When Toyota despatched Scion to the large used-car lot within the sky on the finish of 2016, it saved three of the model’s 4 fashions from the crusher and slapped Toyota nameplates on them. Goodbye, Scion iM. Good day, Corolla iM. Toyota’s rebadged compact hatchback excites the eyes and received’t empty the pocketbook. This one-size-fits-all mannequin has normal options corresponding to an aero physique equipment, a 7.Zero-inch touchscreen, and energetic security tech that features automated emergency braking. That’s the place the enjoyable stops. Powering the iM is a listless 137-hp four-cylinder engine that drives the entrance wheels and makes the Corolla iM a rolling contradiction: Its seems promise way more efficiency than it will probably hope to ship.
The Corolla iM is nearly unchanged from the earlier Scion iM, apart from the badging and a set of energetic security programs referred to as Toyota Security Sense C (TSS-C), which incorporates forward-collision and lane-departure warning.
The Corolla iM has a single trim that begins at $19,635 with the usual six-speed handbook transmission; a repeatedly variable automated (CVT) is optionally available for an additional $740. To squeeze some enjoyable from the hatchback’s asthmatic 137-hp 1.Eight-liter four-banger, we’d stick with the stick shift and spend our cash on two equipment:
• Rear wind deflector ($399)
• TRD reducing springs ($399)
The rear wing improves the iM’s already sporty aesthetics, and the purple powder-coated springs hunker it down by an inch—making it look much more like a bit of highway rocket—and decrease its heart of gravity. We discovered the lowered automotive did nook higher throughout our first drive of a 2016 Scion iM fitted with the springs. Cheap fashion is what separates Toyota’s eccentric hatchback from the competitors; even with these two inexpensive equipment, it’ll nonetheless solely value you $20,433.
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