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2014 Toyota Corolla L: 28 mpg city, 37 highway (six-speed manual), 27/36 mpg (four-speed auto)
2014 Toyota Corolla LE: 29 mpg city, 38 highway (CVT)
2014 Toyota Corolla S: 29 mpg city, 37 highway (CVT), 28/37 mpg (manual)
2014 Toyota Corolla LE Eco: 30 mpg city, 42 highway (CVT - base), 30/40 mpg (CVT - Plus or Premium)
The 2014 Toyota Corolla appeals to shoppers as much for its simplicity and price as it does for its fuel-efficiency. That said, some shoppers might want a hybrid system, Toyota's Prius lineup, as well as the Camry Hybrid, provide that in higher city miles per gallon.
Otherwise, the Corolla lineup returns the sort of mileage that price-conscious frugal shoppers will be happy with—easily well over 30 mpg in combined driving, with 40 possible on some models in the lineup.
That fuel-economy special of the lineup is the LE Eco. But if those numbers are the top priority, don’t load it up with options; if you get either the Plus or Premium packages, you’ll upgrade to 16-inch alloy wheels (rather than the 15-inch steel wheels), and that’ll knock 2 mpg off your highway estimate (40 vs. 42 mpg).
The LE Eco model also adds a new Eco Drive Mode button that brings further changes to shift points, throttle response, and accessory operation.
An LE Eco model leads the line with 40 mpg or better on the highway.