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2018 Toyota Corolla iM Review

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM has a very good predicted reliability rating, but its weak engine, vague steering, and cramped rear seats doom this hatchback to the bottom of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of standard features
  • Good cargo capacity
  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Limited head- and legroom in the back seat
  • Fewer advanced comfort and infotainment features than rivals
  • Loud, underpowered engine
  • Numbs steering and noticeable body roll




Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 5.2
Interior: 6.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Toyota Corolla iM Overview

Is the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM a Good Used Car?

The 2018 Corolla iM isn't a bad compact car, but it can’t keep pace with most class competitors. Several rivals earn good predicted reliability ratings as well, and many have nicer interiors and stronger engine options.

The 2018 Corolla iM has some strengths:

  • One of the best predicted reliability ratings in the class
  • Good gas mileage
  • Generous cargo room
  • Responsive touch screen
  • Solid list of standard features

But it has many weaknesses:

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Noisy engine
  • Too much body roll in turns, according to some reviewers
  • No Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Limited rear-seat headroom and legroom
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 21 Toyota Corolla iM reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM?

Based on listings for the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM on our site, the average list price is $16,700, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $15,000 to $19,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM Cost to Own?

The 2018 Corolla iM’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $22,300, or $4,460 per year. That’s above average for a compact car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Corolla iM?

2018 marked the final model year for the Corolla iM. The car launched for 2016 as the Scion iM. In 2017, Toyota discontinued the Scion brand, renamed the car the Corolla iM, and added Safety Sense C to the standard features list. There were no major changes for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM?

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM has a stellar predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Toyota Corolla iM Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM.

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Which Used Toyota Corolla iM Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Corolla iM is only available in one trim. It comes with a four-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, and a substantial number of standard features. A continuously variable automatic transmission is available.

  • Toyota Corolla iM: The base trim comes with cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a USB port, and an Aha radio app. It also comes with Toyota's Safety Sense C, which includes automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, and pre-collision braking. A navigation system is available.

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What Does Toyota's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Toyota offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 85,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Toyota provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty on all its certified pre-owned vehicles, and it extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the initial sale date or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like a CarFax vehicle history report, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully.

Toyota’s CPO program is about average for an affordable carmaker, according to our research. Hyundai and Kia both have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Corolla iM?

The 2018 Corolla iM has not been fully tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but it earned the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap front and side crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the Corolla iM.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • pre-collision braking
  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • lane departure warning

Available advanced safety features:

  • none

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2018 Toyota Corolla iM Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Corolla iM or 2018 Toyota Corolla?

Both the 2018 Toyota Corolla sedan and the Corolla iM hatchback have great predicted reliability ratings, low total ownership costs, and a reasonably smooth ride. It’s a combination that’s worked well for the Corolla sedan for years, as this is consistently one of the best-selling cars in the world. The big differences between these two cars are found behind the front seats. The Corolla’s back seats have lots of legroom and can easily carry two adults. The Corolla iM, on the other hand, has lots more cargo space. Go with the one that best suits your needs.

Which Is Better: 2018 Toyota Corolla iM or 2018 Kia Forte?

The 2018 Kia Forte is a more well-rounded compact car than the Corolla iM. It's available as a sedan and a hatchback and features smartphone integration technology via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (unavailable in the Corolla iM). The Forte also comes with more passenger room, and its hatchback model has a little more cargo space than the Corolla iM. Inside the Forte, you'll find a more attractive cabin that's available with upscale upgrades like leather upholstery. The Kia's lower average list price seals the deal: Go for the Forte.

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2018 Corolla iM Performance

How Does the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM Drive?

The Corolla iM's powertrain will get you where you're going, just not very quickly. The underpowered engine is noisy, and the steering is vague and numb. This hatchback offers a comfortable ride and composed handling, though some professional reviewers complain of too much body roll through corners.

  • Base engine: 137-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed manual; available continuously variable automatic (CVT)
Does the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Corolla iM has good fuel efficiency for the compact car class.

  • With manual transmission: 27/35 mpg city/highway
  • With CVT: 28/36 mpg

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2018 Corolla iM Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Corolla iM Seat?

The 2018 Corolla iM seats five people in two rows. The first row has lots of room for both the driver and passenger, but rear-seat space is in short supply. Both head- and legroom are cramped in the back, making it uncomfortable for adult passengers on anything more than a short jaunt around town.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • none
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM?

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2018 Toyota Corolla iM Features

The Corolla iM features a user-friendly infotainment system with responsive touch controls as well as physical knobs for audio and climate functions.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, an Aha radio app, HD Radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth
  • Available infotainment features: navigation
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Toyota Corolla iM Dimensions

Toyota Corolla iM Cargo Space

The 2018 Corolla iM has 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is good for the compact car class. You can also fold the rear seat flat to gain additional cargo space.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Toyota Corolla iM Length and Weight
  • Length: about 14 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 2,943 to 3,031 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM Built?

Toyota built the 2018 iM in Japan.


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