2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Pros: Competitive pricing; generous selection of standard features; versatile hatchback body configuration

Cons: Driving character isn’t as peppy or agile as sporty looks suggest; some middling interior materials

CG Says: The Scion iM becomes Toyota Corolla iM for 2017. Toyota is closing its youth-oriented Scion division after the 2016 model year and iM moves over to the Toyota brand. Along with a new name, the iM gains standard Toyota Safety Sense that includes pre-collision system, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights. The Corolla iM is essentially a hatchback version of the Toyota Corolla that’s sold overseas as the Auris; as such, the iM can be considered a spiritual successor to the departed Toyota Matrix hatchback. The Corolla iM’s sporty, aggressive styling belies its lackluster acceleration and so-so driving character; a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus are much better choices for fun behind the wheel. However, the iM’s formidable list of standard features, aggressive pricing, and spunky styling inside and out make it a compelling compact-car choice.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Toyota
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices Base, manual: $18,750
Base, automatic: $19,490

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
137
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36