind. Even though the rental company may categorize this car as a full size family sedan, it actually is not. The Camry and the Avalon are. So when you compared the Corolla to the Altima, Malibu, and Impala, I'm not surprised that those vehicles were quieter and more comfortable, as they actually are full size sedans. The Corolla is in more direct competition with the Cruze and the Sentra. Same with the Chevrolet Sonic, that would be more directly competitive to the Yaris and not this Corolla.
No big deal though, just thought I'd toss my two cents in :)