I have owned over a hundred vehicles, and I have to say this vehicle has a lot of bang for the buck. I am impressed with the interior quality, it is nicer than my RAV 4 hybrid. I purchased the vehicle for $16,800. You cannot touch other vehicles for the price. I have owned many Toyota products and you cannot beat the quality. I am very satisfied with the engine/transmission combo. I am not sure how the CVT performs, but the manual is great with this engine. The ride is superb. It is a great looking vehicle and the spring green color is uplifting during these drab winter days. I love all the standard safety features that Toyota now includes with all their vehicles for 17. I tried out all the competition before buying , they were more expensive and quality or size was not to my liking. I am happy with the 1.8 in this vehicle , great performance with great economy. I would not want a bigger engine. I had the 2.4 in my TC and XB and the mileage could have been better. I look for good looks, reliability, economy, resale value, nice ride, competent handling, and safety, and hatchback versatility, this vehicle delivers.
I traded a 9 year old matrix on new IM cvt .If the IM is as reliable as the XR was then Ill be a happy camper. I did have to give up cargo capacity and towing capabilities so time will tell how much that'll be missed, but made a huge gain in handling , comfort,and fuel economy. Added bonus...auto insurance lower due to all the advanced safety features. Overall I am very satisfied with the value and contrary to some reviews, I find the engine and transmission performance quiet and responsive,returning mpg's in the high 30's low 40's. Only complaint is the projector beam headlamps..very sharp cutoff and not a wide enough path.Will probably solve with driving/fog lamps at some point.
Took delivery of car after dark and on drive home was surprised at how poor headlights were compared to Corolla sedan...not even in same ballpark.Otherwise performance,handling,comfort,quietness,etc.,surpasses sedan. Overall I enjoy driving this im more than previously owned corollas. Biggest caveat as reflected in above ratings is ongoing intermittent but continuing issues with safety sense features.Master warning goes off every few days with no message...pre-collision warning sounds with driving straight road and no traffic .go figure...seems problems were more prevalent in cold weather,but still persist even on 80 degree day. I am aware of difficulty for dealer to diagnose problem when not present at time of observation , but am concerned that it may take awhile for service depts to get up to speed on software,firmware,technical issues as this is first year for these features on corolla.Meanwhile its unnerving to be enjoying a drive only to be interrupted flashing lights and warning buzzers.Adjusting pre-collision sensitivity has no effect.Other glitches have included back-up camera going blank while going backwards. On the plus side fuel econ is much greater than expected...average close to 40 mpg overall...just hope that this wont be reliability headache .
Overall, the Corolla iM is a great little car; once the pre-collision system and other misguided "safety improvements" are disabled. The car alarms every time it rains. Literally. The car alarms, then *cuts power to the engine* while merging on the freeway! This inherently safe car has been made unsafe to drive because control of the vehicle is taken away from the driver at the worst possible times. My recommendation: Buy this safe, well-crafted car. Then disable the pre-collision system and lane departure alert "safety features" before driving it off the dealership parking lot.
This is really a great car, easy to drive and great on gas. The cabin is nice and the materials look and feel terrific for its class, The ride is rather firm but never too harsh. The seats are fantastic!!! The power is more than enough for normal driving, and I have never found the engine noise too loud. Transmission is silky smooth.