The compact sedan is a wise choice if the price is cheap, good fuel economy and ease of use everyday is your requirement. But the small dimension certainly has a small cargo, it’s not good if you want to travel on the road with your friends on a spur of the moment. For something like this, a hatchback-style car is more practical. And the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is basically a hatchback variant of the legendary Corolla, and available trim available takes a lot of guesswork from shopping experience.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is a hatchback version of the Corolla sedan which introduced as Scion in 2016 and brought under the Toyota last year. The 2018 iM is only available in a single trim level but a little less expensive than Corolla.
Standard equipment for the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights with auto high-beam control, LED taillights, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a driver information display and 60/40-split folding rear seats.
For tech features include forward collision warning with automatic braking, lane departure warning, a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and HD radio.
The are no optional package available, but a dealer accessories include various sport body enhancements, a navigation system and interior ambient lighting.
Powering the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. It sent to the front wheels through a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). In performance testing, a Corolla iM with CVT run from zero to 60 mph in 10 seconds, making it one of the slowest in the segment.
EPA estimates fuel economy at 31 mpg combined (27 city/36 highway) for the manual and 32 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway) for the CVT. A good number, but most rivals are even better.
The 2018 The Toyota Corolla iM interior competes with other hatchbacks in terms of material quality and contemporary design, and is much better than before. There are many soft and soft surfaces, with center console and pads for driver’s feet covered in simulated leather. The standard 7-inch touch screen is within easy reach, featuring a sensible menu and quick response. The dual-zone automatic climate control is another nice touch.
Taller drivers will have sufficient head and leg space, although additional steering wheel telescopes will be appreciated. The rear seats are not so wide, because there is only enough headroom and leg room that is below average. The cargo capacity is also smaller than other hatchbacks in this class, with only 20.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat.
Good front visibility thanks to the swept back windshield and thin roof pillars. Unfortunately the rear window is small and relies heavily on the rear-view camera.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is on sale and beginning to arrive now at dealers nationwide. It will compete against the Hyundai Elantra GT, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.
Official pricing for the 2018 Corolla iM starts at $19,745 (include destination) for manual models. The automatic adds $740 for an MSRP of $20,485.