2018 Toyota Corolla iM Test, Review


If you love hatchbacks, then the new 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is definitely made for you. After all, this is the year in which Toyota expects to launch the hatchback version of Corolla- one of the most popular models manufactured by the automobile leader.

The previously known as the Scion iM, the Corolla iM has five doors with 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space just after the second row, independent suspension in all the four corners with a control arm set-up in the back and modifications for improved handling and driving.

2018 Toyota Corolla iM front

2018 Toyota Corolla iM – Overall Design

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM has an overall impressive and catchy design. The Toyota is proud of the hatchback’s long roofline and clean styling that gives it a European feel. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as the iM with just a few further modifications is sold as the Toyota Auris all over the world.

However, the interior is strikingly similar to the Corolla sedan, especially the dashboard. The infotainment system could have been better integrated though.

The Corolla iM scores well when it comes to comfort and efficiencies like all other Toyota cars and gifts you a safe and confident driver. The passengers are mention safe and settled in the car. The hatchback looks good and the fuel numbers are also promising!

Security and Entertainment

When it comes to security, information, and entertainment- most of the features will be similar to what you generally see in the Corolla. This means that the Pioneer infotainment system that is generally seen could be replaced by Toyota’s Entune infotainment.

One has definitely heard of the improved version of Toyota’s safety technology, the Toyota Safety Sense-P that is equipped with pedestrian detection. While the current version of the Corolla has the basic version, Safety Sense C-System, it could be replaced by the Safety Sense-P in this model.

Expect all basic safety features such as lane departure warnings, airbags, stability control and high beams. Toyota cars are well known for their safety measures, and the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM won’t let you down.

2018 Toyota Corolla iM interior view

Engine Performance of the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is likely to be powered by a 1.8-litre, inline-4 engine. You can also get a 6-speed manual transmission as well as a CVT version in this model. The engine will have 137 HP and 126 pound-feet of torque.

The Corolla iM has multilink rear suspension for improved tenacity on tougher roads. This will ensure that it gives you a firm and smooth ride.

The Toyota is well-known for manufacturing automobiles that score high in the field of fuel efficiency. The 6-speed manual will give you a mileage of 27 mpg/35 in the city/highway. However, the optional CVT will give you slightly better results of 28 mpg, 36 mpg, and 31 mpg.

2018 Toyota Corolla iM rear

Price and Expected Release Date

The starting price for the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM will be $19,635, with a release date sometime in 2018. Even though it doesn’t come with fancy, over-the-top features such as keyless ignition, heated seats, and powered moonroof, this model might be a good choice compared to its competitors.

It’s going to be safe, reliable and durable- just like Toyota promises you always.

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