|Despite some differences, the Corolla iM is still very much a Toyota vehicle. This means it shares the same STAR Safety System (TSS-C) -- one of the two driving aid packages that are currently making their way throughout the modern Toyota family of vehicles. Toyota Safety Sense-C consists of Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Automatic High Beams (AHB). |
While both models are equipped with 8 airbags, the Corolla sedan takes safety a step further with its upgraded Toyota Safety Sense-P package, which adds Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and enhances PCS with pedestrian detection and LDA with steering assist.
|An important difference is that the Corolla iM does not have an Entune multimedia system. Instead, it comes with a Display Audio system, which includes a 7-inch touchscreen with a unique menu layout, Bluetooth features and advanced voice recognition, as well as Aha Radio and navigation functionality. It does not have a CD player.|
In contrast, Corolla is available with three different Entune systems depending on model grade and equipment. These include the base Entune Audio, the mid-range Entune Audio Plus and the top-end Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. They all feature touchscreen interfaces and a comprehensive list of typical modern audio features -- including a CD player.
|Another interesting aspect about the Corolla iM is that it is a "mono-spec" vehicle, meaning it is offered in only one configuration. No trims, options or packages. The only choices to make are choosing a color and deciding whether you want a manual or a continuously-variable automatic transmission.|
There is one exception, however, and that is upgrading the Display Audio System to allow for navigation functionality. This is treated as an accessory, either pre-installed at the factory or installed here at the dealership.
The 2017 Corolla sedan on the other hand is offered in nine distinct models, only one of which comes with a manual transmission.
|There are numerous other differences worth pointing out between Corolla iM and the Corolla sedan.|
Inside, Corolla's cabin comes equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control, while the Corolla sedan makes do with a single-zone system. Outside, Corolla iM features power-folding heated side mirrors, and while some Corolla sedan grades offer heated side mirrors, none are available with a power-folding feature.
Additionally, Corolla iM is designed with an independent double wishbone rear suspension system, whereas the Corolla sedan utilizes a semi-independent torsion beam design.