2017 Toyota iM vs Corolla

The 2017 Corolla iM is a new addition to the Corolla lineup. This flashy hatchback stands out in the otherwise sedan-only Corolla range, helping to round out Toyota's compact offerings. You may notice, however, that some things about Corolla iM aren't quite the same as they are in the Corolla sedan.
This is because Corolla iM is actually based on the European Toyota Auris. So how does the new
Corolla iM differ from the Corolla sedan? Let's take a look.

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.