The new Valvematic engine is the Corolla LE Eco's most distinguishing feature. The 2014 model is the first use of this technology in North America. It's a 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine that improves fuel economy and engine outpower by five percent. That's better horsepower than the sporty S model!
When compared to the 2013 Toyota Corolla engine, the Valvematic technology boosts the LE Eco by eight extra hosepower, but loses two lb.-ft. of torque (which refers to turning power).
Toyota reps said that there is limited production capability of the Valvematic engine, which is why they've built it into the new LE Eco and not the more popular LE, L, or even the sporty S models to gauge consumer interest.