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Hello everyone. I currently own a 2015 Corolla sedan in which I manage to squeeze in a large fat bike through the trunk with the trunk closed. I take the bike front wheel off and, of course, rear seats folded down.

There is 72 inches between the inside edge of the trunk and the driver seat fully backwards.

The only thing I really hate is the trunk arch that makes things quite difficult with the pedals. So i am thinking about the IM as my next vehicle (big Toyota fan now!!). Can someone please help me out and measure the same distance as above in their IM? I have a feeling the length is shorter in the IM unfortunately...

thanks for your help!
 

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Just checked and it was just about 6 feet.
Thanks! I am relieved as I was quite sure it would be shorter. The IM then stays on my ultra short list! considering also the Mazda5, but just looking at basic maintenance, I was appalled by how not user friendly simple things are with the Mazda (replacing low beams, cabin filter, pushing back rear calipers) require either special tools and/or cause headaches to owners when it really shouldn't.
 

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I was curious too as I figured that it would be shorter having a shorter wheelbase. I got 60" also but man does it handle better then the sedan!
 

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I was curious too as I figured that it would be shorter having a shorter wheelbase. I got 60" also but man does it handle better then the sedan!
Thanks for your reply... but if you got 60" also, that is 12" shorter than the Corolla... Dave before mentioned 6 feet which is 72"... which is which? confused now!
 

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Just to make sure we are on the same page, here is what I am looking for, which equals 72" in my Corolla
That's what I measured but now I might have confused myself as I measured it and didn't post it for a while later. I'll bet I saw the 6' mark but typed 60" if others got 6' or 72". I'll double check tomorrow. Sorry about the confusion.
 

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That's what I measured but now I might have confused myself as I measured it and didn't post it for a while later. I'll bet I saw the 6' mark but typed 60" if others got 6' or 72". I'll double check tomorrow. Sorry about the confusion.
thanks, that sounds a lot like me! ;-)
 

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thanks, that sounds a lot like me! ;-)
Glad to know that I wasn't losing my mind. With the drivers seat all the way back it measures 60" or 5'. With the seat all the way forward it had a max of 70". The iM is on a shorter wheelbase so I would expect it to be a little less than the sedan. Someone else was looking at it wrong!
 

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Glad to know that I wasn't losing my mind. With the drivers seat all the way back it measures 60" or 5'. With the seat all the way forward it had a max of 70". The iM is on a shorter wheelbase so I would expect it to be a little less than the sedan. Someone else was looking at it wrong!
Well, thank you very much for helping me out good sir.... I expected shorter, but not a full 12 inches... Sad to scratch the IM from my list. Off to the RAV4 forum now to try and stay with Toyota! I would have really preferred a car though - better mileage, takes less space in my small garage, etc...
 

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I have no idea how they are measuring but here you go 71 and a bit inches depending on how the tape bends
That is with the seat slid forward. If the back was reclined at a different angle it would get 71" and I measured 70". With the seat in the far back position as I drive it only had 60" or 5'. I measured both with the seat in the far forward and most back positions.
 

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Well, thank you very much for helping me out good sir.... I expected shorter, but not a full 12 inches... Sad to scratch the IM from my list. Off to the RAV4 forum now to try and stay with Toyota! I would have really preferred a car though - better mileage, takes less space in my small garage, etc...
I can measure the RAV4 for you also. I bought a RAV4 at the same time I bought my iM. I'll do that tomorrow.
 

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That is with the seat slid forward. If the back was reclined at a different angle it would get 71" and I measured 70". With the seat in the far back position as I drive it only had 60" or 5'. I measured both with the seat in the far forward and most back positions.
Yes, I am tall and am definitely looking for the measurement with the driver seat all the way back :)
 

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that would be great, thank you so much!! still looking for the measurement with the driver seat all the way back if you can :)
Yes, I am tall and am definitely looking for the measurement with the driver seat all the way back :)
So I triple checked the iM and with the seat all the way back it's 60". On the RAV4 it's 72". Why not use a bike rack of some sort?
 

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So I triple checked the iM and with the seat all the way back it's 60". On the RAV4 it's 72". Why not use a bike rack of some sort?
thanks again for your great help. Been looking at the bike rack option for a while... posted this in another forum:

A hitch rack would be the perfect solution, but at 60ish pounds without the battery, it is not safely doable on the Corolla - spent hours investigating that. The Toyota manual for the Corolla even states to NOT use a bike hitch rack. The only racks I found so far that can handle 60+ pounds PER BIKE are for straight 2 inch hitches (no adapter) and/or Class II hitches which you cannot do on a small car (well by the book anyway) but can be done on the RAV4... looks like the RAV4 will be my next vehicle for sure. I have gripes with pretty much every thing else similar out there (korean, american). RAV4 I believe has the most cargo space in its category on top of things.

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So the RAV4 would allow me to very easily put the bike inside without hurting my back AND the option of a hitch rack. Looks like a winner to me! I looked into the torque converter issue for 2015 and up models and could not find anything, which is good news. What did they do to the 2015 to fix the issue since the 2013-14 is the same drivetrain?
 

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thanks again for your great help. Been looking at the bike rack option for a while... posted this in another forum:

A hitch rack would be the perfect solution, but at 60ish pounds without the battery, it is not safely doable on the Corolla - spent hours investigating that. The Toyota manual for the Corolla even states to NOT use a bike hitch rack. The only racks I found so far that can handle 60+ pounds PER BIKE are for straight 2 inch hitches (no adapter) and/or Class II hitches which you cannot do on a small car (well by the book anyway) but can be done on the RAV4... looks like the RAV4 will be my next vehicle for sure. I have gripes with pretty much every thing else similar out there (korean, american). RAV4 I believe has the most cargo space in its category on top of things.

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So the RAV4 would allow me to very easily put the bike inside without hurting my back AND the option of a hitch rack. Looks like a winner to me! I looked into the torque converter issue for 2015 and up models and could not find anything, which is good news. What did they do to the 2015 to fix the issue since the 2013-14 is the same drivetrain?
The RAV4 is a great choice. I love my 2017 XLE AWD. :D
 
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