A few days ago I had the pleasure of driving the Scion iM. It’s a first for Scion and a first for me because with the exception of the iA I drove that morning it’s the only Scion I’d ever driven.
The iM is a nice enough car to drive but it’s lacking the excitement of the iA. The steering is loose where the iA is tight and I’m told that I’m not the first person to call it squishy. Although it might be missing some joy the iM is missing nothing in practical matters. I adore the dash layout and everyone knows that hatchbacks are the most practical cars on the planet.
I drove the manual transmission and the clutch was unusual in that it engaged late. This, like many other things, may be something that you enjoy as a driver or something that you come to enjoy after a few days. I’d need an extended drive to see how it behaved over time but in the short term it wasn’t a favorite.
With an MSRP of $18,460 for manual transmission and $19,200 for CVTi-S the loose drive might be something that I would come to enjoy or just ignore. The iA is an entry level vehicle and with entry level cars you’ve got to give a little to get a little. If you’re a city driver the fuel economy and ease of parking just might delight you: 28 city/37 hwy/32 combined for CVTi-S.
If accessorizing your car is your thing then the iM is a great option for you. The iM offers a line of TRD (Toyota Racing Development) performance accessories, including an air intake system, sway bar, lowering springs and more. You can add pet-friendly accessories including a dog harness with tether, door guards, seat pet barrier and even a grass pad, which discourages dogs from standing on the center console.
Like the iA the iM has a leather wrapped steering wheel, a 7 inch entertainment system and it works well with the iPhone 6.
The folks at Scion would like me to tell you that this car has the moves. Well, it’s got most of the moves but what it really has is the space. It’s a good solid hatchback that turns on a dime, seats 5 and drives comfortably but not sportily. I’ve not been behind the wheel of the 6 speed automatic transmission so I suspect that it lacks even the power that the manual has, which is to say, not much. This 138 hp vehicle just didn’t have the power or handling that its 106 hp cousin boasted.
The colors… the colors are spectacular. Scion is positioning itself as a brand for adventurers and free thinkers. For folks who work and play hard and I think the styling of the iM reflects that nicely. At under $20,000 you don’t have a ton of great choices. This could work well for a young family or a single with a sense of adventure. I’m very curious as to the safety ratings because if they’re high this could be a fantastic first car for your little surfer.
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