2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic
2017 Toyota Corolla iM in Barcelona Red Metallic

2017 Toyota Corolla iM    Consumer Guide Automotive

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 234

Fuel Used: 8.6 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 27.2 mpg

Driving mix: 40% city, 60% highway

CG Report Card
Room and ComfortB+
Power and PerformanceC+
Fit and FinishB
Fuel EconomyB-
Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.
Big & Tall Comfort
Big GuyB
Tall GuyB
Big & Tall comfort ratings are for front seats only. "Big" rating based on male tester weighing approximately 350 pounds, "Tall" rating based on 6'6"-tall male tester.

EPA-estimated fuel economy: 28/36/31 (city/highway/combined)

Base price: $19,490 (not including $865 destination charge)

Options on test car: None

Price as tested: $20,355


Quick Hits

The great: Competitive pricing, generous list of standard features

The good: Cargo versatility of hatchback body style

The not so good: Driving personality isn’t as sporty as the looks

More Corolla iM price and availability information


CG Says:

When Toyota elected to shut down its youth-market-oriented Scion division last year, the company had to do a bit of name shuffling. The Scion name was dropped after the 2016 model year, but three Scion models—the FR-S sporty coupe, the iA subcompact 4-door sedan, and the iM compact 4-door hatchback—live on with new names as Toyota models. The FR-S became the 86, the iA became the Yaris iA, and the iM became the Corolla iM.

Test Drive: 2016 Scion iM (automatic)

2017 Toyota Corolla iM
The Corolla iM’s thick rear roof pillars impede a bit on rearward visibility.

In addition to its new name, the Corolla iM gets the Toyota Safety Sense suite of features—which consists of a pre-collision system, lane-departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlights—as standard equipment. Other than that, and replacing all of the Scion badges with Toyota badges, the car is basically unchanged. Despite the switch to the Toyota nameplate, the iM sticks to the Scion single-model philosophy. The only factory option is transmission choice—either a 6-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Dealer-installed optional accessories include all-weather floor mats ($79), rear cargo-area mat ($79), rear hatch spoiler ($399), and a display audio system with navigation ($900).

The new-for-2017 safety features nudge the automatic-transmission Corolla iM’s base price up past the $20K mark, but it’s still a competitive deal when you factor in the generous list of standard equipment. You can check out our reviews of the essentially identical 2016 Scion iM with automatic transmission here and with manual transmission here. Our average fuel economy of 27.2 mpg in the Corolla iM was worse that the 30.1-mpg average we achieved in the automatic Scion iM we tested last year, but that difference is at least partially attributable to the extra-cold temperatures during our winter test period with the Corolla iM.

Test Drive: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The demise of the Scion division was not a big surprise to most seasoned observers of the automotive industry. Having more or less fulfilled its initial purpose of bringing younger buyers into the Toyota family (primarily via the boxy, surprisingly practical xB and the affordable, pseudo-sporty tC coupe), the Scion brand seemed to outlive its reason for being. Though the Corolla iM and the Yaris iA retain their Scion-specific bang-for-the-buck standard-equipment philosophy and single-model lineups, both cars make just as much (if not more) sense as Toyotas as they did as Scions.

2017 Toyota Corolla iM
The Corolla iM has a sporty-yet-practical profile. Aggressive-looking 17-inch alloy wheels and “ground effects” body-side sills are standard equipment. A rear-hatch spoiler (not shown) is available as a dealer-installed option.

Test Drive: 2016 Ford Focus Titanium

Share this: