This year, Scion rolled out the brand new 2016 Scion iM, an affordable and good looking hatchback that’s sure to charm the masses. Because this is the first model of its kind, most drivers don’t know what to expect, but any surprises to be found within the iM are pleasant, like a modest price, tons of standard technology and safety features, an elegant yet fun design, and an engine that offers a spirited ride, tight handling, and excellent fuel economy. The Scion iM is a definite up-and-comer, especially for those in the market for an economy vehicle.
The iM will no doubt be attractive to young drivers with a surprisingly inexpensive purchase price, especially when you consider all the standard features that come with it, but there’s a lot more to like than just the price. Young people will certainly enjoy the iM, but this hatchback should be appealing to almost everyone. Indeed, most people can appreciate the 60/40 folding rear seats, seating for five, and all the cargo space a hatchback affords while having a quiet and roomy cabin. Some of the standard interior features include air conditioning, keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 12V power outlet, and a glossy piano black instrument panel trim, not to mention the 7” Pioneer Audio system, the Aha app that uses your smartphone to stream your music, and standard Bluetooth Hands-Free connection.
But you get more standard features that extend beyond interior comforts. The iM also comes with standard cruise control, backup camera, and a 6-speed manual or Continuously Variable Transmission with Intelligent Shift that’s paired with a surprisingly impressive 1.8L 4-cylinder VALVEMATIC engine. The engine delivers 137 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque, which may not sound like much (though it’s still more than what’s being offered by this year’s Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta, and Nissan Versa Note), but once you drive the iM you’ll realize the ride is energetic to say the least, with tight handling and responsive steering.
The iM’s fuel economy isn’t just good; it actually beats out much of the competition with its 7.35L/100 km for combined city and highway driving, while the 2016 Kia Rio and 2016 Ford Fiesta take 7.59L/100 km, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf takes 7.84L/100 km, and the Hyundai Elantra GT takes 8.71L/100 km. These differences may seem minor on paper, but the money you’ll save on fuel will add up pretty quickly.
As for safety, the iM doesn’t disappoint. Features like the Star Safety System are being offered across the board for all Scion and Toyota models, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive in the iM, which includes Smart Stop Technology, Vehicle Stability Control, Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, and Brake Assist. When you hear about features like these, you have to wonder if the competition will ever get with the program and start offering similar features in order to start catching up with Scion and Toyota.
Whether you’re a person who prefers more understated tones or you like to catch people’s eye, with six colours to choose from, including the traditional white, gray, and black, and the vibrant Barcelona Red Metallic, Spring Green, and Electric Storm Blue, there’s undoubtedly a shade for everybody. Even if you opt for a brighter exterior colour, the iM is versatile in that it’s sleek and mature enough to drive to the office without being dull and lifeless, thanks to additions like a bold fascia, honeycomb grille, 17” wheels, and a rear spoiler.
Since so many of us are on a tight budget, perhaps the most attractive feature of the 2016 Scion iM is its incredibly affordable purchase price, which is doubly attractive when you factor in all the standard features that come with it. In fact, there are so many standard features that we couldn’t even list them all here. To get a complete look at everything the new iM has to offer, come to Mayfield Toyota take one for a test drive. We have an iM in our New Vehicle Inventory with your name written all over it.