Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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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.

     
     
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