Take all that’s great about the Toyota Corolla – high fuel efficiency, abundance of technology, renowned dependability and quality, and distinctive style – and add the versatility of a five-door hatchback, and voila, you get the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM model’s essence. For 2018, Toyota has offered features that are far and beyond the basic vehicular ones.
One feature that is a welcome addition to the refreshed spec sheet is the double-wishbone styled multi-link rear suspension. It is expected to eagerly handle curves and smooth out bumps.
In terms of safety, the new model comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense package, as well as a front passenger seat cushion airbag, a driver’s knee airbag, and eight standard airbags. The Safety Sense package has been refreshed and is available with features such as a Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beams, and Lane Departure Alert.
When it comes to styling, the new 2018 Corolla iM compares almost similarly to its daring sibling. It receives a sporty face thanks to the sharp eyed headlights, a trapezoidal lower grille, and side bezels with a honeycomb mesh pattern. Also, a dynamic movement from the front to the rear is carried over into the profile by the aerodynamic expression it features on its surface.
Beneath the hood, the Corolla iM comes equipped with a 1.8L DOHC engine. According to the automaker, it is not only easy on the gas but it is also eager to rev. And regardless of the prevailing driving conditions, driving it feels responsive. According to figures released by the EPA, the users of the new model should expect a fuel economy ratings of 31 mpg combined for the CVTi-S model.
The interior is offered with a lengthy roster of impressive standard amenities. Furthermore, the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is only available in a single trim model, thereby eliminating a lot of guesswork out of the shopping experience. Some of the features available here include a high-grade standard multimedia system, smartphone connectivity, clever stowage solutions, and a sports car inspired instrument panel styling.
Since it is essentially a hatchback variant of the ubiquitous Corolla, the new model carries many of the sedans benefits and pitfalls. On one hand, the user interface is intuitive, the materials quality is good, and the overall riding experience is comfortable. Furthermore, there’s plenty of value when it comes to the standard features offered.
Be that as it may, the backseat passenger space is pretty cramp for an adult, and the cargo area is smaller than rivals’. Plus, the underpowered four-cylinder is painfully slow during acceleration and therefore takes the fun out of driving.
2018 Toyota Corolla iM Interior Changes & Redesigns
As already told, the interior of the redesigned Corolla iM is home to an impressive roster of standard amenities. Structure for enhanced occupant protection is offered by the integrated Whiplash Injury Lessening feature, while the standard bolstered front sport seats are designed to fit snugly around passengers.
For a car that started out as a Scion (not necessarily known for refinement, tranquility or comfort), the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM offers a ride that is controllable and genuinely comfortable.
The controls are easy to use thanks to the layered dashboard design. To further enhance riding experience, the new model comes with additional sound-deafening material. The result is a premium driving experience unexpected for a car belonging to this class.
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For everyday usability, the Corolla iM comes with a standard cargo cover and fold down rear seats with 60/40 spitting. Stowage can be had by the center console boxes and roomy glove, not to mention, the plenty of storage bins and front door pockets found throughout.
The six-speaker Pioneer sound system is offered as standard. Toyota says that it is high-grade and can play via a variety of sources, including iPods.
Some of the standard items to expect from the iM include automatic headlights, seventeen-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, a dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, and a height-adjustable driver seat. Since the 2018 iM is sold in a single trim level, there’re no factory options available. But notable dealer accessories include various sport body enhancements, a navigation system, and interior ambient lighting.
In the end, many users will agree that the Corolla iM is an agreeable daily driver. Many things will certainly be appreciated, from the high-quality cabin materials to the user-friendly controls. Nonetheless, the backseat room and the mediocre backward visibility could be a cause for concern.
The LED daytime running lights and taillights, a standard sport body aero kit, and piano black grille treatment, leave an unmistakable nighttime signature. The design further gets an exclamation mark thanks to the available color selection. Exterior colors include Spring Green Metallic, Barcelona Red Metallic, Black Sand Pearl, Blizzard Pearl, and Electric Storm Blue.
Special reinforcements and the ample high-strength steel in its structure give it a performance vantage point. Thanks in part to the sophisticated double wishbone style multi-link rear suspension integrated into the chassis, curves are handled eagerly and the bumps promptly smoothened out.
Furthermore, it comes fitted with seventeen-inch alloy wheels clothed in meaty 225/45R17 tires. Which make the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM deliver a comfortable ride and a tight, taut road feel. Also, for better feel and less assistance at highway speeds, it comes equipped with the Electronic Power Steering system that makes maneuvering at low speeds a breeze.
Engine Specs - 2018 Toyota Corolla iM
When it comes to bolts and nuts, the latest iM model comes fitted with a 1.8L fur-cylinder engine rated at 137 hp and 126 lbs. ft. of torque. Standard features are – a six-speed manual transmission/CVT, and a front wheel drive.
The six-speed transmission system, according to Toyota, is easy to shift for an active and engaging driving experience.
According to the EPA, the iM, like all Corolla models, is notoriously fuel efficient. Users should expect fuel economy ratings of 28mpg in the city and 36mpg on the highway.
2018 Toyota Corolla iM Release Date & Price
The new model should be expected to go for sale sometime between this fall and early next year. As for the price, Toyota says the base iM hatchback w/ six-speed manual goes for sale for an MSRP of $18,850, and Base 4dr Hatchback w/ CVT Automatic for $19,590.
The new 2018 Toyota Corolla iM isn’t without competition. As such, it’ll have to face off with other similarly capable rivals such as the Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic once it goes for sale.
The 3 from Mazda has been refreshed for 2018. And it too comes laden with a smorgasbord of impressive features. One particular trait that comes up every time there’s mention of the 3 is its lovable driving manners. It isn’t the quickest in the segment but its driving manners are certainly ranked among the best. With a cost of around $25,820, the 3 s arguably a fine choice here. Value for the price is offered via the sporty and confidence-inspiring performance, top crash test scores, and exceeding-expectations interior quality.
Next in the competition lineup is the Civic from Honda. Here, pricing starts from $21,375. People looking for a car with a tiny footprint but laudable features should look no further. Think of it this way: Are you looking for a fuel-efficient car, comfort- and athletic balanced ride quality, and spacious interior packed full with high-quality materials? Yep, the Civic’s got that!