Many people were disappointed when Toyota brought the curtain down last year on its youthful Scion brand, but there was some good news as a number of the models were then brought into the regular Toyota range. What was the Scion iM is now therefore the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM, although it's essentially the same car except for some new advanced safety features and Toyota branding.
As Scion was overtly aimed at younger car buyers, it's no surprise there's more than a hint of sportiness about the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM. The main difference between the iM and the Corolla is the iM is a hatch whereas the regular Corolla is a four-door sedan. The iM is sleek, sporty, angular and slightly aggressive looking. When properly configured it really can look quite the boy-racer, but it can also be something altogether more subtle and conservative than that if that's what you prefer.
Some manufacturers like to offer a bewildering array of trim levels while others prefer to keep things altogether simpler. Well, you don't get simpler than the iM as there is just the one trim level. The good news is the iM comes very well equipped indeed as standard, which is only to be expected really as there isn’t a long list of available options to temp you to part with additional funds for either.
Features and equipment
On the outside of the Corolla iM, standard features include: projector-beam halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, color-keyed power folding heated outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, a honeycomb mesh pattern front grille with piano-black accents, an aggressive body kit and 17-inch alloy wheels. On the inside you'll find: dual zone automatic climate control, Toyota iM Display Audio with 7-inch touchscreen, an integrated backup camera, a sport fabric-trimmed six-way adjustable driver’s seat and plenty more.
Toyota really has upped the ante on safety this year with the Corolla iM. Like the rest of the range, the iM now comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suit of advanced safety features, which includes: Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beams and Lane Departure Alert. On top of that the car also features the Star Safety System that includes: Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, traction control, ABS brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and Smart Stop Technology.
Engine and performance
Powering the Corolla iM is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine developing 137 horsepower that comes mated to your choice of either a six-speed automatic or the optional continuously variable transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S). The iM is noticeably sharper to drive than the original Corolla sedan, which really does make this a pleasant little car to throw around bends or city streets. The acceleration you experience is ultra-smooth and quiet with the gas pedal partially pressed down, and the CVT is a nice upgrade as it behaves very nicely indeed. The brakes are as firm and consistent as you'd hope under normal driving, and there's a useful amount of road feel transmitted to the driver through the steering when the car is pushed hard into corners.
If fuel economy is a big consideration for you, the Corolla iM is going to impress. Its current EPA-estimated ratings come in at 28 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg combined.* For such a fun, sporty and engaging little car, those numbers really are icing on the cake.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2017 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.