Scion iM Blends Efficiency and Sportiness

NEW YORK – It’s not a hot hatch, and not a hybrid, but Scion’s 2016 iM does tout a $20,000 entry point, respectable fuel economy and sportiness.

Powered by a Corolla-inspired 137 horsepower “Valvematic” 1.8-liter DOHC four, the automaker says it expects 37 mpg highway – down a bit from the 42-mpg iA sedan also launched tonight on the eve of the New York auto show, and unlisted are the city and combined figures.


Standard “for driving purists” is a six-speed manual for a vehicle that is derived from the European-market Toyota Auris, and optional is a CVTi-S automatic with seven simulated stepped gear change points and a “sport” mode.

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Rubber on the road is sizable for this class, at 225/45R17 on standard alloys.

Targeted at “young buyers” – or anyone on a budget – Scion promises a fun factor, plenty of connectivity and infotainment including a 7-inch Pioneer display audio with six speakers.


A 4.2-inch color TFT multi-information display also shows what’s going on, and safety wise, the iM has eight standard airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag as well as high-strength steel and structural reinforcements.

The iM will be available this fall in “monospec” trim meaning it’s pretty well packed at the promised price point.