The 2016 Scion iM has familiar appeal

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

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By David Goodspeed
Special Contributor
autoworlddavid@yahoo.com

No sooner does Scion release a couple of all new vehicles than
its parent company Toyota Motors announces the division will be
mothballed. Fortunately it appears the Scion vehicles will be rolled
back into the Toyota production lineup as they are all worthy
including the newest hatchback, the Scion iM.
The 2016 Scion iM has familiar appeal as some around the globe
know it as the Corolla Wagon or Toyota Auris…. and its underpinnings
are shared in the Scion tC as well as the Lexus CT200h. Not quite
humble beginnings as all these models share a degree of proper stature
in their respective showrooms.
There are no plans for a hybrid version of the new iM and things
will probably stay that way as the vehicle utilizes a very
eco-friendly gas powertrain while keeping pricing very affordable.
The iM starts under 19 grand and delivers up to 37 mpg highway.
It is powered by a 137hp 1.8-liter I-4 engine with Valvematic
continuously variable valve timing (lift and phasing) technology.
This can be mated to a sport tuned CVTi-S gearbox or a six-speed
manual tranny (our tester featured the latter).
The CVT features shift logic for a sporty driving experience but
many will enjoy the “row-your-own” experience we enjoyed with the
manual transmission.
The new iM hatchback is a fun little car to drive and offers a
quiet and comfortable driving experience.
It is not designed for rally racing in its current form but does
offer a good degree of confidence around town when the straightaways
begin to bend left and right thanks to its four-wheel independent
suspension.
The iM seats up to five but accommodates four adults rather well
with room in the back for your gear. Seating is supportive and
comfortable and the vehicle offers good views all around for easy and
safe maneuvering.
While there is a host of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) gear
available for the new iM, buyers will find the convenience of walking
into a showroom and only having to select color and transmission for
the model they wish to drive home.
Infotainment arrives via standard 7-inch touchscreen display and
Pioneer premium audio system. The system includes Bluetooth
connectivity and voice recognition as well as standard backup camera
view.
The iM rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires.
Pricing for our 2016 Scion iM five-door hatchback rolled in at
$19,609 with fuel economy rated at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
The new iM is a perfect example of the value and quality the
Scion division set out to deliver and thankfully they will all be
rolled back into the Toyota showrooms this fall. Luckily they will all
most likely survive the changeover as the Scion models have offered
little competition to the Toyota dealerships and if nothing else will
complement each other very nicely when the family reunion commences.
As Scion prepares to ride off into the sunset and join the likes
of Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Saturn and others, consumers will still be
able to purchase their favorite models but with new Toyota badging.
Farewell Scion, folks still struggle to pronounce your name correctly
but you will be missed…sort of.

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