2018 Toyota Corolla iM

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MSRP: $18,850 - 19,590

2018 Toyota Corolla iM Review

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is relegated to the bottom tier of our compact car rankings; many competitors have more athletic road manners and more of the latest tech. The Corolla iM does, however, earn a near-perfect predicted reliability rating.




Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.2
Safety: N/A
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Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Loud, underpowered engine
  • Uncomfortable seats
  • Fewer advanced comfort and infotainment features than rivals

Is the Toyota Corolla iM a Good Car?

The Toyota Corolla iM isn’t that good of a compact car. Some notable high points include loads of cargo space, a long list of standard features, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. However, as one of the brand’s lower-end models, the Corolla iM lacks some connectivity features that other cars offer. This hatchback also can’t match the engaging handling and comfort of many competitors.

Should I Buy the Toyota Corolla iM?

Choosing the Corolla iM over its rivals doesn’t make a lot of sense. With a mid-range starting price for the class, it doesn’t provide a lot of value compared to the competition. There are several other cars in the class that give you better performance, a nicer interior, or a lower price tag. Some competitors offer all three.

Available as a sedan or hatchback, the Kia Forte delivers better overall performance and a nicer interior than the Corolla iM. It’s also less expensive than the Corolla iM. For a slightly more well-rounded Toyota, check out the regular Toyota Corolla.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Toyota Corolla iM?

The iM debuted in 2016 as the Scion iM. After the demise of the Scion brand, Toyota reintroduced the model as the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM. For 2017, the Corolla iM added automatic high beams, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking to its list of standard advanced safety features. There were no major changes to the Corolla iM for 2018, so you can likely save money and get a nearly identical used model.

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2016 Scion iM and 2017 Toyota Corolla iM. If you decide an older model is right for you, visit our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We don't base our reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we use a combination of professional test driver opinions and objective data like crash test and reliability ratings to provide a complete picture of every vehicle we rank. This 2018 Toyota Corolla iM review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Toyota Corolla iM Cost?

The Corolla iM has a base price of $18,850. Many compact cars have lower starting prices, but some are also significantly more expensive. Unlike most class rivals, the Corolla iM only comes in one trim, so at its most expensive, this Toyota is cheaper than many competitors.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You may also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

Toyota Corolla iM Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Toyota Corolla iM or Toyota Corolla?

The Corolla iM is basically a hatchback version of the four-door Toyota Corolla sedan. These cars both have lackluster engine power, dull handling, and good fuel economy. As a hatchback, the iM naturally has more cargo room than the Corolla’s trunk, but the Corolla sedan has more overall passenger space. Taller passengers will appreciate the extra legroom in the Corolla’s second row. The Corolla is a better choice for passenger moving, while the iM is a good fit for cargo hauling.

Which Is Better: Toyota Corolla iM or Kia Forte?

The Kia Forte is a better car than the Corolla iM in pretty much every way. Like the iM, the Forte comes in sedan and hatchback body styles and features an outstanding 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Technology buffs will appreciate the Forte’s standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which the Corolla iM doesn’t offer (even as an option). The Forte boasts plenty of comfort and more space for occupants in both rows, and its hatchback model has a couple extra cubic feet of cargo space compared to the iM. With the Forte, you’ll get one of the more attractive cabins in the class, and it offers touches of luxury that the iM can’t match, like available leather upholstery. Don’t overthink this one – go with the Kia.

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Corolla iM Interior

How Many People Does the Corolla iM Seat?

This Toyota compact seats five people. The seats have ample support, but there are no premium seating features available (like heated seats or leather upholstery). The front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, but the rear seats are lacking in both areas.

Corolla iM and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. Some rear-facing car seats will force you to move the front seats far forward. Other than that, the LATCH system is easy to use, and all the anchors are easy to find.

Corolla iM Interior Quality

The Corolla iM's cabin doesn’t really stand out from the rest of the class. It’s neither attractive nor ugly, and there are high- and low-quality materials.

Corolla iM Cargo Space

This Toyota hatchback has nearly 21 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. That’s a good amount of space. It’s enough room for a couple beach chairs and a cooler or several sets of golf clubs. The rear seats fold nearly flat, giving you more cargo room and a wide, usable space.

Corolla iM Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the Corolla iM 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.

Nearly every feature you can get in an iM comes standard, and this Toyota has more standard features than many rivals. However, it lacks features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are available in many competitors. The touch screen is easy to see and use, and the Pioneer audio system sounds excellent.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Corolla iM Performance

Corolla iM Engine: Well, You Won’t Have to Worry About Speeding Tickets

The Corolla iM is not fast. It features a 137-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that has ample power for driving to and from work but delivers sluggish acceleration when you’re pulling away from a stoplight or merging onto the highway. It’s also loud, especially at higher rpms. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable automatic transmission is available.

Corolla iM Gas Mileage: Pretty Good

This Toyota earns 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Those are good ratings for a compact, and your annual gas expenses will be about the same as in other fuel-efficient compacts like the Toyota Corolla sedan and the Kia Forte.

Corolla iM Ride and Handling: Poised, but Not Overly Athletic

You won’t rave about the Corolla iM’s handling and ride quality, but both are acceptable. The ride is comfortable over most road surfaces, and handling is composed on winding roads. The steering is another story, as it feels vague and numb.

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Corolla iM Reliability

Is the Toyota Corolla iM Reliable?

The 2018 Corolla iM has one of the highest predicted reliability ratings in the class: a 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. The Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla match this rating. The only rival with a perfect five reliability rating is the Kia Soul

Toyota Corolla iM Warranty

Toyota covers the Corolla iM with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Corolla iM Safety

Corolla iM Crash Test Results

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM has only been through a couple of crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Corolla the top score of Good in two evaluations – the moderate overlap front test and the side crash test. The Corolla iM hasn’t been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Corolla iM Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera and Toyota's Safety Sense C, which includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams.

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Which Toyota Corolla iM Model Is Right for Me?

The Toyota Corolla iM only comes in one trim, and it has a starting price of $18,850. It features a four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available for an extra $740. Beyond that, there really isn’t much to think about. There are no option packages available, and the only noteworthy available feature is a navigation system, which you can add for $900.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Toyota dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Toyota deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM finishes low in our compact car rankings, and with good reason. Its strengths are also found in many class rivals that also have fewer major weaknesses. This is a decent car with plenty of reasons to like it, but we can't recommend it over its competitors.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The Corolla iM carries many of the sedan's benefits and pitfalls. On one hand, the ride and seats are comfortable, materials quality is good, and the user interface is intuitive. Plus, you get a ton of standard features for the money. Unfortunately, the cargo area is smaller than competitors' and the back seat is pretty cramped. It's also not much fun to drive, with painfully slow acceleration from its underpowered four-cylinder. Overall, the Corolla iM is a decent choice that looks good on paper thanks to its robust features list. But we think shoppers would be happier paying a little extra for a more well-rounded small hatchback." -- Edmunds
  • "If you've been shopping the compact-car market and feel overwhelmed by the number of choices, varying resale values and costs to own, the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM is the perfect solution. With its one-size-fits-all philosophy, the only choice you'll have to make is manual or automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • The iM falls somewhere in the middle of the big C segment. It may not be best-in-class at any one particular thing, but the Scion looks good, is nicely equipped right out of the box, and is priced right." -- Autoblog (2016, Scion iM)

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