Going Places in the All-New 2014 Toyota Corolla

This fall Toyota released an all-new model, the 2014 Corolla, with the same features that make it a safe, dependable, and economical choice but with a new dimension of design and technology. It starts at $16,700, making it a great city car, and budget/first time buyer option.
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This fall Toyota released an all-new model, the 2014 Corolla, with the same features that make it a safe, dependable, and economical choice but with a new dimension of design and technology. It starts at $16,700, making it a great city car, and budget/first time buyer option.
Jill Seiman, Toyota Corolla

On a recent trip to Miami with Toyota I learned exactly why we see so many Corollas on the road, from older models to brand new ones. Turns out, the Toyota Corolla is the world's best-selling car. Over ten million have been sold in the US alone since 1968 and 38% of those are still on the road today. Eighty percent of Corollas sold in the last 20 years are on the road. Those are impressive stats for any car buyer, let alone families looking to get the best bang for their buck.

This fall Toyota released an all-new model, the 2014 Corolla, with the same features that make it a safe, dependable, and economical choice but with a new dimension of design and technology. It starts at $16,700, making it a great city car, and budget/first time buyer option.

The reason for my trip was to get up close and personal with the new model from a parent's perspective. When evaluating a family car in any price category, I look for safety, reliability, gas mileage, and style. After that, it's just gravy.

2014 Toyota Corolla

Right off the bat you may notice the new Corolla has a cleaner, more sleek design than its predecessors. Cute and sporty, the seats have more support and the back seat has more leg room, meaning it can fit even the clunkiest of car seats. The trunk is roomy too, a must for family lifestyle.

Sitting in the back seat for most of the test drive, I didn't feel like I was in a "compact" vehicle. It was perfectly comfortable and roomy, exactly what the 90 degrees and humid weather demanded.

Miami Lighthouse

We can expect 28 to 42 miles per gallon of gas depending on the model of Corolla, which is obviously another major selling point.

In addition to eight standard airbags, daytime running lights, and child-protected rear locks, the 2014 Corolla has a Star Safety System™ which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology®. It already earned a Top Safety Pick Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and has Bluetooth to keep you hands free and a rear back up monitor for an extra set of eyes.

Every 2014 Corolla has a display screen with Entune, which includes just the right amount of technology: Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a USB port. On select, premium audio units, there is navigation and a set of Apps and Data Services, referred to as the “Entune® App Suite” where you can use OpenTable and other time saving Apps while you drive.

I personally get turned off by too many bells and whistles but I found the Corolla to have just enough technology that it felt exciting and useful and not scary and overwhelming.

The Corolla comes in standard colors but also a new Barcelona Red Metallic and Blue Crush Metallic. Exactly the colors I imagine for one's perfect first car. Unlike my own which was a 1986 Volvo previously belonging to my Uncle Harold.

For more details on the 2014 Toyota Corolla, visit Toyota.com or  contact your nearest dealer. You can see more photos of Toyota press trip in Miami here.

I'm always curious to know, what features do you look for in a family vehicle?

{I was not compensated for this post. My participation in the press preview was sponsored by Toyota who provided me with travel, hotel, and meal accommodations for review purposes. I am under no obligation whatsoever to endorse or even write about it. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}