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The Corolla iM--originally sold as part of Toyota's now-shuttered Scion brand--is essentially a better-handling Corolla hatchback that is distinguished by its angular styling and sub-$20,000 starting price. Sized like a Mazda3, the Corolla iM gets a 137-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine hooked up to either a six-speed manual or a CVT. We got 31 mpg overall with the CVT in our testing. The iM possesses taut handling and a decent level of standard equipment, including automatic climate control and audio controls on the steering wheel. But acceleration is short on zip, and neither the ride nor the rear seat is as comfortable as the Corolla's. A sunroof is not available. Toyota has made forward-collision warning with automatic braking standard.

Road Test

This youth-targeted hatchback looks cool, swallows a fair amount of bulky cargo, and is zippy on corners. But this derivative of the utilitarian Toyota Corolla is also saddled with an underwhelming four-cylinder engine that delivers lackluster accele...

Highs

  • Good fuel economy
  • Agile handling

Lows

  • Lackluster acceleration coupled with lots of engine noise
  • CVT dulls driving experience

Best Version to Get

Most buyers will get the Corolla iM with the CVT. That said, opting for the manual transmission generally helps underpowered cars like the Corolla iM feel perkier. Shifting your own gears might also help quell the engine noise caused by the CVT's characteristics.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 2 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (137 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
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