2014 Toyota Corolla's gasoline engine bests diesel rivals' MPG and emissions
At a recent Toyota product launch for the midsize 2014 Corolla, Toyota’s representatives stated that the new 2014 Corolla LE Eco is the segment’s gasoline powered, non-hybrid fuel economy champ. Based on our analysis it seems as if the 2014 Corolla LE Eco is more than that. It is the most fuel economical mid-size family car period (non-hybrid). It also has better green credentials.
Fuel economy is not which car gets the best mileage (the Corolla does by the way). Rather, fuel economy is the measure of how economical a car is to run in terms of fuel cost, and it is not the same for diesel and for cars that use regular gasoline. Diesel is more expensive and that has to be factored in for a fuel economy analysis. Let’s start with fuel efficiency, which is a measure of how far a car can go on a gallon of fuel.
The 2014 Toyota LE Eco with its standard wheels gets 35 MPG combined. One Toyota representative we spoke to was firm in their confidence that this number will not be an exaggeration like the Hyundai numbers of a few years back. In fact, according to our source, the EPA verified the test for the Corolla themselves, rather than trust Toyota. The Chevy Cruze diesel gets 33 MPG combined and the Jetta 34 MPG.