The 2016 Scion iM debatably holds the top position in showing off the Japanese quirkiness in vehicles. The typical four-door hatchback with an eyebrow-lifting metallic chartreuse coating caters more likely to an exploring teenage ‘fashionista’ than a professional adult commuter.
Exterior and Interior
iM sports a two-box form that may be arguably dashing or boring, depending in the eye of the beholder. However, for the price of $19,255, you get the standard trimming of keyless entry with pushbutton start, Pioneer six-speaker touch screen audio system, rear view camera, dual-zone climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels. Low-speed pre-collision system also comes standard in all iM trims.
The downside for Scion, however, is that it offers no enhancement options beyond the navigational system. So if you want to customize your roof with HID headlams, moonroof or leather upholstery, then chances are you can’t have them.
Under the Hood
If you’re anticipating a performance galore, then might as well reconsider. Though it is also economically friendly in fuel through its 6-speed manual transmission (you can also opt for a CVT if you want), the engine power is kind of ‘shy,’ capable only of summoning 137hp and 126 lb.-ft. Other than those, the brakes and steering feels numb and that you need 8.6 seconds to sprint from mere zero to sixty miles per hour.
Price and Release
Scion is now available in most markets including Northern America at the base price of $19,255. However, it is not available in Australian and British markets.
- Category : Compact car
- Engine : DOHC 16-valve inline-4, front placement
- Transmission : 6-speed manual
- Drivetrain : FWD/ CVT
- Power : 137hp
- Torque : 126 lb.-ft.
- 0-60 mph : 8.6 seconds
- Top Speed : 112 mph (governor limited)
- Mileage : (city) 27 MPG; (highway) 36 MPG
- Price : starting at $19,255 to $19,255 (as tested)