The Toyota Corolla that I was recently able to test came in a pleasing Electric Blue Storm metallic color and featured gray fabric seating surfaces. I enjoyed the Corolla iM (Toyota’s version of the now-defunct Scion iM); it provided spirited acceleration, and gas mileage came in at nearly 33 mpg in all city driving. The way that Greeley has grown, it seems you are always poking around looking for parking space, so with a car that’s 170 inches long and 69″ wide, it is not too difficult with Toyota’s Corolla iM five-door hatchback.
The Toyota Corolla, the best-selling nameplate of all time, has moved over 40 million cars onto driveways around the world (well, mostly driveways). The car is in its eleventh generation configuration, and has been around since 1966. The 2017 iM sits on a 102.4″ wheelbase, is 69.3″ wide, 55.3″ high, and weighs 2,943 lbs., putting it on an even keel with Chevy’s new Cruze hatchback. I’ve always been a fan of Corolla styling, and this 2017 iM has not taken a step backwards in that department. LED lighting was front and rear, including front daytime running lights, and fog lights were installed. Silver and gray ten-spoke alloy wheels were fitted with P225/45R17 all-season radials on the car.
I mentioned acceleration – it was acceptable for a 36 mpg car, and other driving dynamics were good, as well. They use, among other things, electric power steering to effect that highway gas mileage rating, as well as Valvematic technology on the 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder engine. It puts out 137 horsepower at 6,100 rpm as well as 126 lb. ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. The front-wheel drive car gets 28 mpg in the city and 31 mpg, combined, and for me the reading was 30+, all week long (14 gallon tank). Toyota’s choice for a transmission is the continuously variable (CVT) automatic with shift mode.
The interior of the iM was comfortable for Ruth and I, and the seating was supportive and looked good. The car had Toyota iM Display audio, backup camera, 7″ touchscreen, cruise control, power windows/locks/mirrors, AM/FM radio, tilt/telescope, and keyless entry. The rear legroom is suitable for a car of this size, at 32.7″, and the hatchback has 20.8 cubic feet of luggage space behind the back seat.
M.S.R.P for my test Corolla came in at $22,498.00, including freight. Options included a floor/cargo mat set for $185.00, paint protection film for $395.00, rear wind deflector for $399.00, computer tablet holder for $99.00, and wheel locks for $65.00, all added to the base price of $19,490.00.
The Corolla did a super job for me and during the test in Northern Colorado. The slick styling caught a lot of eyes, the car kept pace at the stoplights, and I spent a nominal amount of money on gas. I’d say it is a good value.