7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2017 Toyota Corolla iM Review

The 2017 Toyota Corolla iM ranks near the back of the compact car class. The Corolla iM has an upscale interior and a good predicted reliability rating, but these merits are overshadowed by a coarse engine, sluggish acceleration, and lukewarm handling.

Pros & Cons

  • Quality interior materials
  • Lots of standard features
  • Lackluster handling and acceleration
  • Limited rear visibility

2017 Toyota Corolla iM Overview

Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM a Good Used Car?

The Toyota Corolla iM isn’t a great option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The iM’s miserly engine performance doesn’t live up to its hot-hatch appearance. Worse still, its handling is uninspiring and its fuel economy is mediocre. The iM also lacks a few amenities you might hope to find even in an economy car, like heated seats, a sunroof, or satellite radio. It’s not all bad news, though. The iM rates well for predicted reliability, and its interior has a quality appearance. Still, you should consider top-rated competitors like the 2017 Kia Soul and Honda Civic before you buy. Both resolve many of the iM’s shortcomings.

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How Much Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM?

You can expect to pay between $14,500 and $18,000 for a used 2017 Corolla iM. These figures are based on 150 listings for the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM on our site. The average price is $16,500. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM Cost to Own?

The iM’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $22,500 – or $4,500 per year. That’s about average for the compact car class.

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

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM starts at $18,850. You can save a few thousand dollars by shopping for a used iM hatchback. You won’t miss out on any features by sticking with a used model, either; there were no major updates for the 2018 model year.

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For an even less expensive new car in the Toyota family, consider the 2018 Toyota Yaris, which starts at just $15,635. In essence, the subcompact Yaris hatchback does everything the iM can – but at an even cheaper price. Both offer the same suite of standard active safety features, easy-to-use infotainment systems, comparable fuel economy, similar cargo space, and impressive predicted reliability ratings.

The 2018 Kia Rio is another attractive option. It has a stylish interior and energetic handling, yet it starts at just $13,900. This makes it one of the cheapest new cars available.

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Which Model Year of the Toyota Corolla iM Is Best?

The iM hatchback first arrived in 2016 as a new model under the Scion brand. Its name was changed from the Scion iM to the Toyota Corolla iM in 2017, after Toyota discontinued the Scion brand. Along with this name change, the Corolla iM gained a suite of advanced safety features known as Toyota Safety Sense, which includes lane departure warning and forward collision warning with brake assist. There were no other major changes during the iM’s short three-year production run from 2016 to 2018. If you want these safety features, you’ll have to stick to the 2017 and 2018 models.

An all-new Corolla hatchback arrives for the 2019 model year, and it promises sportier handling, higher fuel economy (up to 32/42 mpg city/highway), more advanced safety features, and a larger touch screen with Apple CarPlay support. Consider opting for this model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM?

The 2017 Corolla iM has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is great for the market.

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2017 Toyota Corolla iM Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall for the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM hatchback. The spare tire in certain models may be underinflated.

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Which Used Toyota Corolla iM Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Corolla iM is available in one well-equipped trim level. Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, power windows and doors, cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, lane departure warning, dual-zone climate control, cloth seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels. One of the iM’s few options is a dealer-installed navigation system.

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Certified Pre-Owned Toyota Corolla iM Warranty

Though the iM has a strong predicted reliability rating, there are still advantages to purchasing a certified pre-owned model. 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 or 100,000 miles. Each CPO Toyota must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Toyota warranty page carefully. This is one of the most comprehensive certified pre-owned programs among nonluxury automakers, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Corolla iM?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have not published full crash test results for the 2017 Corolla iM. In the two tests the IIHS did conduct, the iM earned a top score of Good.

The 2017 Corolla iM comes standard with a rearview camera and the Toyota Safety Sense C package (TSS-C). This package includes lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with brake assist (Pre-Collision System).

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2017 Toyota Corolla iM Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Corolla iM or 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The 2017 Corolla sedan shares a lot with its iM hatchback sibling – for better and worse. Both of these Toyota models rate highly for predicted reliability, offer quality cabin materials, and provide a comfortable ride. On the other hand, both also have uninspiring handling and tepid acceleration. If you can do without the iM’s roomier cargo space, the Corolla sedan is a better buy. It returns higher fuel economy, offers far more rear-seat space, and packs more standard safety features. Used models are typically less expensive as well.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Corolla iM or 2017 Mazda3?

The 2017 Mazda3 is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and it’s a better car than the Corolla iM overall. The sporty Mazda3 boasts a luxe interior, more active safety features, energetic handling, and zippier engine performance. The Mazda has similar cargo space in hatchback form as well. That said, the Mazda3 doesn’t rate as well for predicted reliability as the iM, and used models tend to be pricier.

Which Is Better: 2017 Toyota Corolla iM or 2017 Chevrolet Cruze?

The 2017 Chevy Cruze is another fine option in the compact car class. The Cruze is offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and – like the iM – it has user-friendly tech features, a smooth ride, and a strong predicted reliability rating. It brings a bit more to the table than the Toyota, though. It’s offered with an efficient diesel engine that nets up to 31/47 mpg city/highway, and it also supports the popular Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps. Ultimately, it’s a more refined car.

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2017 Corolla iM Performance

How Does the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM Drive?

The Corolla iM has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 137 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; a continuously variable automatic transmission is available. There isn’t much to get excited about here. The engine drones loudly under hard acceleration. It heaves the Corolla iM up to speed slowly in city driving and offers meager passing power on the highway. The iM doesn’t feel all that fun to drive, either. Its steering is numb and its soft suspension allows the car to lean clumsily around turns. That said, the iM’s suspension does soak up bumps and dips nicely, yielding a rather comfortable ride.

Does the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Corolla iM gets decent fuel economy for a compact car. It gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway when paired with the CVT, and 27/35 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission.

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2017 Corolla iM Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Corolla iM Seat?

The Corolla iM is a compact hatchback with five seats. Its front seats are comfortable, and both provide ample head- and legroom for taller adults. Forward visibility is quite good as well. The rear seats are much less accommodating, however, due to the pinched rear legroom. Rear visibility is also limited by the Corolla’s slim rear window and thick roof pillars. Cloth seats are standard, and the iM notably doesn’t offer amenities like heated or leather seats. Even so, its interior feels upscale. Quality plastics line the dashboard, and there are a number of padded surfaces, including the front and rear of the center console.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM?

The Corolla iM has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats.

2017 Toyota Corolla iM Features

The 2017 Corolla iM comes standard with a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB and aux ports, and six speakers. A navigation system is available. That’s a fine array of standard features for this class, and they all work well. The touch screen is easy to use, with crisp graphics and a straightforward menu structure. The audio and climate control buttons and knobs are simple and positioned nicely on the dashboard.

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2017 Toyota Corolla iM Dimensions

Toyota Corolla iM Cargo Space

The Corolla iM has a sizable 20.8 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright. These rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split, allowing bulkier items to fit as well.

2017 Corolla iM Length and Weight

The Corolla iM hatchback is 14.2 feet long, and its curb weight ranges between 2,943 and 3,031 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Toyota Corolla iM Built?

The 2017 Corolla iM was built in Japan.

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