the north face quince jacket 2014 Toyota Corolla
Let face it, the 2014 Toyota Corolla has turned it up to 11 in many ways. It the 11th generation, selling over 1.3 million examples in Canada since its arrival in the late an 11 out of 10, if you compare it to what we normally expect for features, performance, and sexy for the Corolla badge.
But what about 11 centimetres of fresh snowfall to battle? Luckily, there plenty of the white and fluffy, as well as the icy no stoppy for this winter test. Let turn up the bun warmers and get started.
Exterior: The S trim Corolla gets heated exterior mirrors, as well as fog lamps, which are mighty handy for spotting deer in the ditch, waiting to make a break for it.
All Corolla models are equipped with LED headlight assemblies. The light they cast is impressive, though without the ability to generate heat, the assemblies can ice over much faster than traditional halogens.
Wiper arms do not interfere with other, when they raised for snow clearing and ice scraping. The primary air inlet for the HVAC is exposed, so make a point of clearing it, before you set the fan on Max.
Like most vehicles in the segment, the Corolla has multiple points of aerodynamic sculpting. The S possesses the same underbody smoothing panels as the new Eco trim.
While designed to deflect air, it would be advisable to have the vehicle inspected underneath, by your local collision repair shop. The last thing you want is to have these panels become road salt collectors.
Rust inhibitor sprays, as well as annual panel removal and flushing may be required, unless you like throwing away your hard earned investment every eight years.
I impressed with the wheelwell space on the Corolla, which keeps the clogging of snow and ice to a minimum. Some manufacturers have gone very tight with the spacing between the wheelwell and the tires, in search of smoother airflow around the vehicle.
That means wheelwells that can clog extremely quickly, which can affect everything from suspension travel to steering capability. Toyota has applied plenty of spray in box liner grade coating to the rear wheel wells, in efforts to impede corrosion.
Interior: The S tester wore the interior upgrade known as SofTex. Its a thermoplastic polyurethane mix, mighty close to the texture and grain of real leather. The heated front seats of the S trim were quick to heat up, using rocker style switches, which Toyota continues to locate far below the line of sight, ahead of the gear selector. The HVAC controls were of the Auto temperature setting style, single zone, with simple, easy to navigate switchgear.
You may notice a slight anomaly with the cabin comfort, and the HVAC temperature read out. Simply put, 25.5 degrees Celsius on the dial feels more like 22.5 in other Auto HVAC vehicles. It still gets plenty warm inside, and quickly, thanks to Toyota standard Positive Temperature Coefficient heater, an electric pre heater system for the interior cabin.
Side window clearing can be assisted a smidge,
by positioning the dash mount side vents just so, in the Defroster/Heater mode.
Traction Action: When Toyota sends a Toyota car thing in the winter, they tend to send them on Michelin X Ice skins. These winter tires are the latest Xi3 formulation, able to stop 10 per cent sooner on ice than popular competitors. They an excellent all rounder for the Corolla, and chances are, the old Corolla that being traded in has a first gen set in the trunk. There may come a time to rock the Corolla out of a snowbank, so be aware that there are two levels of traction/stability control defeat. One touch defeats traction control, push and hold for about three seconds defeats the Vehicle Stability Control, assuming you like to ice race on the weekends. (You never win with the Nannies set to On.)
With the new CVT, available on LE and S trims, the Corolla is fast approaching Hoot status, especially for winter driving. The S gets the full suite of manual shift options, with a floor mount tap gate, or the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. That right. A Corolla with PADDLE SHIFTERS! Toyota calls it a CVTi S, which means it has intelligence and Sport in it. I think the S means Seven, as in the seven that can occur during manual modes. The Corolla S Sport mode selection will offer a similar gear shift mimic, with the added bonus of a revised/sportier electric power steering program.
When you press down, hard, on the throttle of the Corolla S in the snow and ice, something happens. To be more precise, its about what isn happening, such as the incessant interventions of traction control and throttle cut that plagues many front drive compacts, sentenced to using traditional automatics. Simply put, the CVTi S equipped Corolla allows you to press harder on the throttle, and actually feel like you accomplishing something for forward motion. That not a bad thing, when the rusty Sierra Classic next to you starts sliding its back end into your lane, in search of grip. All of this forward motion, and control, is occurring with the traction and stability controls engaged. That means a large daylight opening, and front windshield pillars that aren large enough to block pedestrians. The tech is sound; the 2014 Corolla scores the top rating of Good for the roof crush test, administered by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. All 2014 Corolla models are equipped with eight standard airbags, with front driver and passenger knee airbags added to the previous six.
Snowflakes: I give the Corolla four out of five possible flakes, buoyed by the performance of the CVTi S. It not just about fun. The CVTi S also returned a combined City/Highway fuel efficiency number, during economy sensitive runs, of 7.5L/100 km. (Not bad for 30 Celsius.) Figure out the headlight warming issue and I mail in the extra flake.