published Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Test Drive: New Corolla adds dash of adventure

The new 2013 Toyota Corolla features sleek new body lines.
Staff photo by Mark Kennedy
The new 2013 Toyota Corolla features sleek new body lines. Staff photo by Mark Kennedy

FAST FACTS

Model: 2014 Corolla LE

Exterior color: Slate Metallic

Interior color: Light gray

Engine: 1.8 liter, four-cylinder

Horsepower: 132

Transmission: Continuously variable

Fuel economy: 38 mpg highway, 29 mpg city

Dealer: Capital Toyota

Price (as tested): $19,623

Earlier this year, total sales of the Toyota Corolla (introduced in 1966) topped 40 million worldwide. So how do you re-design one of the world's best-selling cars? Very carefully.

Still, Toyota has chosen to make a bold statement with its new 2014 Corolla, adding a dash of design flair to a car that has heretofore thrived mainly on its reputation for bullet-proof reliability.

Buy a college freshman a new Corolla and you've set him or her up in basic transportation for a decade or more. Now, with Corolla's sexy new sheet metal, your Millennial might even be excited about the deal.

Last week we test drove a Slate Metallic Corolla from Capital Toyota, which includes the incentive of a 1.9 percent, 60-month factory loan term for qualified buyers.

about Mark Kennedy...

Mark Kennedy is a Times Free Press columnist and editor. He writes the "LIfe Stories" human interest column for the City section and the "Family Life" column for the Life section. He also writes an automotive column, “Test Drive,” for the Business section. For 13 years, Kennedy was features editor of the newspaper, and before that he was the newspaper’s first Sunday editor. The Times Free Press Life section won the state press award for ...

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