New for 2014: Toyota Cars
Some enthusiast-minded drivers have long considered it to be little more than a four-wheeled appliance, while others point to its decades-long history of providing practical and reliable everyday transportation. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, prepare to look at the 2014 Toyota Corolla in a new way, as the 4-door sedan arrives with a fresh look, updated powertrains that deliver improved efficiency, additional features and interior space, and what Toyota is suggesting is a more responsive chassis.
Aside from the redesigned Corolla, there isn't a lot of significant news about Toyota's passenger-car lineup for 2014. The Matrix has been discontinued, while the Camry returns with a new SE Sport trim level, and both the Prius V and Yaris add standard daytime running lights.
As this article is written, Toyota has not released information about the 2014 Avalon, Prius, Prius C, or Prius Plug-in.
2014 Toyota Avalon
As this article is written, Toyota has not released information about the 2014 Avalon.
For 2013, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) Avalon sedan was redesigned and was offered in seven trim levels with either a gas or hybrid powertrain. The standard V-6 engine, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivering 268 horsepower, carries EPA fuel-economy estimates up to 21/31/25 mpg (city/highway/combined). The Avalon Hybrid, equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine joined by a 105-kW electric motor and nickel-metal hydride battery, has earned EPA estimates of 40/39/40 mpg.
- 2014 model-year information not yet available
2014 Toyota Camry
Like the larger Avalon, the FWD Toyota Camry sedan was updated for the 2013 model year. As a result, the 2014 Camry has been carried over mostly unchanged, except for the addition of an SE Sport trim level equipped with special 18-inch alloy wheels, power driver's seat, and a power tilt/slide moonroof.
The rest of the 2014 Toyota Camry lineup consists of L, LE, SE, XLE, Hybrid LE, and Hybrid XLE trim levels. Depending on which version is selected, buyers have the choice of a 178-horsepower 4-cylinder or 268-horsepower V-6 engine, as well as a 156-horsepower, 4-cylinder hybrid powertrain. EPA-rated fuel economy for the latter is 43/39/41 mpg.
- New SE Sport trim level
2014 Toyota Corolla
Without question, the biggest news related to Toyota cars is the debut of the redesigned Corolla. Most obvious is all-new sleeker styling, accented by LED headlights, a bolder front fascia, and a body that's wider and longer than its predecessor. These updates are accompanied by an increase in rear leg room, a revised powertrain lineup that includes two 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engines and a new optional continuously variable transmission (CVT), new LE Eco trim level, and what Toyota promises are improved handling dynamics.
The FWD, 5-passenger 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan is available in four trim levels.
- Completely redesigned
- Improved aerodynamics and fuel economy
- LE Eco trim level
- Available CVT
- Choice of two 4-cylinder engines
- Improved handling
- Longer and wider than predecessor
- LED headlights
- Increased rear-seat leg room
2014 Toyota Prius
As this article is written, Toyota has not released information about the 2014 Prius, Prius C, or Prius Plug-in. However, the company has announced that the 2014 Prius V wagon will be upgraded with standard daytime running lights, and a power tilt/slide moonroof that had previously been available only as part of a package will now be offered as a stand-alone option.
The 5-door, FWD Prius hatchback--available in five trim levels and equipped with a 134-horsepower hybrid powertrain--carries EPA fuel-economy estimates of 51/48/50 mpg. The Prius Plug-in hatchback has an MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) rating from the EPA of 95 miles, and an estimated 11-mile electric-only range. On the smaller end of the scale is the Toyota Prius C, available in four trim levels, which delivers 99 net horsepower and boasts EPA fuel-economy estimates measuring 53/46/50 mpg.
- Standard daytime running lights (Prius V)
- Moonroof now a stand-alone option on certain Prius V trim levels
2014 Toyota Yaris
Similar in size to the Prius C but lacking its hybrid powertrain, the 2014 Toyota Yaris has been updated with standard daytime running lights. Available in 3- and 5-door hatchback form, this little FWD car can be had in trim levels ranging from the base L to the relatively sporty SE highlighted by its alloy wheels and sport-tuned chassis. All variants draw power from a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
- Standard daytime running lights
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