2016 Scion iM (CVT)
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2016 Scion iM Buyer's Guide
The Scion iM is all new for the 2016 model year, a compact hatchback designed to compete with some of the most popular sport compacts on the market. Only time will tell whether or not the Scion iM can hold its own against the names that have dominated this segment for a decade or more. Toyota, Scion’s parent company, looked at its own European-market cars for inspiration, and the result is an attractive and athletic exterior with Corolla-like underpinnings. If the iM proves to be as reliable as a Corolla, this may play out in its favor over time, but the iM’s numbers don’t quite stack up against the competing models it’s chasing, potentially giving this new Scion an uphill battle from the start.
What's the difference between trims?2016 Scion iM Base
- 17-inch wheels
- Dual automatic climate control
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Touchscreen infotainment system
What makes it move?
The new 2016 Scion iM features a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 137 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. Though reminiscent of the engines that make Toyota’s entry-level sedans practically bulletproof, power falls short of what’s expected in the iM’s target market. This powerplant offers other benefits, though. Paired with the standard six-speed manual transmission, the iM returns fuel mileage of 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. With the optional continuously variable transmission, those numbers jump to 30 mpg city, 37 mpg highway.
Why buy the 2016 Scion iM?
The 2016 Scion iM’s aesthetics are perhaps the strongest point in its favor. This hatchback looks athletic, even if its actual performance leans toward efficient. The efficiency isn’t a bad thing, resulting in the iM’s better-than-average fuel economy. The iM models equipped with the optional continuously variable transmission feature seven pre-programmed driving modes and a sport mode, although early reviews say that none of these modes achieve anything resembling quickness. Flexibility is another of the 2016 iM’s strengths, following Scion’s tradition of offering small vehicles designed to be crammed to capacity. Five passengers can fit inside the iM, and the hatch offers adequate extra room for cargo. Shoppers who are drawn to the iM based on its price will be pleased by the standard equipment provided.