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The Daily Drivers: 2017 Corolla iM

Have you already forgotten Scion, the youth-oriented brand that was axed last year? Well, some of its models live on, rebadged for 2017 as Toyotas by the parent company. One of those models, the iM hatchback, is now the Corolla iM. We liked it as a stylish entry-level car with a fun-to-drive feel, and that hasn't changed much despite the new badging. The Corolla iM is offered in only one trim level, but it is a fairly well-equipped one that includes alloy wheels, rearview camera, front collision warning and a console touchscreen on the stylish dash. Of the few options offered, we'd recommend the Charge Package that includes two USB connections ($189). The iM has a 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that is adequate in daily city driving but you may find lacking in get-up-and-go, especially on highway merges and passing. Choosing the manual transmission over the available CVT helps the acceleration somewhat and is our preference. If you are looking to further stand out? Try the Spring Green Metallic paint.

Lyra and Peter say: The iM offers the practicality of a four-door hatchback with lots of standard features in a stylish package for less than $20,000. We think it will appeal especially to budget-minded young drivers, so the Scion spirit lives on.

2017 Toyota Corolla iM

Price: $18,750 base start, $19,615 as tested

Powertrain: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, continuously variable transmission with intelligence and shift mode, FWD

Horsepower: 137 at 6,100 rpm

Torque: 126 pound-foot at 4,000 rpm

Curb weight: 3,031 pounds

Dimensions

in inches:

Wheelbase, 102.4

Length, 170.5

Width, 59.6

Height, 55.3

Seats: 5

Fuel economy:

27 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway

Fuel type: Regular unleaded

Safety features: Toyota Safety Sense-C: pre-collision system, lane departure alert, auto high beams. Star Safety System: vehicle stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD, BA, smart-stop technology, airbags and curtains.

Website: toyota.com/corollaim

The Daily Drivers: 2017 Corolla iM 05/25/17 [Last modified: Thursday, May 25, 2017 5:02pm]
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