Toyota will launch the 2014 Corolla later this year, and thanks to the ever-leaky internet, a couple of key details about the new sedan have been revealed. Car and Driver was able to uncover these bits of information thanks to someone at a Toyota dealer in Kansas who has seen the car, as well as its order guide, though the dealer's site has since removed its original posting.

We got our first glimpse at the next-generation Corolla's design at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, where Toyota unveiled the Furia concept, pictured above. Yes, it looks all sporty and aggressive, but fear not, appliance shoppers, C/D says that the production car should have a couple of Furia bits mixed in with a huge helping of Camry-inspired styling.

The 2014 Corolla will reportedly continue to use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, though the mill has been massaged a bit, adding Toyota's Valvematic continuously variable valve timing. A four-speed automatic (yep!) will be offered in the base model, though the manual transmission now has six gears, and higher trim levels can be had with a CVT. Both engine output and fuel economy numbers should improve slightly over the 2013 model. Currently, the Corolla produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque, and achieves 27/34 miles per gallon (city/highway) with the five-speed manual 'box.

Trim levels will now be called base, LE, S and Eco, and a couple of improvements have been made to the materials and equipment offered inside the cabin. Softex leather will be available for 2014, as will a push-button start and a navigation system.

Toyota has not confirmed any of this information, but we won't have to wait too much longer before getting the official details on the fully freshened Corolla.


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      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      The corolla has been so many great things in its life time.. from rally car, track car, drifter.. you name it. The 05 XRS with the celicas motor was the last good enthusiast Corolla. Toyota is not taking advantage of the Corollas good name.
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guys lets get this right.. its a 27 year old transmission to be specific...wait, it'll turn 28 in the next few months. Rest of the car will probably be carried over anyways.
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      So basically, this blog article is based on something that Car and Driver heard from a Toyota dealership before the information went away minutes later? Boy, we can take this to the bank.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sucks the 4-sp is still sticking around, but sounds like it will just be in fleet/ad vehicles. No biggie. It would have been nice to see a 6-sp auto instead of the CVT, but I think Toyota will be able to make it so it's not too elastic feeling. The 6-sp manual is good news, and hopefully the S model will get boost in driving dynamics to go along with it. If their most recent offerings are anything to go by, it might be a decently fun-to-drive little car.
      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sources say there will three additional beige colors in it's exciting option list... and of course a new beige/tan interior option with mouse felt!
      jaydez860
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like the Corolla will continue to trail the back in terms of features and fuel economy but the lemmings will buy it like its the next iphone.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol 4spd auto? C'mon Toyota time to catch up with everyone else.
        Bernard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        Well, at least there's a CVT option.
        mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        Look on fuelly, corollas average 30-31. Chevy cruze averages 31-32. Those two extra gears don't really give that much benefit in real world driving. If the four speed works for them and its reliable, then who cares. IMO I would love to see what Toyota can get with a six speed since their four is almost on par with everyone's six speeds.
      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota's probably not looking for conquest sales. They're looking at the guy who's already owned a Corolla or five. "The new Corolla has a 1.8L and a 4 speed? My old Corolla had a 1.8L and a 4 speed and lasted 300k miles. I'll buy another one because it should also last 300k miles with nothing more than oil changes."
        RocketRed
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Agree. Except for the part about how the Corrolla owner will do oil changes. Or anything else besides put gas them and patch the tires when necessary.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RocketRed
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        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FoxJ30
        But this will cost about $8,000 more than your one with 300k miles. I'm a Toyota fan, but I can see when they don't innovate it = fail. They should at least have a 5 or 6 speed automatic in there. I have a 2001 MR2 spyder. In the US it was offered with ONLY a 5 speed SMT or 5 speed manual. In Europe they offered a 6 speed for the same engine. They also have a 6 speed from the Matrix / XRS etc. So I imported a 6 speed transmission from Europe and my highway mileage has increased by a solid 4-5 mpg. No reason they can't add extra gears. Just because they add gears doesn't mean it won't last 300k miles. It just means it will save more fuel while getting 300k miles. If number of gears =longevity then Tractor Trailers wouldn't be lasting 500+k miles with their 16 speed trans.
          Zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          "But this will cost about $8,000 more than your one with 300k miles." Not in real dollars. What cost $12000 in 1993 would cost almost $19,000 in 2012. And today you're getting a lot more (airbags, ABS, traction control, and so on and so forth). The price has stayed the same, more or less.
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 speed auto 2013 wat?
      KyleR
      • 2 Years Ago
      A four-speed automatic in 2013? In the Spark, it's excusable. That's a low-end, easy-on-the-wallet A-Segment car. In the Corolla, a real volume pusher in a competitive segment, that's just pathetic.
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KyleR
        The thing that gets me is that the 4 speed auto will be an extra cost option over the 6 speed manual. You'd have to *really* hate shifting to pay more for fewer gears.
        Ghia
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KyleR
        Did you not read the article, CVT is coming. Infinite gears.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ghia
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          Papi L-Gee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ghia
          Is that supposed to be a good thing?
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      OH MY GOD A NEW TOYOTA COROLLA!!! I AM SERIOUSLY GOING TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK LIKE FOR REAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Big Squid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        ZOZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        hahah; well, at least is not as bland and ugly as the current one; till another 20 years in which they'll make it worse and worse every few years.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        [blocked]
      Gordon Chen
      • 2 Years Ago
      "four-speed automatic" *jaw drops*
        Vien Huynh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        I guess as long as it sells, they don't think about change.
        RetrogradE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Fred Flinstone's feet will push that car along to a higher top speed than a 4-speed. Suck it, Toyota, you're boring.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RetrogradE
          We're all laughing now but just wait until the 2018 Corolla comes out with it's 32 year old 4-sp Automatic, then we'll see whos laughing.
        Stephen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Lipstick on a pig. "oh but it's sooooo reliable!" Guess all the recent development yen went into lexus.
        cgm9999
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        I laughed my ass off when I read the original comment. My sentiments exactly; it's nothing short of shocking to hear of a brand new car coming out in the year 2013 to have a 4 speed automatic. Wow. Just...wow.
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