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 bought the Corolla iM for three main reasons ? gas mileage, Toyota reliability, and hatchback (also a second car for commuting). I do not want to go into the detail because info is available everywhere on the web including Consumer Reports if you have access to. I have driven the car for about three weeks now and overall it is a decent car for commuting and running errands. I am a 55 years old, picky, and simple so all the fancy features the car has are irrelevant except the backup camera. I am in fact bothered by the Eco Mode flashing, too distractive, affecting my attention to traffic, road condition, or maybe thinking about something interesting. This is a useless function because my brain controls my foot, so I should know which mode I am driving. I had been waiting for years to get a perfect Honda fit, but I read about the not so user friendly touch-screen of Fit and that discouraged me from even giving the car a chance. There is no perfect hatch back out there for me, so I am planning on keeping it as long as it goes. This morning I thought of a solution, I will cover the Eco Mode with a piece of black electrical tape. Hopefully I will enjoy my new car better.
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.
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.