2016 Scion iM Change Vehicle
Key Specs of the 2016 Scion iM
iM base trim shown
Combined MPG:31 Combined MPG
Engine:137-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Transmission:2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual
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- Overall value
- Decent cabin materials
- Ride comfort
- CVT operation
- Gas mileage
- Sloppy manual transmission
- Snug backseat
- No forward-collision, blind spot warning systems
- Usability of multimedia system
- New for 2016
- Five-seat, four-door hatchback
- Manual or CVT automatic
- Standard dual-zone climate
- Standard backup camera
- Standard power-folding mirrors
The all-new Scion iM checks a lot of boxes for a low price, but driving fun isn't one of them.
That may come as a surprise to anyone who's seen the iM, a hatchback whose aggressive bodywork recalls the compact-tuner zeitgeist of the 1990s and 2000s. Still, though the styling writes checks the driving experience can't cash, the iM is otherwise a lot of car for its sub-$20,000 price. That, plus Scion's reputation for value and reliability, could attract a lot of shoppers who care little for acceleration or handling.
Typical of most Scions, the iM is a single-spec car with a lot of standard features, few factory options and a number of optional dealer accessories. It shares its front-wheel-drive underpinnings with the tC sports coupe and comes with a manual or automatic transmission. We tested both.
Exterior & Styling
The iM stays true in profile to a concept version that hit the auto-show circuit in 2014, though it trades the concept's gilled bumpers for conventional skirts. It's aggressive, to be sure, with some interesting three-dimensional interplay in the lower front bumper. But it doesn't break any new ground for Scion, or for compact cars in general. The side and rear skirts look like add-ons; the nose platypuses into a generic downward wedge. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard — impressive at this price — but the entire package looks cliché, a warmed-over take on the last-generation Toyota Matrix. (Makes sense, ... Read more
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Great reliable car, but wish it had a little more.
I really love this car. It looks great inside and out. its comfortable to drive in and is really quiet even on the free way. I love how it handles, the steering and breaking are very responsive and ti... Read full review
Best bang for your buck if you are on a low budge!
Excellent look. Roomy and comfortable interior. Handles like a sports car and has “sport” mode when you need it. Eco mode gets me 35+ highway! Oh and there’s also actual cargo space. And the premium s... Read full review