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2018 Toyota Corolla vs 2018 Toyota Corolla iM

Car shoppers in St. Louis looking at the Toyota sedan lineup may be surprised to see the lesser-known 2018 Toyota Corolla iM next to traditional 2018 Toyota Corolla models at the dealership. Car shoppers can think of the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM like the hatchback variant of the Corolla, though there are additional differences in price and feature availability between the two models.

While the starting price of the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is a little higher than the 2018 Corolla, there are less options and trim levels to drive the price up, so the Corolla iM generally ends up being the more budget-friendly option. Learn more about available trim levels and feature availability in each model below.

Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Corolla and the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM

2018 Toyota Corolla


2018 Toyota Corolla iM

$18,600 Starting MSRP $18,850
28/36 Fuel Economy 27/35
1.8-liter four-cylinder Base Engine 1.8-liter four-cylinder
13.0 cubic feet Cargo Space 20.8 cubic feet

Trim Levels and Feature Availability

The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is offered in only one trim level. While that does mean that car shoppers will have less choice to customize upon purchasing, we think the base trim is really well equipped for the price and should please most budget-friendly car shoppers. The base 2018 Toyota Corolla iM trim includes automatic headlights, heated side mirrors with LED turn signals, alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and more.

Drivers who like options may be more drawn to the 2018 Toyota Corolla that offers six distinct trim levels catering to drivers with different tastes and wish list items. The base L trim offers features like Bi-LED headlights, 15-inch wheels, filtered air conditioning, a rearview camera, Bluetooth compatibility, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The top-tier XSE trim offers additional features like LED headlights, a power moonroof, automatic climate control, heated seats, drive modes, keyless ignition and entry, and more.

Both models offer a standard Toyota Safety Sense active safety package, though the package in the 2018 Corolla offers a full feature set and the 2018 Corolla iM's is on a smaller scale.

The 2018 Toyota Corolla and the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM are both available now for lease and purchase at the Ackerman Toyota dealership in St. Louis. Car shoppers can schedule a test drive appointment online for a more in-depth comparison at the dealership.