|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2016 Scion iM
|Hatchback||1.8L I-4||FWD||6M||8.6 sec||16.8 sec @ 84 mph||27/36/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hatchback||1.8L I-4||FWD||CVT||9.1 sec||17.2 sec @ 83 mph||28/37/28 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Hatchback||1.8L I-4||FWD||6M||8.9 sec||16.8 sec @ 82.8 mph||27/36/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Hatchback||1.8L I-4||FWD||CVT||9.9 sec||17.6 sec @ 80.5 mph||28/37/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
About Scion iM
The Scion iM was introduced to the U.S. motoring public during the New York Auto Show last April. It is presented as an all-new sedan model for 2016, but the truth is that it is a rebadged version of the Auris hatchback that is sold in Europe.
This five-door door subcompact sedan is targeted to compete against the likes of the Ford Focus. It has a sporty look outside, and its performance isn’t that bad either.
- Engine type: 1.8 liter four cylinder DOHC 16-valve inline-4 port fuel injection
- Power: 137 hp at 6100 rpm
- Torque: 126 pound feet at 4000 rpm
- Transmission: Six speed manual/continuously variable automatic
- 0-60 mph: 9.9 seconds
- ¼ miles: 17.6 seconds at 80.5 mph
- Fuel efficiency ratings: 27 mpg city driving, 36 mpg highway driving
- Top speed: 110 mph
- MSRP: $19,255
The Scion iM isn’t the best compact sedan in terms of performance. Its 1.8 liter, four-cylinder engine does churn out 137 horsepower. But it pales in comparison with the other powerful engines of hatchbacks like the Mazda 3 (155 horsepower), Ford Focus (160 horsepower), Volkswagen Golf (170 horsepower), and the Kia Forte 5 (173 horsepower).
The fuel economy ratings aren’t the best in its class, too. Motorists looking for a fuel efficiency sedan can get as much as 27 mpg and 36 mpg for city and highway driving, respectively, from this car. But there are other more fuel efficient sedans in the market such as the Ford Fusion and the Honda Civic. Even its cousin the Scion iA has a better fuel efficiency rating.
There are two transmission options—the manual and the so-called continuous variable transmission (CVT) which provides a Sport mode. Drivers who put premium on performance would love the CVT as it revs the engine higher.
The iM does perform well on the road. It can turn on corners very easily, and its solid chassis can smoothen out sharp bumps. If there’s any complaint, the electric power steering of the car could have been more precise.
Exterior and Interior
Scion made very little changes on the look of the Auris, adding only a body kit, bright exhaust tip and directional 17-inch wheels. Of course, the Auris is a good looking car so Scion may have its reason why it did little to the styling of the car.
The all-black interior of the car is definitely more attractive than what you’ll see outside. It has supportive seats, enough to make adult passengers at the back to feel comfortable even during a long trip. It has an attractive control layout with a seven-inch infotainment screen.
The materials used for the upholstery seats and doors may look and feel cheap, but Scion makes up for it with the luxuriously designed dashboard with its piano black trim. There’s also an acoustic windshield designed to cut wind noise.
The rear seats can fold flat to provide extra space for cargoes. The seats also split 60/40. One thing that motorists would immediately notice is the short headroom that the sedan gives to passengers at the back.
Aside from the seven-inch monitor, the car has an AM/FM/HD radio, six-speaker sound system, auxiliary jack, and USB port. It also features Bluetooth integration for music streaming and hands-free phone.
There are no optional packages offered by Scion, although the iM can be customized with dealer-installed accessories like roof rack, pet carrier, and air intake system from Toyota Racing Development.
Like other Scion cars, the iM has a single trim option.
The Scion iM has not gone through any crash testing from either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Its best safety feature would have to be its Star Safety System that includes traction and stability control anti-lock brakes, and brake assist. The said system also does have a smart stop feature that automatically decreases engine power whenever the gas and brake pedals are simultaneously used.
It also has a first aid kit and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Arguably the best thing about the Scion iM is its price. With a base price of $19,255 for the manual and around $20,000 for the automatic, this is one of the more affordable sedans that you can get. If you are to add extras like navigation kit, the iM could cost under $23,000 which is the starting price of the Volkswagen Golf.
There’s also a Scion Service Boost included in this car, giving the owner two years of scheduled maintenance and two years of roadside assistance.
The Scion iM may not be the best car in its class in terms of performance and features, but you can’t argue that it is affordably priced. That may be enough for some motorists to buy this sedan.
To learn more about Scion iM, visit the official Scion website.
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