2018 Toyota Corolla iM First Drive

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is running at dealerships, but the 2017 Corolla iM is still in stock.

An important note: Toyota offers two different versions of the Corolla, each with its own story to tell. We have brought together the Corolla sedan and the Corolla iM sedan because they share a name and a basic vision of life. The Corolla iM, known briefly as Scion iM before this brand became part of Toyota’s portfolio, is essentially a five-door sedan on the European market. It has its own interior design and, below, its suspension is considerably more sophisticated. Our rating is based on the sedan, which significantly outperforms the iM, but we will note the differences between the two models if needed.

The cabin of the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM does not really stand out from the rest of the class. It is neither attractive nor ugly, and there are high and low quality materials. This hatchback Toyota has nearly 21 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. It’s a good amount of space. It’s enough room for some beach chairs and a cooler or several sets of golf clubs. The rear seats fold down almost flat, giving you more cargo space and a wide and usable space. The Corolla iM’s standard features include Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control, a 7-inch touch screen audio display, a six-speaker Pioneer stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port. A dealer-installed navigation system is available. Almost all the features you can get in an iM come standard, and this Toyota has more standard features than many competitors. However, it lacks features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are available from many competitors. The touch screen is easy to see and use, and the Pioneer audio system sounds great.

The Corolla 2018 range is equipped with a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 132 horsepower in most sedans; the Eco Sedan, as its name suggests, is tuned for efficiency and, oddly enough, its 4-cylinder engine version offers 8 more horsepower. Most Corollas are equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), although a 6-speed manual is available on the SE sedan and the iM sedan. Make no mistake: the underbody and steering of the Corolla are tuned for comfort and not performance, although the iM’s multi-link rear suspension gives it a bit more sinuous toughness.

The Corolla iM is a great value that starts at $ 19,745 – $ 100 more than in 2017.

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