Sweet iMotion

The all-new Scion iM is a fun-but-sensible hatchback with big-time appeal
by Dan Nied
May/June 2015
Sweet iMotion
Here’s the great thing about the 2016 Scion iM: It’s a car that appeals both to the head and the heart, and introduces a whole new generation of customers to the signature Scion style of excitement and affordability.

Plus, it’s packed with top technology and a crazy amount of standard features.

iMpressive
With five doors and plenty of room, the iM hatchback is sensible, sure. But it’s also sleek, stylish and sporty. It’s got ripped bodylines and the piano black grille treatment is downright seductive. Distinctive honeycomb mesh side bezels take cues from the iM’s sporty sibling, the FR-S.

The lights are bright and bold, with LED daytime running lights and three-dimensional LED taillights.

On the inside, the iM’s cabin is luxury-car quiet as an acoustic layer windshield, plenty of damping sheets, foam-type insulation and floor silencer sheets protect the interior from noise pollution.

If front sport seats sound awesome, that’s because they are. What’s more awesome? They’re standard.
And let’s not forget the sport-styled, real leather wrapped steering wheel.

Responsive Driving
OK, it looks sporty, but how does it drive?

A 137-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine uses Valvematic continuously variable timing (lift and phasing) technology to offer a broad torque curve, so the iM feels responsive in all situations.

For purists, the 6-speed manual transmission comes standard. So does Hill Start Assist, which helps prevent roll-back on steep roads.

An automatic transmission is available too, of course. Drivers who opt for an automatic can still partake in a livelier driving experience in Sport mode.

All this at an anticipated 37-mpg highway fuel economy rating.

High Content, High Value
But there’s more. Here’s just a sampling of the 2016 iM’s other standard features:
 
  • Bluetooth capability
  • 6-speaker Pioneer sound system that connects directly to your iPhone and a variety of other devices
  • You control your devices from the 7-inch Pioneer Display Audio unit that comes with standard HD radio and AHA.
  • There’s a standard rear-view backup camera
  • Dual-zone A/C control
  • Heated exterior power-folding mirrors
  • Sporty body kit
  • 17-inch alloy wheels and big ol’ fat tires (225/45R17).
That’s a ton of premium stuff that all comes standard at an affordable price expected to start under $20,000.

That value proposition has long been one of the appeals of Scion. But the iM offers even more appeal—a compact hatchback that serves up the sensible with a healthy helping of fun.
 
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