2014 Corolla Vs 2013 Corolla: What’s The Difference?

2014 Toyota Corolla (on Left) vs 2013 Toyota Corolla (on Right)

2014 Toyota Corolla (on Left) vs 2013 Toyota Corolla (on Right)

Many savvy car buyers know and trust the reputation of Toyota for selling reliable cars. There are plenty of examples of very old Toyotas on the road, which are still in good condition and running well. The 2014 incarnations of many Toyota models are now available, but should you buy new or look for a late model pre-owned Toyota? For example, can the difference between a 2014 and 2013 Corolla warrant the extra expenditure on the latest, brand new model? Here’s an overview of the key elements of an older versus new Corolla – See what you think.

New Look for the 2014 Corolla

It’s been a while since the Toyota Corolla had a face-lift and many might say that a change to the new look was unnecessary. Corolla buyers in general favor the car for its practicality and reliability rather than aesthetic prowess. However, it must be said that the 2014 car does look very good. The main difference between the 2014 and 2013 Corolla, when it comes to looks is the sleek hint of aggression in the new model. Perhaps you never expected to see the words “sleek,” “aggression” and “Corolla” used in the same sentence, but it’s happened.

There is even an interior difference between the 2014 and 2013 Corolla. Toyota has taken a new approach to the interior paneling of the new car. There are no lines to visually join the panels inside the car, which may sound terribly disjointed, but actually works very well in making the car appear “current”.

2014 Corolla Technology

There is quite a technology difference between a 2014 and 2013 Corolla too. Toyota have introduced new technology to the 2014 model in the areas of safety, enhanced power (in the LE-eco variant) and general convenience.

For drivers who appreciate safety enhancements, the 2014 Corolla gets a new knee airbag to protect the driver, as well as a front passenger seat cushion airbag. If you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in a collision, doubtless these new protective devices will prove their value. Ideally, though, preventing an accident is more desirable than having to test out the airbags. To that end, the new Corolla models come with a reversing camera to reduce the risk of running into something behind you.

Additionally the new smart stop system technology prevents you from accidentally hitting the throttle at the same time as the brakes in an emergency stop from speed. While it can’t physically stop you from putting your right foot down at the same time as the left, what it does do is counteract that action by intelligently reducing the engine power. Therefore, even if your foot goes down on the accelerator, then engine will not try to speed the car up. Smart stop and reversing cameras are not standard features of the 2013 Toyota Corolla, so the new model wins the day in this regard.

Further tech enhancements for 2014 include options for passive keyless entry and push button start. Automatic climate control is now a standard feature and the LE-eco Corolla gets improved engine power and fuel consumption with new technology for the engine, which Toyota calls “Valvematic.”

When you take everything into account, you get plenty for your money with the 2014 Corolla, including a far less conservative look and important safety enhancements. Given that 2013 models hold their value, you probably won’t pay much less for the older model than the new. It’s fair to say that buying the 2014 Toyota Corolla represents better value overall than trying to economize through a second hand 2013 purchase. If you’d like to come and see the all-new features of the 2014 Corolla, drop in and see us at Miller Toyota, if you’re in the Chantilly, VA area.

April 3, 2014
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