Toyota is aiming to pump some life into its once-hip youth-focused brand with two new models, the Scion iM and iA. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the iM, a new-for-2016 subcompact hatchback. With room for five passengers, it might make some parents’ family-car shopping lists, but its cramped backseat made it tough to accommodate rear-facing car seats during our check.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of anchors sit about an inch into the seat bight, but the seat cushions move easily out of the way so access wasn’t a problem. The three tether anchors on the seatbacks are also easy to use.
- The forward-facing car seat was an easy install and fit well.
- The booster also fit well; we did not have to remove the head restraint to fit it. The iM’s stable seat belt buckles mean kids should have an easier time buckling up independently.
What We Don’t
- Although the infant seat was an easy install, it took up too much room. The front passenger seat had to be moved all the way forward; our tester could not sit in it.
- The rear-facing convertible was another easy install, but we had to move the front passenger seat up to accommodate it. Our 5-foot-8-inch front passenger had about an inch of clearance between her knees and the glove box.