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.
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.
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.
A decent discount at Toyota led me to consider this along with others in the class (Fit, Focus, Cruze)... I'm very happy with my decision, I'm just loving this car. What I don't like was hardly a deal breaker - it doesn't come with Sirius, but I just attached the kit and use the auxiliary port. No CD but that is more common now in new cars as you can use a USB stick. There is also some useless entertainment app installed, but I use what I want and the sound quality is great for this sporty, cute car. It?s my first CVT and I was wary about some reviews on performance which I can?t relate to ? the acceleration is more than adequate for me on highways and surface streets, and the ride is incredibly smooth, especially for the price of this car. I?ve already had to drive in snow, rain and strong winds and it has handled the conditions very capably. As others noted, you?ll likely turn off the lane departure alert. The display is intuitive, though I wish they had a digital speed/mph display setting in the center one. Don?t expect the fuel economy of a Prius, but it?s fairly good ? I?ve gotten about 36 mpg. First hatchback I?ve had in a long time and LOVE the convenience of being able to carry big stuff without needing a big car! I got the ?pop? spring green color - more like yellow - and hope I love that color a long time because I?d really like this to be my dependable little ride for years to come. 10K update: still love this car. Things that have bugged me are the glare on the media display in sunlight (can't read), lack of mph reading in media display by steering wheel (my sw placement blocks some of the speedometer). Wish it had remote start - dealership said warranty would be voided by aftermarket install. But I love the size, comfort, mileage and features of this car and feel I made the right choice.