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What’s the Difference Between the Toyota Corolla and the Toyota Corolla iM?

Drivers looking for small cars have a lot of choices in the market. Historically, one of the most popular choices they’ve made has been the Toyota Corolla. Since 1966, the Toyota Corolla has been the flagship small sedan on Toyota’s lineup, offering drivers all of the necessities of a car, “punching-up” performance, and some surprising standard tech features.

For the 2018 model year, Toyota continues it’s face-lifted 11th generation Corolla. If you’ve recently been to our Toyota inventory section, however, you may have noticed a second Corolla model – the Toyota Corolla iM. Fans of the now-defunct Scion brand, should recognize the Toyota Corolla iM as an annexed Toyota branding of the Scion iM.

As a model that made the jump, the Toyota Corolla iM offers all of the identifying features and amenities loved in the Corolla in a sportier, hatchback style.

Is the Corolla iM Just a Hatchback Corolla?

At first glance, it may seem that the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is simply a reimagined Toyota Corolla with a hatchback body style. A closer look, however, reveals some changes which may push uncertain drivers one way or the other. Despite similar 1.8L 4-cylinder engines, for instance, the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM manages to edge the 2018 Toyota Corolla by 5 horsepower (137-hp, vs 132-hp respectively).

[READ MORE: 2017/2018 Toyota Corolla iM Engine Specifications and Performance]

Drivers looking for a more sporty, open-roads driving experience will appreciate the inclusion of an available 6-speed manual transmission (with overdrive) on the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM, while the 2018 Toyota Corolla receives Toyota’s capable 2-speed CVT (with overdrive).

These performance-focused improvements do take a toll on efficiency. The 2018 Toyota Corolla manages to hand the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM it’s first L with an EPA-estimated combined MPG of 32 (vs the iM’s 30). The most obvious point of divergence between the two models is the body-style. How does the 5th-door affect cargo capacity in the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM? How about an extra 7 cubic-feet with the zippy hatchback?

Likely at the heart of Toyota’s decision to maintain the iM moniker, exterior and interior design differences go beyond body-style. Contrasting the mature and conservative front of the 2018 Toyota Corolla, the grille, fascia, and bumper of the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM provide support more aggressive, sporty ethos. Performance fans will appeciate the less sensible, but more exciting 5.5″ ground clearance (a full 1.2″ lower than the 2018 Toyota Corolla).

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2018 Toyota Corolla iM

Similarities and Differences Between the 2018 Toyota Corolla and the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM

Although minor interior changes separate the two, the differences are minimal and hunting for them feels like playing an advanced level find it style game.

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2018 Toyota Corolla iM (Prototype with Premium Package shown. Production model may vary.)

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2018 Toyota Corolla (SE Shown in Wild Blue with Premium Package.)

The size, body style, performance edge, and 5th door should make the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM more appealing to weekend warriors, especially those who are looking to haul luggage, musical gear, or animal friends. Both cars offer the dependability and reliability for which toyota is famous.

Both models contain Toyota Safety Sense – C™ (TSS-C™) standard to ensure you, your passengers, and your 2018 Toyota Corolla/iM enjoy all of the benefits of active safety. The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM foregoes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection for a slimmer Pre-Collision System. Those interested in safety would be happy to know that the 2017 Toyota Corolla won a Top Safety Pick + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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Both the 2018 Toyota Corolla, and the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM are incredible cars that are worthy of the legendary badge. If you’re on the fence, or have any questions about the 2018 Toyota Corolla or 2018 Toyota Corolla iM, we’d love to hear from you. Please, contact us today!

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